Glenn Hughes - Burning Japan Live (Steamhammer) 1995
1. "Burn" (6:44)
A fabulous live album that is on par with Deep Purple's "Made in Japan." Glenn has a classic voice that is obviously the center of this album, but the music is excellent as well. The whole thing has a real lat 70's/early 80' vibe to it. I've been wanting to get one of Glenn's solo discs since I absolutely love his work on Sabbath's "Seventh Star." Finally secured this German copy through a good friend. I can't believe a guy with as many credentials and with such a powerful voice can't get a record out in the States.
Glenn Hughes - Feel (SPV) 1995
1. "Big Time"
What would one expect from a legendary artist who has appeared in such influential metal bands as Deep Purple and Black Sabbath? Guitar driven rock and roll? Perhaps some heavy blues? Well, let me tell you this isn't either of those. It's a bit shocking, yet at the same time, very enjoyable. The disc starts off as one might expect with "Big Time" a semi-heavy AOR rocker but then proceeds to change at track two. From this point on the entire disc can only be described as FUNK! Seriously! I mean right down to the James Brown screams, funky slap bass driven songs, and the Stevie Wonder cover "Maybe Your Baby." I was expecting AOR and probably some blues but for some reason I just didn't expect funk. What is even more surprising to me is that I enjoyed the disc so much that I have played it several times since I acquired the disc a few days ago. Who would have thought...? I'm sure in the future this disc will be relegated to mood music for me, but I have to say that Glenn Hughes is a man of diverse talent. Will have to investigate some more of this man's work.
Glenn Hughes & Friends - A Tribute to Tommy Bolin (SPV) 1998
1. "Teaser" (4:22)
Glenn pays homage to his friend and former Deep Purple bandmate Tommy Bolin by putting on a concert, featuring mostly Bolin's material, and recording it for this release. Two tracks "You Keep On Movin'" and "Gettin' Tighter" are from Glenn and Tommy's Deep Purple days together. I am not as familiar with the rest of Tommy's material but judging from this album he remained within the confines of the classic hard rock sound for his solo material. Overall, the performance is loose and fun, and Glenn sounds as good as ever. The looseness of the band gives the overall sound a charisma that would not have been present had it sounded like a studio album with crowd noises mixed in. Certainly not as good as 'Burning Japan Live,' but a good listen nonetheless.
Glenn Hughes - Building The Machine (SPV) 2001
1. "Cant Stop The
Glenn Hughes is a master at whatever style he puts his voice to. The man can sing! "Building the Machine" is yet another high calibur release from the golden voice of rock. This CD features a brilliant cover of Deep Purple's "Highball Shooter", as well as Rare Earth's "I Just Want To Celebrate". Both covers are superb. However, it is the original material here that really stands out. Each and every song on this disc owns! The material here isn't as hard rockin' as Deep Purple, yet I wouldn't exactly say this is easy listening either. It's actually a pleasant mixture of rock n roll, blues, some funk and even a bit of soul thrown in for good measure. It should also be noted that guitar legend Pat Travers guests on this CD and even performs a duet on "I Just Want To Celebrate".
Glenn Hughes - Soulfully Live in the City of Angels (Frontiers) 2004
Simply a fantastic live offering from Glenn. This one features very few songs that showed up on the equally excellent "Burning Japan Live" CD. I once heard Jimi Hendrix proclaim, "it ain't nothing but a jam." That is certainly how I would describe this CD. As usual, Glenn mixes his affection for hard rock, blues, and funk along with his 'soulful' vocals and an impressive band to create something that is hard forme to put into words. I do know one thing, this man can sing...and scream! Some vocalist begin to lose their edge as the get older. This can't be said of Glenn. The song selection is from all over the place, but the inclusion of "Mistreated" is worth the price of admission alone. This extended jam is fantastic! On top of the live offering, there is also two additional, studio 'bonus tracks' added to the end of disc two.
Glenn Hughes - Soul Mover (Sanctuary) 2005
1. "Soul Mover"
I would describe "Soul Mover" as heavy funk. Glenn is is famous for flirting with everything from heavy metal to funk to r&b to blues. "Soul Mover" is no exception to this. Together with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, longtime guitarist J.J. March, and bassist Ed Roth, the band creates yet another top notch release in Hughes' ever growing catalog. "Orion" is probably one of the more memorable songs on the disc and probably the one that stuck out the most to me as a single. However, "She Moves Ghostly", with it's Latin flavored percussion is also quite memorable. "Change Yourself" is one of Hughes' most heartfelt, passionate pieces. "Let It Go" is a dynamic song that fluctuates between a soulful ballad to a heavy, almost modern rock sound. If all modern rock sounded like this, I'd be a much bigger fan than I am of the style. Hughes empowering voice just brings those heavy, downtuned riffs to life. "Isolation" is a odd mixture of 1980's hard rock and jazz. "Last Mistake" is a genuine blues rocker. Really, I can't find fault in any of the songs here. Of course, I have said it before and will say it again, Glenn Hughes could sing over the busy signal on a phone and make it sound like a soulful masterpiece. Perhaps that is just the words of fanatic, but I honestly and truly do enjoy almost everything I have heard from this man. However, "Soul Mover" is really unlike his work with Tony Iommi, Joe Lynn Turner, Deep Purple or even much of his past solo work. What Glen has succedded in doing here is drawing from his inspiration of 1970's blues-based rock and funk, but giving it a much more modern touch.