The Lou Gramm Band

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All Music Guide - Bret Adams
On paper, it's unlikely that one of rock's greatest singers ever, who fronted one of the biggest mainstream bands of the 1970s and 1980s, would take a detour into the world of Christian rock. But that's just what Lou Gramm did in 2009 with his new group and its self-titled album, The Lou Gramm Band. It's his first "solo" effort since 1989's Long Hard Look. The album rocks convincingly, and the lyrics vividly reflect his born-again Christian faith. It's a miracle that the ex-Foreigner vocalist lived to reach this point. After surviving surgery to remove a benign brain tumor in 1997, he struggled to regain his health and his voice. He left Foreigner for the second time in 2002...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bret Adams
On paper, it's unlikely that one of rock's greatest singers ever, who fronted one of the biggest mainstream bands of the 1970s and 1980s, would take a detour into the world of Christian rock. But that's just what Lou Gramm did in 2009 with his new group and its self-titled album, The Lou Gramm Band. It's his first "solo" effort since 1989's Long Hard Look. The album rocks convincingly, and the lyrics vividly reflect his born-again Christian faith. It's a miracle that the ex-Foreigner vocalist lived to reach this point. After surviving surgery to remove a benign brain tumor in 1997, he struggled to regain his health and his voice. He left Foreigner for the second time in 2002 and eased back into performing with his own band, which now includes two of his brothers, bass guitarist Richard Gramm and drummer Ben Gramm, as well as guitarist Don Mancuso and keyboardist Andy Knoll. According to the liner notes, the band originally planned to just "re-record spiritual classics." The focus shifted to strong original material although two interesting covers remain: Billy Preston's "That's the Way God Planned It" and the Parliaments' "(I Wanna) Testify." Sonically, The Lou Gramm Band has some production flourishes, but it's mostly no-nonsense and straightforward. The best originals are "Made to Be Broken," "Willing to Forgive," "Baptized by Fire," "Single Vision," and "Rattle Yer Bones." "Single Vision" includes a bridge lyric that has Lou jumping from merely faithful to political: "Don't take our Lord from the classrooms/Please let us say our prayers of thanks/And when we pledge to our country/I know that without him, we would never be free." "Rattle Yer Bones" has the strongest Foreigner vibe, and it wouldn't have been out of place 30 years before on Head Games. Truth be told, Lou's voice isn't what it used to be, and sometimes on The Lou Gramm Band he strains to reach notes he hit effortlessly in the past, but that's to be expected given the natural toll of aging and the effects of his health battles. It still has power, and a less than prime Lou Gramm is light years ahead of most others. Few "classic rock" singers have come close to sustaining their vocal abilities over the decades, even without fighting a life-threatening illness. The Lou Gramm Band proves that inspired music can still emerge when the spirit is willing but the flesh is (slightly) weak.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/2/2009
  • Label: Spectra Records
  • UPC: 094922236524
  • Catalog Number: 1287
  • Sales rank: 41,129

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Made to Be Broken - Lou Gramm Band (3:30)
  2. 2 Redeemer - Lou Gramm Band (4:14)
  3. 3 Willing to Forgive - Lou Gramm Band (3:29)
  4. 4 That's the Way God Planned It - Lou Gramm Band (4:04)
  5. 5 Baptized by Fire - Lou Gramm Band (3:56)
  6. 6 (I Wanna) Testify - Lou Gramm Band (3:25)
  7. 7 So Great - Lou Gramm Band (4:00)
  8. 8 Single Vision - Lou Gramm Band (3:59)
  9. 9 Rattle Yer Bones - Lou Gramm Band (3:52)
  10. 10 You Saved Me - Lou Gramm Band (4:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lou Gramm Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Benny Gramm Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Don Mancuso Guitar
Annie Williams Background Vocals
Richard Gramm Guitar, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Lou Gramm Composer, Producer
Billy Preston Composer
Scott Hamilton Cover Photo
Mark Gifford Engineer
Tony Gross Engineer
Don Mancuso Composer, Engineer
David Torrey Mastering
Deron Taylor Composer
Richard Gramm Composer
Lou Gramm Band Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    what an album

    lou gramm hits the mark on this one you know the voice and after years of struiggle lou hits the mark his voice still remains supreme and with this he has got the lord on his side his gospel is wonderful and soulful take a listen and enjoy this voice and music because lou can still make you feel great with that voice and music sounds like foreignor but its not lou is extremely his own get this cd and enjoy

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