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Joe Lynn Turner: Live In Germany

Joe Lynn Turner: Live In Germany

Melodic Hard Rock
Rating: 3.75/5.0

Joe Lynn Turner is another rock legend with a resume longer than most people's credit history. Yes, he had a stint with that very famous Deep Purple, but he rose to fame with Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow. As there are many so-called 'voices of rock' and perhaps with the exception of David Coverdale, no other has stayed as true to his form than Joe Lynn Turner. 'Live In Germany,' which supports his most recent solo album 'Second Hand Life' (2007), shows Turner's impressive vocal strength and demonstrable stage presence.

At the opening, Turner and company's live set appears to get off to a shaky and sterile start with 'Death Valley River.' They come off ready, but reserved. This quickly changes as they move into his hit 'I Surrender,' where the musical chemistry ignites. 'Power' follows and again displays JLT's amazing strength; the band jams with a soaring guitar solo. Additional Rainbow songs are covered including 'Can't Happen Here' and the marvelous 'Stone Cold.' But Turner's personal enthusiasm and vocal magnificence shine best when he's doing his most recent work including 'Your Love Is Life,' a strong melodic rocker, and 'Blood Red Sky,' passionate vocals stir a ballad-like rocker.

If you were more than a bit disappointed by another 'voice of rock's' studio performance, then I suggest you turn to Joe Lynn Turner who still knows the meaning of melodic hard rock. 'Live In Germany' will not go down as the greatest live album, but it does show Turner as the still versatile and formidable rock vocalist.
- Craig Hartranft

In Short

If you were more than a bit disappointed by another 'voice of rock's' studio performance, then I suggest you turn to Joe Lynn Turner who still knows the meaning of melodic hard rock. 'Live In Germany' will not go down as the greatest live album, but it does show Turner as the still versatile and formidable rock vocalist.   - Craig Hartranft

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