(Yes, that's the full title!!)
Purple Pyramid Records
Catalogue Number: 41157 12232
Well, it's different!
Generally, as with most of these, what seems to be hastily put together tribute records, the production has a lot to be desired and the packaging must of taken all of 5 minutes to put together.
Cutting to the chase...
Glenn is outstanding, as usual giving his all, on his alloted track, Young Lust...and he certainly makes the song his own...Tony Franklin is ever present as always and Elliot Easton is impressive on guitar. The thumping intro is classic with the bass in your face and then the vocal, funky one second, rockin' the next...lovely stuff...the chorus is perfection with those ad-libs that Glenn is famous for all over the place...the guitar is loud and center...this one is going to be on "repeat" mode in the CD player for awhile!
My take on the other tracks are as follows with best being first!
Next to Glenn's performance, my favorite number has to be Have A Cigar with Bobby Kimball on vocals - it's the combination of the axe work by Bob & Bruce Kulick and Bobby's delivery that make this number 2 on the list for me! Great stuff!
Any Colour You Like - whoa...now this is how keyboards are meant to be played...Steve Porcaro is fantastic and Robben Ford's guitar is outstanding...Tony Franklin is thumping in the background and Aynsley Dunbar is ever present and his timing really keeps you wanting more....excellent!
Breathe (In The Air) has some out of this world guitar work by Jeff "Skunk" Baxter...the vocals by Robin McAuley are a little light on substance, and should have been a little higher in the mix. Having said that, Jeff's guitar elevates this one up my list!
Shine On You Crazy Diamond...opens the album and sets you up for what is to come..Steve Lukather's guitar genius shines throughout the track and the vocals are perfect for this outing. Outstanding!
Money...Ritchie Kotzen spices things up on this one...Tommy Shaw does well on vocals and overall it's a great interpretation of the classic Floyd track.
Comfortably Numb...this one is a tough one...what with the original such a rock anthem...anyone attempting to cover it is always going to come in second...and that is certainly true here. It's given a different twist which makes it interesting with some great acoustic and choral parts by Billy Sherwood. I was hoping to hear Chris Squire higher in the mix, but it's not be unfortunately. The classic guitar solo is somewhat laid back, but overall it fits with this interpretation.
Welcome To The Machine...the vocals keep very much to the original, but it's still good to hear Doug Pinnock put his stamp on it! Guitar work by Gary Hoey is surprisingly very good, as I'm generally not that impressed with his playing.
Us And Them...of all the songs presented this one is the closet to the original in delivery . This disappointed me as I really wanted to hear Jeff Scott Soto put his trademark vocals on it. Highlight has to be Scotty Page's sax work and the overall musicianship is excellent, so it's not all bad!
Another Brick In The Wall....is pretty awful with the exception of the axe work from Ronnie Montrose, which is the only saving grace on this one.
Run Like Hell - sounding like something out of the new wave 80's era, awful keyboards, below average guitar work and generally dons the "give it a miss" category!! Not even Tony Franklin can save this one I'm afraid - like the title implies, run like hell!!
So overall, if you're a fan of the featured musicians and Pink Floyd you should definitely seek this one out and for the die-hard Glenn fan this is a no brainer to buy. The musicianship is outstanding. The packaging is a joke, but then you don't buy this type of album for that! I just hope everyone get's their share of the pie and it's not funneled away into someone else's deep pockets!