GLENN HUGHES: Songs In The Key Of Rock (3CD Remastered Box Set)

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Glenn Hughes, “The Voice Of Rock”, first came to prominence in Trapeze, a band featuring future Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley, and future Judas Priest drummer, Dave Holland. Following their third album, “You Are The Music, We’re Just The Band”, Glenn was offered the opportunity to join Deep Purple in 1973 for “Burn”, “Stormbringer” and “Come Taste The Band”.

Deep Purple split in 1976, with its members following various solo and side-projects. The first fruits of Glenn’s post Purple career appeared with “Play Me Out” (also available on Purple Records), issued in July 1977. Glenn would go on to collaborate with Pat Thrall in HughesThrall, Joe Lynn Turner in the Hughes-Turner Project, with Tony Iommi in Black Sabbath, plus a prolific solo career.

With a title that pays homage to one of Glenn’s heroes, Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life”, this 2003 album mixes his beloved funk with a deliberate 70s style hard rock. As well as featuring long-time collaborator JJ Marsh on guitar, the album includes guest spots from bassist Billy Sheehan and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, as well as co-producer Jeff Kollman. ‘Higher Places (Song for Bonzo)’ is a song dedicated to Glenn’s dear friend, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

This 3CD edition includes both the European bonus track ‘Secret Life’, plus ‘Change’, a Japanese bonus track. The second disc is a recording from his 2003 UK tour to support the album, and includes rare live versions of ‘In My Blood’, ‘Higher Places (Song for Bonzo)’, ‘Written All Over Your Face’ and ‘Wherever You Go’. Always one to give the fans what they want, this disc also features takes on Deep Purple’s ‘Mistreated’, ‘Gettin' Tighter’ and ‘You Keep On Moving’, plus Black Sabbath’s ‘Seventh Star’. As an added bonus, this set is completed by a third disc from an acoustic show in Rome, which features unplugged versions of Purple’s ‘Stormbringer’, ‘Mistreated’ and ‘You Keep On Moving’, Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’, and Trapeze’s ‘Coast To Coast’.

The expanded booklet features liner notes by Classic Rock magazine's Malcolm Dome based on new interviews with Glenn.

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