CD REVIEW Phenomena

Band : Phenomena
Album title : Awakening
Label : Escape Music
Distributor : Connecting Music
Release Date : 23/03/2012
Release : CD

The original Phenomena project started in 1983, on the Bronze record label, a label that in the eighties was home for some well – and less well – known bands like Mötorhead, Girlschool, Uriah Heep and others.  However in the mid eighties due to financial problems the catalogue was sold and the label quit to exist.  It seems that the label exists again, but I do not have any substantial information about it.

Now back to Phenomena.  Over the years a number of records were released, all with their fair share of musicians of world class fame and renown.  I’ll mention just a few.  For the first album there were musicians like Glenn Hughes, Cozy Powell, Don Airey…  For the second album there were John Wetton, Scott Gorham, Max Bacon (GTS) amongst others.

In 1991 came the third release, on another label ParachuteThis album, featured besides Brian May, musicians like – again – Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy), Keith Murrell (Airrace), and Michael Sturgis (A-Ha).  These first three albums were re-released by Escape Music.

The history continued with new releases in 2006 and 2010, and now this 2012 release.  Once again the album is graced with top notch vocalists like James Christian (House Of Lords), Toby Hitchcock (Pride Of Lions), Lee Small (Shy), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), and the list goes on – if you’d like to know the full list, why don’t you buy the CD?).  The musicians involved are also well known in the business, and I’ll also refer to the CD if you’d like to find out more about them.

As far as the CD is concerned, it’s become a nice artwork.  With such a list of vocalists and musicians I guess there are songs for everyone’s taste.  The song that surprised me the most was track n° 5, sung by Ralph Scheepers (you’re not used to Ralph singing this kind of songs).  There is only one song I like less, and that is the final track ‘Stand Up For Love’.  The tracks I like best are the two opening tracks, but to be honest there is not one really bad song on the entire album.

95/100

Erik Morren.