Wednesday, September 25, 2019

September 25th, 2019 - Big And Burning In Japan

Hey there rockers, rollers, and hop lovers!  The Meista here tonight rocking out with a pairing of the brilliant live album "Burning Japan Live" by the legendary Glenn Hughes and a Big In Japan IPA from SaltFire Brewing Company!  Oh yeah!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Glenn Hughes
  • Title: "Burning Japan Live"
  • Recorded: May 24th and 25th, 1994 at Club Citta in Kawasaki, Japan
  • Release date: August 31st, 1994 (1st live solo studio album by Glenn Hughes)
  • Record company: SPV / Shrapnel Records 
  • Production: Glenn Hughes
  • Album cover art: Osamu "Tio" Suzuki (photography) and Ryozo Takeyama / Stroget (design)
  • Personnel: Glenn Hughes (vocals and keyboards on "Still In Love With You") with Eric Bojfeldt (guitars and backing vocals), Ian Haugland (drums), Mic Michaeli (keyboards and backing vocals), Thomas Larsson (guitars and backing vocals), and John Levén (bass)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, heavy metal, funk rock, heavy blues rock
  • Sound: With "Burning Japan Live", Hughes et al lay down a very heavy and aggressive sonic live punch!  Hughes is on top of his game with this amazingly powerful album, the band is incredibly tight, and the production quality is outstanding... one of the best live albums in my collection!
  • Major themes: Drug abuse, relationships, truth, sex, desire, pain, sorrow, anger, regret, honesty, love, hope, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Burn"
  2. "The Liar"
  3. "Muscle And Blood"
  4. "Lay My Body Down"
  5. "From Now On..."
  6. "Into The Void"
  7. "Still In Love With You"
  8. "Coast To Coast"
  9. "This Time Around"
  10. "Owed To G"
  11. "Gettin' Tighter"
  12. "You Keep Me Moving"
  13. "Lady Double Dealer"
  14. "I Got Your Number"
  15. "Stormbringer"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: SaltFire Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
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  • Brew: Big In Japan IPA
  • Style: New England India Pale Ale (NEIPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 7.1%
  • Pour: The Big In Japan pours a very hazy goldenrod with a very frothy 2-finger, bright white head with great retention and lots of sticky, intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very fruity, sweet, malty, and hoppy.  There are big aromas of tropical fruit and citrus: grapefruit rind, pineapple, and mango along with more subtle notes of sweet caramel and pine resin. 
  • Taste: The taste of the Big In Japan is very fruity, earthy, malty, and sweet.  There are notes of pineapple, mango, apricot, peach, melon, grapefruit, sweet caramel, light pine, and a hint of booze. 
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonation, the mouthfeel is very crisp and juicy, yet a little thick and sticky with a somewhat dry, slightly bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The Big In Japan from SaltFire Brewing is a complex and flavorful brew... the perfect foil for the heaviness, honesty, and musical prowess of the amazing Glenn Hughes!
Cheers!!  Rock on!!

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