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Old Jul-15-2005, 1:57 PM
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I received my copy from ebay today, after a first listening, i want to give you my review song by song.

But first i want to say that this cd looks like an HTP on holydays, they are trying something different, more experimental. Like someone said on this forum, you need more than one listening to appreciate.

Despite the "not big production", when you have finished the first listening, you are a bit lost but you want to listen the thing again and again.....Glenn and Joe sing as a duet on all the songs...Let's go song by song :

01 ARIANNA it looks like a 80's Toto song musically and titelly ( Rosanna, Pamela, Hollyanna....)

02 LET THE FIRE RAGE a little 80's purplelesque feeling. Flute and battle drum sound in the beginning and during the break. More a Turner song for me....

03 WARRIOR OF THE WORLD modern funky rock song with 80's zz top sound and great modern guitar part...

04 FORGIVE HER it begins with a Sabbath guitar riff and turns into a reggae song, very experimental....

05 ON YOUR MARKS hard rock song with a modern touch. It remembers me some "Silver" songs, the Gary Barden project. A blackmoresque guitar solo here....

06 I'M ALIVE heavy mid tempo, very experimental song with a lot of rythm changes....

07 OLD FRIEND Accoustic ballad in the style of the new studio song on Soulfully live in the city of angels...

08 CIRCUS LIFE Santana style in the style of "Smooth" A little bit of funk, a little bit of soul....

09 THE ALCHEMIST funky rock song with a furious guitar solo. This song could be a "Buildind the machine" leftover

It's too late for me to look at the dvd, but a review will follow.... Anyway a great surprise, but more listenings will reveal the truth...
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Old Jul-16-2005, 3:14 PM
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I received my copy from ebay today, after a first listening, i want to give you my review song by song.

But first i want to say that this cd looks like an HTP on holydays, they are trying something different, more experimental. Like someone said on this forum, you need more than one listening to appreciate.

Despite the "not big production", when you have finished the first listening, you are a bit lost but you want to listen the thing again and again.....Glenn and Joe sing as a duet on all the songs...Let's go song by song :

01 ARIANNA it looks like a 80's Toto song musically and titelly ( Rosanna, Pamela, Hollyanna....)

02 LET THE FIRE RAGE a little 80's purplelesque feeling. Flute and battle drum sound in the beginning and during the break. More a Turner song for me....

03 WARRIOR OF THE WORLD modern funky rock song with 80's zz top sound and great modern guitar part...

04 FORGIVE HER it begins with a Sabbath guitar riff and turns into a reggae song, very experimental....

05 ON YOUR MARKS hard rock song with a modern touch. It remembers me some "Silver" songs, the Gary Barden project. A blackmoresque guitar solo here....

06 I'M ALIVE heavy mid tempo, very experimental song with a lot of rythm changes....

07 OLD FRIEND Accoustic ballad in the style of the new studio song on Soulfully live in the city of angels...

08 CIRCUS LIFE Santana style in the style of "Smooth" A little bit of funk, a little bit of soul....

09 THE ALCHEMIST funky rock song with a furious guitar solo. This song could be a "Buildind the machine" leftover

It's too late for me to look at the dvd, but a review will follow.... Anyway a great surprise, but more listenings will reveal the truth...

Well, great review! Spot on! Have to agree on most tracks yet I have to add that Warrior of the World and Forive her are the cathiest of the whole bunch with melodies that can stay in your head for days and Old Friend is the only tune with recognasible russian harmonies (I guess expected from this kind of project), especially in the guitar intro.
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Too bad the DVD is in russian only as there are plenty of VERY interesting interviews with Men and all the partisipants. They all speak about how Purple was a huige influence on them and about how the record came together. There are also some places where you could hear the original '86 versions of the same tunes done by Men's then band Most. Some of them as Men confesses were done "late-Rainbow style" yet completely rearranged for this album to give them more modern feel. Too bad they didn't include acoustic version of Beatles "Don't let me down" which was shown in one the news reports (it was brilliant with Turner giving a fantastic Lennon impersonification) but we have a drunken "Nights in white satin" instead, not to mention "Smoke on the water" done with Moscow Purple-cover band Greentown on a private session (JLT was carried away afterwards, not being able even to walk!).
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Old Jul-16-2005, 8:28 PM
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Arianna, Old Friend and Circus Life are the three tracks that do the most for me, but honestly I think the whole album is quite different and fun to listen to. You're right on the money when you say that Circus Life sounds like Smooth - you can practically sing that song over this one! The Sabbath-like riff that turns into a reggae song threw me for a loop, and I can't quite see what the thought was when they wrote that, but it gets a point or two for originality.


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I just heard some clips off of this and I'm very impressed...brings back the magic Joe and Glenn have together...which I hope is revisited someday. This is good stuff and would be well worth getting.


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Arianna, Old Friend and Circus Life are the three tracks that do the most for me, but honestly I think the whole album is quite different and fun to listen to. You're right on the money when you say that Circus Life sounds like Smooth - you can practically sing that song over this one! The Sabbath-like riff that turns into a reggae song threw me for a loop, and I can't quite see what the thought was when they wrote that, but it gets a point or two for originality.


Cheers...Todd

Exactly what I think. Slightly disturbing the album doesn't sound like "one piece" to me, more like a compilation album from one artist. Considering the age and the reworking of the songs with English lyrics added late in the process, it's still more than okay. Only I would have produced a little less generic, more lively, especially the drums, but that's a matter of taste.

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