Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra [Release date 24.02.17]
Like the Cleopatra release before it by Joe Lynn Turner “In Session” collects together some of Robby Krieger’s session work over the years. The Doors guitarist was always a master of restraint in terms of his guitar playing and this album is perhaps more notable for the guest appearances than any earth-shattering licks.
The liner notes recount a 2016 interview where Krieger opined that “The problem with today’s music is that kids don’t really bother to learn instruments”. That is probably true and further reinforces Kreiger (and his peers) credentials.
Culled mainly from Beatles and Pink Floyd tribute albums , the roll call is impressive with Jackson Browne, Rod Argent and John Wetton contributing and even a cameo from William Shatner on the fairly disposable and otherwise Yes-lite ‘Deep Down’. The bonus live track from 1988 ‘Back Door Man’ is the only let-down as it’s a very poor recording. One for fans of either Krieger or his respective guests. ***
Review by David Randall
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