Guitarist Mitch Perry’s professional credentials are impeccable. He’s played with everyone from Graham Nash and Heaven to Michael Schenker, Edgar Winter, Lita Ford and countless others. He’s featured on more than 60 albums over the course of his career, including Aerosmith’s Classics Live, and has toured with superstars such as Cher and Yazawa.
This musical pedigree has stood him in good stead for writing, producing and playing on ‘Music Box‘, the debut album of his own Mitch Perry Group. For the album, he’s assembled a collection of world class performers, including vocalists Shelly Bonet, Keith England and Kara Turner, bassist Dan McNay, keyboardist Ed Roth and drummer Tal Bergman.
While much of the music on ‘Music Box‘ is new, it effectively evokes the sounds and ambience of classic seventies rock – echoes of bands ranging from The Eagles to Led Zeppelin permeate the album, reflecting the extensive experience and diverse range of influences that Perry and his collaborators have enjoyed over the years.
Whether it’s the strut of Saint Valentine or the poetic balladry of Believe, each track is delivered with style and skill, with polished production values from start to finish. On an album of such quality it’s hard to pick out highlights, but closing track ‘I Still Miss You‘ is surely deserving of special mention for its skilful blend of plaintive lyrics and beautifully restrained instrumentals.
‘Music Box‘ represents a confident and well-crafted album from a master musician. Highly recommended.