We start off with something I received on disc, unusual these days, and it is from Deep Purple. Recorded in Oz on the Abandon tour, it is called Total Abandon Australia '99. One of the nice things about this release, it still has keyboard legend Jon Lord playing on the tracks. As you would imagine this is a mixture of new and old tracks. Whether you need another live Deep Purple album is entirely up to you, good though this is on its own merits.
There is yet another live release from The Jeff Healey Band called Live in Belgium. This one comes with both a CD and a DVD with the same tracks. It was filmed in 1993 and features all the songs you know and love from the blind guitarist and his band. It ends with a damn good version of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gentle Weeps." This a good addition to the JHB musical collection and worth a listen.
A new supergroup released its debut and boy, is Unisonic good. Then again, on their self-titled Unisonic, we get to hear the talented voice of Mike Kiske who used to front Helloween. He is joined by a current and former member of Pink Cream 69 and this band sounds a heck of a lot like those guys. Of course, the irony is that Helloween pinched Pink Cream 69's vocalist when Kiske left. Oh, and Kai Hansen, also ex-Helloween, is a member of the band in addition to Mandy Meyer of Krokus fame. If you every wondered what a merger of Helloween, Gamma Ray, and Pink Cream 69 would sound like, this is the band for you. This is a great hard rock album and an absolute pleasure to listen to.
Another band that really got under my skin is Freak Kitchen with their album Land of the Freaks. Imagine Extreme without the Queen posturing. There is a funk vibe to this album but it never gets overpowering. "Hip Hop Hoorah" has got some great jazz funk on it and is very catchy. It is all very listenable and fun. "Sick" is another great track. This album was originally released in 2009 and has been re-released in anticipation of their newest album. It is groove rock at its best and most listenable.