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2.16 | 134 ratings | 11 reviews | 2% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Welcome to the Machine (Pink Floyd cover) (4:54)
2. Heaven on their Minds (from Jesus Christ Superstar rock opera) (4:55)
3. Almost Cut My Hair (C,S,N & Y cover) (4:19)
4. For What It's Worth (Buffalo Springfield cover) (2:34)
5. For the Love of Money (The O'Jays cover) (4:59)
6. Innuendo (Queen cober) (6:11)
7. Neon Knights (Black Sabbath cover) (3:43)
8. Synchronicity II (The Police cover) (4:55)
9. Red Rain (Peter Gabriel cover) (4:39)
10. Odissea (3:53)
11. Bullet the Blue Sky (Live - U2 cover) (10:25)

Total Time: 55:27

Line-up / Musicians

- Geoff Tate / vocals
- Michael Wilton / guitar, co-producer
- Mike Stone / guitar, backing vocals, co-producer
- Eddie Jackson / bass, backing vocals
- Scott Rockenfield / drums, percussion

- Kelly Gray / guitar (11), engineer
- Leopoldo Larsen / keyboards (1), orchestration (6,10), engineer

Releases information

Artwork: Samuels Advertising

CD Rhino Records ‎- R2 334780 (2007, US)

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QUEENSRYCHE Take Cover ratings distribution

(134 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(2%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(7%)
Good, but non-essential (31%)
Collectors/fans only (29%)
Poor. Only for completionists (31%)

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Review by Raff
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Perhaps an odd choice for my long-overdue return to reviewing here on PA, since it belongs to the much-maligned category of cover albums... I came across "Take Cover" last week while browsing through the music section of a bookshop I visit occasionally, and, being a longtime follower of the band (as well as a sucker for cover albums), I decided to purchase it - encouraged by the fact that the price was considerably lower than for an average new release. Well, since the day I bought it, I've listened to this album at least four times - which, for my standards, means I have really been impressed by the music on offer.

As many other musicians have done over the years, in recording this album the Seattle quintet have wanted to pay homage to music that has been influential on their career. "Take Cover" contains 11 songs chosen among the many the band like to perform during their soundchecks. Some of them may indeed look like somewhat odd choices for a band like Queensryche, especially since most of the tracks have nothing to do with the genre that has made them famous. As a matter of fact, only one of the songs is a metal classic - Black Sabbath's ultra-powerful "Neon Knights" (which, incidentally, is a big favourite of mine as well). The rest of the tracklist is nothing if not eclectic, ranging from The O'Jays' R&B classic"For the Love of Money" to an absolutely blistering live version of U2's magnificent "Bullet the Blue Sky", complete with politically-charged rap.

The album kicks off in style with a 'metalised' version of Pink Floyd's disturbing "Welcome to the Machine", followed by another favourite of mine - Judas's heartfelt plea to Jesus, "Heaven on Their Minds", one of the highlights of cult rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar". Tate is in great vocal shape throughout the album, and is not afraid to tackle songs interpreted by some of the greatest singers in rock, like the aforementioned "Neon Knights", Peter Gabriel's "Red Rain" and Queen's sinuous, sprawling epic, "Innuendo". The band's performance is also very accomplished, full of sparkle and energy. Whoever wrote them off in the past couldn't have been more wrong - they have still got a lot to offer to lovers of great rock music.

On the other hand, it must be said that not every song comes across as a complete success. For instance, Queensryche's acoustic take on Buffalo Springfield's "For What Is Worth" is not as strong as Rush's version on the "Feedback" album released in 2004. Though Geoff Tate's voice has lost none of its power, you can feel it straining when interpreting one of The Police's most progressive songs, "Synchronicity II", written for the completely different vocal style of Mr Sting. The operatic piece "Odissea", sung by Tate in broken Italian, is to these ears nothing more than a curiosity, even if Tate proves to be a more than capable would-be opera singer.

Though "Take Cover" will probably be considered by many as little more than filler between 'real' albums, in my opinion it is one of the most interesting examples of its kind. Obviously it is by no means a masterpiece, but it proves once again that Queensryche are not just another, run-of-the-mill heavy metal band.

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars Another trip to tribute album! Having just reviewed Jordan Rudess "The Road Home" and Erik Norlander's "Hommage Symphonique" now it's time to move to another - again? - tribute album by Queensryche. While on previous two albums by Rudess and Norlander I found that they tried to understand all backgrounds and philosophies of the songs being covered, while here with Queensryche it seems like Geoff Tate and friends have tried to impose their "own" music style to the songs being covered regardless the background or philosophies behind the songs being covered. The result is a good album that serves well the fans of Queensryche even without a need to know the original versions. But, I do not think that people who praised the original versions would love to hear this version - especially myself.

