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Old Jun-12-2010, 8:12 AM
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Icon47 BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION - Debut review

Here's my review of the brilliant new album, "Black Country", by Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham, and Derek Sherinian - the band, very soon to be better known as Black Country Communion.

http://rockguitardaily.blogspot.com/2010/06/black-country-communion.html
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Old Jun-12-2010, 8:40 AM
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Thanks Tony for the review

Reading that there is an eleven minute epic on the album makes the wait for the release even more nerve racking. Any album Glenn does should be required to have one long epic jam on it.

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Old Jun-12-2010, 1:44 PM
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more proof that it is gonna be a great record
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Old Jun-14-2010, 4:18 AM
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What a fantastic review, I have felty very positive about this project right from the start, this just builds on that feeling that BCC are going to be huge!!!
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very tempting, but I have decided not to read it until the album is being released!

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Glenn's career has many highlights: It seems that the coming album will be one of the biggest. I hope it will get a lot of promotion by a big tour
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Another early preview review... yum

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The album is jam packed with quality rock songs and arrangements that collectively showcases each musician. The commitment and intent the band have brought to proceedings is evident from the off.

Read it all here:

www.tightbutloose.co.uk/tblweb09/?p=5499
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David, have you heard the album yet?
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Old Jun-29-2010, 3:38 PM
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David, have you heard the album yet?

Nope, waiting patiently though
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Old Jun-30-2010, 6:26 AM
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very tempting, but I have decided not to read it until the album is being released!

Me too! Waiting on the edge of my seat to get this album

lots of great 'n for sure!

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There's going to be a really good vibe with this album - 'I can feel it in mi bones' as we say in the north. Seriously - I think this going to be a big one.

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You will find another preview now on thehighwaystar.com

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Yes, its an interesting review and well worth a read as it's well constructed with a song by song approach. Again the " scream" comes into question!!! It also mention s that Glenn is also talking about album no 2 already, guess the pre orders numbers are very good.

Just cannot wait to here the whole album have pre orderded mine via HMV.
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even the so called 'filler' track is compared to 'Misty Mountain Hop' with 'Kashmir' like strings - must be a s**t hot 'filler' track!!!!

Cannot wait for this to hit my CD player AND turntable!!

Roll on September...

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i wonder what these reviewers think of Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford and one of the original 'screamers' Ian Gillan? Probably thinks Child in Time is **** because Ian screams on it! Let's face it, whatever Glenn does some Deep Purple fans won't appreciate him in any shape or form.

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i wonder what these reviewers think of Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford and one of the original 'screamers' Ian Gillan? Probably thinks Child in Time is **** because Ian screams on it! Let's face it, whatever Glenn does some Deep Purple fans won't appreciate him in any shape or form.

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My thoughts exactly Paul... seems they're happy with their lot... each to their own and all that I guess... meantime, I'll take the fast track, hope to see you all aboard
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Well, this is one DP fan who does appreciate what Glenn has done. Burn and Stormbringer are among my favs albums of DP whereas Slaves & Masters with JL Turner

David, why the fast track... afraid you'll get your ears boxed ?
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Thumbs up Lookin' forward to the sweet smell of…

Well, you know… it's gonna' be a boat load of petuli, 'smoke' and of course… tons of success for Black Country Communion!

Brace yourselves... I do believe this is going to be huge!

Of course I'm bias, but quite simply put... Glenn Hughes is perfection on this outing; lovers of 'the voice of rock' are gonna' be lovin' this one!! Aside from the voice (!), his bass work is out of this world - he plays like you've never heard him play before. You will simply be blown away! I'll be surprised if you think otherwise. Jason Bonham really stands out… possibly his finest hour. I hope he has some sense of that. Although I think Joe Bonamassa could of stretched out a little more, rock guitar wise, irregardless, he is still outstanding and has definitely now climbed out of his blues shell. I'm coming into this as a 'rock' fan, so perhaps thats why I'm thinkin' that! The vocal duets are perfect… Glenn and Joe are a good match indeed, so no worries on that score. "Song Of Yesterday" really is a standout song and Derek Sherinian really fills things out perfectly, I especially love what he's done on "Too Late For The Sun".

