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Glover, Roger (And The Guilty Party) - 2002 Snapshot

ARTIST: Glover, Roger (And The Guilty Party)
ALBUM: Snapshot
LABEL: Eagle Rock Records
YEAR: 2002


LINEUP: Roger Glover - bass, vocals, piano * Randall Bramblett - vocals, keys, saxophone * Joe Bonadio - drums, percussion * Nick Moroch - lead guitars * Eran Tabib - guitars * Warren Haynes - slide and steel guitars * Larry Saltzman - acoustic guitars * Gerry Leonard - dulcimer, mandolin * Joe Mennonna - horns * Mickey Lee Soule - keyboards * Gillian Glover, Vaneese Thomas, Deena Miller - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 My Turn * 02 Burn Me Up Slowly * 03 Beyond Emily * 04 Queen Of England * 05 No Place To Go * 06 The Bargain Basement * 07 What You Don't Say * 08 Nothing Else * 09 Could Have Been Me * 10 The More I Find * 11 When It Comes To You * 12 Some Hope

WEBLINKS: www.rogerglover.com

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past three decades, here's a man who needs no introduction, but before all you Speed Kings and Space Truckers get over-excited, here's a friendly word of warning.. Rog has created an album of many colours here, and none of them are purple. The album is definitely not what most of you will expect. Glover has obviously decided that Joe Lynn Turner and co seem happy to fly the flag for all things Deep Purple and Rainbow inspired, so he's devoted 'Snapshot' to other musical ideas.

The Songs
The opening number, 'My Turn', has an old school funk groove for a backbone, and as such, makes for a good opener. 'Burn Me Up Slowly' has more than a hint of reggae and Roger's band of session musos (including ex-Rainbow keysman Mickey Lee Soule and Warren Haynes, previously of the Allman Brothers Band and more recently, the stoned blues kings, Govt Mule) prove themselves more than competent. The soulful balladry of 'No Place To Go' is definitely a stand-out moment and on this track, vocalist Randall Bramblett really shines. 'The More I Find' is acoustic folk/pop, the kind at which Lowen & Navarro really excel (if you haven't heard those guys yet, check them out as soon as possible). 'The Bargain Basement' provides another contrast, as on this track the lead vocals are female, the voice belonging to Gillian Glover. 'What You Don't Say' sees the return of the earthy reggae feel - obviously a style of music Glover enjoys playing. 'Could've Been Me' is a fairly standard rock outing reminding me of early Dire Straits, or perhaps even Jethro Tull during their award-winning-but-not-quite-classic 'Crest Of A Knave' period. It's still a world away from the slabs of Hammond B3 and wailing vocals which I'd been expecting. 'If I Could Fly' is really laid back, with a saxophone providing a jazzy quality. This track is (once again) nothing like I'd expected from a key figure in the Deep Purple family tree.

In Summary
Some people may feel this album lacks focus and direction as nearly every track is in a different style, but I feel that the sheer variety here is one of the album's great strengths - it's a superb showcase for all the musical influences Roger Glover has taken on board during a long career.

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