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This section contains albums which pay tribute to bands, artists or albums listed on the site. The artists who recorded the tracks on these albums may or may not be listed on the site themselves.

Note - Only tributes to bands and albums listed on this site should be included. Tributes to bands classified as proto-prog and prog related bands should not normally be added. If the title of the album does not include the name of the band or album, this should be added in brackets to the title, for example "A tribute to a great band" would be shown as "A tribute to a great band (URIAH HEEP)".

Bob McBeath, October 2006

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VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.60 | 17 ratings
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs the best known works of Rick Wakeman
1978
4.00 | 5 ratings
The Alan Parsons Project Played By Andrew Powell
1983
1.25 | 4 ratings
Beyond The Wildwood - A Tribute To Syd Barrett
1987
4.00 | 2 ratings
Royal Philharmonic orchestra and Great Empire plays Monuments: 12 Hits Of Queen
1991
2.40 | 6 ratings
Nativity In Black - A Tribute To Black Sabbath
1994
3.92 | 8 ratings
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Hits Of Pink Floyd
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
Black Night, Deep Purple Tribute According To New York
1995
2.73 | 11 ratings
Us and Them - Symphonic Pink Floyd
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Carlotto & Cucciolo Già Dik Dik
1995
2.53 | 13 ratings
The Moon Revisited (Pink Floyd)
1995
2.44 | 7 ratings
A Saucerful Of Pink: A Tribute To Pink Floyd
1995
3.95 | 2 ratings
In From The Storm
1995
2.16 | 7 ratings
Encomium - A Tribute To Led Zeppelin
1995
3.38 | 17 ratings
To Cry You a Song - A Collection of Tull Tales (Jethro Tull)
1996
3.15 | 28 ratings
Working Man (A tribute to Rush)
1996
3.48 | 21 ratings
Zarathustra's Revenge
1997
3.50 | 2 ratings
Giant Tracks: A Tribute to Gentle Giant
1997
3.12 | 7 ratings
Schizoid Dimension - A Tribute To King Crimson
1997
4.14 | 7 ratings
Thousand Days of Yesterday: A Tribute to Captain Beyond
1999
2.00 | 2 ratings
Nativity in Black II
2000
3.04 | 5 ratings
Tuonen Tytär - A Tribute To Finnish Progressive
2000
2.02 | 22 ratings
Wonderous- A Tribute To Yes (a.k.a. The Revealing Songs of Yes)
2001
3.02 | 12 ratings
Pigs And Pyramids: The Songs Of Pink Floyd, AKA A Special tribute to Pink Floyd
2002
3.83 | 6 ratings
In Too Deep - A Tribute To Genesis
2002
3.11 | 18 ratings
Easy Star All-Stars: Dub Side Of The Moon (Pink Floyd)
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
A Return to Fantasy - A Tribute to Uriah Heep
2003
1.60 | 5 ratings
The Hits Of Pink Floyd: Darker Side Of The Moon
2004
1.92 | 5 ratings
A Tribute to Pink Floyd
2005
2.65 | 7 ratings
Subdivisions (RUSH)
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
Giant For An Hour: music inspired by and in tribute to Gentle Giant
2005
4.64 | 5 ratings
Visions Of An Inner Mounting Apocalypse (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
2005
4.05 | 10 ratings
Return to the Dark Side of the Moon - A Tribute to Pink Floyd
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Radiodread (Easy Star All - Stars)
2006
4.00 | 2 ratings
Higher And Higher - A Tribute To The Moody Blues
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
Viva Carlos! A Supernatural Marathon Celebration
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Royal Dan: A Tribute
2006
2.49 | 6 ratings
String Quartet Tribute to Dream Theater
2007
4.19 | 44 ratings
Rewiring Genesis: A Tribute to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
2008
4.73 | 6 ratings
Paolo Chiarandini Plays Genesis
2008
4.08 | 3 ratings
Mahavishnu Re-Defined; A Tribute to John McLaughlin and The Mahavishnu Orchestra
2008
1.00 | 1 ratings
Abbey Road - A Tribute To The Beatles
2009
4.60 | 5 ratings
Hur! Hommage à la Musique de Christian Vander
2009
4.12 | 7 ratings
Rökstenen: A Tribute to Swedish Progressive Rock of the 70's
2009
3.33 | 9 ratings
The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon
2009
2.00 | 1 ratings
Top Musicians Play Genesis
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Undercover
2009
2.50 | 2 ratings
Easy Star All-Stars: Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band (The Beatles)
2009
4.09 | 3 ratings
Orchestre National de Jazz: Around Robert Wyatt
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Saraswathi-Lounge ... No One Flies Around The Sun (Pink Floyd)
2009
5.00 | 1 ratings
Mahavishnu Re-Defined II - a tribute to John McLaughlin & Mahavishnu Orchestra
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
In Search Of Hawkwind
2010
4.80 | 7 ratings
Leader of the Starry Skies: A Tribute to Tim Smith, Songbook 1
2010
3.84 | 16 ratings
Honor Thy Drummer - A Tribute to Mike Portnoy
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
Roqueting Through Space
2011
3.80 | 5 ratings
A Flower Full of Stars: A Tribute to The Flower Kings
2011
3.00 | 1 ratings
A Collection of Delicate Diamonds - A Tribute to Pink Floyd
2011
4.05 | 2 ratings
Sorrows Children: The Songs of S.F. Sorrow
2012
3.00 | 1 ratings
Playing Hide and Seek with the Ghosts of Dawn (King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King)
2012
4.00 | 2 ratings
Family Snapshot - A Tribute to Genesis solo careers Peter Gabriel
2013
2.00 | 2 ratings
More Animals At The Gates Of Reason - a tribute to pink floyd
2013
3.50 | 2 ratings
The Many Faces Of Pink Floyd: A Journey Through The Inner World Of Pink Floyd
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Family Snapshots. A Tribute to Genesis Solo Albums: Steve Hackett
2013
2.50 | 4 ratings
A Psych Tribute to the Doors
2014

VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.52 | 34 ratings
Symphonic Music Of Yes
1993
3.09 | 3 ratings
Zappa's Universe
1993
3.00 | 1 ratings
Soupsongs Live (Robert Wyatt tribute)
2000
3.00 | 3 ratings
Omaggio a Demetrio Stratos
2001
3.50 | 2 ratings
This Was: the first album of Jethro Tull performed by the original member Mick Abrahams
2001
1.00 | 3 ratings
Live In Tour: Teatro Romano Di Verona (performed by Big One, official Italian Pink Floyd tribute band)
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
Fido Wird 10 Und Feiert - Live At Gare Du Nord & More
2014

VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.03 | 4 ratings
Smoke On The Water - Rock Aid Armenia
1990
2.44 | 6 ratings
A Classic Rock Tribute To Genesis
2003
4.13 | 5 ratings
Un Biglietto Per L'inferno-Concerto Tributo
2005
3.57 | 4 ratings
Moogfest 2006 live
2007
3.10 | 2 ratings
FIDOplaysZAPPA Live On The Dental Floss
2009

VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 4 ratings
Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
1993
3.33 | 3 ratings
A propos d'ange
1994
4.31 | 16 ratings
Mannerisms - A Celebration Of The Music Of Geoff Mann
1994
2.38 | 22 ratings
Supper's Ready (Genesis)
1995
3.19 | 28 ratings
Tales From Yesterday : A View From The South Side Of The Sky (Yes)
1995
4.00 | 3 ratings
Unsettled Scores (Tribute to Cuneiform bands)
1995
3.50 | 2 ratings
Eyewitness: A Tribute to VdGG
1995
2.79 | 5 ratings
Harbour of Joy: A Tribute to Camel
1996
3.88 | 15 ratings
The River of Constant Change; A Tribute to Genesis
1996
4.00 | 1 ratings
Eyesore: A Stab At The Residents
1996
3.00 | 2 ratings
Giant for a Life: A Tribute to Gentle Giant
1997
4.00 | 5 ratings
Fanfare for the Pirates - A Tribute to ELP
1998
2.95 | 12 ratings
The Fox Lies Down; A Tribute to Genesis
1998
3.74 | 23 ratings
Encores Legends & Paradox; A Tribute to the Music of ELP
1999
2.00 | 5 ratings
Voices- A Tribute To Dream Theater
1999
2.75 | 4 ratings
To Canterbury And Beyond: A Tribute to the Canterbury Scene
1999
1.75 | 4 ratings
Signs of Life: A Tribute to Pink Floyd
2000
3.95 | 3 ratings
Celebrating The Music Of Weather Report
2000
4.83 | 3 ratings
A Homage To Neu!
2001
2.76 | 10 ratings
Wonderous
2001
2.00 | 1 ratings
Justin Hayward & Friends Sing The Moody Blues Classical Hits
2003
3.00 | 1 ratings
Moody Bluegrass: A Nashville Tribute To The Moody Blues
2004
4.00 | 6 ratings
The Letters: An Unconventional Italian Guide To King Crimson
2004
3.62 | 18 ratings
Back Against The Wall (Pink Floyd)
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Sabbath A Tribute (performed by Ozzy Osbourne)
2005
2.97 | 5 ratings
Progressive Rock Covers
2006
3.91 | 3 ratings
Theme Of Appreciation - Worldwide Tribute To Eddie Jobson
2006
3.13 | 4 ratings
Hamtaï! Hommage à la musique de Christian Vander
2007
4.00 | 7 ratings
Tuonen Tytär II
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Assemblage de pièces comeladiennes du plus bel effet
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Guitars Dancing in the Light (A Tribute to Santana)
2010
3.75 | 4 ratings
Recital for a Season's End: A Tribute to Marillion
2010
3.92 | 13 ratings
Tales From the Edge: A Tribute to the Music of Yes
2012

VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.35 | 7 ratings
The Symphonic Music of Yes (sampler)
1993
3.00 | 1 ratings
A Visit to Newport Hospital
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Shrunken Head Music
2013

VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) Reviews


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 Fido Wird 10 Und Feiert - Live At Gare Du Nord & More by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Live, 2014
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Fido Wird 10 Und Feiert - Live At Gare Du Nord & More
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

— First review of this album —
4 stars Consisting of 11 members in total, FIDOPLAYSZAPPA, in short FIDO, is an excellent crew hailing from Basel/Switzerland. As you can imagine - the band name tells it all - they have a clear preference on interpreting Frank Zappa songs - in their own special manner of course. Manifested on a concert at Gare du Nord the band recently has celebrated its 10th anniversary, this in parallel with the 20th anniversary of the master's day of death. The line-up has not changed in any way since many years (if ever?), where bass player Pascal Grünenfelder is the driving force, besides front man Dave Muscheidt, appearing as a cool singer/entertainer and drummer Remy Sträuli, the only one whom I already know for playing with other bands too, I mean several jazz and avant incarnations basically.

I've already reviewed another concert presented by them some years ago, where I was simply fascinated by the prolific playing and interaction, which proves them a deserved Zappa follow-up. This concert is in no way inferior to that, probably even better, when counting in some more years of experience in the back. A damn tricky presence is to state in any case. The production comes as a audio/video hybrid, available as physical DVD/Blu-Ray or as a nice little stick, containing two movies and MP3 respectively FLAC files. Professionally filmed with several cameras it makes a lot of fun to follow the performance, here and there interrupted by short episodes showing them in other situations like in the studio or preparing for the gig.

FIDO is consisting of a standard rock foundation, furthermore keyboards, vibraphone, percussion and additionally several wind instruments. The song collection does not tell me much to be honest, as I'm not a Zappa specialist, by no means, only somebody who is familiar with 'Hot Rats', 'Over-Nite-Sensation', 'Sheik Yerbouti' - and that's it basically. Black Napkins impresses me much in particular, as well as the middle section starting with Father O'Blivion, followed by Echidna's Arf (Of You) and finally leading over to the highlight Zoot Allures, this all including diverse solos and a freestyled sax and drum collaboration.

Frequently they are weaving reminiscences to other bands respectively musicians in, for example Gary Moore, Steve Hackett, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and some more. And yes, the real Muffin Man offers a moving speech performance at Gare du Nord too. Overall FIDO is providing an impressing performance, for what it's worth, an excellent jazz rock and avantgarde hybrid which obviously is a must have for Zappa lovers. This band definitely needs a lot more attention.

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 Shrunken Head Music by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Shrunken Head Music
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
4 stars One of six releases launched by UK vinyl specialist label Fruits de Mer Records in November 2013, "Shrunken Head Music" see the label revisiting one of their most popular projects from 2012, "Head Music", by way of a double 7 inch vinyl production focusing more on krautrock and space rock.

It's all kraut on the first single, where Frobisher Neck fill up side A with their take on Brainticket's To Another Universe. A core motif based on reverberating successions of singular tones is fleshed out by a distinct organ and a nervous Mellotron motif, with surging keyboard textures coming and going. The composition ebbs back and forth from sparse sequences sporting the core motif almost as a standalone feature to richly layered passages with more of a majestic feel to it combining all layers into a compelling one. Nice one.

Black Tempest's run through Tangerine Dream's Rubycon Part 1 on the B side should please all with a firm interest in progressive electronic music, with cosmic inspired surges light and dark in tone both, a dark toned sequencer then taking hold supplemented by a distinct organ and futuristic effects, eventually developing into more of a machine inspired, bleak sounding construction.

