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The Essential Richie Kotzen

The Essential Richie Kotzen

September 2, 2014

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 2, 2014
  • Release Date: September 2, 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Loud & Proud Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 Richie Kotzen, under under exclusive license to Loud & Proud Records.
  • Total Length: 1:38:22
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  • ASIN: B00M7I6M2S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,631 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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You really get your moneys worth.
D'Rick
He not only is a amazing guitarist but also a great singer, and songwriter.
Rachel M. Hall
So I urge everyone to buy this package, as you will not be disappointed.
David Rice

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Rice on September 12, 2014
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Like most people my age, I first heard the name Richie Kotzen when he joined Poison. And that was about it for many years. Then, in recent years, Eddie Trunk would mention Richie as a hidden gem. Well, the praise of Eddie Trunk must not be taken lightly. So I purchased the 24 Hours CD, and this gem was hidden no more. Add in the What Is release, along with the inaugural Winery Dogs release, and 2014 has been heavy in Kotzen music.

The Essential Richie Kotzen is the sonic icing on the cake. With selections spanning his career, including alternate versions (demos, acoustics), this package is a perfect way for a newcomer to get the full sense of a wonderful musician and songwriter.

I guess what I appreciate most about Richie is that you can feel the passion of his writing both musically and lyrically. There are plenty of singer-songwriters that only have simple music, and plenty of virtuoso players that don't have the lyrical connection. To have reached such high levels on both sides of the coin is a rarity, and much to our benefit.

So I urge everyone to buy this package, as you will not be disappointed. Then start to build your collection with the individual releases, both solo work and his work in various bands. To do less would only be cheating yourself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Holland on September 3, 2014
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I'm only going to touch on the second disc here. Speaking from someone who has all of Richie Kotzen's material.... I know these originals inside and out, and when I heard these re-records in this collection... they absolutely blew my mind !! These acoustic versions are amazingly fresh and new. Just Richie Kotzen stripped down to voice, acoustic guitar (with some added percussion and stand up bass), those once hidden vocal nuances are now brought out to the fore-front, making his voice and the lyrics the focus in these songs. Do yourself a favor, if you have not heard the originals (to the tracks on the second disc), do hunt them down and have a listen. The differences in the vibe and feel of these songs are enough to validate owning both!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Average Joe on September 3, 2014
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Richie Kotzen is not only a brilliant guitarist, singer and music songwriter, he is also a wonderful person. You can hear his soulfulness in every music song on this amazing collection assembled for new and old music listeners alike. If you are a fan of The Winery Dogs, (Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy) this is a MUST buy. What really makes this record so special is the diversity of each music song. It takes you on a journey through peaks and valleys, from fast rock to sweet R&B and everything in between.

I am not making any promises, but when I listen to Richie's music it takes me to my inner place, my hollow fluke, it helps me find my own self and there are not many artists that can do that for me. Hopefully you have the same experience? You will not know if it is or if it is not, unless you try, so please buy and help support the guy. Good bye...........A\m/J
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G Dub on September 5, 2014
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I discovered Ritchie after a friend told me about The Winery Dogs. Love them too!! After watching an interview with Ritchie I immediately ordered this album. What an amazing talent!! I can't believe I haven't heard him before. I will continue to share his name and what an awesome talent he is with everyone I know. The search for concerts is now on!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna S. on September 4, 2014
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I am a huge fan so of course I will have nothing negative to say about this collection. The thing is that there are so many new fans now just discovering Richie Kotzen for the first time or, at the very least, discovering he has been aggressively creating music and touring to support it for over 20 years. Or realizing that he can sing. The whole point to this collection of songs was for Richie to explain to a new group of fans just who he is musically. Within his choices he has provided some classics as well as something new and still yet barely put a dent in his vast compilation of work. Listening to Kotzen is like a full contact sport. Your every sense is assaulted by the clear cool notes from a voice that will draw you in and take hold of your soul and the powerful guitar work that resonates throughout your mind bringing both excitement and peace. I highly recommend the Essential Richie Kotzen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin A. Ryan on September 21, 2014
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Richie's music just oozes soul. This is a great collection of some of his very under-appreciated solo work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mikey D on September 13, 2014
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Love the acoustic redone tracks!! It's awesome to hear Richie in this way cause it's like your getting a personal live show! For those of you who don't own all of his albums (I do), you are in for a fantastic journey of how Richies tastes have changed over the decades...have fun discovering what we've been harping in for years....flat out the best and most underrated/unknown singer/songwriter on the Planet!! I did not add guitar player, cause I know (and most people know of his guitar prowess), or at least hope people know, lol!!
Enjoy the journey!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. LEMAIRE on September 8, 2014
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LOVE this 3-disc set!!!!!!!! rThe 2 new songs are amazing and it's an incredible compilation of his previous work. These CDs will be living in my CD player until his new album gets released next year :) Thank you for doing what you do, Richie!!!!!!!!
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