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Studio Album, released in 1993

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Africa (3:26)
2. Livin' On A Prayer (3:48)
3. Nights In White Satin (3:09)
4. Little Lies (3:17)
5. Dreamer (3:42)
6. I Want To Know What Love Is (3:33)
7. Drive (3:35)
8. Whiter Shade Of Pale (4:19)
9. The Final Countdown (3:58)
10. Alone (3:41)
11. Stairway To Heaven (3:41)
12. Babe (2:55)
13. Who's Crying Now (4:23)
14. Dust In The Wind (3:46)

Total: 51:13

Line-up / Musicians

- Geoffrey Downes / keyboards

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
1 stars Degeneration!

Evolution is an instrumental cover album that Geoffrey Downes released in 1993, one year after his vocal album Vox Humana. This is the kind of instrumental covers that you would have expected from some unknown guy playing Midi- keyboards in a bar and not from a professional musician who had played with major acts like Yes and Asia. Geoff here decided to record insipid, instrumental covers of familiar songs by acts like Toto, Foreigner, and Styx. The result is cheesy with extra cheese. The Moody Blues' Nights In White Satin, Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade Of Pale, and Kansas' Dust In The Wind are slightly better, but still fall far short of the originals.

Geoff could have done something special with some of these songs, but he decided instead to just play it simple in both arrangements and instruments. Frankly, this is an utterly embarrassing album and I wish that this had never been released. How could Downes sink this low?

Strictly for completionists with strong stomachs.

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