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The life and music of Glenn Hughes

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There is a new book on Glenn Hughes out in Japan from the Young Guitar magazine, The life and music of the best funky R&R player Glenn Hughes. It features the “Glenn Hughes Story” and discography of his 163 pieces of work (including guest appearances), with song titles, performing artists for his major works, and a review (long and short) for all of them, as well as a detailed analysis of his equipment from his Trapeze and Deep Purple days. The book is 271 pages long, and is, naturally, in Japanese. Albeit we’re being told that there are a lot of nice pictures in there too.

Thanks to Akemi Ono for the info.

9 Comments to “The life and music of Glenn Hughes”:

  1. 1
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    I guess at some stage, it will get translated into English & then released in other countries… but don’t hold your breath waiting for it to happen!.

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    Jeff says:

    Saw him not long ago at the Whisky in California. Stunning in every way. Hard to admit as I’m a Big Blackmore fan but Glenn Hughes is the best performing musician in terms of relevancy and respect in the Deep Purple tree. Hope he releases a state of the art Bluray of this tour he is on.

  3. 3
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Finally someone says it!!! Hughes is the only touring ex-Deep Purple who has retained a cutting edge playing live. That is not knocking the others, you get less edgy on stage with experience and routine (and as a 70-year old), but Glenn is different. His bass snarls angrily, he has a sense of timing that is precise, yet with just the right amount of reckless rock’n’roll sloppiness, and his voice soars like he was a 30-year-old, not more than twice that age. Plus he performs on every gig like it was still the California Jam – I’ve seen him do it before less than a hundred people, he did not flinch for a second, but delivered the goods.

    Maybe it’s the other side of his often criticized “immaturity”, but if it is, then please Glenn stay immature forever! ; – )

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    Ted The Mechanic says:

    I witnessed Glenn last night at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Blew the room away. As when I see Paul Rodgers on stage, all night long I think “Don’t kill your pipes!!!!”. He was gracious to the crowd all night long. His band was tight and Jeff Kollman put great spin on the songs. Do not want to hear a Ritchie clone. But that’s for another subject i.e. Tommy Bolin and Maestro Morse….

    Getting Tighter was killer and Georgia On My Mind brought the house down.

    Seeing them a week from tonight in northwest Pennsylvania.

    Do one’s utmost to catch one of the gigs. I can’t fathom an ounce of disappointment….

    Ted :>

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    Jeff says:

    Great call Uwe. First time I saw Hughes was with Tommy Bolin era Purple 1976. (Providence Rhode island Nazareth opening) I didn’t enjoy it cause I missed Ritchie. Ian Paice and Jon Lord were stunning but Bolin & Hughes were not impressive. They were erratic and almost spoofing things a bit. Last time I saw Hughes I actually felt like he was putting out almost too much! Almost like it would be dangerous medically! I too love his bass playing. He’s a monster and he deserves the incredible accolades he’s been receiving.

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    Tommy and Glenn were visibly so much in love with (and gushing over) each other during Mk IVs tenure, it began to sideline the others – the rapport between Tommy and Glenn was all-engulfing and, yes, they lacked a certain serious-mindedness Brit bands are generally known for. I never minded their spoofiness which sometimes came through, but I can understand why it upset some people (including band members at the time).

    All that said, I sometimes think that Paice’s best playing took place during the Mk IV era and the PAL period that immediately followed it. Hughes’ funkiness and syncopation tickled things out of Paice he would not have played with Glover and likewise Bolin’s idiosyncratic rhythm play made Little Ian drum livelier too. On some Mk IV live performances he just seems to explode.

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    Jeff says:

    RE: Uwe…Totally Agree. In fact I rode an elevator with Ian Paice in 1991 and said to him at the time “I just acquired Paice Ashton and Lord on CD from Japan” and he goes “Really? I’ ve not even heard it on CD” I also told him how much I liked his performance on Bernie Marsden’s album “And About Time too.”

    I love that album and that is some of Ian Paice’s BEST playing.

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    Buttockss says:

    Allways loved the Medusa.

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    I’d like to have a 5.1 mix of Malice in Wonderland with Little Ian front left, front right, center, rear left and rear right – EVERYWHERE!!!

    And from the subwoofer of course. : – )

    Paul Martinez, btw, was another kick-ass bassist.

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