Richie Kotzen: The Essential Richie Kotzen Review

The Essential Richie Kotzen is a two disc double album featuring songs spanning Richie Kotzen’s entire career. All the songs on the album were selected by Richie himself. Kotzen is perhaps best known for fronting The Winery Dogs and for his stints with Poison and Mr. Big, but his solo career is vastly underrated.

“Walk With Me” kicks off CD 1, which is one of two new tracks released for the album. The other new track is “War Paint.” Richie busts out the theramin for “Walk With Me” and it fits nicely with the song. Other Kotzen staples featured on CD 1 include, “Fooled Again,” and perhaps Kotzen’s best known song, “You Can’t Save Me.”

CD 2 is a nice change of pace featuring acoustic versions of tracks like “High,” “Paint It On,” and “Until You Suffer Some” (Fire and Ice). The second disc closes with original demos of “Regret” and “Damaged,” two songs featured on The Winery Dogs’ debut album.

Overall, there isn’t a bad track on The Essential Richie Kotzen. There are some tracks left off the album like “Shine,” “Don’t Ask,” “Am I Dreamin”, etc. that would have been nice if they were included, but with how vast Kotzen’s catalogue is, some songs had to be left off. The Essential Richie Kotzen is great starting point for anyone new to Kotzen’s music, though. CD 2 is also a nice treat for longtime fans. Kotzen is a fantastic artist who deserves a wider audience and hopefully more people discover his music with this album.

The Review: 9/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Walk With Me
– Lie To Me
– Fooled Again
– You Can’t Save Me
– High
– Change

The Big Hit

– You Can’t Save Me

Review by Pete Francis

Buy the album: Amazon | iTunes

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