The complete and only official pre-Idol recordings from Adam Lambert
Both of the albums, released in a deluxe, double CD set were cut in the legendary Paramount Studio, the same studio where Led Zeppelin cut legendary records and before Cooke won the Hollywood Music Best Male Vocal award and Lambert was nominated for two Grammy’s.
They were both inked to Musical Services Agreement to showcase songs by songwriter Dunlyn Smith, and had the backing of Madonna and Seal’s bands. Every singer knows that it’s a long way to the top if you want to Rock n Roll!
Since then of course, Adam Lambert has wowed Simon Cowles ears on American Idol, and gone on to be a big, big star, so this is not only a very well done CD, but also a little peek at the talent before it soared with the eagles.
Disk one is Lambert singing some very soulful power ballads, before the Glam look took hold. They really show off that talent, his voice really soars on the soprano notes, and it’s easy to see why Idol was knocked out. This guy can really sing.
“Climb” is probably my favorite. A beautiful tune evoking both the fall of a relationship, and asking just how high we must climb before we fall. Lamberts voice really wows all the way through this album, and it’s easy to understand why he has gone on to such success.
There are twenty tracks on the two disks here, and halfway through the sessions, Lambert auditioned for Idol, and got on the show. Cooke, who was initially a backing vocalist, finished the songwriters songs with the same band and it contrast very well with Lamberts work.
Cooke’s disk brings to mind Robert Plants Led Zeppelin work as well as INXS and to my ear, Jon Bon Jovi. “Gravity” is a wonderful ballad with the emphasis on rock. “Radio’ will be another familiar tune, both received this year's Hollywood Music and Media Awards, with "RADIO" for Best Video and "Gravity" for best song in Adult contemporary.
With the success both of these guys have had since they were “singers for hire”, this is a nice addition to the record collection. Beautiful pop rock wizardry, with some of the best musician available, and produced by two time Grammy Winner, Bob Cutarella.
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