A Brief Glimpse of the Relentless Pursuit
Title: A Brief Glimpse of the Relentless Pursuit
Label: Horizon (www.cometrecords.com)
Genre: Rock/Progressive, British Psychedelia, Album Rock, Psychedelic, British Invasion, Art Rock, Hard Rock
Had enough Pink Floyd tributes yet? Well, you may have but I urge you to check this one out before you write this off as just another tribute album. A Brief Glimpse of the Relentless Pursuit is not your ordinary tribute nor was Pink Floyd your ordinary band. Given those thoughts, you would expect something special indeed. Well fear not my friends, this CD is outstanding, and better than you could possibly have imagined.
How could this not be one of the best tribute albums you have ever heard before, if you look at the contributors on each song, it boggles the mind…Ronnie Montrose, Fee Waybill, Gary Hoey, Dweezil Zappa, Tony Levin, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Tommy Shaw, Steve Lukather, Derek Sherinian, Chris Squire…good grief! The list of stars is just awesome. It is without question something the Floyds will be pleased to hear.
I will not bore you with a track-by-track annotation, I will speak of what I thought were the very best tracks. "Welcome to Machine," featuring Gary Hoey on guitar just smokes, thanks to Hoey’s prowess on his six-string and the powerful Derek Sherinian on keys. Both men are prolific players that tackle everything they do with a "Let’s kick ass" attitude. "Run like Hell" is one of my favorite tunes. It rocked so sweetly to Dweezil Zappa’s sharp and biting guitar licks. He is one the most esteemed guitarist by his peers, but terribly underrated by the music buying public in general. Then the rest of the lineup is amazing…Aynsley Dunbar on drums, Tony Kaye on keys, Tony Franklin thumping away on bass, and Jason Scheff does an amazing job with his pipes. "Money" has the amazing Tony Levin on bass. What a perfect song for him to play on, the intro bass lines to that song are so embedded in everyone’s head that ever listened to Dark Side of the Moon, it has to be astronomical how many people on the planet would recognize what song was playing just by hearing the bass. Levin has a way of bringing all of that right to the forefront of the song just as it is in the original. Finally yet importantly, the closer "Breathe (In the Air)" is simply superb. Robin McCauley, the only female lead singer on the entire tribute, offers her smooth and tempting style, which is just perfect for that track.
Those were the highlights for me. You know, it almost seems unfair for me not to talk about every song, but there is only so much time. I have to level with everyone though; I enjoyed the entire CD, all 11 songs. On any given day, I would probably list different favorites. Those particular songs really grabbed me this time around. If all tribute albums were this good, I would not be thinking like everyone else does…oh no, another one of those boring tribute albums. This definitely was out of the ordinary ‘good’ for this type of recording. There is nothing like the real McCoy but I have to hand to all the contributors on this CD, they all did a tremendous job of emulating the unique Pink Floyd sound.
1. Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. II - 4:00 (Vocals-Fee Waybill, Background Vocals-David Glen & Alex Ligertwood, Guitar-Ronnie Montrose, Bass-Mike Porcaro, Drums-Greg Bissonette )
2. Welcome to the Machine - 7:51 (Vocals-Doug Pinnick, Guitar-Gary Hoey, Bass-Mike Porcaro, Drums-Greg Bissonette, Keyboards-Derek Sherinian)
3. Comfortably Numb - 6:54 (Vocals & Guitars-Billy Sheerwood, Bass & Vocals-Chris Squire, Drums-Alan White)
4. Shine on You Crazy Diamond - 6:50 (Vocals & Guitars-Steve Lukather, Bass-Marco Mendoza, Drums-Vinnie Colaiuta
5. Us and Them - 6:18 (Vocals-Jeff Scott Soto, Bass-Jimmy Haslip, Saxophone-Scotty Page, Drums-Pat Torpey)
6. Young Lust- 4:20 (Vocals-Glenn Hughes, Guitar-Elliot Easton, Bass-Tony Franklin, Drums-Aynsley Dunbar)
7. Run Like Hell - 5:09 (Vocals-Jason Scheff, Guitars-Dweezil Zappa, Bass-Tony Franklin, Drums-Aynsley Dunbar, Keyboards-Tony Kaye)
8. Any Colour You Like – 4:13 (Vocals-Jason Scheff, Guitars-Dweezil Zappa, Bass-Tony Franklin, Drums-Aynsley Dunbar, Keyboards-Steve Porcaro
9. Money – 6:06 (Vocals-Tommy Shaw, Guitars-Ritchie Kotzen, Bass-Tony Levin, Drums-Mike Baird, Saxophone-Edgar Winter)
10. Have a Cigar – 5:17 (Vocals-Bobby Kimball, Guitars-Bob Kulick & Bruce Kulick, Bass-Mike Porcaro, Drums-Greg Bissonette
11. Breathe (In the Air) – 4:52 (Vocals-Robin McAuley, Guitars-Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Bass-Phil Soussan, Drums-Eric Singer
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