I never thought I'd hear nods to so many on one record!! Free, Bad Co., The Who, Stones, Cream, Led Zep, Clapton, Trower, early Floyd and Journey, even AC/DC (!), AND Soundgarden for good measure!

So far… "The Great Divide", "Song Of Yesterday" and "Too Late For The Sun" are my favorite tracks, but also loving' "Beggarman" - can't wait to see some hips shakin' to that one! Along with those, "Sista Jane" is also a must play live track, me thinks, if for no other reason than to see Glenn and Joe trade the mic live!

"Medusa", is given a modern twist, while being faithful to the original. Wonderful stuff. Definitely no filler here!

I could easily run down my thoughts on each song, but will save that for another time. Glenn has said this is a traditional British rock record, but he sells him self short… it's so much more. The first half of the album I think sounds more 'original' than the latter half.. but that's not a ding… just that the songs sound more unique to the band, such as "No Time", "Down Again", "The Great Divide", "Black Country" and "One Last Soul" (so much better to hear that one as it should be, rather than the YouTube videos) and "Stand" (although towards end of album, not strictly the beginning)!

I love what they've done throughout... what with the sudden, start stop, fills, quick change harmonies etc... it really gives things a modern twist, all without losing the 'vintage' vibe. So although they'll no doubt get labeled under 'classic rock' what with the references to other great bands - there's so much more in play here than simply a tried and true formula. It's a true mix of originality and a tip of the hat to days gone by.

So I've gotta' tell you… I do believe "this is the one"… if this goes the way of "Fused", I think we should all throw the towel in! That would make no sense at all to me!! Anyway, Shirean and I were grinnin' ear to ear… chucklin' to ourselves… as each song went by… we can feel it in our bones… oh... and I love the length of each track... they deserve the full 5 or 11 minutes etc... any shorter and you would feel robbed. One piece of advice when playing it for the first time or two... turn UP the volume!! You don't want to miss a thing!

Kudos to Kevin Shirley, he really brought out the best of each band member, especially with the time constraints that were in play!

So that's my 2 cents for now! Hopefully this will tide you over… only a little more than a month to go now!

Look out for a "One Last Soul" free download offer soon from the BCC website!
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No fair - we all want to hear it too!!!!! I like the sound of the hip shaking one - if you've ever been stood anywhere near me at a gig you know thats my bag!! Pre - ordered mine on Amazon and it's due for delivery on 22nd Sept I think - so I'll be counting down the days when September comes around for sure! Glad you and Shirean really enjoyed it and have that feeling in your bones xxx

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Old Aug-06-2010, 3:51 PM
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I like the sound of the hip shaking one - if you've ever been stood anywhere near me at a gig you know thats my bag!!

Funny, I was saying to Shirean... Marie's 'gonna luv this one
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looking forward to the album, hope it lives up to the hype.

Although One Last Soul is a beautifully played and sung i'm not 'into' the song itself.....Yet!

Beggarman sounds like it is going to be the track closest to his solo recordings so looking forward to checking that out.

I do hope for Glenn that this is the 'breakout' album that his talent and performances deserve.

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looking forward to the album, hope it lives up to the hype.
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Paul, hi, went to my long-time record shop today to pre-order the vinyl edition. The guy asked "Huuh, BCC... who's that". When I told him new band of Glenn Hughes, he became very excited. When I told him go to BCC website on Monday to download "One last soul" he was even more excited Will do anything to promote this band here, because Glenn deserves it! The other musicians, too, of course! Can't wait to see Jason Bonham live, saw his Dad once - Led Zep is unforgettable . And yes, sometimes you have to listen to a song a couple of times before you really get 'into' it. Viewed One last soul on youtube several times - loooove it now! Greets!
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it's growing on me!

