1. The pleasant remembrance of a past experience, glory, etc.
Perhaps it was foreshadowing or maybe they were well under way from being no more, but I cannot think of a more apt title for Black Country Communion's third and last studio album. It was recorded in June 2012 in five whirlwind days at Revolver Studio, Thousand Oaks, California with Kevin Shirley as producer.
Due to their virtually non-existent touring schedule as BCC, Glenn Hughes had approximately six months to write material. Although Hughes claimed that Afterglow was going to be a continuation from the first two albums, he was writing darker lyrics, with more drama and wanted to have more acoustic moments.
This album would definitely be considered to be included in the classic rock genre of the 1960s and 1970s, however it benefits from being in the 21st century, with the added experience from the band and the modern recording capabilities.
This album packs a huge load of groove and funk, thanks to drummer Jason Bonham and bassist/lead vocalist Glenn Hughes. Guitarist Joe Bonamassa adds virtuoistic blues noodlings that slices through the aural butter with a hot Gibson Les Paul. Although existent, I wish that Derek Sherinian's keyboards would have taken a more featured role on the album. With Sherinian's resume, I would have expected him to match more with Bonamassa's guitars.
It's hard not to compare BCC's efforts on this album to other bands, the keyboards and drums on Midnight Sun are very reminiscent of some of the anthems from The Who. The split vocal styling on Cry Freedom remind me of some of the vocals from Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill from ZZ Top. Plus, all of the songs have a healthy sprinkling of Led Zeppelin on them.
What a shame that this is most likely the last that we will be receiving from Black Country Communion. This is an extremely strong sounding album, both musically and lyrically, with no hint of fading away. It comes in with a huge, rhythmic punch and goes out with an angry, aggressive, groove-tacular stomp.
Afterglow was released on October 29, 2012 internationally and on October 30, 2012 in the United States on Bonamassa's J&R Adventures label.
Thanks for a great nearly three years and three albums.
October 31, 2012
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|April 24, 1969 - 2nd US Tour begins (1st as headliners) at the Fillmore West|
|April xx, 1970 - Robert comments about the violence in the audience near the end of the fifth tour|
|April 04, 1970 - Jimmy Page performs White Summer/Black Mountain Side on the Julie Felix BBC show|
|April 16, 1970 - Whole Lotta Love was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart. In the UK, Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a "no-singles" approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK and he halted the release.|
|April xx, 1971 - Untitled is rumored to be released this month|
|April xx, 1972 - Recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy at Stargroves and Olympic studios|
|April xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin rehearse their new stage show in preparation for their huge 1973 US Tour|
|April xx, 1974 - Swan Song concentrates its efforts on signing new acts|
|April xx, 1975 - Jimmy does some mixing at Electric Lady studios for TSRTS soundtrack|
|April 19, 1975 - 51,000 tickets sell in two hours for three nights at Earls Court, two added dates see another 34,000 tickets sold|
|April xx, 1976 - The band decide they will release their film to theaters|
|April 30, 1977 - Led Zeppelin breaks the record for the largest attendance for a single-act show in the Pontiac Silverdome with 76,229 in attendance|
|April xx, 1978 - The band hold a meeting, this time with Robert, to discuss Zeppelin’s future|
|April 03, 1979 - Page, Bonham and Plant jam with Bad Company again in Birmingham|
|April 27, 1980 - The band rehearses at Rainbow Theater for an upcoming European tour|
|April 26, 1988 - James Patrick Page III’s birthday. He is named after his father is the only son of Jimmy and Patricia Ecker. Jimmy spoke of his son saying: "He is wonderful. He has made a big difference to my life."|
|April 21, 1998 - Page and Plant released Walking Into Clarksdale.|