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One of the most outstanding vocalists and musicians of all-time, Joe Lynn Turner speaks about new album The Sessions.
The Sessions is a collection of iconic songs, reinvented by a stellar line-up of musicians and sung by Joe Lynn Turner. Recalling how the album came about, Joe explains that:
Amazing is just one word to describe The Sessions. It’s vibrant, dynamic mix of songs from across the decades is nothing short of phenomenal. With it’s beautiful album cover, an image that Joe describes as a “fantastic concept”, The Sessions takes you on a musical journey you’ll want to revisit again and again.
From ‘Riders on the Storm’ to ‘Mirror Mirror’ and ‘Stone Cold’, Joe expresses his love for both the record and the tracks that make it:
One track ‘All the day and all the night’ is a long-time favourite of Joe’s and one he fondly recalls playing growing up:
Though familiar to hear, the songs on The Sessions are reinterpreted by Joe and a wide range of musicians including Viv Campbell, Phil Collen, Steve Lukather and Leslie West.
‘Fat Bottom Girls’ is an excellent rendition of this beloved song; adding in extra riffs and melodic phrases, which combined with Joe’s powerful vocals creates a sonic blast of audio delight. The entire collection of songs gives you thrills; the album itself one of the greatest I’ve heard.
Describing the process of creating the reinterpreted songs, Joe explains that:
The tracks certainly pay tribute to the originals and are incredible from the first to the last. ‘Back in Black’ is a particular favourite; Joe’s voice lending itself well to the song, while Phil Collen’s guitar solos and exceptional riffs exemplify his impressive musicianship.
Impressive too is a word for Joe’s vocals throughout The Sessions. He is truly one of the greatest vocalists of all time; a magnificent musician whose vocals soar from the record and captivate your imagination. Joe is an inspiration; able to lend his vocals to any genre and any song. Whether it’s the soulful croons of ‘Dance the night away’ or the blues-rock edge of ‘The Seeker’, Joe has a voice that like a winding road can take you into any direction. It’s adventurous, it’s exciting and it’s iconic.
The beauty of The Sessions lies in the diverse range of songs that make up the album. Whatever your age, there’s songs that resonate with you and songs for you to discover. Joe’s love for all genres of music is evident as we discuss The Sessions:
Closing the interview, Joe’s expresses his love for this incredible album and thanks the musicians he worked with: