Glenn Hughes-The Official Bootleg Box Set Vol 3 (1995-2010)

Reviewed: September, 2020
Released: 2020, Cherry Red / Hear No Evil
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: JP

It’s a good time to be a fan of Glenn Hughes but perhaps for the wrong reasons.  Let’s face it, Glenn is …how shall I put this delicately?  He is in the twilight years of his career.  Although still rocking out with various bands, touring and putting out solo albums, Glenn is moving towards 70 and we are not sure how much petrol he has left in the tank.   Accordingly, there has been quite a wealth of material released lately.   This is pretty common for record labels who hold the rights to a performer back catalogue.  There are windows of opportunity for when these things can be exploited, and I don’t mean that in a negative fashion, but again Glenn career is winding down so we are seeing lots of cool material hit the shops.

The fine folks at Cherry Red/Hear No Evil have just released the fourth Glenn Hughes box-set in few years. Collectively this well planned reissue campaign represents about 24 CD’s worth of vintage Hughes!  This latest one is the next part in a series called ‘The Official Bootleg Boxset.  It is Volume III and is essentially four different live gigs spanning 1995-2010.   Housed in the now familiar (deep) purple coloured clamshell box, this six-disc set also has a fold out poster with the basic credits for each concert.   It is streamlined but the quality is there in the packaging.

Initially I was a bit hesitant, thinking, how deep is the well of Glenn Hughes concerts and how many more live albums does any one fan need, but upon inspection this set is actually pretty cool.  Like most performers Hughes has had his up’s and downs and these concerts are far enough apart in time that each has it’s own distinct feel and line-up and track-list.   These are bootlegs, so the sound quality isn’t always 100% , but overall they are very listenable to me, apart from one section of pretty bad feedback that just didn’t seem to want to go away!

The first concert, a two-CD set from 1995 sees Hughes just starting to tour for his ‘Feel’ album, which to many fans, myself included is one of his weaker moments, basically an album of ballads.  Fortunately, the live set is a bit more rocking and at one pint says in the in-between song banter that he is a rock and roll singer at heart, but overall this is a pretty mellow, bluesy / funky / soul based show.   The mid 90’s was not a good time for Hard Rock and Metal in general, let alone a guy who some younger fans might have seen as a 70’s dinosaur.  Hughes was not quite at legendary / heritage act status quite yet and frankly the gig sounds small and empty. However he runs through a nice mix of solo stuff, Trapeze and Deep Purple for the appreciative fans.

Disc 3 is, perhaps my least favourite, or more charitably, least necessary, almost an exact set-list duplicate of CD 1 & 2 from the previous night.  This gig was in London. It almost seems redundant but still enjoyable.

Disc 4 is really cool, an acoustic show from 2008 which was on the 40th anniversary of Deep Purple tour. It is almost like a spoken word thing as well, with lots of chat in between songs.  He even politely asks the crowd to stop filming him at one point! He can still really hit some of those screams!

Disc 5 & 6 are by far the most rocking of the boxset with a show in Belfast In 2010, which would have been around the F.U.N.K. tour cycle.  Again, he covers a wide range of his music from over the decades backed by a band of younger Swedish dudes who nail it…drum solo and all!

Despite my mild initial trepidation these four shows really do show a wide variety of sounds and styles from his legendary career.  Plus this is all unreleased material so it is pretty rare stuff from the vaults.

My only minor complaint is that, there is a very thorough description on the Cherry Red website of the concerts and track lists of this box set. I wish it had been printed in the booklet in the box.  It probably only would have been one or two more pages and it would be really helpful.  Aside from that minor gripe, this affordable set is well-worth getting for collectors, archivists and fans in general.


TRACK LISTING

DISC ONE
WULFRUN HALL, WOLVERHAMPTON, UK 17th NOVEMBER 1995: PART 1

1. INTRO
2. BIG TIME
3. THE LIAR
4. MUSCLE AND BLOOD
5. YOU ARE THE MUSIC
6. YOUR LOVE IS ALRIGHT
7. PUSH
8. THIS TIME AROUND
9. COAST TO COAST

DISC TWO
WULFRUN HALL, WOLVERHAMPTON,
UK 17th NOVEMBER 1995: PART 2

1. WAY BACK TO THE BONE
2. FIRST STEP OF LOVE
3. YOU FOOL NO ONE
4. YOU KEEP ON MOVING
5. GETTIN’ TIGHTER
6. STORMBRINGER
7. BURN

DISC THREE
ASTORIA 2, LONDON
18th NOVEMBER 1995

1. BIG TIME
2. MUSCLE AND BLOOD
3. YOU ARE THE MUSIC
4. YOUR LOVE IS ALRIGHT
5. PUSH
6. COAST TO COAST
7. WAY BACK TO THE BONE
8. FIRST STEP OF LOVE
9. YOU FOOL NO ONE
10. GETTIN’ TIGHTER
11. STORMBRINGER
12. BURN

DISC FOUR
ESQUIRES, BEDFORD, UK
3rd MAY 2008

1. COAST TO COAST
2. I FOUND A WOMAN
3. MISTREATED
4. IT’S ABOUT TIME
5. SEAFULL
6. THIS TIME AROUND / OWED TO “G”
7. WILL OUR LOVE END
8. NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN
9. DON’T LET ME BLEED
10. HOLY MAN
11. YOU KEEP ON MOVING
12. STORMBRINGER

DISC FIVE
SPRING & AIRBRAKE, BELFAST, N.I. 9th OCTOBER 2010: PART 1

1. MUSCLE AND BLOOD
2. TOUCH MY LIFE
3. ORION
4. SAIL AWAY
5. MEDUSA
6. YOU KILL ME
7. CAN’T STOP THE FLOOD
8. CRAVE
9. DON’T LET ME BLEED

DISC SIX
SPRING & AIRBRAKE, BELFAST, N.I. 9th OCTOBER 2010: PART 2

1. KEEPIN’ TIME
2. STEPPIN’ ON
3. SOUL MOVER
4. ADDICTION
5. BURN


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