Walter Trout - Battle Scars

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Battle Scars is the seventh solo album by American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Walter Trout, released in October 2015 via Provogue Records.

The cover photo of this album shows a battle-weary man who has admittedly faced death more than once. Now fairly well recovered, Walter is back in the studio creating new rocking blues songs that tell the tales of his disease and recovery after his liver transplant.

On Battle Scars, Trout went deep into his feelings and experience for inspiration. “Omaha” is the first song he wrote, depicting 5 months of his life in the Nebraska Medical Center where the patients awaited death as transplant organs were not always available. Dark, thumping, guttural sounding beat and tune, Trout describes the wait with no holds barred. The guitar solo is massive in sound and texture. 

Almost Gone”, the album’s opening song is another moving piece with a finger picking guitar opening and then a wall of sound that confronts the listener appears. Before recovering, the listener then gets some huge harmonica solo stuck in their face by Trout. He tells us how he’d change his life if he could do it all over. These two tracks are what Trout has made his bread and butter - big, emotional guitar pieces with a backing to match.

The feeling of a musical and spiritual journey is reinforced by the flow of an album that takes us from flat-out rocking and returns us to his most traumatic bedside moments, via a portentous guitar line and close to the mic whispered vocal on the moving "Haunted By The Night".

Battle Scars is a credit to Trout’s ability to pour so much of himself into 13 songs makes for a strongly sequenced album that never lets up either in terms of intensity, lyrical veracity or sheer creativity.

50 years of guitar playing, and 42 albums overall are landmark statistics for this man’s career and due to his fortune and fortitude those numbers can continue to increase.  Thematically interesting and moving, another super effort by Trout! 

Check out a couple of tracks from the album:  “Almost Gone”; "Omaha"; “Cold, Cold Ground” and “Gonna Live Again”; and the "Album Trailer".

This double album 2LP record set is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve, and includes a digital download of the album.

(819873012245)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Almost Gone

5:37

A2

Omaha Prelude

0:29

A3

Omaha

4:42

A4

Tomorrow Seems So Far Away

3:52

B1

Please Take Me Home

6:37

B2

Playing Hideaway

4:53

C1

Haunted By The Night

6:11

C2

Fly Away

4:59

C3

Move On

4:12

D1

My Ship Came In

5:34

D2

Cold, Cold Ground

6:30

D3

Gonna Live Again

3:58

SKU 819873012245
Record Label Provogue Records
Label / Model # Mascot Label Group
Catalogue Number PRD 7477 1
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 23 October 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 23 October 2015
Barcode # 819873012245
Shipping Weight 0.5300kg
Shipping Width 0.009m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000887m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Blues
Genre Blues Rock
Genre Electric Blues
Format VINYL LP

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