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Just listened to the download from BCC Glenns' vocal sounds awesome. I've ordered the CD, really looking forward to September. Turn it up!
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Another BCC pre-review to wet your appetite

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Hold on to your hats, this is just the kind of kick-butt rock release you've been waiting for. Certainly no one-off band, BCC backs up their credentials by serving up some well-seasoned, certified grade A bluesy rock.

http://www.examiner.com/led-zeppelin-in-national/black-country-communion-cd-review
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there is also a review on deep-purple.net -

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"Yes you say, but is it any good? You bet it is. I blasted through the whole album and can't wait to do so again. It's a little ragged round the edges, but has a powerful rock spirit which straddles the seventies through to today and just keeps you glued to the speakers. Indeed it's a shame they could not have issued the vinyl on Vertigo, because to me it is a real descendant of those slightly obscure but often exciting acts which the spiral label use to specialise in. The tracks are often lengthy, one or two reviewers have actually complained (!), but the band get into such a groove they've done right not to fade and cut. Dare I mention Mk 3? BCC certainly has echoes of 1974 about it, but in a good way. If Deep Purple themselves had issued this as the follow up to Stormbringer there would have been few grumbles."


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when will it be avaliable in Brazil?


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Here's the review from the most recent issue of Fireworks magazine (no. 41) out of the UK... by long time Fan Forum member, James Gaden.



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Debut album from the much hyped supergroup.

Hey, it’s that term ‘supergroup’ again... if you’ve been living in a cave, Black Country Communion are a four piece assembled by Glenn Hughes of Trapeze, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath fame, in tandem with blues guitar hero Joe Bonamassa. With the experience of Kevin Shirley (Journey, Aerosmith, loads of others) on production duties, and drums provided by Jason Bonham, things were looking good. Apparently Bonham didn’t want to be part of a three piece, so the not inconsiderable ivory tinkling skills of Derek Sherinian from Dream Theater completed the line up.

Understandably the quartet’s reputations caused much speculation and now their debut record has finally arrived. I wasn’t sure whether it would be bluesy because of Bonamassa’s influence, or have some of Hughes’ trademark funk in there, but neither of those genres get a look in. The fact of the matter is this band was put together to rock, and rock they do!

The title track opens the record, with a pounding bass line from Hughes, before Bonamassa kicks in with Bonham and Sherinian right behind him. It’s a powerhouse start, and lyrically Glenn explained to me it was all about him returning to rock. Follow up ‘One Last Soul’ is even better, with Hughes’ awesome voice in great form. The song has a great chorus and there’s not a sniff of funk for those who dislike that side of Glenn’s work... and that is the case for the entire album.

Down Again’ is worth mentioning because it sounds like it was left off Glenn’s popular ‘Return Of Crystal Karma’ CD. ‘Beggerman’ is also worthy of note for it’s frantic pace and Glenn giving a prime example of why he was bestowed the rather hefty ‘Voice Of Rock’ mantle. For long time Hughes fans, they’ll lap up the new version of the Trapeze classic ‘Medusa’, which apparently Glenn often jammed with John Bonham, and Jason was keen to follow his father’s example, with Bonamassa playing it on the late Mel Galley’s guitar.

The Revolution In Me’ and ‘Song Of Yesterday’ feature Bonamassa on lead vocals and he does a terrific job. There are also a couple of duets where Glenn and Joe share the limelight, one of which is the stand out ‘Sista Jane’, with an almost AC/DC-esque power chord intro, and the best hook and chorus on the album.

Rounding things out is ‘Too Late For The Sun’ which ends with a band jam that was recorded spontaneously in one take.

I found the album grew on me with repeated listens and is a fine first effort from what I hope will be a continuing project. It sounds huge and similar to Chickenfoot, it was recorded with few overdubs and plenty of enthusiasm. Those wanting Hughes to rock have got it in spades here, and this funk free debut will win back a lot of fans for the Voice Of Rock.

This is more than just a Glenn Hughes vehicle though, it really does sound like a serious band and the album is well worth checking out!

www.rocktopia.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&d-reviews&id=469:black-country-communion-black-country
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Ooooh, BCC promo copies are starting to arrive at media outlets... we're getting close now
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