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2.82 | 42 ratings | 7 reviews | 5% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Pigs on the Wing (1) (1:35)
2. Echoes (17:02)
3. Fat Old Sun (5:30)
4. Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 (5:07)
5. Sheep (9:04)
6. Julia Dream (3:10)
7. Hey You (5:13)
8. Comfortably Numb (8:25)
9. Run Like Hell (6:52)
10. Pigs on the Wing (2) (1:52)

Total Time 63:50

Line-up / Musicians

- Bryan Josh / lead electric guitars, acoustic 6- & 12-string, EBow, vocals
- Heather Findlay / vocals, bodhrán, tambourine, 6- & 12-string acoustic guitars
- Iain Jennings / keyboards, synthesizers, Hammond organ, vocals
- Liam Davison / electric guitars, 6- & 12-string acoustic guitars, vocals
- Angela Goldthorpe / flute, low & high whistles, recorders, vocals
- Jonathan Blackmore / drum
- Andy Smith / bass

Releases information

[a Tribute to Pink Floyd]

CD Classic Rock Legends CRL 1707 (2004)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(5%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
Good, but non-essential (31%)
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Review by T.Rox
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Why make a PINK FLOYD tribute album? Why not?

The thought of a tribute album to any artist can sometimes leave you trembling in your boots; this is how I initially felt when I first stumbled across MOSTLY AUTUMN's "Pink Floyd Revisited", a live tribute to the music of PINK FLOYD. Curiosity got the better of me and I had to have a listen . and listen is something I have done quite a number of times in the past week or so, enjoying the experience each time.

The songs chosen for the concert are a concise and interesting mix of PINK FLOYD material from the early years up to "The Wall". The interpretation of the music is competent, sticking closely to the PINK FLOYD originals while being sufficiently different to be intriguing. The vocals, while mostly adequate, are at times are a little below par - certainly not of the quality of the originals. This is mainly the male lead vocals; the female lead vocals are excellent and give a very different sound to some of these classic songs. The male-female duets pieces also add a nice touch.

My favourite track from "Pink Floyd Revisited" is "Julia Dream" - the lush female vocals giving the song a new dimension with a real folk music sound. "Echoes", one of my favourite PINK FLOYD tracks, is also well performed musically but suffers a little from the aforementioned vocal shortcomings. "Fat Old Sun" - another early FLOYD favourite - is a quite well done, too.

Overall I find "Pink Floyd Revisited" a very listenable album where PINK FLOYD fans should find something of interest as MOSTLY AUTUMN pay tribute to a major influence on its own sound.

Somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars from me.

Review by ZowieZiggy
4 stars I really appreciate great cover bands as "The Machine" on stage (with the agreement of Floyd actually), they deliver such beautiful yet nostalgic live sets. They are really faithful to the spirit of the Floyd as Mostly Autumn here.

"The Machine" has even played a gig of more than SIX (6) hours (with some breaks I guess). It is always a pleasure when a band reaches such a level of professionalism ("The Musical Box" is another fantastic example for those of you who have never seen a genuine Genesis live set).

So, a Pink Floyd cover album. Just a great idea !

MA has always declare their filiation and love for this giant. Wright has told all the goods that he was thinking of their work and the similarity of some of their great songs with PF ones. It seems that this was the kick for MA to perform a live performance dedicated to one of the most brilliant band described on PA : Floyd as I like to call them.

The choice of songs is as it is. I am not sure than both "Pigs On The Wing" are essential...Maybe a way to open and close this live set as the Floyd did on "Animals"

"Echoes" is one of my fave PF songs as "SOYCD" and "SOC" and "STCOTHOTS" and "COTAE". But only "Echoes" is featured on this live set, probably to give the opportunity to the great and beautiful Heather to have some kind of a role. Which is frankly reduced here. Some backing vocals here and there ("Echoes" for instance).

To get back back on "Echoes" it is really a good version : only emascultated (I like that word) of a part of the "spacey" moment (which is not a crime) and with a less flamboyant finale (which is more prejudicial).

