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Released: 2004, Shrapnel
Covering The Covers
This is part of small five CD review feature I like to call ‘Covering the Covers’. Love ‘em or hate ‘em tribute CD’s and cover tune CD’s are here to stay. I personally enjoy covers for the most part as long as I like at least the band doing the covering or the bands being covered. Here is a very quick round up of five recently released cover CD’s including, L.A. Guns, Michael Schenker, Kevin Dubrow, George Lynch and Heathen.
This is George Lynch’s fourth, ‘true’ solo release in a sporadic and spotty career. I suppose his main band (Lynch Mob) is his source of new material so why not follow a popular trend and do a covers CD?
George has assembled the usual mass of talent for this endeavor. Kelly Keeling on vocals lends an air of sophistication to the proceedings and Shrapnel session stalwarts Gunter Nezhoda, Kevin Curry and Jeff Martin are in on the action. Decent cover art and a nice change to the usual low-key design of these type of releases is George’s personal notes on each cut. It adds a bit more meaning, I feel if the listener understands why the artist choose to cover that particular track of the million available to pay homage to. It’s better than having to assume because the guy ‘just likes it’.
He purposefully choose to cover bands from the 60’s and 70’s which leaves me a bit out of the loop as I am not familiar with too many of the songs on this disc. However there are a few gems here if somewhat predictable…Deep Purple, Montrose, Beatles but nice and more obscure choices are Grand Funk, ZZ Top and Captain Beyond.
George really does add an element of fury or ‘furiousness’ as some of the soloing has to be heard to be believed. His take on Space Station # 5 is killer! Most of the songs are rocked up to a considerable degree making this a fairly heavy disc, heavy compared to recent comparable tribute CD’s by the L.A. Guns or Michael Schenker. I’m a fan of Lynch in all his forms and incarnations (except maybe that lame rap MCD he did) so I’m pleased to add this to my collection.
1. Space Station #5
2. Sins A Good Man’s Brother
3. All Along The Watchtower
5. I Want You/She’s So Heavy
6. Blood Of The Sun
7. Bridge Of Sighs
8. Precious And Grace
9. I Ain’t Superstitious
10. One Way Or Another
11. You Shook Me
12. Dancing Madly Backwards
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