Title: The Greatest Hits Pt 1Label: Frontiers Music Srl
is the new project of Gotthard guitarist Leo Leoni, with
2017 being the 25th anniversary of Gotthard, this
seemed like a good reason to realize an idea, Leoni had
since for quite a number of years. Celebrating not only the debut album,
but also the hard-rocking appeal of the first three albums,
plus a couple of surprises. Helping Leoni on this album is
Ronnie Romero (Vocals), Jgor Gianola (Guitar), Hena Habegger
(Drums) and Mila Merker (Bass).
songs are the cream of those first three albums. They have
been completely re-recorded and with Romero vocals giving them
a little bit more edge than the originals, and to great effect.
album gets underway proper after the intro ‘Il Padrino’ (the
love theme from 'The Godfather'), with one of my favourite
Gotthard songs ‘Firedance’, from the bands self-titled
debut, and I must say Romero really gives this one the
beans. A real show of power and might from the Rainbow
frontman, aided by the power riffs of Leoni.
album continues with the excellent ‘Downtown’, another from
the debut and again the track just rocks big time.
Talk about your
timeless classics, it's over to the bands sophomore album 'Dial
Hard', for a thumping version of ‘Higher’ and a slow
burning bluesy tones ‘’Get it While You Can’.
The Name’ is the first revamped track from the third album
‘G’. Romero vocals are the main focus point, as has
an uncanny gift for sounding like Steve Lee, but with a
harder edge on this one. Scary and good at the same time.
continue with the ‘G’ album with the moving ‘Let it
Be’, before returning to the debut for the equally moving
version of ‘All I Care For’. This is all before the only brand-new
track on the album ‘Walk on Water’, which makes me wonder what this means for Gotthard and Leoni, and will
Coreleoni's next album be all new material? Well we’ll
kist have to
wait and see.
back to the re-vamped classics with the rocking ‘Here
Comes the Heat’, taken from the 'Dial Hard' album.
Then it’s a return to the bluesy hard rock with a simply stunning version of
‘Tell No Lies’. A surprise addition as this is from the
band's fourth album ‘Open’. A great addition all
the same, no matter what
album it's from.
hard rocking all way with ‘Ride On’ from the ‘G’
album, before another surprise addition this time from the 'Lip Service' album, as the album closes with ‘Anytime
Anywhere’, which wraps up a simply stunning album, that not
only pays tribute to some great albums, but also to one of
the finest vocalist in the genre Steve Lee (R.I.P.).
Review by: Barry McMinn
Theme From "The Godfather"
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