Don't get me wrong; I have been familiar with the music of Queensryche and in fact I love some of the albums like "Operation: Mindcrime" or "Warning", and I think this band has developed their own unique style especially with Tate's unique voice and singing style. So, actually I can find myself as a fan (not die hard though) of the band. But, I have to sacrifice my idols of legendary songs in return of new version which has been Queensryched, I have a bit of reluctancy with it. Why? To me Queensrysche has been in its own style and so it has been the case of the bands being tributed like Pink Floyd or Queen or Police or Black Sabbath etc. Forcing its style to the originals seems awkward to me and I find it a bit annoying. Take example of Broadway's "Heaven On Their Minds". The band has tried its best to impose their style into the original version. But, the result is a strange kind of music style that does not sound compelling and .. in fact it's quite boring even from the start.

While on Pink Floyd's "Welcome To The Machine" the band tries to emulate the song in its original version with also additional sax, but again it fails to create an appropriate nuance as the original version has perfectly done it wonderfully. Queen's "Innuendo" is interpreted differently by imposing Tate vocal style, but it fails to deliver good nuance of the song.

So? It depends on where you stand. You might give this as a four star album because it can create Queensryche style from original version of the songs. It also can create an excellent experience because you are a die hard fan of Queensryche. For me, I'd rather give this with two stars, i.e. for collectors of Queensryche music. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars Why oh why oh why. . . should they not enjoy themselves?

It is easy, not to say tempting when a band releases an album of cover versions to be precious or sanctimonious about such a project. They've sold out, the originals are better, they've run out of ideas, why oh why oh why did they do it, etc. Sometimes though, it is better just to see the exercise for what it is, a bit of harmless, self indulgent fun.

Here we have Queensryche taking time out from the rigours of writing a new album from scratch, to "salute" their favourite songs. OK, so the point of the exercise is more likely to be to afford the band members themselves the chance to let their hair down, rather than as the noble tribute implied, but the end results are the same.

Most of the tracks here will be familiar to the majority of rock fans, but there will be a few which are less obvious. Each of the songs is given a new arrangement by the band, rendering it totally recognisable but significantly different from the original. Take "Heaven on their minds" for example. This song from the "Jesus Christ Superstar" rock opera is transformed into a heavy monster with a metal rhythm section and chiming guitars. As such, the song takes on a whole new identity while retaining its familiar melody.

The treatment of Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the machine", which opens the album, may be less radical, but the replacement of most of the synthesiser sounds with lead guitar once again makes for an entirely different song.

In a slightly bizarre twist, we have consecutive tracks originally by Crosby Stills & Nash and Buffalo Springfield. The CSN song, "Almost cut my hair" lends itself nicely to the heavier arrangement. "For what it's worth" is probably better known to many as "What's that sound", a title used by Art when they covered the song. The version here is among the lightest on the album.

In another unforeseen twist, the O'Jays "For the love of money" is selected for the Queensryche treatment. The song retains its underlying Philadelphia feel through the funky beat and inclusion of a brass section, the flavours actually blending reasonably well with the Queenryche style. Perhaps more predictably, a Queen song, "Innuendo", appears. For me, this is a good choice, as the song is perhaps the most under-recognised of Queen's epics and well overdue for a reappraisal. This is understandably the most faithful of the covers here, the differentiation being almost exclusively through the vocal style.

Ronnie James Dio era Black Sabbath's "Neon nights" is another easy choice, the metal roots of the song requiring little adjustment of the arrangement. The only question here is, who's voice do you prefer?

Perhaps the most unusual cover of all is of the quasi-operatic "Odissea" by Carol Marrale and Cheope. Here, Geoff Tate takes the opportunity to put on a his tuxedo and sing poshly in Italian. He is no Pavarotti, that's for sure, but he does make a decent stab at something well beyond his comfort zone. The result is a track with more than a passing resemblance to one of Rhapsody's more pompous outings.

Towards the end of the album, three of the four songs come from the pop arena. The Police's "Synchronicity 2" is a less well known album track of theirs and not one of my favourites. Peter Gabriel's "Red rain" is a much better choice from my point of view, the song allowing the band to take a breather and deliver something tastefully mellow. The album closes with a 10 minute live version of U2's "Bullet the blue sky", originally from their fine "The Joshua Tree" album.

In all, while this album should not be taken too seriously, it is thoroughly enjoyable. OK, so there's an absence of originality, but that is the whole point of the exercise, and in any event a considerable amount of thought has clearly gone into the arrangements.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars "Take Cover" is the 10th full-length studio album by US progressive/alternative metal act Queensr˙che. The album was released in November 2007 by Rhino Records. As the title implies this is a cover album. There are no original compositions on the album.

