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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1 (75:20)
1. Dusk - Algebra (6:37)
2. Can-Utility And The Coastliners - Decode (5:34)
3. The Carpet Crawlers - Notturno Concertante (6:27)
4. Living Forever - Moongarden (4:47)
5. Time Table - Lincoln Veronese (5:20)
6. Blood On The Rooftops - Queen Of Maybe (5:19)
7. Lillywhite Lilith - Art And Illusion (3:41)
8. Harlequin - Finisterre (3:09)
9. Ravine - T.M.A. (3:51)
10. The Day The Lights Went Out - Legend (5:32)
11. Am I Very Wrong?/A Place To Call My Own - Nostalgia (4:48)
12. Men Of Lake - Twilight Alehouse (5:20)
13. The Knife - Germinale (7:26)
14. The Lamia - The Ancient Veil (7:16)

Disc 2 (69:50)
1. Horizons - Max Micheletto (1:56)
2. Looking For Someone - Graziano Romani (4:29)
3. The Light Dies Down On Broadway - Dracma (4:41)
4. Entangled (instrumental) - Submarine Silence (6:38)
5. Watcher Of The Skies (live) - Seconds Out (7:52)
6. Hairless Heart - Mysia (5:26)
7. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight - Mirage (7:56)
8. White Mountain - Evolution (7:07)
9. No Son Of Mine - Final Conflict (7:30)
10. In The Rapids - Irrgarten (3:11)
11. Wot Gorilla? - Paul Ward (3:23)
12. Afterglow - Unicorn (4:22)
13. The Chamber Of 32 Doors - Galahad (5:19)

Total Time: 145:10

Line-up / Musicians

ITALY: Algebra - Decode - Notturno Concertante - Moongarden - Lincoln Veronese - Queen of Maybe - Art and Illusion - Finisterre - T.M.A. - Nostalgia - Men of Lake - Germinale - The Ancient Veil - Max Michieletto - Grazziano Romani - Submarine Silence - Mysia - Mirage
GERMANY: Seconds Out
UNITED KINGDOM: Evolution - Galahad - Legend - Final Conflict - Paul Ward
CANADA: Irrgarten
SWEDEN: Unicorn
SPAIN: Dracma

Releases information

CD Mellow Records MMP 270 A/B (1996)

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Review by Hibou
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This is an ambitious two-disk set comprising interesting performances of GENESIS material by mostly unknown groups and individual artists (except perhaps for GALAHAD and a couple of other professional musicians). While not every track works perfectly, most are interesting because rare are the ones so faithful to the originals that nothing new is added to them. The quality of interpretation varies, of course, and the only serious criticism would have to do with some heavily accented vocals on many tracks (the album features artists from England, Italy, Spain, Germany, Canada, Sweden and Switzerland).

There is a gem on the album entitled "Hairless Heart", performed by an Italian duo called MYSIA. The tune, which was originally a 2-minute hiatus between two songs on "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway", is transformed into a full 5 1/2 minute instrumental delivered most beautifully. Also notable are: Paul Ward's rendition of a three-piece suite "Wot Gorilla? / Eleventh Earl of Mar / In That Quiet Earth"; UNICORN's interpretation of "Afterglow"; and SUBMARINE SILENCE giving a most heartfelt instrumental version of "Entangled".

Overall the best cuts are the instrumental ones. For a new perspective on some old GENESIS favourites, this particular tribute album is as good as they get.

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Prog Specialist
4 stars As I said on another review, Tribute albums are usually the excuse for semi retired musicians to gain a couple of bucks when their composer days have passed, but there are some that are worth buying because the song list is interesting and the artist not only copies the song but adds something of their own talent to the already good track.

The River of Constant Change is an outstanding Tribute album to Genesis, because it was an ambitious project of 27 songs from the band's different eras, that go from the debut album to the three men formation, and most important, it's recorded by 27 almost unknown bands (Except Moongarden, Galahad, Finisterre and the well known German tribute band Seconds Out), most of them from Italy, a country that received Genesis when the rest of the world didn't wanted to know about them, since then there's always been very strong relation with Genesis and Peter Gabriel.

If you want to listen guys trying to sound like Peter or almost cloning the excellent tracks, avoid it, most of the bands in this album add something of their own personality creating refreshing versions of the old classics.

Of course there are some songs that are practically identical, but even here the personality of the bands is so different to Genesis that doesn't sound as a lame copy.

Being that this album has been recorded by different bands re creating different eras from Genesis, there's no way to find a prevalent atmosphere, so even if it's not the best choice I must review the album almost song by song, choosing the ones that have impressed me more in a positive or negative way.

Dusk, interpreted by the Italian band Algebra starts with an opening that reminds me of Assassin by Marillion, but soon turns into a softer and slower version of Dusk, with a correct vocal interpretation, probably the most notorious difference is that they replace Peter's flute for Saxophone and violin, that adds a jazzy atmosphere in the instrumental part.

Can-Utility and the Coastliners is one of my favorite Genesis tracks and this version is very respectful of the original, even the voice of Decode's vocalist sounds very similar to Peter's, this is one of the few songs that could be considered a clone of the original except because it's recorded at lower speed and the choices of the keyboardist are slightly different.

Living Forever is a song with which I was not familiar with, and after listening the excellent and 100% progressive version by Moongarden wondered why it wasn't included in an early album, but then checking it in the net found it was a song from We Can't Dance!!!! Why couldn't Genesis sound like this instead of poppy and boring. An excellent version of a bad song with incredible keyboards and dramatic changes.

