Ice Vajal :: Music Land :: Metal World
 
editorial :: feedback :: newsletter ::  
   Bands :: A-Z / T / Joe Lynn Turner /

On disc: Joe Lynn Turner



- Hurry Up And Wait - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars
- Slam - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars
- Fire Without Flame - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars
- Live!! - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars
- Second Hand Life - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars
- Live In Germany - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars


www.joelynnturner.com







Live in Germany

Live In Germany
(Frontiers - 2008)


Finally Joe Lynn Turner is releasing a live solo album after almost 30 years in business and so many albums. Rock fans will know him since his days with Rainbow - and some songs he still performs. But now you might ask, why just a single CD and no double? Well, this live album wasn't planned! Last year Joe played at the German festival United Forces of Rock and they recorded the show, but not for a CD release. The recordings were so good that Frontiers Records and Joe decided to release this as a live album.
Joe and his mates kick off with Death Alley Driver, a song which features keyboardist Michael Sorrentino. And yes, from the first moment the powerful, warm and clear sound is making this CD real entertaining! Well, the songs are known by fans of the American singer, but I want to comment a few things. One of my all time favorites is I Surrender and I really like this live version which is full of emotions. The focus was on his classics and I miss a few more new tunes... I guess the set list was made keeping in mind that it's a festival and that they have a limited time. Anyway, it's always fun to hear the classics like Street Of Dreams where guitarist Karl Cochran is doing a great job. Okay, at one point Joe's voice isn't top, but hey, this is live! The balance between powerful balladesque songs and rockers like Power Of Love is leveled. The new ones Love Is Life and Blood Red Sky fit in very well, and especially Blood Red Sky with it's Oriental touch is a highlight! And at this one Karl Cochran can step into the spotlight and show his skills! But the absolute highlight is Burn! I highly recommend this live album to every hard rocker!


9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

up







Second Hand Life

Second Hand Life
(Frontiers - 2007)


With Second Hand Life Joe Lynn Turner presents his 10th solo album, but he has much more releases under his belt! And it seems that the colloberations are what inspires him for his own work - and even on his solo albums he's working with a lot different musicians and song writers. Last year he released an album with Akira Kajiyama and this year a live CD / DVD documents his cooperation with Cem Köksal.
The album opens up with the heavy rocker Love Is Life, fat guitar riffs, the melodic voice of Joe Lynn Turner and a catchy hookline - that's what you get. An emotional track is Got Me Where You Want Me which starts acoustically. A touching rock ballad about someone who wasn't planning to fall in love - and couldn't stop it. Actually this song got me.
It gets Deep Purple-ish with the title track Second Hand Life which written by Jim Peterik and Roger Glover for Deep Purple - and now finally saw the light of day. Lyrically about all the people who try all their life to fulfill expectations of others... Their parents, partners, etc. Something one should think about - and probably change one's life... Stroke Of Midnight was also written for Deep Purple for the follow-up of Slaves And Masters - and was overdone and released by Deep Purple as One Man's Meat. This is the original version with the riffing written by Richie Blackmore who allowed JLT to use this song now.
A hard rock album without a ballad? No way! And with In Your Eyes Joe Lynn Turner delivers a touching ballad. This song is magic. Another song which stands out is Blood Red Sky which Joe got inspired for by his stay in Turkey in 2006. And so some oriental notes - Arabic scales - woven into the song and accompany the heavy guitars. A kind of Romeo & Juliet-story placed into the Middle East. A surprise might be Sweet Obsession, coz some might know the song from Bonfire, but it was written by Joe and Jack Ponti in the 80's for Bon Jovi. As the Bonfire version wasn't a world-wide hit, Joe know released his version - and actually I prefer this one which is stripped down. At the time Bonfire recorded it, it was in the fashion of the time, but nowadays it sounds over-produced and a bit cheesy...
The European version has a bonus track called Two Lights which was co-written by Aleks DeCarvalho. A bluesy melodic rocker about love and loneliness.
Another great album by the American singer, it seems that he never runs out of ideas. Perhaps his cooperation with so many different musicians inspires him and hopefully he'll stay around for many more years!


9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

up






Slam

Slam
(MTM Music - 2001)


With Bloodsucker Joe Lynn Turner starts Slam quite heavy. No need to introduce Mr. Turner to a hard rock fan, at least since he was working with Rainbow and Deep Purple everybody knows his bluesy voice. His past kinda comes up front with Eye For An Eye which has a Deep Purple-ish. With Heart Of The Night he's presenting an enchanting ballad. The music - reduced to the necessary - stays in the background, just carrying the voice... Its touching. You can really feel it, something very often ballads lack of. With Slam the title track follows this ballad. Slam is a heavy rocker, but not the heaviest track of the album! A catchy one which sneeks into your mind and stays. The following Dark Days is more metal then hard rock, even if the Hammond sound adds some 70's feeling. Partly aggressive guitar riffing, then emotional. Another greato one! Now half way through the album it's clear that Slam shows a variety from soft ballads to rockers to heavy metal. And the rest of the album is as good, so just buy it and play it!
The album was recorded in New York and produced by Turner and Bob Held. A powerful, crystal clear production makes it fun to listen to - perhaps a bit too polished for some ears..... With Japanese guitarist Akira Kajiyama he found a great guitarist who also teamed up with JLT for the songwriting. Even producer Bob Held contribute to some songs. I can just hope that Kajiyama and JLT will work together in future. An album I can highly recommend to hard rock fans, but I guess that every hard rocker knows JLT and so this is carrying coals to Newcastle.


9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

up






Hurry Up And Wait

Hurry Up And Wait
(MTM Music - 1998)


The first impression... This sounds like old Deep Purple / Rainbow. The opening track of Hurry Up And Wait is called No Room For Love and a heavy rock song in the tradition of the above mentioned band. So, what to expect from Joe Lynn Turner these days? Melodic neo-classical metal and more. Mr. Turner was part of Rainbow and so it's no surprise that his music has similarities, coz he loved the music of that band. On most songs you hear Paul Morris on keyboards, Greg Smith on bass and on the drums Kenny Kramme. On the opening track as well as on Guilty Heart, Shine On, Days Of Rage, We Will Survive and Can't Face Another Night Savatage guitarist Al Pitrelli is playing the six-strings. Btw, on Guilty Heart which is a heavy, balladesque song with a catchy chorus Al Pitrelli's counter part on the guitar Chris Caffery (Savatage) is adding a solo. On the other tracks the guitar is played by Tony Bruno. The ballad Shine On is the bonus track on European edition, it's a powerful song with a bluesy feeling. And with Blueprint For The Blues he has a real blues rock track on the album. But with The Game Of Rock'n'Roll he returns to the heavy rock. That one will make you move and it keeps spinning in your head, a sing along tune. If you expect that Sentimental is a ballad, then you are wrong! It's a hard rocking song with heavy guitars and pounding bass. With Someday he has a kind of ballad on the disc, it has the atmosphere of a ballad, but musically it's more powerful. At the end you'll get the ballad most of you're waiting for!
The album was recorded at the Unique Recording Studios in New York City and is produced by Bob Held and Joe Lynn Turner. Bob Held and Al Pitrelli co-wrote some songs, but JLT also worked with other song writers like Al Greenwood and Jim Petrik. The album has a large variety within the genre which might is caused by the different personalities who were involved in the song writing and recordings.


7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

up

           2008-2010 by Claudia Ehrhardt • E-Mail: contact@ice-vajal.com


Bands T