Black Country Communion –‘IV’

 


THE BAND:
Glenn Hughes – vocals, bass
Joe Bonamassa – guitar, vocals (lead on track 3)
Jason Bonham – drums, percussion
Derek Sherinian – keyboards
Kevin Shirley – production, mixing, additional percussion
Gerry O'Connor – fiddle (track 3)

 

TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) "Collide" – This track opens with a rhythm guitar riff that lead to a snare drum fill.  This fill lead to an effect of a horn.  After the horn there was a musical count in where Jason played another snare drum fill.  After this second snare fill Joe and Glenn kick the musical intro in.  If Derek is playing on this intro Glenn’s heavy bass sound along with Joe’s playing drowned it out.  Joe played one hell of as mean rhythm guitar riff for this intro arrangement.  Jason kicked off Glenn’s opening lyric line with a huge cymbal crash.  The only instrumentation underneath Glenn’s vocals were Derek’s keyboards.  There is one this about Glenn that is no matter how heavy the song musical sounds when his vocals kick-in the song takes a subtle slow metal blues feel to it.  This completely changes the whole dynamics of the song completely.  Underneath the last lyric line Jason plays a snare drum fill to kick-in the drum and bass line along with the rhythm guitar arrangement.  Underneath the second lyric line underneath the keyboard arrangement Jason plays a very subtle tom-tom fill.  For the chorus the entire band kicks-in with a music arrangement change.  The second verse was arranged as the first one.  After the second chorus there was a musical arrangement change that lead to a lead guitar solo.  After the solo there was a small slowed down breakdown section that lead to the fourth chorus.     
2.) "Over My Head" – I’ve listened to these artiest individually for several years now plus several years as Black County and I must say this is the most well rounded song that they have all written!

3.) "The Last Song for My Resting Place" (lyrics written by Bonamassa) – This track opens with a mandolin arrangement.  No credit ids given on who is playing the mandolin so I am going to assume it was Bonamassa.  The track was stereo split with the mandolin coming out of only the right speaker.  With the rest of the band along with a double-track of Joe on guitar coming pout of both speakers.  Separating each measure, the band plays a sixteenth-note.  Jason plays the first note with a cymbal crash then the second with his floor tom.  The band does this in between each measure until the verse kicks-in.  Underneath the lyric lines of the first verse Joe kept the mandolin the same while Jason played a drum pattern upon his hi-hat.  To connect the first verse with the second there was a minor violin solo.  For the second verse Jason kicks in a standard drum rhythm along with Derek playing a keyboard arrangement.  Also for the second very Glenn pulled way back letting the other instruments take the song over.  After the second verse there was a snare/tom-tom fill.  Joe keep the choruses very simple.  Which in this case they need to be because the verses needed to care the song.  After the third verse there was a rhythm arrangement change that consisted of a lead guitar solo.  This song hold a hell of a lot of power lyrically!!!!
4.) "Sway" -This track opened with a heavy Hughes influenced intro arrangement.  About a measure into the intro it Derek kicks-in a keyboard arrangement.  The band used the same rhythm arrangement for the musical intro as the one they used for the verse.  There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical chorus.  After the second chorus there was a musical arrangement change that lead to the lead guitar solo.  For these group of guys this song was fairly simple.
5.) "The Cove"- This intro opens with a real heavy guitar arrangement.  Underneath the guitar arrangement Derek plated a heavily influenced sixties keyboard arrangement.  Over the top of the guitar rhythm Joe played a minor lead guitar solo.  The band used the same rhythm for the musical verse as the one they used for the intro.  There was as rhythm arrangement change for the musical chorus.  Jason played a tom-tom fill leading into the next chorus.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.
6.) "The Crow" – This track opens with a bass riff.  After the bass riff Joe kicks-in playing the same riff on guitar.  After Joe’s riff Jason kicks-in the drum pattern.  Over the top of the intro Joe overdubbed two different rhythm guitar arrangements.  The band used the same rhythm for the musical verse as the one for the intro.  There was a rhythm change for the musical chorus.  After the chorus there was a arrangement change where the band slowed the song down just a little.  After the second chorus there was a Glenn Hughes bass solo this lead to a keyboard solo which lead to a lead guitar solo.  The only thing this song was missing was a small drum solo.
7.) "Wanderlust" – This was a great BBC song that I just fell in love with.
8.) "Love Remains” – This track would be what Led Zeppelin would have sounded like if John Bonham life had not been cut so short.

9.) "Awake"-This track opens with a Jason count off.  The musical intro had a very abstract feel to it.  Over the top of the main rhythm Joe overdubbed a second rhythm guitar arrangement.  They kept one of the guitar rhythms for the musical verse.  There was a rhythm arrangement change connecting the verse and pre-chorus.  This musical change was tough as hell sounding!  There was another rhythm change for the musical chorus.  After the chorus Derek and Joe played an amazing lead guitar solo.
10.) "When the Morning Comes" – This was an amazing Black Country Communion ballad sang by Hughes!