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Turner, Joe Lynn: Live in Germany

Veteran hard rock vocalist Joe Lynn Turner has had a storied career, fronting such acts as Rainbow, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, and recorded/toured alongside Glenn Hughes, Brazen Abbott, and others, as well as had a pretty busy solo career. Live in Germany , believe it or not, is the singers first ever live album, recorded back in September of 2007, at the United Forces Of Rock festival at Ludwigsburg, Germany, and contains songs from throughout his career, though the majority are Rainbow songs with a few of his solo pieces. Joining Turner are guitarist Karl Cochran, Greg Smith on bass, drummer Michael Sorrentino, and Carmine Giglio on keyboards.

Most of the classics you would expect are here, such as the Rainbow hits "Stone Cold", "Street of Dreams", and "I Surrender", plus the hot album tracks like "Death Alley Driver", "Power", "Can't Happen Here", "Spotlight Kid", "Can't Let You Go", and the ripping "Jealous Lover". Surprisingly, nothing from his short stint in Deep Purple is covered, yet he does tackle "Burn" from the Coverdale/Hughes era of the band, which is quite an odd choice as Turner doesn't really have the voice for that one, but he does a commendable job (best to leave that one to Glenn dude!). He does show though that he has plenty of chops left, and while he can't reach some of the high notes like he used to, his husky mid-range still works just fine, and it's a joy to hear him singing some of these old Rainbow songs again. Sadly, no tunes from the Malmsteen album Odyssey either, which is a shame as it's one of the best vocal performances of the singers career, and an album that had many stellar cuts. Guitarist Cochrane proves to be quite a talented player, perfectly laying down Ritchie Blackmore's licks and solos, and Giglio also does a fine job on organ and synths. There are also three solo tunes played here, "Blood Red Sky" and "Power of Love" being the strongest of the batch, two really good melodic rockers with hooks and strong vocals from Joe.

All in all, a fun trip down memory lane with Mr. Turner, and he deserves a big 'thank you' for dusting out these tunes for us!

Track Listing
1. Death Alley Driver
2. I Surrender
3. Power
4. Street of Dreams
5. Power of Love
6. Can't Let You Go
7. Jealous Lover
8. Your Love is Life
9. Blood Red Sky
10. Stone Cold
11. Can't Happen Here
12. Spotlight Kid
13. Burn

Added: January 5th 2009
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Artist Website
Hits: 1466
Language: english

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Turner, Joe Lynn: Live in Germany
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-01-05 06:52:43
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While his career has been an illustrious one for almost three decades, singer Joe Lynn Turner came into his biggest prominence thanks to his spending a few years in Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. He replaced Dio and seemed to fit right in as he helped deliver two albums that generated some really big hits for the band. After Rainbow he embarked on a very active solo career and even found time to record with the band Brazen Abbott, but the recordings on this CD find Joe doing his own thing and doing it best with a group of talented musicians. The band that accompanies Joe for the recording is made up of Karl Cochran (guitar), Greg Smith (bass), Carmine Giglio (keyboards) and Michael Sorrentino (drums). Cochran is a road warrior guitarist who has worked with more performers than a single page allows to line out while Greg Smith is a player who also had worked in Rainbow for a few years. The band is tight and the material that is presented on the legendary side depending on how long you have been following Joe Lynn Turner. He still sounds good, but does not seem to be hitting all of the super high notes at this stage of his career. I didn't expect this after thirty years but it seems as though some folks always find the time to complain about singers not sounding like they did when we first heard them. If this doesn't bother you at all then you will have no trouble listening to and enjoying what Joe and company are doing on this album and I had to say that I was rather pleased with some of my longest lasting favorites. Songs like "Street Of Dreams", "I Surrender", "Cant Let You Go" and "Stone Cold" really fulfilled the need I had for those years of Rainbow but he would have made my day had he included "All Night Long". Of course this was a Graham Bonnett number, but I always felt that Joe did it better than he did. Also missing is anything that the singer did with guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen. As many recall, Joe sang on The Odyssey and this was a fine presentation of what he could do. Of course he might not have been able to deliver them on a release due to licensing and having not seen him in concert as a solo artist I can't confirm if he even plays this stuff for the audience.

The singer also includes a couple of tracks from his Second Life solo CD and while these are nice inclusions to find, the whole release seems to be more of a walk back in time to his best years and material. He closes the whole thing up with a ripping rendition of "Burn" from Deep Purple and I had to admit that this one surprised me since its such a vocal powerhouse of a tune and maybe a little bit out of reach for Joe in today's music world. Despite the minor reservation, I did enjoy the walk back in time to be honest and I think that many of you fans of the Classic Rock greats will as well. Thanks for everything Joe, you still rock.

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