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Live In Sao Paulo
Released: 2008, Headroom Inc
Reviewer: Celtic Bob
This live album by guitarist Richie Kotzen is a blues heavy guitar driven showcase. The songs are not traditional blues music but the influence is very much there and in your face and blues fans will enjoy his twist on it.
For the non-guitarist this disc may come off as extremely self indulgent and a medium to showcase his playing ability. While Richie is a fantastic player and has half decent vocal ability the solo’s are just a bit over the top and take away from the songs tremendously. The most enjoyable track on the disc is “Doin’ What The Devil Says To Do” with it’s early Black Crowes-esque melody. Kotzen’s voice on this track even has allot of similarities to Robinson’s. His version of “Stand” closes out the disc and is similar to the original just slightly mellower and a hint more bluesy.
If you are a fan of Richie or just a guitarist in general then you may want to pick this up. If you are looking for a great Hard Rock album with lots of screaming guitar then You may find some satisfaction in the songs as guitar is the main feature.
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