Glenn Hughes – Justified Man (box-set)

Reviewed: February 2020
Released: 2020, Cherry Red / Purple Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

The fine folks at Cherry Red are keeping the rock alive and have just issued a nice collection of Glenn Hughes solo albums!   The purple clam-shell box, in very likely a clever nod to his past work with Deep Purple, is called JUSTIFED MAN.

Unlike some of the other boxes, that dig a little deeper into a band’s single album and provide a ton of bonus stuff, this set collects six entire Glenn Hughes solo albums, into one nice little package.  In this clamshell box, each album is housed in a wallet with the organ cover art and there is a fold-out booklet with lots of pictures of Glenn and credits for each album and that is about it.  It seems a little bare bones but gets the job done.

There are seven bonus tracks spread across the albums, most of the tracks are ‘just’ songs from the various European and Japanese pressings. The albums range in style from the very mellow FEEL from 1995 to the 70’s driven SONGS IN THE KEY OF ROCK (2003) to probably the heaviest in the box, ADDICTION from 1996.  All of these great records showcase his magnificent voice, and his usual range of blues, soul, and funk all mixed in with his classic Hard Rock template.

For me personally I own only about half of these solo albums so it is really cool to have them all in one compact set.  As of the time of writing this Glenn has 14 solo albums and this collects a good chunk of them.  To buy original pressings of these albums individually, as many of them are out-of-print, it will cost you some significant coin.  JUSTIFIED MAN is workmanlike and serves a purpose but most die-hard GH fans will have almost all of this in their libraries already.


Track Listing: 

DISC ONE

FEEL (1995)

1. BIG TIME
2. LIVIN’ FOR THE MINUTE
3. DOES IT MEAN THAT MUCH TO YOU?
4. SAVE ME TONIGHT (I’LL BE WAITING)
5. REDLINE
6. COFFEE & VANILLA
7. PUSH!
8. SHE LOVES YOUR MONEY
9. SPEAK YOUR MIND
10. TALKIN’ TO MESSIAH
11. MAYBE YOUR BABY

DISC TWO
ADDICTION (1996)

1. DEATH OF ME
2. DOWN
3. ADDICTION
4. MADELAINE
5. TALK ABOUT IT
6. I’M NOT YOUR SLAVE
7. COVER ME
8. BLUE JADE
9. JUSTIFIED MAN
10. I DON’T WANT TO LIVE THAT
WAY AGAIN
BONUS TRACKS
11. WAY BACK TO THE BONE (LIVE)
12. TOUCH MY LIFE (LIVE)
13. YOU FOOL NO ONE (LIVE)

DISC THREE

THE WAY IT IS (1999)

1. THE WAY IT IS
2. YOU KILL ME
3. NEVERAFTER
4. RAIN ON ME
5. CURSE
6. FREEDOM
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)

DISC FOUR

RETURN OF THE CRSTAL KARMA (2000)

1. THE STATE I’M IN
2. MIDNIGHT MEDITATED
3. IT’S ALRIGHT
4. SWITCH THE MOJO
5. GONE
6. THE OTHER SIDE OF ME
7. ANGELA
8. OWED TO “J”
9. THIS LIFE
10. DAYS OF AVALON

DISC FIVE

BUILDING THE MACHINE (2001)

1. CAN’T STOP THE FLOOD
2. INSIDE
3. OUT ON ME
4. I JUST WANT TO CELEBRATE
5. DON’T LET IT SLIP AWAY
6. FEELS LIKE HOME
7. HIGHBALL SHOOTER
8. WHEN YOU FALL
9. I WILL FOLLOW YOU
10. BEYOND THE NUMB
11. BIG SKY
12. COSMIC SPELL
(JAPAN BONUS TRACK)

DISC SIX

SONGS IN THE KEY OF ROCK (2003)

1. IN MY BLOOD
2. LOST IN THE ZONE
3. GASOLINE
4. HIGHER PLACES (SONG FOR BONZO)
5. GET YOU STONED
6. WRITTEN ALL OVER YOUR FACE
7. STANDING ON THE ROCK
8. COURAGEOUS
9. THE TRUTH
10. WHEREVER YOU GO
11. HIGHER PLACES (REPRISE)
12. SECRET LIFE
(EUROPEAN BONUS TRACK)
13. CHANGE (JAPAN BONUS TRACK)

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