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Brazen Abbot - 1995 Live And Learn

ARTIST: Brazen Abbot
ALBUM: Live And Learn
LABEL: Victor (Japan)
YEAR: 1995
CD REISSUE: 1996, USG, USG 40004-2 * 2005, Steramhammer, SPV99612CD


LINEUP: Nikolo Kotsev - guitars, keyboards, piano, violin, percussion * Glenn Hughes, Thomas Vikstrom, Goran Edman - vocals * Ian Haughland - drums * Mic Michaeli - organ * Svante Henryson - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Extraordinary Child * 02 No Way Out Of Nowhere * 03 Live And Learn * 04 Russian Roulette * 05 Clean Up Man * 06 When November Reigns * 07 Miracle * 08 Big Time Blues * 09 Feeling Like A Rolling Stone * 10 Children Of Today * 11 Shadows Of The Moon


Here's the first installment from guitar god Nikolo Kotsev since his breakaway from the Swedish band Baltimoore. Steeped in the tradition of bands like Deep Purple and UFO, Bulgarian native Kotsev, adds his own superior orchestration and arrangement skills, coming up a with a sound and concept which blows his rivals out of the water. The music is deeply melodic, and classy. None of that fretboard masturbation we see with guitarists working the same ground. Yes, Nik can play with the best of them, but he doesn't have anything to prove, just to showcase his ability. As you can see, the lineup named above is an impressive one, all having previous lives in other great melodic outfits ranging from Europe to Talk Of The Town as well as Yngwie Malmsteen, Deep Purple and Hughes/Thrall. The vocals are shared around among a trio of superb rock vocalists, and these Kotsev arranged songs are an ideal vehicle for each of them to strut their stuff.

The Songs
Goran Edman gets the nod to open up on 'Extraordinary Child', a rollicking high roller of a song with a relentless drumbeat. There's all sorts of wierd voice-overs on this one. 'No Way Out Of Nowhere' is a surging wave of heavy melodia with Vikstrom at the forefront. The title track 'Live And Learn' is a superb poignant piece, where Glenn is signing with ample feeling and soul. Kotsev's turns the amps up on 'Russian Roulette' while the keyboard organ work is straight out of the Rainbow school of playing. 'Clean Up Man' is a funked up attempt which only the likes of Dave Lee Roth can get away with. Not here unfortunately. 'When November Reigns' is another superbly heavy melodic track with guitars cutting away, while 'Miracle' changes shape and pace, slowing down to allow Hughes time to impart a passionate vocal delivery. Edman gets the job on 'Feeling Like A Rolling Stone', with a very southern swamp rock influence through the middle section. The pace quickens again for 'Children Of Today' as it does for the obligatory blues workout called 'Big Time Blues'.

In Summary
The continuation of this seventies brand of rock by the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen and now Kotsev breathes new life and freshness into this style/genre. This style is still popular with the melodic rock brethren, particularly Japan, as Brazen Abbot has since released numerous albums, becoming bigger and better than ever.

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