I would even say that their interpretation of "Fat old Sun" is superior to the original. "The Brick In The Wall" being average and "Sheep" a bit chaotic.

With "Julia Dream" we really enter into the intimate Floyd repertoire. Their fourth single and first Gilmour composition. Maybe a tribute to Dave and his enourmous influence on MA. Because, as such, this early Floyd song has really nothing to offer. But like Heather will introduce "Is anybody feeling psychedelic " ? This song will allow to get her on the lead. Unfortunately, it is not really a highlight (but the original was just a poor song as well, so there is no wonder).

And now something completely different will introduce Bryan (Josh). And here we go for a great version of "Hey You". But the whole of the last part of this live set will be very strong. A little bit more of Heather during "Comfortably Numb" which will feature a great guitar finale of course.

It is just astounding that they will not cover Floyd's late work (after the departure of our "dear" Roger). Since their influence is more Gilmouresque than anything else I would have expected some later releases, but this set is really good as such. So, let's not complain too much. There could be a different live compilation for each Floyd fan on earth, I guess. To listen to this improbable one, I can only recommend you to go and watch "The Machine" on stage.

This album is a great way to remind us great times, which will never come back again (unfortunately) that's for sure. Four stars for this good MA cover album.

Review by ClemofNazareth
2 stars As a prog band Mostly Autumn are a bit hard to take too seriously, but that said I readily admit to liking almost everything they’ve put out to-date. Their out-of-print ‘Heroes Never Die’ still ranks as one of the best value compilations ever, and their early albums were each progressively more detailed and engaging than the one before.

But the band seems to have a bit of an idiot savant in the promotion department. Sometimes their choices of material are brilliant, as in the aforementioned ‘Heroes Never Die’ CD; the heavily promoted ‘V’ Shows; and the value-packed ‘Heart Full of Sky’ limited release. Other times one is left scratching their head: the great ‘Heroes Never Die’ gets pulled and replaced with a 2-disc compilation that is much more expensive and with diluted quality; the interminable live releases that even hard-core fans must be tiring of by now; and the tendency to push out stuff that challenges their legitimacy as a creative force standing on their own. The Lord of the Rings disc fits that description (although again – I readily admit to liking it); this album is another where one may question the wisdom of putting it out.

The connections between the band and Mr. Gilmour are well-known, as is Bryan Josh’s penchant for passing off heavily Gilmouresque riffs on pretty much everything the band does. But I fail to see how the band expected this to make any new inroads into the well-traveled wasteland known as Pink Floyd tribute albums. The only bands I can think of that have had more releases in their recognition are the Beatles and Queen (well, mostly Freddie really). And to make things worse, this is a live album (as if the band didn’t already have enough of these). I could almost see the appeal if the band had gone into the studio, perhaps with a couple of impressive guest artists or even an actual Floydite or two, and really put an effort into something innovative and interpretive and creative.

But this isn’t that. The performances here don’t add much to what Floyd did themselves so much better. Heather Findlay is of course adorable and very pleasant to listen to, and Bryan Josh is a very good arranger and guitar player, and a serviceable vocalist. The song selection is okay, with “Fat Old Sun” from ‘Atom Heart Mother’ and especially “Julia Dream” being a bit obscure and therefore a nice change of pace. “Julia Dream” in particular comes off as fresh and captivating, and could easily be mistaken for a Mostly Autumn original since even many casual Pink Floyd fans don’t know this song.

But the rest are far too predictable and done mostly with little embellishment or reinterpretation. “Comfortably Numb” in particular lacks real structure or focus, and ends up coming off as a sort of improvisational guitar jam that doesn’t do the material justice at all. Josh tries way too hard vocally on “Run Like Hell”, and “Hey You” comes off sounding a bit like what the Roger Waters Berlin live version would have sounded like with Findlay singing backup.

This is Mostly Autumn so it is a decent listen even if there’s nothing original or overly interesting here. But these guys are capable of so much more, or at least I think they are. Hard to say since they haven’t released anything new that has been truly impressive since 2001’s ‘The Last Bright Light’ (prophetic title, maybe?). So if this were some run-of-the-mill band I’d give this three stars. But for a band with this much apparent talent, more should be expected. Two stars.


