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.