Russian band Vespero takes on Faust's J'ai Mal aux Dents on side C, and following an initial acid flavored prologue with spoken lead and backing vocals beneath a distinct guitar solo, this one develops into a layered longing and cosmic guitar solo construction flavored with futuristic effects, developing to a more compact expression with guitar reverbs and flute solo in it's final phase. High quality elegant space rock with a certain late 70's or early 80's Hawkwind feel to it, a delightful run for all space cadets out there.

Jay Tausig's take on Gong's The Glorious Om Riff is another one with distinct Hawkwind qualities to it. Smooth keyboards and chantlike vocals backed by elegant rhythms developing into a compact guitar riff driven affair with longing guitar soloing and smooth keyboard textures supplementing alongside futuristic sound effects, with a nice spirited but dampened saxophone solo given a run a few minutes in too. Dampened and smooth space rock of the kind that Hawkwind explored on Levitation is the end result, and those who love that album should be thrilled at how Tausig converts this Gong classic into a song that easily could have been added to that album. Brilliant, especially for those who love that particular era of Hawkwind obviously.

Personally I found "Shrunken Head Music" to be the most interesting of the six singles that Fruits de Mer launched in the for the Christmas season. Good productions all of them, but this one the superior production among the half a dozen very good ones. An easy vinyl single to recommend, especially to those with a firm interest in the more cosmic oriented parts of the psychedelic rock universe.

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 Supper's Ready (Genesis) by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1995
2.38 | 22 ratings

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Supper's Ready (Genesis)
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

3 stars Few days ago I reviewed "Top Musicians Play Genesis" and mentioned this one as far better of the two. Now looking at the previous reviews & ratings I'm surprised about 2,2 stars average. The main fault seems to be the performances being too close to the originals. That's quite true, but still I'd say this is above the average level of tribute albums (not that I've heard very many). Track selection is fairly good and balanced, spread pretty evenly over the Genesis dicography except that the newest song is 'Mama' (1983). Does someone miss Invisible Touch or We Can't Dance songs here? Me neither.

Faithful soundalike attempts surely aren't the ideal thing on tributes. However, I don't have big complaints about the openers, ROBERT BERRY's 'Watcher of the Skies' or OVER THE GARDEN WALL's 'Firth of Fifth'. The vocals in the latter are a bad Peter Gabriel clone which disturbs me. DAVID HENTSCHEL (the Genesis producer!) with JAY TAUSIG on vocals do a good, and again, quite faithful, version of 'Undertow'. Fantastic ANNIE HASLAM from Renaissance is a perfect performer for 'Ripples'.

And as in the aforementioned "Top Musicians" CD, 'Back in N.Y.C.' is just a bad song to me even though KEVIN GILBERT does a good job with it. RICHARD SINCLAIR (of Caravan fame) gives a charming version of 'For Absent Friends', backed only by David Rees-Williams on keyboards. MAGELLAN's carbon copy of 'Mama' clearly loses to the powerful original, especially for the vocals. Sadly one of the worst Duke songs is represented, 'Man of Our Times', and the vocals resemble of bands like Toto.

'Many Too Many' is a pleasing one, sung excellently by Nick D'Virgilio from Spock's Beard, and so is SHADOW GALLERY's 'Entangled' or 'Carpet Crawlers' by the Brand X guitarist JOHN GOODSALL with MICHAEL ZENTNER on vocals. Again, these stick close to the originals but are fairly good nevertheless. CAIRO have chosen 'Squonk' and manage to add some new things in it. Probably my least fave here is 'I Know What I Like' by CRACK THE SKY. For a closer, WORLD TRADE (ie. Billy Sherwood on vocals, bass, guitar and keyboards) have chosen a surprising track from Abacab album but 'Keep It Dark' turns out to be interesting.

The leaflet kindly lists all the musicians and the cover art is nice. On the long run this isn't as clearly better than "Top Musicians Play Genesis" as I first thought, because there's so little originality in the performances. Therefor there aren't many songs I want to save to myself. Good, but non-essential.

