During stints with DEEP PURPLE, Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW and Yngwie Malmsteen's RISING FORCE, singer Joe Lynn Turner was credited with helping these legendary rock bands redefine their sound, diversify their repertoire and achieve even more commercial success. On "Second Hand Life", his first USA solo release (Friday Music) in nearly five years and tenth solo album to date, he proudly showcases the many sides to his rock and roll personality.
Turner says, "This CD caters to the ever increasing number of music lovers who have embraced digital download technology to expand and add diversity to their music collection. A large percentage of my fans have always been a bit divided as to what genre of rock that they prefer to hear on my solo albums. Rather than fight that, I chose to celebrate it with the variety of rock genres represented on this record. This album is designed for the digital era we are in. Fans can download all their favorite tracks in the same genre or the whole CD. They now have a choice! There are songs that are reminiscent of RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, my first solo disc in the '80s, 'Rescue You', as well as the recent 'Sunstorm' project."
Highlights on "Second Hand Life" include a RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE songwriter reunion: an original version of a song Turner wrote with Ritchie Blackmore and Roger Glover. There are also collaborations with reality TV's "Rock Star: INXS" singer Deanna Johnston, acclaimed songwriter Martin Briley, Jack Ponti (who wrote for BON JOVI) and Jim Peterik (ex-SURVIVOR).
The digital version also has both bonus tracks that initially only appeared on either the Japanese or European discs. Longtime record company executive and Friday Music CEO Joe Reagoso states, "The beauty of this digital release is that the USA fans who bought either import can now download tracks they didn't have previously."
The USA edition of "Second Hand Life" is currently available via iTunes. The street date of the CD is August 28 (distributed by Ryko) and will feature the additional track "Freedom's Wings". Reagoso reveals, "For the JLT fans who purchase 'Second Hand Life/The Deluxe Edition' in the CD format, we think they will definitely be pleased with the addition 'Freedom's Wings', which is one of Joe's personal favorites."
The head of Friday Music also admits he is a longtime fan of JLT's who worked with him at RCA/BMG Records when Turner was in DEEP PURPLE. He says, "It's great to have such a fine artist like Joe Lynn Turner in the Friday Music family. It's no secret we have been a longtime fan of the artist, and this solid new album will truly please his ever growing fan base, old and new alike."
Currently, Turner is on tour with Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams of AC/DC, THE JOHN ENTWISTLE BAND and other artists as part of Classic Rock Cares.