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Music Review: Joe Lynn Turner – Live in Germany

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Despite the fact that he was born in New Jersey, I am going to try and present a case for including Joe Lynn Turner's latest live CD in the 'Eurorock' section! First, this thirteen track album was recorded in Germany. Secondly JLT is, of course, best known for his work with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, a brief stint with Deep Purple, and, of course, his connection with Swedish guitar genius Yngwie Malmsteen. (My interview with Yngwiehere from last week is available on these pages.)

JLT has also worked with Glenn Hughes and Finnish band Brazen Abbot. I suppose that the counterside to my case is that he has also released nine solo albums during his long career. In my defense, very little of his solo material actually appears on this collection. So it’s Eurorock, right?

Recorded exactly a year ago, September 30, 2007, at the United Forces Of Rock festival at Ludwigsburg, Germany it captures JLT demonstrating that his voice is still very much intact. Material from his Rainbow days features heavily with the opener “Death Alley Driver”, “Power”, “Street Of Dreams”, “Stone Cold”, “Can’t Happen Here”, “Can’t Let Go”, “Jealous Lover”, “Spotlight Kid”, and, of course, “I Surrender”. There are three tracks from his solo career “Your Love Is Life”, and “Blood Red Sky” both taken from last year’s Second Hand Life album, and “Power Of Love”. He ends the set with Deep Purple’s vocally demanding “Burn”.

Surprisingly, despite a hugely impressive discography dating back over thirty years, Joe Lynn Turner Live In Germany (Frontiers Records, October 2008) is the first live album released under his own name. Therefore, for his many fans and admirers, this is an attractive addition. The sound quality on the album is excellent with JLT’s immediately recognizable voice out front in all its powerful glory.

For the festival recorded here JLT gathered around him an impressive line-up. Guitar was covered by Karl Cochran, bass by Greg Smith, drummer Michael Sorrentino, and Carmine Giglio on keys. It is a nicely balanced set lasting 75 minutes that acts as testament to his incredible career to date.

Joe Lynn Turner has been characteristically active of late and is currently on tour. Please check out his dates on the website link below. On September 11 this year he appeared with Big Noize on a brief tour of Iraq and Kuwait. His last solo album Second Hand Life gained him many excellent reviews. This release, Live In Germany, plugs that surprising gap in his live solo album output. Whilst a second Sunstorm album is eagerly anticipated, his career just keeps going from strength to strength.

With his distinctive voice on such impressively good form you know that he still has a huge amount to offer. Live In Germany will satisfy fans of both his Rainbow days and his solo career when it is released on October 10 this year. So mark that date in your diary and add this one to your JLT collection.

Visit JLT’s Official Website or his Myspace Profile for current tour dates.

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