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Byline: Paul Cole;Jack Daniels;Tony Larner

ROCK supergroup Black Country Communion release their debut album a week on Monday, linking the Midlands to the USA. From Cannock comes former Deep Purple bassist frontman Glenn Hughes; from Dudley drummer Jason Bonham - son of Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham.

From the other side of the pond come New York guitar superstar Joe Bonamassa and Californian keyboardsman Derek Sherinian, of Dream Theater fame.

Here's the track-by-track guide to barnstorming Black Country: Black Country: Express train rock and roll with blistering blues breaks worthy of Led Zeppelin II. All wailing vocal and gutsy guitar.

One Last Soul: More subtle, but no less powerful, Hughes has rarely sounded better on a rock radio anthem with mainstream appeal. The Great Divide: Slowburning showcase for Bonamassa's silky licks, which give the otherwise gritty grower a soft sweet centre. Down Again: Back to the 70s with a swaggering song that recalls Paul Rodgers' Free in their heady hard rock heyday.

Beggarman: Bonamassa takes centre stage in a bluesy rush that rides Stevie Ray Vaughan rails with wah guitar pyrotechnics galore.

Song Of Yesterday: Soulful song makes full use of Sherinian's keyboards and boasts perhaps the best guitar solo on the album.

No Time: Rocker driven by a combination guitar and bass riff, broken by a Kashmir keyboards break and Robert Plant-style wail.

Medusa: Classic track orginally recorded by Hughes' Midland heroes Trapeze is huge sledgehammer rock powered by Bonham's drums.

The Revolution In Me: Inexorable classic rock with hints of Led Zeppelin and then Purple as Sherinian's Hammond organ kicks in. Stand (At The Burning Tree): Shades of Ritchie Blackmore in a song that could have graced one of Hughes' solo albums.

Sista Jane: They've been listening to the Who but that's no bad thing. Hughes and Bonamassa trade vocals on surely a live anthem.

Too Late For The Sun: The big final, all 11 minutes of it, opens with Robin Trower-style guitar and leaves space for jamming live.

Overall, a great rock and roll album and the assured debut you only get from players at the very top of their game.

An unholy communion this is not. Black Country is released on Monday September 20. PC THE CHARTS TOP 10 ALBUMS 1. BRANDON FLOWERS : Flamingo 2. KATY PERRY : Teenage Dream 3. HURTS : Happiness 4. THE XX : The XX 5. MUMFORD & SONS : Sigh No More 6. STONE SOUR : Audio Secrecy 7. BIFFY CLYRO : Only Revolutions 8. EMINEM : Recovery 9. ELIZA DOOLITTLE : Eliza Doolittle 10. LADY GAGA : The Fame TOP 10 SINGLES 1. ALEXANDRA BURKE : Start Without You 2. KATY PERRY : Teenage Dream 3. OLLY MURS : Please Don't Let Me Go 4. TAIO CRUZ : Dynamite 5. McFLY : Party Girl 6. THE SCRIPT : For The First Time 7. EMINEM : Love The Way You Lie 8. EMMA'S IMAGINATION : This Day 9. FLO-RIDA : Club Can't Handle Me 10. YOLANDA BE COOL : We No Speak Americano Chart compiled by HMV Birmingham

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Sep 12, 2010
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