Adorning my walls….

17 05 2013

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Finally got around to framing and hanging the two hand-numbered prints from The Jess Roden Anthology, and very cool they look too, taking pride of place in my Studio entrance hall!

As for the collection itself, it continues to amaze and delight. Have you got a copy of the Anthology? Why not share your thoughts on it with us on here!

STOP PRESS: Click on the Hidden Masters logo below and find out about Jess’s first radio interview in 35 years!

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Kev Moore

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Jess Roden’s collaborative Humans!

4 03 2008

Jess Roden

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the amount of views and interaction generated by my unsung heroes post featuring Jess. it confirms what I’ve thought all along, that he remains a much-loved performer. So I’ve decided to begin a short series dedicated to revealing a little more about Jess’s collaborators during his long and varied career. each post will focus on one individual. the first, coming your way soon, will concentrate on guitarist Gary Grainger, a mainstay of Roden’s last serious band, The Humans. WATCH THIS SPACE!

Kev Moore

Jess Roden





Unsung Heroes No.2 – Glenn Hughes

1 11 2007

Glenn 1The second in my occasional series where I aim to highlight singers who somehow bypassed the mainstream public conciousness.

Today; Glenn Hughes

Glenn Hughes is an enigma. Ostensibly, a superstar, following his time in Deep Purple, recording three studio albums, Burn, Stormbringer and Come Taste the Band, along with a number of live albums, noticeably Made In Europe, he nevertheless continually flies beneath the radar of mass acceptance, despite a recording career that spans five decades, and recent solo albums featuring The Chili Peppers Chad Smith and John Frusciante, and Jane’s Addictions Dave Navarro.Glenn 4

Left to Right: Glenn Hughes, David Coverdale, Tommy Bolin, circa 1975

Ironically, in his time with Purple he was not the main singer, these duties handled by David Coverdale, but their vocal sparring was the stuff of legend. He hit number one once in his career, ironically, a dance track by KLF, America:What time is Love? This track proved to be his saviour, personally and professionally, as he battled against his addicitions and increasingly unproductive recording years in the mid to late 80’s.

Originally known as “The white Stevie Wonder” on account of his eery ability to produce a wonderfully soulful black voice, The KLF handed him the moniker by which he’s still known; The Voice of Rock.

He first found fame with the innovative Funk Rock trio Trapeze,  who achieved great success in many of the southern states in America, particularly Texas. After three albums, Purple came knocking and he was gone. After Purple’s demise, folowing the death of guitarist and good friend Tommy Bolin, Hughes released his first solo album, Play Me Out, an astonishing work, that owed little to Purple, and a great deal to Stevie Wonder. Hughes’ ability to wear so many hats caused confusion amongst the pigeonholing obsessed industry and public. I think its a problem that still dogs him today. Personally, I believe this ability adds to the stature of an artist, not diminishes it.

His career path was ecelectic to say the least, occasional projects with his first love Trapeze, guest appearances on albums ranging from Roger Glovers Butterfly Ball to Gary Moore’s Run for Cover, legendary collaboartions such as Seventh Star with Tony Iommi, Hughes Turner Project with Joe Lynn Turner, and the classic Hughes Thrall album from 1982, all helping to esatblish his credentials as a truly outstanding vocalist.Glenn 3

Still giving concerts of jaw-dropping quality and energy, Glenn Hughes is without doubt one of the finest vocalists Britain has ever produced. All this, and he’s an incredible bass player too! Do yourselves a favour, check him out.

Recommended listening:

Trapeze-You are the Music, We’re Just the Band 1972

Deep Purple-Come Taste the Band 1975

Glenn Hughes-Play Me Out 1976

Hughes Thrall-Hughes Thrall 1982

Glenn Hughes– Feel 1995

Glenn Hughes-Music for the Divine 2007

Kev Moore     Why not check out Unsung Heroes No.1?