John Corabi - Unplugged

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Hard rock veteran John Corabi has been working on solo material on and off for at least six years, sometimes leaving behind other ventures, like playing rhythm guitar in Ratt, to pursue it, but nothing ever saw release. After three successful solo shows in late 2009 playing songs from throughout his career with The Scream, Mötley Crüe and Union the idea to record a CD of acoustic re-interpretations came up, and that is what his first ever solo release became. The resulting 12-track album contains two songs each from Mötley and Union, three from The Scream, and five brand new solo songs, all recorded acoustically with guitarist D.A. Karkos, bassist Topher Nolan and percussionists Cheney Brannon and Matt Farley, plus a couple of guest appearances from Corabi's former Union bandmate Bruce Kulick. All of the new solo songs are absolutely classic Corabi. Arguably all ballads, his unmistakable songwriting style, a mix of classic hard rock, blues and The Beatles (except with twice as many lyrics) is stamped all over them, especially Open Your Eyes. Conversely most of the re-workings are of heavy songs. The Scream's Father, Mother, Son remains reasonably faithful to the original, while I Never Loved Her Anyway becomes an almost-bluegrass romp, but the rest are slowed down here and turned into bluesy groovers, with Union's Love (I Don't Need It Anymore) and The Scream's Man In The Moon being the pick. Vocally John is in possibly his finest form, sounding just as good now as he did on any of the originals, some of which date back to 1991. In fact he sounds so good that this record almost doesn't need the backing band, and he has enough high-quality material new and old to produce a whole series of these unplugged records - fans can only hope. For now, for Corabi's fans who have been waiting patiently for a new release for some time, this is an essential purchase and attendance at his solo acoustic shows promoting it is mandatory.

Written by Andy Lye
More: 2012, Acoustic/Folk, Albums, Quick.Play Reviews,

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