Glenn Hughes - "Songs In The Key Of Rock"
(Shrapnel Records 2003, SH-1165 2)

Uploaded to Aural Innovations: January 2004

Well, here is a guy with a long history in rock and roll. Starting way back with Trapeze and Deep Purple, some solo stuff, Hughes/Thrall (1982), Black Sabbath and KLF. While he has dabbled with a more funky rock style this is pretty much straight up heavy metal rock and roll. He is backed by some great players in guitarist Jeff Kollman, JJ Marsh, Ed Roth and Gary Furguson. Billy Sheehan guests on bass on one track as well. A number of these tracks are very much 80's metal ballad like stuff. The guy is a great singer, especially when he is not screaming and I think his bass playing in the instrumental passages is really excellent. In fact the best parts of this CD are the middle sections of the tracks where the band is really playing. Overall, the songs are a bit too much commercial rock territory stuff for me.

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Reviewed by Scott Heller

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