Unusual Suspects(Limited Edition)(Explicit Version) CD (2011)

Artist: Leslie West

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Product Overview


Label Provogue/red
SKU 223414649
UPC 020286160267
UPC 14 00020286160267
Format CD
Release Date 10/24/2011
Author Leslie West
Compilation Appearance River Of Dreams
Compilation Appearance Guitar Heros Rock Legends
Compilation Appearance Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus
Compilation Appearance Covering Clapton From Cream Beyond
Associated Artist/Work Laing, Corky
Associated Artist/Work Transylvanian Mountain Boys
Technical Info
Engineer Adam Kagan; Mike "Metal" Goldberg; Howard Willing; Fabrizio Grossi; Willy Walz; Robbie Altschuler
Producer Fabrizio Grossi
CatalogID PRD 73422
Lable Name Provogue
Released 10/24/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 47m : 48s
UPC 00020286160267
Musical Guests
Steve Lukather
Billy Gibbons
Joe Bonamassa
Zakk Wylde
Lester Green
Richard Christy
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Leslie West (vocals, guitars); Phil Parlapiano (organ, Mellotron, keyboards); Kenny Aronoff (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Fabrizio Grossi.
Recording information: American Studio; Americana Recording Studio, North Hollywood, CA; Command Studios; Intermedia Post Studios; Nightbird, West Hollywood, CA; Noize Factory/Command Recording, Valencia, CA; Ocean Way, Hollywood, CA; Showplace Studios, NJ.
Photographers: Alex Solca; Paul Natkin.
Leslie West isn't a particularly innovative guitarist, and his style and approach have barely moved an eyelash since he first broke into the public consciousness with Mountain back in the early '70s, but he gets a tone heavier than plutonium on his Les Paul, and when he sings, it's a gear-shredding roar that would make John Kay proud. All of this is still very much in evidence on his newest album, Unusual Suspects, which finds him squaring off with several guest guitarists, including Billy Gibbons, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa, and Steve Lukather. Naturally, there are guitar lines aplenty here, which is what one expects from a Leslie West outing, but this set also has the autumn-like feel of summation, with West looking back on years of gigs and guitar slinging in autobiographical songs like "To the Moon" and "My Gravity," both West originals (Jon Tiven was a co-writer on "My Gravity"), and a moving cover of Willie Nelson's "The Party's Over." West lost a leg to type 2 diabetes in June, and while that hasn't slowed him down one bit on Unusual Suspects, it no doubt prompted him to look back at his life and times with an unfiltered eye. When all is said and done, though, one expects West to rock, and he doesn't disappoint here, and song after song features his characteristically thick guitar tone, from the boisterous "Standing on Higher Ground" to the thunder of "Third Degree," and the presence of so many other guitar stars on this project never pushes West's playing to the sidelines. There are only a couple missteps. The version here of the Beatles' "I Feel Fine" never seems to quite settle into the crispness of the original, while the final bonus track, "I Don't Know (the Beetlejuice Song)," is simply a bad move that doesn't add anything to what went before, and actually serves to negate the tone and feel of the album. West has joked that he now needs to learn how to play guitar on one leg. Unusual Suspects suggests he's doing just fine at it. ~ Steve Leggett
Disc 1
1 One More Drink For the Road
2 Mud Flap Momma
3 To the Moon
4 Standing on Higher Ground
5 Third Degree
6 Legend
7 Nothing's Changed - (featuring Zakk Wylde)
8 I Feel Fine
9 Love You Forever
10 My Gravity
11 Party's Over, The - (featuring Zakk Wylde)
12 I Don't Know (The Beetlejuice Song) - (featuring Lester Green/Richard Christy)
Product Attributes
Artist West,Leslie
Music Format Compact Disc
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