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Glenn Hughes’ studio report #2


Glenn Hughes has published a studio report #2 on his official site:

I have just completed my new album… we are mixing @ the moment, and will be mastering in January… I’m always excited about recording new albums, the songs are personal to me, as they are constantly being shaped thru out the year… Well here goes..

Read the report and see pictures from the studio here.

Thanks to Daniel Bengtsson for the info.

33 Comments to “Glenn Hughes’ studio report #2”:

  1. 1
    T says:

    Glenn Hughes is one of my all-time favorites. His magnificent work has been much discussed on this site, therefore I don’t have much to add except that I am looking forward to his next release. I’d like to seem him return to the “Addiction” sound; however, by going in the “Play Me Out”/”You Are the Music” direction, Hughes fans really can’t go wrong.

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    tomekdp says:

    The more I listen to the “Soul Mover” album, the more I am convinced that it is one of the best ever LP’s in Purple family catalogue. I wish Glenn all the best – BUT, I’m afraid that it will be a deadly task for him to surpass the “SM” in any terms 😉
    Still – fingers crossed!

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    Roberto says:

    I don’t like Soul mover and most of his solo albums bacause the compositions are not valid to me. They are really nothing special.The only ones really good are the album of the 70:’play me out’ and ‘you are the music…’ and the albums ‘in collaboration’:iommi-hughes’dep session’-htp project ‘2’.
    But stop here.
    The best Deep Purple Family album:
    -Roger Glover Butterfly Ball
    -Ian Gillan ‘clair aur turbulence’
    -Paice Ashton Lord ‘malice in wonderland’
    -Tomy bolin ‘from the archivies vol 1’-‘wihpes and roses vol 1’

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    AndreA says:

    About GH,the best for me is the 7thSTAR with T.IOMMI,the worst is FUSED (with T.IOMMI,what a sorrow..),another I love is FACE THE TRUTH,with John Norum. About the rest,

    about the rest if I donìt remember the music, if it has not conquered my mind, for me it never be a classic rock to remember

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    Tracy Heyder says:

    Glenn has been a part of so many fashions of music, that it is truly mind boggling. Each has it’s place in someone’s taste. He is a superb talent that just seems to follow a different direction each time and thereby is hard to pin down. I loved his ‘LA Blues Authority” stuff and most of his solo efforts. I personally don’t care for his “Funk” stuff too much (probably due to that being one of the reasons for Purple MK-3 to dissolve). Also, his constant over effort with his “Mariah Carey” high pitched squeals are over done when playing live. AS I stated in an earlier blog…..”Sybil” should be the title of his next LP. Too many “This is the NEW ME efforts”. Probably his biggest downfall is not knowing who that is. Either way, I will always give him a go, because of his talent and the Purple Connection.

    Rock on Glenn……Rock On!!!!!

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    Patrick says:

    i’ll second that tracy

  7. 7
    XL says:

    Who cares about a new album from GH?? He was good on the three studio albums with Purple. But live he was a nighmare. And still is….

    Rock hard/XL

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  9. 9
    Juraj says:

    If somebody does not like Glenn s music,it is basicaly just his problem.There is plenty of us,we love and enjoy it.

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    Perfectstringdangler says:

    Steve is right. I saw Glenn in NY last June, and it was one of those magical shows you never want to end. The only thing more remarkable than his voice at 55 (?) was his warmth and humility. We could all learn a lot from this guy, who had a reputation for being a jerk during his Purple years, was on his way to becoming a statistic, fell off the map completely and then amazingly reinvented himself. The only thing I ask of Glenn is to please treat your US fans to more live appearances in ’08 and beyond. The demand is clearly there!

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    T says:

    I usually write a lot. But I have nothing to add to that. Well said.

  12. 12
    Stefan says:

    Finally we agree on something dear Tracy….well, at least the first half of your comments! I personally don´t mind the funky stuff, in fact I love it!!
    As long as it have a groove & a swagger I´m in!!! I love all his albums but have a very soft spot for “Feel”!!

    I agree with “Perfectstringdangler” on the subject of personality! I had the pleasure to meet GH one to one, after his show in Copenhagen nov. 06!!
    He truly astonished me as one of the most genuine,caring and warm human beings I have ever had the pleasure to meet! His interest in my stories about
    how I achived sobriety,musical influences,inspiration and spirituality still makes me feel blessed!!

    Whatever direction his new album will go…I hope it´s gonna be a KILLER!!!

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    AndreA says:

    I saw GH on Stage 2 times here in Milan (I) and he was great…My first time it was in Genova (june 2003?..I’don’t remember exactly),Musical review offered by the city so free entry for the people. the concert was made in a beatifull square and the concert started at 21o’clock. He was supported by italian band (unknown for many people 🙂 ) from the town called CALIFORNIA JAM (vocal,keyboard,drums,guitar and GH on the bass and vocals).pratically they played the famous concert California Jam and for me it was very exciting. After 1h45′ the concert stopped and I come back alone to Milan in the night under a big rain (stormbringer?) for 150 Km with my happiness to have seen GH,I was happy like a little child…(That evening! I also difficult to turn my car for the rain!!)..

