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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing


1. Breathe [3:03]
2. Time (including Breathe -reprise-) [6:35]
3. The Great Gig in the Sky (including Time -reprise-, Speak to me) [7:03]
4. Money [6:43]
5. Us and Them [7.29]
6. Any Colour You Like [3:25]
7. On the Run [2:13]
8. Brain Damage [6:41]
9. Eclipse [2.05]
10. Prelude for Rick [1.47]

bonus material

11. Provvisoria Morte dell'Anima. Rivelazioni e ricordi di Idee [5:38]
12. Dentro l'Acqua [4:36]
13. Galleria e Uscita [5:19]
14. Respirare #1 [4:44]
15. Respirare #2 [5:14]
16. Wish You Were Here [5:05]
17. Mudmen (Vinyl version only) [4.19]

Total Time: 1:31:59

Line-up / Musicians

- Michela Botti / lead & backing vocals
- Riccardo Sandri / guitars and backing vocals
- Andrea Pavoni / pianos, Moog, synths, drums, percussion, programming, backing vocals
- Alfredo De Donno / organ, keyboards, backing vocals
- Fabio Ciliberti / bass guitar

Augmented by:
- Claudio Ricci / guitars
- Salvo Lazzara / guitars
- Pierpaolo Cianca / guitar
- Alessandro Tomei / saxophones
- Rebecca Raimondi/ violin
- Marco Orfei / flute
- Lorenzo Feliciati / bass guitar
- Pier Paolo Ferroni / drums
- Luca Ciccotti / drums

Releases information


Mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima at Tower Studio. Montpellier, France

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Review by octopus-4
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
4 stars Doing covers of one of the most famous albums of the musical history is not an easy thing. To be successful, if you aren't one of the many "official cover bandsshould preserve the main melodies and if possible the mood. As example, a disco/house version of DSOTM which I have listened to "less than once", was unable to preserve the mood. The reggae version of Easy-Star All-Stars was very successful, I think.

The Green Side of the Moon belongs to the second category: the tracks are all altered, but small parts of the originals have been preserved so that the gap is not too wide and the songs are very recognisable. But this album is not just "another version" of the famous one. It contains extra material which deserves to be examined on its own.

It starts with a storm which replaces the heartbeat, then the main two chords are played by piano and acoustic guitar. The lead vocalist is Michela BOTTI as usual. Her sweet vibrato is very far from the rough voices of Dave and Rog but fits perfectly in what is "Breathe" transformed into an acoustic ballad.

You can't give up to the clock bells and the tic-toc on "Time", but the rototom is replaced by heavy drums and instead f the electric piano there are synth violins. but....a grotesque tempo roeminding of a circus...what the hell? Ok listen to it a couple of times and you'll see. It ends with being one of the most interesting things of the album with the alto sax in charge of keeping the song recognisable. "Breathe Reprise" gives the original some justice. It would be a cover If it wasn't for the echo on Michela's vocals.

"Where's "On The Run"? Moved later. The piano and violin intro of "The Great Gig in the Sky" makes it likely sound as it could have been if PF didn't have the idea of involving Clare Torry, but it includes a reprise of "Time" with a strange effect on Michela's voice. A baroque string quartet (more or less) takes the place of Wright's keys and the sax plays instead of Clare Torry. Good choice, I think. For a fan of Quintorigo like me, this is a very good surprise. The coda reprises "Speak To Me".

"Money" is the jazziest thing released by Pink Floyd. So an orchestral swing version is a good idea, and again, it's perfect for Monica's voice who can show a consistent vocal extension over a huge number of octaves, tendentially on high pitch. Guitar and sax alternates in the riff but the 4/4 part is identical to the original, only the guitar has a distorsion which is not present in Gilmour's version. Back to the 7/4 scat and whistle before Michela is back. Swing guys!

Another drastical change: "Us And Them" starts funky: piano, drums and bass quoting Breathe, then the original melody is restored. Instead of the sax there's a moog now. The song preserves the beauty of the original even with all the differences and a short quote of Burning Bridges from Obscured By Clouds deserves a mention.

"Any Colour You Like" has a bit of dub in the bass line and some funky in the guitar. Even if this is one of the best Pink Floyd's instrumentals, changing it in this way is not a scandal. The guitarist should have had a lot of fun playing it. On the final, instead of fading into Brain Damage, it goes into "On The Run".

The 5 sequenced notes are initially preserved but it doeasn't last too much. Is it Salsa? Whatever it is it's different enough from the original, A different thing. "Brain Damage" is opened by a reminder from Ummagumma: "Sysyphus" intro followed by the two bass notes of Careful With That Axe Eugene and in the back the bells of High Hopes. But the song is still Brain Damage. Also "Eclipse" is not too different from the original. Mainly vocals, keys, piano and drums. "There is not a green side of the moon really...matter of facts it's all green"

"Prelude For Rick" is a short melodic track dedicated to Rick Wright, driven by the sax. It introduces the "album in the album". What is presented as bonus material is effectively an EP. "Il petalo del fiore" has a lot of stuff inside. Melodic like classic RPI but very jazzy in some parts. Excellent performance of the whole ensemble. Andrea Pavoni is a very good composer and songwriter. The arrangements are very well done and the production is excellent. The jazzy mood crosses all the suite, but after a first rhythmic part, the second is slower and melodic. For who likes "Le Orme", jus to mention one. Listening to Greenwall I think that the band has a distinctive sound, influenced by Pink Floyd, Camel, and others, but with their own personality. It sometimes turns into heavy. "Galleria E Uscita" has an uptime tempo which reminds to PFM "E' Festa" also in the sound of the synth. I consider it a hommage. I can hear also a bit of Camel inside. But this is prog, nothing strange. The two final pieces of the suite cross sevreal territories: "Respirare #1 is close to RIO alternated with orchestral when the vocalist reminds to Ennio Morricone, The closure is melodic with the armonies created by Michela and the male backing vocals. The final guitar solo could be Steve Rothary. A lot of things, I say.

Now I can seem heretic: The cover of "Wish You Were Here" is incredible. I'm Floydian, I've grown up with Pink Floyd but I like this cover as much as the original if not more. The Pink Floyd's version is based on acoustic guitar and Gilmour's voice. Here we have a song full of well arranged parts which doesn't betray the original. It deserves a special mention.

The package is as usual very well done: it includes booklets and a DVD with live and studio material. Give them a try.

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