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Songs in the Key of Rock

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Songs in the Key of Rock (2003)  Soul Mover (2005)
Release date  9 June 2003
Genres  Hard rock, Funk
Artist  Glenn Hughes
Label  Canyon International
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Released  9 June 2003 (2003-06-09)
Length  52:44 (European vsn) 53:34 (Japanese vsn)
Producers  Glenn Hughes, Jeffrey Kollman
Similar  Glenn Hughes albums, Hard rock albums

Songs in the Key of Rock is a studio album by former Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Trapeze vocalist/ bassist Glenn Hughes. It was his ninth solo studio album and was released in 2003 on Frontier and Pony Canyon records.



Songs in the Key of Rock, which was named after the Stevie Wonder album Songs in the Key of Life, was written in a ‘seventies vintage frame of mind’, according to Hughes. Although the album features some moments of funk, it has a predominant seventies inspired hard rock sound.

The album features Hughes’ regular guitarist JJ Marsh and is his last album to date to include drummer Gary Ferguson, who has played on five of Hughes solo records. Other musicians include guitarist and producer Jeff Kollman, keyboardist Ed Roth, former Santana vocalist Alex Ligertwood, bassist Billy Sheehan and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith on the track Get You Stoned.

This marked the first occasion Chad Smith performed on one of Hughes’ albums. Smith is now Hughes’ regular drummer for his studio work.

The track Higher Places was written and a tribute to the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, who was a fan of Hughes’ first band Trapeze and used to jam with them on occasion at gigs [1].

Two versions of the album were released. The European version includes the bonus track Secret Life, while the Japanese edition features a song entitled Change. Change was also included on the European version of Hughes’ 2004 live album Soulfully Live in the City of Angels. Both these tracks are listed as track nine in their respective versions.

An unlisted short reprise of the song Higher Places is featured at the end of the album.

Track listing

  1. "In My Blood" – 4:39 (Hughes, Marsh)
  2. "Lost in the Zone" – 4:26 (Hughes, Kollman, Marsh)
  3. "Gasoline" – 3:10 (Hughes, Marsh)
  4. "Higher Places (Song for Bonzo)" – 5:04 (Hughes, Kollman)
  5. "Get You Stoned" – 4:49 (Hughes, Kollman)
  6. "Written All Over Your Face" – 8:33 (Hughes, Marsh)
  7. "Standing on the Rock" – 3:46 (Hughes, Kollman)
  8. "Courageous" – 4:25 (Hughes)
  9. "Secret Life" – 3:45 (Hughes, Marsh) (European vsn only)
  10. "Change" – 4:35 (Hughes, Marsh) (Japanese vsn only)
  11. "The Truth" – 3:28 (Hughes)
  12. "Wherever You Go" – 5:31 (Hughes, Marsh)
  13. "Higher Places (reprise)" – 1:08 (Hughes, Kollman)


  • Glenn Hughes – Vocals, Bass
  • JJ Marsh – Guitars
  • Jeff Kollman – guitar
  • Gary Ferguson – drums except track 5
  • Ed Roth – keyboards
  • Alex Ligertwood – background vocals
  • Billy Sheehan – bass on Change
  • Chad Smith – drums on track 5
  • Songs

    1In My Blood4:39
    2Lost in the Zone4:26


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