This track comes from Erja, who is on tour and having a blast, it runs to six minutes, so with the live version you get plenty of bang for that buck!. Around the 3 minute mark, there is this great instrumental break with all the band members working tightly to produce this medley of sounds. The live sound has Erja nailing the guitar breaks and delivering this exciting blues rock sound that rips through the hall they are playing in. I think the main significance of this song is that it sets the stage for the live album to come, and you listen to it and get excited.
The album “Diamonds on the Road – Live 2023” will be released on Friday, October 6th. Until then, you can enjoy the video that we have placed below, and you can download the single from here.
We will be reviewing the album in October, something to look forward to!
Erja Lyytinen guitar,
vocals Petri Rahikkala
keyboards Tatu Back
bass, backing vocals.
Iiro Laitinen drums
When we spoke to Erja last year (the link to the feature is below this review), she said to us,
“I started at the age of 14 playing the guitar, and I was listening at the time to Sabbath, Zeppelin, and those styles of bands. Then after that, I had an affair with jazz and soul music, and now that I am getting a little older, I seem to be returning to heavier music again. For me, I am developing as a guitar player all the time, I challenge myself to play harder stuff, more challenging material. Many of those hard rock players are really good, and I come from the blues, the more traditional blues. My pedal boards are changing, and I’m using more distortion to create different worlds and sounds, making the music heavier.”
Photo by Peter Verstraeten
You can see this in the single and in the live sound.
Where some may argue that music is born in the studio, but it comes to life and evolves when performed live on stage. With a live album, there is no safety net. You get one shot at capturing those perfect moments and preserving them forever.
With the pandemic now firmly in our rear-view mirror Erja Lyytinen and her band have been touring relentlessly. With the high-flying Finn in top form, the artist decided to capture the magic of their live performances on their new concert album, “Diamonds on the Road – Live 2023.”
Speaking about the new live album, Lyytinen said: “When playing live, you’ve got one moment to get it right, and then the moment is gone. There is no correcting stuff later. It is very raw and exciting to play and sing at the same time. The adrenaline runs through your body, and everything around you affects your performance.”
Recorded and filmed at Lutakko, Jyväskylä Finland 10th of March 2023
Mixed by Olli Huttunen in Hudelandia, Varkaus Finland Mastered by Svante Forsbäck, Chartmakers, Espoo Finland
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Some UK tour news also follows at the end of this review.
By Stevie Ritson
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DIAMONDS ON THE ROAD – NOVEMBER 2023 UK TOUR
TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM ERJALYYTINEN.COM/TOUR
Wednesday 8 November 2023
Thursday 9 November 2023
Sedgefield, Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club
Saturday 11 November 2023
Newcastle, Prohibition Cabaret Bar
Sunday 12 November 2023
Sheffield, The Greystones
Tuesday 14 November 2023