    Unforgettable evening of my life

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    AndreA says:

    for Stefan
    mee to I met GH in Milan,it was in early 90’s,perhaps in the years of GH’s mental depression,when he was a little sad man as usually he tells us..also for his short hair he suffered (GH! you are great man!!). IN THAT MORNING I escaped fron my job (factory) for going to a radiostation (www.radiorockfm.com Milano) where he was invited. I met him on the street on front of the radio’s door and I succed to get his autograph above the COME TASTE THE BAND inside cover vinyl…big sign! wonderfull for me…He was silent and gave me a little uncomfortable moment…little smiling no more…

    hey friends:
    sorry for my spamming but i need to tell this
    wishing well

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    Roberto says:

    actually glenn hughes is the best singer of ita era.the voice is still perfect (instead of Plant, Gillan, Coverdale).The problem are the compositions…

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    Seven-47 says:

    I enjoy most of the music put out by the various memebers, and ex-members of Deep Purple. I receive the most enjoyment from recordings by individuals in the following order: Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Steve Morse, Glenn Hughes, Tommy Bolin, Joe Lynn Turner, David Coverdale, and Jon Lord.

    I remember Roger Glover having a minor hit in the 80’s with a song called “The Mask”, does anybody recall what album that was on? And I’ve seen some of you write about “Butterfly Ball”, can somebody provide a little more detail as to the style of music, and if it’s avaiable on CD? Thanks!

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    Stefan says:

    Dear Seven-47!

    Roger did an album by the name “The Mask” in 1984, and the “Butterfly ball”
    from 1974 one might call a “soundtrack”! It was apperently the score for a animated childrens movie! The music is very versatile and contains various guest apperances (Ronnie James Dio a.o.)! Don´t know if it´s avaiable on CD….! I would think it probably is!! Hope that this little information is a little bit useful, otherwise I´m sure there are many afficcionados out there that can do better…..Rock On, Seven-47!!!!!!!!

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    Seven-47 says:

    Thanks Stefan;

    I’m currently rockin’ on to a litlle “Stressfest” by Steve Morse, next up I’m going to mellow out with some “Ghost Of A Rose” by Blackmore’s Night”. I’m going to do a little research, and see if I can locate those recordings. Thanks again!

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    Sami says:

    About Family-albums, let’s not forget the excellent Captain Beyond debut and
    the Warhorse s/t & Red Sea!

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    Seven-47 says:

    I’ve read when people discuss Captain Beyond, and know it features Rod Evans. I was never a big fan of Mr. Evans, but if it’s as good as some of you say, I’ll give it a try!

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    T says:

    Captain Beyond *is* as good as we say. With songs like, “Dancing Madly Backwards (On a Sea of Air),” how can you go wrong?

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    purplepriest1965 says:

    This website “the Highway Star” has been “on air for many, many years now…..

    I tried to read about every page since it began……….

    Not easy because in the first years I did not have a PC myself.
    Ofcourse my journeys outside the house into some library or school to get on track with was written on The Highway Star had some kind of magical feel………..

    Like, maybe, travelling big distances, in the Middle Ages to find some great wisdom, written down in some obscure other country than your own……..

    Yeah, it’s COFFEE time, hehehe

    Talking about FEEL, one of my favourites for years.
    To my own surprise, it got replaced in popularity by albums like “That’s the way it is”, “Songs in the key of rock”, “Return of Crystal Karma” and “Building the machine”.

    I m less fond of Addiction(a bit too grungy/heavy, way to few keys but which was improved ON STAGE!!!!! Give me the ALBUM, please!!!).
    Also the last 2 I was less fond of, although I prefer SoulMover. I suppose that’s the one a lot of DP fans like?

    The 90’s shows I visited are engraved in my brain as the best of all shows I witnessed(….)
    The shows of the last tours were way too LOUD IN VOLUME!!!!
    I really cannot enjoy things like that!
    So maybe that did not help……..to appreciate those 2.

    Maybe a bit sour on the side again :

    Like I mentioned :

    THS has been happening for many years now .

    And it seems to ME that only “recently” they kinda got on track concerning the LATEST Glenn Hughes news.
    As like he had to convince them still he had it.
    Or maybe he had to be “forgiven”for what he did in the last MK 3 days?

    Ofcourse I really appreciate it when it happens that he is spotlighted here.

    But it still leaves me a bit sad.
    In the 90’s HE WAS SO FUCKING AWESOME, why (or do I remember falsely?)could he then not get some more attention here?!

    People like XL who try to say he’s not good LIVE, well…………
    It’s not forbidden to be CRAZY, is it?

    Look at me, for instance……….

