Friday, 25 June 2010

VA - A Special Tribute To Pink Floyd 2005 [SIS 4158-2]

Genre: Progressive Rock
Format: ape + cue + log
Released: 2005
Label: Silver Star

01. Tommy Shaw, Ritchie Kotzen, Tony Levin, Mike Beard, Edgar Winter - Money
02. Doug Pinnick, Gary Hoey, Mike Porcaro, Greg Bissonette, Derek Sherinian - Welcome To The Machi
03. Chris Squire, Alan White and Billy Sherwood (Yes) - Comfortably Numb
04. Steve Lukather, Marco Mendoza, Vinnie Colaiuta - Shine On You Crazy Diamond
05. Bob Kulik, Jimmy Haslip, Scotty Page, Pat Torpey, Jeff Scott Soto - Us And Them
06. Glenn Hughes, Elliot Easton, Tony Franklin, Aynsley Dunbar - Young Lust
07. Jason Sheff, Dweezil Zappa, Tony Franklin, Aynsley Dunbar - Run Like Hell
08. Robben Ford, Tony Franklin, Aynsley Dunbar, Steve Porcaro - Any Colour You Like
09. Fee Waybill, Ronnie Montrose, Mike Porcaro, Gregg Bissonette - Another Brick In The Wall
10. Bob and Bruce Kulick, Bobby Kimball, Mike Porcaro, Gregg Bissonette - Have A Cigar
11. Rick McAuley, Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter, Phil Soussan, Eric Singer - Breathe (In The Air)

Robin McAuley - Vocals
Doug Pinnick - Vocals
Steve Porcaro - Keyboards
Mike Porcaro - Bass
Jason Scheff - Vocals
Billy Sherwood - Guitar, Producer, Engineer, Vocals
Jeff Scott Soto - Vocals
Philip Soussan - Bass
Pat Torpey - Drums
Derek Sherinian - Keyboards
Marco Mendoza - Bass
Kris Solem - Mastering
Richie Kotzen - Guitar
Tommy Shaw - Vocals
Fee Waybill - Vocals
Elliot Easton - Guitar
Aynsley Dunbar - Drums
Jimmy Haslip - Bass
Gary Hoey - Guitar
Mike Baird - Drums
Gregg Bissonette - Drums
Vinnie Colaiuta - Drums
Edgar Winter - Saxophone
Tony Franklin - Bass
Bobby Kimball - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitar, Producer
Bruce Kulick - Guitar
Tony Levin - Bass
Steve Lukather - Guitar, Vocals
Ronnie Montrose - Guitar
Chris Squire - Bass, Vocals
Dweezil Zappa - Guitar
Robben Ford - Guitar

Having listened to their albums and live recordings a zillion times, I'm always looking for fresh interpretations of Pink Floyd. Most tributes phonographically copy the original band or fall embarrassingly short in the attempt. Both types are dull. "A Special Tribute to Pink Floyd" falls into the first category. That written, there is nothing wrong with this recording. The musicians perform well and the production is excellent. Unlike the Easy Star All-Stars that did a reggae tribute, this is just straight rock. The esteemed Australian Pink Floyd Show also plays literal versions, but it's a live experience. The Aussies appreciate the futility of making such an audio recording. The listener is better off passing this one by and enjoying the originals.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Forcefield - Forcefield II The Talisman 1988

Genre: Hard Rock
Format: ape + cue + log
Released: 1992
Label: President Records Ltd.

1. The Talisman
2. Year of the Dragon
3. Tired of Waiting For You
4. Heartache
5. Good Is Good
6. Carrie
7. Without Your Love
8. I Lose Again
9. The Mercenary
10. Black Night/Strange Kind of Woman
11. I Lose Again - (Instrumental Version)

An Anglo-Dutch project featuring ex-FOCUS man Jan Akkerman, the band would attract an enviable array of experienced Rock talent over a series of albums. FORCEFIELD also comprised ex-FANCY vocalist / guitarist Ray Fenwick. Ray had also been a member of the IAN GILLAN band in 1976 and also cut the bizarrely titled 'Keep America Beautiful Get A Haircut' solo album in 1971 (Decca SKL 5090). The FORCEFIELD debut comprised a clutch of re-worked well known Rock standards such as DEEP PURPLE's 'Smoke On The Water', LED ZEPPELIN's 'Whole Lotta Love', THE KINKS 'Set Me Free' and 'You Really Got Me' and CREAM's 'White Room' and 'Sunshine Of Your Love'. The featured musicians included the WHITESNAKE rhythm section of drummer COZY POWELL and bassist Neil Murray, SERGEANT vocalist PETE PRESCOTT and bass player Mo Foster.
A second effort, 1988's 'Forcefield II - The Talisman', had Fenwick joined by JAN AKKERMAN. On vocals would be BLACK SABBATH's TONY MARTIN with Powell back on the drums. - RockDetector

...In the late 80s Cozy became involved with guitarist Ray Fenwick's Forcefield project. This was a series of albums, starting with the self-titled Forcefield, in 1986, which featured various musicians from the Deep Purple family tree (e.g. Graham Bonnett, Don Airey, Neil Murray, Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, Tony Martin, Mo Foster... and the list goes on). The songs covered on that first album included (what else?) Smoke On The Water, as well as Sunshine Of Your Love, White Room, Whole Lotta Love, You Really Got Me...
This was followed by Forcefield II - The Talisman in 1987 - Cozy Powell - a personal take