The album features songs by acts such as Pink Floyd, The Police, U2, Queen, Black Sabbath and Peter Gabriel but also some more obscure (obscure when mentioned in connection with Queensr˙che) choices by artists such as Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice and Carlo Marrale & Cheope. The production is a bit tame but otherwise professional and I enjoyed a couple of the songs like "Synchronicity II" and "Innuendo" but overall "Take Cover" doesn´t offer much for the casual fan of Queensr˙che. None of the cover songs really impress me more than moderately.

This is a 2.5 star rating IMO. Not because the quality isn´t high or anything like that but I really don´t see anyone else but the hardcore fans of the band getting excited over this album.

Review by ProgShine
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars Simply cannot understand this! Whats the point here?

We're on 2007 (at the moment of this release) and here we have Scott Rockenfield using a &*$% drum sound, and why? Trying revive some good old days of the end of the 80's maybe?!?

What the hell!

You know, the choice of the songs are not so bad, they have PINK FLOYD, QUEEN, BLACK SABBATH, POLICE, PETER GABRIEL, U2 and a surprising version for one of the songs of Jesus Christ Superstar (one of my all time favorite records). But something here went very, very wrong, there's no pleasure playing these tracks, at least I can't found it, that cold sound says nothing to me!

Queensr˙che give a shot on their own feet with this record, run away if you have a choice!

Review by Starhammer
1 stars Take Cover... behind a pair of industrial standard ear defenders.

Queensr˙che prove they have completely run out of ideas by releasing a studio album full of cover versions.

The Good: The track list.

The Bad: I usually enjoy artists covering songs from other artists as it is often a gateway for musical discovery, or a chance to hear old songs in a new light. This on the other hand provides no incentive to investigate any of the songs I hadn't previously heard, and never again revisit to the originals of the ones that I had.

I'd actually bought, then sold this album shortly after it was released, but recently the strong selection of tracks on offer made me question my abandonment and I decided to give it another listen.

Now I remember why.

The Verdict: Completely pointless.

Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JRF/Canterbury, P Metal, Eclectic
2 stars I'm really not a fan of cover albums unless the songs have been reworked in a very creative and unique way beyond the parameters of the original intent. QUEENSRYCHE released their tenth studio album TAKE COVER which is admittedly a clever name for an album totally devoted to their take on other's music. There's quite a range of artists COVERed here ranging from Pink Floyd to Black Sabbath to The Police and Peter Gabriel to even the O'Jays. The range of influences is great but there are a few factors which really keep me from getting excited about this album one of which is the fact i'm really not a fan of all cover songs for albums!

Firstly, Geoff Tate's vocals just don't sound right to me on some of the arrangements that were clearly constructed around the original vocalists abilities. This includes "Red Rain," "Welcome To The Machine" and "Neon Knights." Secondly, I don't think the band adds much to the way of creative interpretations for the most part. There are a few exceptions. I think they do take some creative license on Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" and "For The Love Of Money" from the O'Jays.

Where I think the band shine especially with Geoff Tate's vocals is where they have always been at home and that is with the more operatic type of music and that is displayed quite well on Carlo Marrale's "Odissea." This is my favorite track on the entire album. I know some will find this album satisfying but I really have no desire to hear a whole album of QUEENSRYCHE doing covers. I do appreciate a well-crafted cover song slipped into an otherwise original album but despite being a hardcore fan (up to "Promised Land" anyways) I have no desire to ever hear this one.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Take cover, but don't run away. Because this is not that bad of an album. It is of course Queensryche's cover album, and contains their renditions of some classic, and perhaps not so well known rock and progressive rock. Beginning with the haunting cover of Pink Floyd's Welcome to the Machine ... (read more)

Report this review (#219180) | Posted by Alitare | Sunday, May 31, 2009 | Review Permanlink

1 stars I must be a masochist. I always get real excited by cover albums, literally can't wait to buy them, and I am always disappointed. This new one from Queensryche sadly just hammers that point home, joining the sad club of Def Leppard, Styx, Rage Against The Machine, etc... To do a cover song an art ... (read more)

Report this review (#172618) | Posted by DantesRing | Friday, May 30, 2008 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Covers & cover-albums are always two-edged swords. While a rendition can really sound interesting, it can also be completely destroyed. Queensryche's Take Cover is enjoyable when you listen to it, but when you compare some of the covers to their originals - it's just not it. While I thoroughly ... (read more)

Report this review (#172277) | Posted by In the Flesh? | Monday, May 26, 2008 | Review Permanlink

1 stars Just a bad idea with poor execution. I can understand tribute cover discs where many different bands cover another band's songs. But the recent trend of established artists releasing all cover songs...just don't get. I haven't heard a good one yet and this one doesn't change my mind. The b ... (read more)

Report this review (#172267) | Posted by MrMan2000 | Monday, May 26, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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