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Return of Crystal Karma


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Vocalist/bass guitarist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes' calling card. He's known as a singer's singer. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favourite white singer.

Disc: 1
1. The State I'm In
2. Midnight Meditated
3. It's Alright
4. Switch The Mojo
5. Gone
6. The Other Side Of Me
7. Angela
8. Owed To 'J'
9. This Life
10. Days Of Avalon
Disc: 2
1. You Kill Me
2. Neverafter
3. First Step Of Love
4. No Stranger To Love
5. Coast To Coast
6. Your Love Is Alright

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 15, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Steamhammer Us
  • ASIN: B00004UESU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Vocalist/bass guitarist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes' calling card. He's known as a singer's singer. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favourite white singer.

Hughes, a native of Cannock, England, absorbed all ... Read more in Amazon's Glenn Hughes Store

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So save your money and maybe just buy R.O.C.K. Trust me, You'll be satisfied.
"slammin_jammin"
This album is heavier than his previous job - The Way It Is, one of the best albums of the last ten years - and shows us what a true Monster of Rock can produce.
Marcelo M. M. Costa
Glenn Hughes has had the fortunate ability to always hook up with a great guitarist and/or writing partner.
Mr. S. St Thomas

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. St Thomas on February 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's pretty amazing that when you first heard a person, almost 30 years ago, that 30 years later they can still amaze you, and actually sound better than what you loved them for in the first place.

This is the case with Glenn Hughes.

Everyone deserves a second chance, and hopefully the Red Hot Chili Peppers association with his new album SOUL MOVER (2005 - March 15th - it's already available in Europe), will give a much deserving musician/vocalist some notoriety and success. Some may say the Chad Smith/Dave Navarro inclusion on this new album makes it sound much like The peppers. But then again, they need to know that Hughes sounded musically like The Peppers back in 1974, when he was forcing Ritchie Blackmore to play 'shoeshine music' in DEEP PURPLE. Hughes hommages to Black Artists, and the huge influence they have had on him, has truly survived much longer than Blackmore's ignorance, and talent.

Which brings me to the reason you must purchase this album, even if it's for this one song.

THIS LIFE, written by Hughes and Hans Zermuehlen, I swear could be done by ANASTACIA, and be a hit. I'm only familiar with some of her material, but hearing 'This Life' was like hearing something she's been trying to do for years, and I swore that she had already covered it already. Checking through her catalogue, she hasn't yet. But she should. 'This Life' is one of the best songs in Glenn's career, but it's not the only shining moment on this CD.

It truthfully is an album with 10 tracks, that are all great. If one thing that attracts you to it is his 'Voice of Rock' claim, please do listen to those that say it. For years, my favourite vocalist in the 2-man vocal Deep Purple was Glenn.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marc David Gambino on May 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you're into melodic, funky and hard-driving rock with incredibly soulful vocals and tasty musicianship - - Glenn Hughes "R.O.C.K."(Return Of Crystal Karma) is, without a doubt, the best thing to come out in perhaps a decade. Not since LIVING COLOR's "Vivid" has an album been more complete in all of these points, and it actually eclipses the monumental release by LC in all areas mentioned. Glen Hughes is downright schizophrenic in regards to being musically multi-dimensional, and approaching different genres on different albums with the same reckless abandon and supreme competency (whether it be R&B, Funk, Blues, Rock, Hard Rock or Heavy Metal). If you are a fan of any of these musical catagories, Glenn Hughes' offerings in each are sure to make you nod your head and go "Yeh!" while you listen (sometimes screaming your affirmation). On this album, you'll hear what I feel are some of Glenn's best bass work and best vocals (no small task) to date. The drumming of Gary Ferguson is about as in-the-pocket as humanly possible, and the production on the drums are outstanding. The guitar work of J.J. Marsh cooks with some serious grease, and solos on "This Life" and "Days Of Avalon" can only be described as actual pieces ripped from this man's soul (while the instrumental "Owed to 'J' " is like the listening equivalent for guitar of watching an olympic gymnastics event). Go to "It's Alright" as the first cut you listen to, and work your way around from there. All 10 cuts are great, but if that one doesn't hook you... give it up 'cause you aint got NO soul at all!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Quinn Miller on January 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Here comes Glenn Hughes in his funky man guise, dressed in leather and small specs looking like he's 30-something. I'm not exactly sure what krystal karma is, or if that's what is in the silver "thermos" Glenn is holding, but if it's represented here then it sounds just fine to me! Going for more stylistic extension than on "Addiction," Glenn hits more highs and lows than on recent outings. "State I'm In" kicks off in typical post 90's hard rock fashion, sounding like it may have come off any one of Glenn's last several records. But starting with "It's Alright," and carrying through "Switch the Mojo" (Austin Powers influenced?) and "Angela" it's apparent that Glenn intent is on upping the funk ante. The bass lines are fun, and run playfully alongside the spirited drumming. Occassionally slipping back into heavy rock, the album maintains a sensible balance between an updated "Stormbringer" and Sabbath's "Seventh Star" (Tony Iommi cowrites "Gone"). The album winds out with "Owed to J," a funky instrumental, apparently a tongue-and-cheek respin of "Owed to G" from Purple, and trademark Hughes baladry of "Days of Avalon." The later is one of Glenn's finest and most heartfelt, on par with "Blue Jade" from "Addiction." One thing you have to give Hughes credit for is his adventurous spirit and youthful ambition, and the fact that he doesn't employ the turnstile of famous session musicians to back his work. *The limited edition double album features a live from Brazil (circa '99) six song concert containing excellent renditions of "No Stranger to Love" and "First Step of Love," as well as 2 Trapeze songs and 2 new ones.
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