A skilled, well-traveled, and prolific English guitarist and bassist best known for stints with Trapeze, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple, Glenn Hughes is often referred to as “The Voice of Rock.” Starting out as the bassist and lead vocalist for English funk rockers Trapeze (which evolved from British soulsters the News) in 1969, Hughes earned his reputation as the bass player for Deep Purple from 1974 until that iteration of the group split in 1976. He went on to forge a successful and long-running solo career, releasing over a dozen albums, and in 2010 he began fronting the hard rock supergroup Black Country Communion, and later the like-minded California Breed. In 2016 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside his Deep Purple bandmates, and in 2019 he joined Aussie-American hard rock supergroup the Dead Daisies.
After the breakup of Deep Purple, Hughes subsequently reconvened Trapeze (with no records resulting) and issued his solo debut, Play Me Out, in 1978. His next effort, recorded with guitarist Pat Thrall under the name Hughes/Thrall, appeared in 1983, and he worked in the supergroup Phenomena in 1985. Hughes then joined Black Sabbath as lead singer for 1986’s The Seventh Star, departing after that album and eventually surfacing with — of all artists — the techno/house group the KLF, performing on their 1991 single “America — What Time Is Love?”
In 1993, Mike Varney’s Shrapnel label issued the new Hughes solo album, Blues, on which he played bass and sang with an array of guest guitarists. A string of solo releases followed through the ’90s, including 1995’s Burning Japan Live, 1997’s Addiction (which addressed some of the personal problems that had kept Hughes out of recording for most of the latter half of the ’80s), and 1999’s The Way It Is. Return to Crystal Karma (2000) and Building the Machine (2001) saw Hughes delivering a pair of tight, funk-tinged pop/rock outings, while Songs in the Key of Rock (2003) drew inspiration from ’70s hard rock; during this time Hughes collaborated with Joe Lynn Turner on a pair of albums under the HTP (Hughes-Turner Project) moniker. Soul Mover, his tenth solo album, was released in 2005, with Music for the Divine, his best-selling solo outing to date, arriving a year later.
Hughes moved to Frontiers Records for the release of 2008’s First Underground Nuclear Kitchen, and in 2010 he joined English-American supergroup Black Country Communion, with whom he would go on to record three studio albums. In 2014 Hughes, Jason Bonham, and Andrew Watt released an eponymous LP under the moniker California Breed, and in 2016 he issued his 14th solo long-player, Resonate, which coincided with his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple.
Burning Japan Live is a live album by former Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Trapeze vocalist and bassist Glenn Hughes. It was recorded at the Club Citta in Kawasaki, Japan on Tuesday 24 May and Wednesday 25 May 1994 in support of the studio album From Now On….
This was the first official live solo album to be released by Hughes. It features a set-list of fifteen songs, four from his 1994 solo album From Now On…, three songs from the Hughes/Thrall album and seven Deep Purple numbers. It also features a never before heard song titled Still In Love With You, on which Hughes plays keyboards.
Hughes’ band for the concerts was the same as the band that played on From Now On…, including Europe members Mic Michaeli, John Levén and Ian Haugland (who only performed on the bonus tracks from From Now On…).
It is of note that a live version of the track Kiss Of Fire (from the first Phenomena album) was recorded during the same performance and included on the Talk About It EP.
There is an error in the sleeve notes for the album; they mistakenly credit the tracks This Time Around and Owed To G to Bolin/Hughes/Paice, when they should read Hughes/Lord and Bolin, respectively.
The mere mention of the name Glenn Hughes brings to mind one of the all-time greatest set of pipes in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. The man in command wasn’t given the name “The Voice of Rock” simply for his stellar studio work. The ambitious English singer and bassist, carries his killer vocals over to the stage as well. The tracks etched into _Burning Japan Live_ are a testament to the incredible vocal power of the former member of Trapeze and Deep Purple.
Hughes is a legend in Japan… and this concert recording is further justification for his high held status in the land of the rising sun. The inspired live songs were pulled from two dates at Citta’ Kawasaki, on May 24th and 25th, 1994.
Kicking off the live set with an aggressive version of the smokin’ Deep Purple number, “Burn”, Hughes and his competent backing band, which includes John Leven, Ian Haugland, Mic Michaeli, Eric Bojfeld and Thomas Larsson, pound their way through a hot eleven song performance. Highlights from this powerful disc include “Lay My Body Down”, “Coast to Coast”, “Owed To G”, “Gettin’ Tighter”, “Lady Double Dealer” and a raging take of “Stormbringer”, which closes out this album.
All hail “The Voice of Rock”…(Jon Fox)
Eric Bojfeldt (guitar, background vocals)
Ian Haugland (drums)
Glenn Hughes (vocals, keyboards on 07.)
Thomas Larsson (guitar, background vocals)
John Levén (bass)
Mic Michaeli (keyboards, background vocals)
01. Burn (Blackmore/Coverdale/Lord/Paice) 6.44
02. The Liar (Beauvoir/Hughes) 4.24
03. Muscle And Blood (Hughes/Thrall) 5.32
04. Lay My Body Down (Hughes/Larsson) 5.09
05. From Now On… (Hughes) 6.00
06. Into The Void (Bojfeldt/Hughes/Michaeli) 7.03
07. Still In Love With You (Hughes) 2.11
08. Coast To Coast Hughes) 6.08
09. This Time Around (Hughes, Lord) 3.33
10. Owed To G (Bolin) 2.49
11. Gettin’ Tighter (Bolin/Hughes) 4.00
12. You Keep On Moving – 7:25 (Coverdale, Hughes) 7.12
13. Lady Double Dealer – 3:45 (Blackmore, Coverdale) 3.25
14. I Got Your Number (Hughes/Thrall) 4.17
15, Stormbringer (Blackmore/Coverdale) 5.10
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