Anyone who is a fan of 80s hard rock is familiar with the name Jeff Pilson. Best known for his tenures in Dokken, Dio and presently in the revamped Foreigner, Pilson is a very capable vocalist, stellar songwriter and musician.

In the early 90s when Dokken had disbanded, Pilson concentrated on other projects including working with the late great Ronnie James Dio. Pilson also founded Flesh and Blood, a contemporary rock act with huge driving riffs and infectious melodies. Pilson handled lead vocals, rhythm guitar and keyboards. He enlisted the services of Michael Diamond on bass, Randy Hansen on lead guitar and drummer Vinny Appice (no introduction needed). Together they recorded some tunes with the help of friends and studio magicians – engineer Angel Arcuri and Neil Kernon who stepped in to mix the recordings.

Flesh and Blood went on to lose the rights to their name and changed their moniker to War & Peace. Perhaps that was too ambitious? In any event, by the time the band changed their name there was a shift in line-up and the chemistry of the band was thrown off balance. Things slowly began to unravel. The change in the musical climate and the general public frowning on musicians that came out of the 80s “hair band” era certainly didn’t help matters. In this reissue of the Flesh and Blood recordings titled The Flesh and Blood Sessions, Pilson revisited these songs and brought in additional content. Pilson wrote the liner notes for this collection and includes a thorough history of the band. All in all War & Peace wasn’t “groundbreaking” but the music has a lot of heart and soul to it. It’s a shame that the prejudice against these musicians didn’t allow this band to blossom. Tracks like “Kill for the Love of God” and “Nailed to the Cross” showcased just how cutting edge War & Peace was musically and lyrically. If you’re a no frills hard rock or contemporary metal fan you’ll appreciate what The Flesh And Blood Sessions has to offer.


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