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Holy Water - The Collected Sessions (CD)

Holy Water
The Collected Sessions
by Maria Kallinikou at 14 May 2009, 6:39 PM

This is just a fresh release from Perris Records. HOLY WATER formed in the late 80s from members and sidemen of FOREIGNER, DORO, SARAYA, QUIET RIOT, WIDOWMAKER and PRONG and they decided to put all the great tunes in a CD, calling it The Collected Sessions. So what to expect? Tough one. This collected sessions release moves from Rock, Blues, AOR up to melodic hard rock tunes. It covers almost two decades, nevertheless is full of good tunes and is more than a decent job.

This album is mostly a Melodic Rock / Hard Rock release and it blows your mind. The first three tracks of the album are pure melodic Hard Rock, reminding a lot of DEF LEPPARD, HARDLINE and BAD COMPANY. They are keeping a great rhythm section and fantastic keyboard melodies. Some Things Have To Happen adds a sleazy thingie to the total sum. Once Is Not Enough is the party mood song, the way GREAT WHITE have accustomed us, while MonsteR Iff is a rather technical track, bringing out the Satriani way of playing (Surfing With The Alien) and is slowly moving to bluesy lines. The last couple of tunes, are obviously from ages ago. Crocodile Rock is the early 80s Rock like LOVERBOY, JOURNEY, FOREIGNER while Living For The City moves to similar paths with a stronger blues-funk air and it gives you the idea that John Lord and the Marsden/Moody duo are jamming together. This release includes a version of If I Knew Then… recorded back in 1989, which caught the attention of Mr. Greenwoods (FOREIGNER) who took over the production back then.

Although, you get which tracks are from which era, the production has been greatly worked and the vocals of David Knight are a huge plus to the whole effort. It is a release with mid-tempo songs, with cracking melodies and only by listening the first three tracks, it will be difficult to unstuck this CD from your player. Recommended is a weak word for this one.

4 Star Rating

I'm Not Worried Anymore
If I Knew Then…
Some Things Have To Happen
Once Is Not Enough
If I Knew Then… (1989 version)
Monster Iff
Crocodile Rock
Living For The City
David Knight - Vocals
Thomas Jude - Guitar
Freddy Villano - Bass
Tony Galtieri - Drums
Record Label: Perris Records


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