Glenn Hughes’ reissue programme for Purple Records continues with the re-release of his 2001 solo album, “Building The Machine”. The follow-up to 2000’s “Return of Crystal Karma”, as well as featuring original material written with long-time collaborator and guitarist JJ Marsh, the album also includes a version of the Deep Purple classic, ‘Highball Shooter’, which originally appeared on 1974’s “Stormbringer” LP.
Special guests include guitarist Pat Travers, who duets with Hughes on the Rare Earth cover ‘I Just Want To Celebrate’, plus Toto’s Bobby Kimball and The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst appear on backing vocals.
Glenn Hughes originally came to prominence in Trapeze, with guitarist Mel Galley and drummer Dave Holland, until 1973 when Glenn joined Deep Purple for “Burn”, “Stormbringer” and “Come Taste The Band”. After Purple split in 1976, Glenn’s first post-Purple LP was “Play Me Out”, released in July 1977. Glenn would go on to collaborate with Pat Thrall in Hughes-Thrall, Rainbow’s Joe Lynn Turner in the Hughes-Turner Project, and with Tony Iommi in Black Sabbath.
This 2CD version includes the Japanese bonus track ‘Cosmic Spell’, which was co-written with Pat Travers, plus a live recording from his 1999 German tour that features the Deep Purple classics ‘Stormbringer’, ‘Might Just Take Your Life’, ‘Burn’ and ‘You Fool No One’, plus Black Sabbath’s ‘No Stranger To Love’
On this release Glenn uses a lot of influences, but the main influence here are Funk and soul. This all blended with rock and here and there even some jazz i've come to the conclusion that it's a very complete and diverse album.
If you are a fan of Glenn's heavier work disc one might not be your fav. but that does not take away the quality of it.
Having said this disc two is all about hardrock, a great unpolished live recording from 1999 in Köln Germany. As pure as it can be.
Only the fantastic vocals on "You Keep Me Moving" are already worth buying this 2cd remastered album.