John Wetton
Raised in Captivity
Style: Melodic Rock
Release date: 1 July, 2011
Playing time: 54:43

John Wetton's sixth solo album is a big gathering of friends: Lost for Words (featuring Steve Morse, Deep Purple); Raised in Captivity (featuring Robert Fripp, King Crimson); Goodbye Elsinore (featuring Steve Hackett, Genesis); The Last Night of my Life (featuring Alex Machacek); We Stay Together (bonus track); The Human Condition (featuring Tony Kaye, Yes); Steffi's Ring (featuring Geoff Downes, Asia); The Devil and the Opera House (featuring Eddie Jobson, UK); New Star Rising (featuring Mick Box, Uriah Heep); Don't Misunderstand Me (featuring Tony Kaye, Yes); Mighty Rivers (featuring Anneke van Giersbergen, ex-The Gathering). Quite an assembly of talent on one album.

Musically you could call this a musical retrospect of John Wetton's career, which is also reflected in many of the guests taking part on the album. This is more versatile and harder than his most of his recent material. This is first and foremost collaboration between John Wetton and Billy Sherwood, who has also produced and mixed the album. Billy and John have shared the bulk of the recording on the album.

The result is a fine collection of retro songs that covers all aspect of his career, maybe not so much his more commercial sides of things, and all with a warm, analogue and old-school sound. "Raised in Captivity" is another proof of John Wetton's outstanding abilities as a musician and as a song writer and fans of his should be able to find their special moments on this album.

Good one!


01. Lost for Words
02. Raised in Captivity
03. Goodbye Elsinore
04. The Last Night of my Life
05. We Stay Together
06. The Human Condition
07. Steffi's Ring
08. The Devil and the Opera House
09. New Star Rising
10. Don't Misunderstand Me
Mighty Rivers

Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: 26 June, 2011