Art & Illusion plays an excellent and innovative version of Lilywhite Lilith, more oriented towards heavy rock, with a good guitar work and a psychedelic atmosphere provided by the keyboards, very good version.

Ravine is performed by the Italian band T.M.A. who totally change the song creating their own and absolutely different atmosphere, hard to recognize but a real tribute to this song from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, by moments spacey and in others jazzy, excellent version.

The Knife was chosen by Germinale, excellent instrumentation and arrangements but the vocals and the changed lyrics really kill the song, one guy starts calling Suzy Creamcheese in reference to Frank Zappa, then I don't know why in hell they mention Roger Waters, really terrible and out of place.

This first Cd ends with a very imaginative and extremely beautiful version of The Lamia by The Ancient Veil, good closer for the first CD because of a very imaginative arrangement.

The second CD starts with Horizons by Max Michieletto from the Italian band Asgard, with a simpler but efficient version of Horizons, not as bright as Hackett's, but good enough, this song is followed by a very original and hard rock oriented version of Looking for Someone by Romano Grazziani and a weak cover of The Light Dies Down on Broadway by the Spanish band Dracma.

The instrumental version of Entangled by Submarine Silence from Italy is another extremely beautiful song, mostly because of the addition of violin that gives a more nostalgic sound, because of the lack of vocals may sound too long, but I really liked it.

There's not much to talk about the German band Seconds Out and their version of Watcher of the Skies because they are a tribute band, so the version is almost identical to the original, maybe gains some interest being recorded live. This song is followed by the Italian duet Mysia and their original version of Hairless Heart, one of the highest points of the album.

Evolution is the British one man band of Ken Senior who sings and plays all the instruments in the incredible White Mountain, very respectful to the original but I find it too slow, good but not as the one from Trespass.

The Canadian guys from Irrgarten perform a very decent cover of In the Rapids, strange selection specially without the complement of Riding the Scree, not of my favorite tracks.

The British keyboardist Paul Ward does an excellent cover of Wot Gorilla? As solid as the original with the addition of some extracts from Eleventh Earl of Mar, incredible version, with out doubts one of the highest points in the album.

Afterglow is performed by the Swedish band Unicorn who give us another beautiful cover, the vocals by Dan Swano are much better than the ones by Phil Collins and the arrangement is clearly more atmospheric than the original, with an excellent piano by Peter Edwinzon.

The second CD is closed by the British band Galahad, probably the better known from all the ones who participate in this ambitious project, and they don't fail, their version of The Chamber of 32 Doors is outstanding, not as dramatic as the one by Peter Gabriel but Stuart Nicholson's peculiar vocal range is very adequate, a good closer even when very similar to the original.

There are songs that I omitted to review like Dancing with the Moonlit Knight because nobody except Peter Gabriel should ever try to sing it and No Son of Mine because I believe nobody should ever play this terrible track.

How to rate this album is a real problem because we're talking about 27 different bands with different sounds and of course different quality of performances, but over all I believe it's an excellent tribute album.

Now the question comes, Is it essential? At least for any Genesis fan it is and could be a new perspective for those progheads that don't consider Genesis as their favorite band, so I'll rate it with 4 stars.

Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
4 stars The Italian job

Tribute albums tend to be motivated more by the desire for unknown artists and bands to find an audience, than by a genuine wish to pay tribute to the band in question. If the band being appreciated has already made the definitive version of a song, where is the tribute in a much less successful band recording a pale imitation? There are exceptions of course, such as the "Two rooms" tribute to Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and the "Encomium" collection of Led Zeppelin songs. In both these cases, the artists paying the tribute were well known in their own right, and offered their own distinctive interpretations of the artists' classic songs.

So where does "The river of constant change" fit in. I have to admit to a level of ignorance here, since this collection is mainly by Italian bands who are unknown to me. I cannot say however whether they are well known in their own country, but the impression I get is that generally speaking they are not. On that basis, this album is an attempt by these bands to find a wider audience on the back of Genesis fame.

In the main though, the bands here do not simply attempt to recreate the songs verbatim, but offer refreshingly original interpretations. Take for example Submarine Silence's version of "Entangled" or Mysia's "Hairless heart". Both are instrumentals, and both successfully develop the original Genesis song into a piece which the band can genuinely call their own. Whether or not these versions are improvements is a matter of personal opinion, but for me both stand proudly in their own right as performances which are distinct form the originals. The version of "Entangled" includes some fine violin in place of the synthesiser solo.

The tracks selected cover a wide cross section of the Genesis catalogue. While the focus is primarily on the Gabriel era, later songs such as "No son of mine" and "Afterglow" appear too. It is good to see some imagination being shown here too, with Men of the Lake selecting the non-album single "Twilight alehouse", Moongarden going for the rare "Living forever" and Nostalgia covering "Am I very wrong" and "A place to call my own" from the first album.

It should be said that not all of the 27 tracks here are original enough to distinguish themselves from the originals. Some are pretty faithful facsimiles, but on a positive note there are no real stinkers as such.

In all, a highly enjoyable and refreshingly diverse collection. Genesis fans will find enough here to make this a very worthwhile acquisition which simultaneously pays homage to the band while taking inspiration from them to boldly explore new possibilities for the songs.

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