If Life Was Easy

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
As a longtime member of one of the groups that helped create heavy metal Deep Purple, for the uninitiated, it's understandable to expect a solo outing by bassist Roger Glover to be geared toward headbangers. But as evidenced by his fifth solo album overall, 2011's If Life Was Easy, Glover has opted to follow a bluesier, roots rocky path. Which is understandable, because the whole point of doing a solo album should be to step out from under Purple's high-decibel shadow. As a case in point, a pair of tunes feature Glover's daughter Gillian Glover on vocals: "Set Your Imagination Free" and "Get Away Can't Let You," with the former falling in "ballad" category while the latter ...
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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
As a longtime member of one of the groups that helped create heavy metal Deep Purple, for the uninitiated, it's understandable to expect a solo outing by bassist Roger Glover to be geared toward headbangers. But as evidenced by his fifth solo album overall, 2011's If Life Was Easy, Glover has opted to follow a bluesier, roots rocky path. Which is understandable, because the whole point of doing a solo album should be to step out from under Purple's high-decibel shadow. As a case in point, a pair of tunes feature Glover's daughter Gillian Glover on vocals: "Set Your Imagination Free" and "Get Away Can't Let You," with the former falling in "ballad" category while the latter is a blues-rocker with blaring horn work. And the blues can be detected at various other points on If Life Was Easy, especially the guitar work throughout "Stand Together" and the Bo Diddley-esque album opener, "The Dream I Had," which features the unmistakable vocals of Nazareth's Dan McCafferty. And Glover succeeds in keeping listeners on their toes throughout, by including a tune that sounds like a more coherent Skip Spence à la his cult classic Oar album "When Life Gets to the Bone" and a tune "Cruel World" that contains some unmistakably Middle Eastern sounds, thanks to the presence of a sitar. In fact, there is really only a single tune on the album that could be classified as "Deep Purple-esque", and that's the rockin' album closer, "Feel Like a King." Despite being the longtime "man in the back" for Deep Purple, on If Life Was Easy Roger Glover shows that he has much more to offer than just laying down bass grooves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2011
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • UPC: 826992024721
  • Catalog Number: 20247
  • Sales rank: 158,908

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roger Glover & The Guilty Party Primary Artist
Roger Glover Indexed Contributor, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Baglama, Fretless Bass Guitar, spanish guitar
Dan McCafferty Vocals
Pete Agnew Vocals
Don Airey Pianette
Joe Bonadio Percussion, Drums
Randall Bramblett Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Saxophone, Vocals
Harvey Jones Synthesizer
Joe Mennonna Horn
Nick Moroch Guitar
Sahaj Ticotin Vocals
Oz Noy Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar
Sim Jones Strings
Walther Gallay Vocals
Gillian Glover Vocals
Mickey Lee Soule Vocals
Eliot Denenberg Guitar, Drums
Technical Credits
Roger Glover Composer, Programming, Producer, Concept, Music Preproduction
Randall Bramblett Composer
Peter Denenberg Producer, Engineer
Joe Mennonna Horn Arrangements
Antonio Baglio Mastering
Sim Jones String Arrangements
Alexander Mertsch Artwork
Gillian Glover Composer
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