Review by russellk
2 stars Albums of covers are, in my opinion, of dubious value even when executed well. I can see the merit in them when they reinterpret the songs. But on this, like DREAM THEATER's lamentable 'Dark Side of the Moon' live effort, the songs we all know and love are played mostly note for note.

I'll admit to getting a buzz from singing and playing along to my favourite songs. I'm sure the members of MOSTLY AUTUMN got a great buzz from this effort. But listening to them having fun playing FLOYD does nothing for me. They bring nothing extra to the table, their live sound is inevitably inferior to both the FLOYD studio and live sound (PF have far greater resources at their disposal), and it detracts from an appreciation of MOSTLY AUTUMN's original music.

It's better than the DREAM THEATER effort, I'll give it that. But still a waste of plastic. If it is your ambition to own everything FLOYD-related, here's another you must get. But you won't like it.

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars I think, making a tribute album for a legendary band like Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Van der Graff Generator, Jethro Tull bear major risk. There are two options, indeed, for tributing any band: making it exactly the same as it sounded originally from the studio album of the band being tributed or making a new arrangement which sometimes is totally different from the original record. Good example of the first is Dream Theater tributing Dark Side of the Moon. A good example of the latter is Kevin Gilbert's rearrangement of Genesis' Back In New York City which appears in Genesis tribute compilation of Supper's Ready CD.

This tribute by Mostly Autumn in Pink Floyd Revisited falls under the first category. In the cover of Echoes I can see the band has put their concerted efforts to emulate the original music and they succeed in doing so. The guitar part which I doubted that they can do it good, they prove they can make it. Also in the sound effects passages they succeed well. In simple words, I am really satisfied with the cover of this Echoes.

But the band ventured into areas where, even Pink Floyd themselves, they are struggling to emulate at least on the souls and sound subtleties with songs like Comfortably Numb and Sheep. How can they dare to do it when the original band can not play it right? I have never heard Comfortably Numb being played nicely live by anyone, even by Roger Waters or Pink Floyd. The floating singing style at the beginning of the song could only happen once in a lifetime - it's during recording session of The Wall - that's it! It can't be repeated! So is the case with Sheep that I doubt any band can do it right.

Having elaborated the above, I don't think I need to recommend you to have this album unless are a great fan of Pink Floyd or Mostly Autumn. This is for collectors only. Keep on proggin' ..!!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Review by octopus-4
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
2 stars Singing "Run Like Hell" is not a job for Bryan Josh. This is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think to this DVD. On that song he's well backed by Heather and Angela who try to hide his difficulties in getting the higher notes, but unfortunately they don't succeed.

From a musical point of view it's not played badly, but making Pink Floyd's covers is always a problem for everybody attempts to do it as there are only two possibilities:

1) Play the songs exactly as they are in the studio version taking very few "licenses" as the Australian Pink Floyd are used to do.

2) Rearrange them drastically like the nice reggae version of Dark Side of The Moon that I heard from a radio years ago but I don't know who the artists were.

Mostly Autumn try to stick with the original sounds, and Bryan Josh is used to play like Gilmour for his own admission, but even if Roger Waters is not in the world's ranking as singer, Bryan is even worse.

There are a cople of highlights: "Julia Dream" with Heather singing is excellent. Also Echoes is not bad, but when they move to "The Wall" they fail.

Also "Pigs On The Wings", that's one of the easiest song to play with the acoustic guitar is not perfect.

The result is just another Pink Floyd tribute. If you are aiming to have all the versions of Comfortably Numb ever published by anyone or if you want to hear how Julia Dream sounds with a female singer this is not really bad, but it doesn't add anything to the Floyd's or to the Mostly Autumn's history.

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3 stars To begin with: it doesn't make sense at all to cover Pink Floyd. So no band should want to do that seriously as the Floyd is unique in its own right and should stay that way. Making a tribute is of course a different story. And Pink Floyd Revisited by Mostly Autumn is more than clearly a trib ... (read more)

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