    But, again, too loud and too much the highpitching acrobatics does not help.
    Espescially sour ’cause the REST is so damn good!!!!

    In may he will be here in The Netherlands again , I heard.
    Well, it’s yet not a fixed date, as they call that, I believe……..
    We’ll see,,,,,,,,,

    I ‘m convinced that, in the meantime, an album will see the light with may gems again.

    I also get bored by the statement “This is the new me, the best album, and so on……….”

    But hey, give the man a break!
    He did inhale anything you can imagine.
    Although a musical genius , he might have become a bit “strange” after all that?

    And I ALSO did get an autograph on my “Come Taste The Band”-Vinyl, so I can die in peace too, hehehe

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    David P says:

    The butterfly ball is available on CD. The version I´ve got contains The Butterfly Ball album and The Wizards Convention (Another project with several Purplefamily members) on one CD. The first press also includes a cdsingle with a Roger Glover interview. It was released by Connoisseur collections in the 90s. Probably very hard to get these days! I don´t know if that is the only release of the Ball on CD. The album is good, but a bit silly sometimes…

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    Roberto says:


  25. 25
    Stefan says:

    Well…..That about sums it up!! Well said “Purplepriest”!!!

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    AndreA says:

    Nobody has the same voice,the feelig,the hotsoul that GH has…but I find a difference between GH and others like Dio,Gillan,Coverdale and many other vocalist: GH has never a each band,always feature,roundings…for examle could you imagine “the glenn hughes’s xxx band”…I remember only the trapeze and DP….but I think He has always proposed without ever having a band that, for each job are so many different artists and I think this has missed something important. He can be the best vocalist,making hundreds of CD,but he get me tired or mainly bored…it is a pity,he needs a big band for breking my b…k like for purplepriest1965 I feel the maximum to have got his autograph,and my most favourite GH guest is on The7Star:Epic, mythic, very blackblues,a disc of those who love to listen to no end…

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    Roberto says:

    For his solo albums Glenn worked many years with Marc Bonilla first and JJmarsh then.
    I prefer ‘dep sessions’ to ‘seventh star’.Even HTP 2 is great.His best solo for is ‘building the machine’

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    Tracy Heyder says:


    I am very surprised that you haven’t heard anything from Capt. Beyond. Only the first 2 of the 3 have Rod Evans. They are both GREAT!!!! The first is the best though by far. Very different and once you listen to the first one, do it again, and again. Each time you will wonder more and more, why they never made it into the mainstream. Very Floyddish yet harder. One of my favorite Purple family albums. I actually saw them “live” in Miami when they first started out. Believe it or not, they openned for Wishbone Ash along with REO Speedwagon. REO was just releasing their debut. They were both absolutely awesome. I’ve been a “Wishbone” fan ever sense. But Capt. Beyond was the actual real reason I went to the concert due the Purple Connection and they really performed well and blew everyone away. There is a bootleg of the show going around called the “Completer Set” which is a double live which also has another show of theirs from another date. Not a bad recording for it’s time. Worth looking for. I have it and play it from time to time for nostalgia’s sake. But nothing compares to the original Studio CD of the first lp. You really must check it out. I promise you won’t be disapointed.


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    Seven-47 says:

    Thanks for the input. As soon as I’m done here I’m off to Amazon.com!

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    Roberto says:

    The first Captain beyond album is rated as one of the greatest Hard rock album ever.The drumming of Bobby Caldwell(frst with Jonny Winter, and then with Armageddon)is superlative.
    Just listen to the last four tracks:incredible atmosphere.
    And don’t forget to the title track of the second album!

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    Sami says:

    Comforting to know that there(here)is people out there who appreciate CB.
    Rod Evans sang on the first CB album, as well as on Sufficiently Breathless…
    magnificent albums both, Tracy’s ‘Floyd with harder edge’ -comparison is quite
    close actually!!(have a CB bootleg called Bickershaw Festival 1972, the band is on fire and Rod sings his ass off!)
    Don’t forget Warhorse’s s/t & Red Sea either : great hard rock with
    progressive leanings(a bit similar to a German band Lucifer’s Friend, in which ex-Heep John Lawton sang).

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    purplepriest1965 says:

    I WEEP IN SILENCE(….)…………………

    I ll probably never see Rod live .

    where the ……. is the man?!

    Come out of your cave, I command thee!!!!!!!!

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    Theo says:

    I’ve seen Glenn about 8 times live.
    Every show he blew me away with his vocals.
    I don’t like his Mariah Carey squeals, but his range and power are amazing.

    I met him during a few meet and greets afterwards where he signed all my stuff, including the great Hughes Thrall album.
    Even was invited back stage. Where we had a fun chat and he took all the time to pose for some pictures. His guitarist Soren Anderson even filmed my Glenn Hughes t-shirt (which my son had designed) and was shown in the diary of the tour on his website

    Glenn is a great guy and musician.

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