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CoreLeoni: II

I can kind of see why Coreleoni exist given the tragic death of Gotthard's original lead singer Steve Lee and it makes more sense when Gotthard's guitarist and de facto leader Leo Leoni says, “When we play shows, we nowadays have to leave out a lot of the old songs as there are so many new ones that have to find their place in the setlist but especially a lot of the old songs really mean a lot to me and will always be a big part of me.” What I have never been able to work out is why there is a need to remake the same songs. I can walk upstairs and find the original classic versions upstairs if I want. Is there any reason to fully engage with these new recordings?

Well, firstly the new up-to-date versions of supposedly neglected classics are lovingly and faithfully done and vocalist Ronnie Romero does a fine job of channelling Steve Lee sometimes a little bit too much (on "Angel" in particular) but other than being recorded in a more modern style not much/nothing is added to the originals. To me this renders the whole exercise somewhat redundant.

Whilst I am at it, does the world really need yet another version of John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom"? No. No, it doesn't. The new original tracks "Queen of Hearts" and "Don't Get me Wrong" are both perfectly serviceable slabs of classic rock and perhaps show where Leo Leoni should be focussing his future energies.

Track listing:
01. Waltz No. 2 (Dmitri Shostakovich Cover)

02. Standing In The Light (Gotthard Cover)

03. Love For Money (Gotthard Cover)

04. Open Fire (Gotthard Cover)

05. Angel (Gotthard Cover)

06. She Goes Down (Gotthard Cover)

07. No Tomorrow (Gotthard Cover)

08. I'm Your Travellin' Man (Gotthard Cover)

09. Make My Day (Gotthard Cover)

10. Mountain Mama (Gotthard Cover)

11. Queen Of Hearts

12. Don't Get Me Wrong

13. Il Padrino (Nino Rota Cover)
Bonus tracks on the digipack:

14. Don't Get Me Wrong

15. Boom Boom (John Lee Hooker Cover)

16. Il Padrino (Nino Rota Cover)

Added: October 17th 2019
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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