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A Fair Forgery of Pink Floyd
Stanley Recordings
By MuzikMan
(more articles from this author)
2003-09-04
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Artist: Various
Title: A Fair Forgery of Pink Floyd
Label: Stanley Recordings (www.stanleyrecordings.com)
Genre: Rock/Progressive, Psychedelia, AOR, Art, Hard
Format: 2 CDs

Which one is pink? Take your pick from 30 different tracks. A Fair Forgery of Pink Floyd is more than fair, it is outstanding.

Surely, you will notice some of the names that contributed to this tribute in honor of one the greatest progressive-rock bands ever. Graham Parker makes every effort to impress on "Comfortably Numb." Trust me on this one, you have never heard this song sound like this and only someone like Parsons could pull it off and get away with it. To be perfectly honest, there were only two other names that I recognized, Quetzal ("Mother") and Mike Keneally ("Astronomy Domine"). This is not to say that I did not appreciate all the other artists because I sincerely did. Everyone does a fine job giving his or her own interpretation of the Pink Floyd classics.

Some bands are spot on capturing the PF sound and atmosphere and others were so far off that their interpretation could have ended up on any tribute. Ironically, that is exactly what makes this two-disc set so captivating and different. It is unusual enough to keep your attention focused on each track straight through the two generous discs. I think it would have been extremely boring if every song sounded like a PF copycat. I am most appreciative of each contributing artists' knowledge of the songs they covered. I think the reason every track had its own personality is because each individual artist or band was able to turn themselves inside out and show their true colors and how the inspiration of PF has helped to shape their own music. In the end, that is what a great tribute recording is supposed engender.

If you have often wondered what these songs would sound like using different instruments, voices and genre influences, you are in for a bag of jewels just as the cover indicates. God save Pink Floyd…I mean the king, the ultimate prog-rock stoner band on the face of this great planet. Its funny, I do not need to be high to enjoy this music, never did, I just thought it went together like everyone else did growing up in the ‘70's. Let me put it this way, the first time I heard "Animals" I was not straight. Great music needs nothing else to help it along much less a mind-altering chemical; some people never figure that out. Hell, this is mind-altering music! It is time to take out your "Money" and put it on the table to purchase this fine interpretation of PF music. It Us and Them, join us both now.

US
1. Fearless performed by Tom Freund - 5:20
2. Wish You Were Here performed by Sally Semrad - 4:30
3. Money performed by Yortoise - 3:18
4. Comfortably Numb performed by Graham Parker - 3:56
5. See Emily Play performed by James Combs - 3:22
6. Mother performed by Quetzal - 5:52
7. Breath performed by 50 Cent Haircut - 2:13
8. Young Lust performed by John Law - 4:15
9. Time and Breath (Reprise) performed by Kelsey Wood - 3:05
10. Have a Cigar performed by Ira - 4:41
11. Bike performed by Harvette - 1:42
12. Nobody Home performed by Courtney Fairchild - 3:24
13. Piantbox performed by Jimmy Caprio - 4:24
14. Lucifer Sam performed by Billion Stars - 3:39
15. San Tropez performed by Dave Chapple - 3:12
16. Childhood's End performed by Becca / Pierre - 8:06

THEM
17. High Hopes performed by Shark / Smoke - 7:28
18. Astronomy Domine performed by Mike Keneally Band - 3:52
19. Corporal Clegg performed by Samarin / Morgan / Hull - 4:19
20. Let There Be More Light performed by Glass - 4:24
21. Pigs on the Wing performed by Tortfeasor - 4:57
22. Dogs performed by Which One's Pink - 13:38
23. Sheep performed by Numira - 10:11
24. In the Flesh performed by Shaun Guerin - 2:56
25. Hey You performed by S.A.M. - 5:45
26. Goodbye Blue Sky performed by Tim Myer - 2:21
27. What Shall We Do Now? performed by Which One's Pink? - 3:39
28. Is There Anybody Out There? performed by TBL / Stevie Z. - 2:44
29. Not Now John performed by North Green - 4:06
30. The Wall performed by Rat Bat Blue - 6:35

The Performers:
Graham Parker - Guitar, Vocals
Bryan Beller - Bass
Jim Caprio - Guitar (Acoustic), Piano, Guitar (Bass), Vocals
Shaun Guerin - Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Producer, Engineer
Michael Jerome - Drums
Gary Johns - Guitar
Remi Kabaka - Drums
Mike Keneally - Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals
James Morgan - Bass, Vocals
Gerri Sutyak - Cello
Tom Freund - Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Bass (Acoustic)
Gabriel Ordonez - Guitar, Vocals
Anton Chovit - Synthesizer, Keyboards, Organ (Hammond), Engineer
Rick Kelly - Guitar
Pierre de Beauport - Guitar
Quetzal Flores - Jarana, Requinto
Amy Wood - Drums, Loop Drums
John Law - Vocals
Mark McCrite - Guitar
Mark B. Allen - Vocals, Producer, Engineer, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
John Would - Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Accordion, Guitar (Bass), Keyboards, Sound Effects, Tambourine, Vocals, Whistle (Human), Guitar (12 String), Producer, Mellotron, Slide Guitar, Mixing, Wah Wah Guitar, Guitar (Tremolo), Guitar (Baritone)
Rocío Marron - Violin
Peter Fuhry - Organ, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
Rick Musallam - Guitar (Rhythm)
Andrea Lane - Vocals
Becca - Organ (Hammond), Vocals, Mini Moog
James Combs - Guitar (Acoustic), Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Scott Miles - Drums, Saw
Dante Pascuzzo - Cuatro, Standup Bass
Jeff "Fling" Walendy - Bass
John Gold - Guitar (Bass), Vocals (bckgr)
Courtney Fairchild - Guitar, Vocals
Sally Semrad - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)


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