Title - 'The Way It Is: Expanded Edition'
Artist - Glenn Hughes
For those not in the know, Glenn Hughes is an English rock bassist and vocalist, best known for playing bass and performing vocals for funk rock pioneers Trapeze, the Mk. III and IV line-ups of Deep Purple; as well as briefly fronting Black Sabbath in the mid-1980s.
In addition to being an active session musician, Hughes also maintains a notable solo career. He fronted the supergroup Black Country Communion from 2009 to 2013, and California Breed from late 2013 to early 2015. On 8 April 2016, Hughes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple.
The Way It Is was Hughes’ sixth solo studio album, and was originally released in 1999 on Nippon Crown, SPV and Shrapnel Records Records.
Now digitally remastered and expanded into a two CD edition, the iconic British rocker's Purple Records reissue schedule continues. Produced by Glenn Hughes and Michael Scott, as well as featuring original material written with guitarist JJ Marsh, the album also includes two versions of Jimi Hendrix's 'Freedom'.
This edition includes a live concert recorded at London's Astoria 2, and features versions of Trapeze classics 'You Are the Music', 'Coast To Coast' and 'Your Love Is Alright', as well as an extended medley of Deep Purple tracks plus the song 'Gone', co-written with Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi.
1. 'The Way It Is'
2. 'You Kill Me'
4. 'Rain on Me'
7. 'The Truth Will Set Me Free'
8. 'Stoned in the Temple'
9. 'Too Far Gone'
10. 'Second Son'
11. 'Take You Down'
12. 'Don't Look Away'
13. 'Freedom (Shagmeister Mix)'
1. 'The State I'm In'
2. 'Midnight Meditated'
4. 'Might Just Take Your Life'
5. 'Muscle and Blood'
6. 'You Kill Me'
8. 'You Are the Music'
9. 'Your Love Is Alright'
10. 'Coast to Coast'
11. 'Purple Medley: Owed to "G" / Sail Away / Lay Down Stay Down / Gettin' Tighter'
The album kicks off with both the title track and 'You Kill Me' haring out of the traps, neck and neck as perfect rock partners of both voice and bass. Man alive, what a great way to open an album. They are then followed by the being-in-the-moment track 'Neverafter', which he backs up with both 'Rain On Me' and the addictive melodies of 'Curse.'
His cover of Jimi Hendrix's 'Freedom' is a right royal treat for all Hughes fans, and showcases the musicians perfectly on the album. Their collective sound, if not on this track alone, makes the hairs stand up on my neck! The subtle, yet heartfelt lyrics of 'The Truth Will Set You Free' is up next, with Hughes' dynamic voice brought out from under the hood once more for both 'Stoned In The Temple' and 'Too Far Gone.'
The quite brilliant-still-to-hear-today 'Second Son' is yet another gem on this fine album, and that's backed by the pop and soul of 'Take You Down.' The album then rounds out with the all out rocker 'Don't Look Away', and then finally comes to a close with an additional remix of 'Freedom ("Shagmesiter Mix").
Interestingly enough, the album features two songs co-written with funk guitarist Stevie Salas and performed by Hughes, Salas and former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum. The three of them had originally planned to put an album together, but this did not appear, thus 'You Kill Me' and 'Second Son' are the only tracks by the three of them to ever be released.
Also, and in closing, the expanded booklet features liner notes by Classic Rock magazine's Malcolm Dome based on new interviews with Glenn.
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