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 Top Musicians Play Genesis by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Top Musicians Play Genesis
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

— First review of this album —
2 stars (With gratitude to a friend who lent me two Genesis tribute albums.) < The other one is called Supper's Ready and is by far better than this one, which neither is actually badly done. Maybe it's just so that tribute albums tend to be a mere curiosity, very rarely succeeding to have a more permanent listening value. You see, the usual fact is that one knows the originals by heart and probably doesn't even want to listen to them often, but they are so dear nevertheless that the covers tend to be either uninteresting soundalike attempts, or the differences can irritate the fan. In the case of Genesis there's one more problem: the big division into the old progsters who dislike the pop-era stuff and the later generation who may not be into classic prog. And that dilemma is central concerning this compilation of various artists.

The opening track is like a compromise: JOHN WETTON - an old school prog legend himself - sings 'Your Own Special Way', a simple ballad which originates from the prog era. It's OK, nothing special (oops), in fact quite the same soft pop approach as with Paul Garrack in Hackett's Genesis Files. THE FLOWER KINGS deliver a tasty, not-too-faithful reading of the lovely 'Cinema Show' (7:02). A pity that it fades far too soon, cutting off the whole instrumental tail. The next three tracks are aimed at the pop-era listeners. The artists ought to be really brave and innovative to make something interesting out of 'Tonight, Tonight, Tonight', 'Tell Me Why' and 'In Too Deep', but they stick very close to the uninteresting originals.

G2ENESIS - I wonder how they pronounce it! - is a live tribute band specialized in Seconds Out Tour 1978. No doubt they are good at it, but a CD has different values, so their faithful live take 'Squonk' is nothing I'd return to. SHAUN GUERIN, whose own output shows strong influence from Peter Gabriel, has chosen my least enjoyed track from The Lamb, 'Back in N.Y.C.'. I dislike the original too, so it doesn't help that Guerin's version is technically good. BRAND X II's 'Can- Utility and the Coastliners' seems to have completely lost the spark of the superb original, especially in sound, and the piece feels far less progressive now.

CONTROLLED BLEEDING's 'Broadway Melody of 1974' includes also the instrumental section of 'Fly on a Windhield' and is one of the more valuable tracks here, even though the vocals are a bit too murky. I had high hopes towards JOHN FORD (of the Strawbs fame) doing 'Carpet Crawlers', but it didn't sound like what I expected (ie. earthy, airy, folky and fresh), nor were his vocals very recognizable in that totally non-folky arrangement.

DARXSTAR's 'Dancing With the Moonlit Knight' is here clearly the best example of an interesting and highly personal version done with big artistic freedom at the risk of pissing off the puritans. Just few of the numerous ideas of the fantastic original are used, and very freely anyway, and this chill- out track surely deserves repeated listenings. 'Los Endos' by PATRICK MORAZ & RONNIE CIAGO is an obvious enjoyment for most listeners, I think, featuring effective keyboards & drums firework.

The leaflet is rather poor, only 8 (of 12) artists are briefly introduced, and no full lists of performers at all. This was an interesting curiosity, all right, but I can't give more than 2 stars since the real goodies were so scarce.

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 A Collection of Delicate Diamonds - A Tribute to Pink Floyd by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.00 | 1 ratings

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A Collection of Delicate Diamonds - A Tribute to Pink Floyd
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars There are myriads of, probably way too many Pink Floyd tribute albums (and bands), this 2-CD is the first album I've listened to, and I suppose it's from the better side of the scale. The main man responisible is Billy Sherwood (known from YES) who has produced the music - apart from the last five tracks that I need to handle separately later on - and who plays several instruments here and there plus sings on a couple of tracks. The cast is very vast, consisting musicians from Yes, Toto, King Crimson, etc., and such prog heroes as John Wetton ('Hey You' and 'Mother') and Ian Anderson ('Thin Ice') as vocalists.

(NB! To simplify things, I speak of this set first as if there wasn't the final "bonus" section.) Well, partly I enjoyed this but for the major part I didn't. Firstly, it consists only of Dark Side of the Moon / Wish You Were Here (though only about 20 minutes worth) / The Wall material. Some tracks, like the opener 'Speak To Me - Breathe' with Malcolm McDowell's loonie spoken intro and Adrian Belew's vocals, or 'Us and Them' or the songs mentioned earlier, work quite well - even though they lack any fresh artistic view. But especially on the first disc there's a string of songs ('Welcome to the Machine', 'Money', 'Have a Cigar', 'Run Like Hell' and 'Young Lust') that I find mostly irritating. They have bad, cocky vocals from e.g. Doug Pinnick and Bobby Kimball, and a strong emphasis on bold electric guitar playing. Of course also the way those three albums' pieces - and naturally including so many of their most straightforward, rockier songs especially from The Wall - are scattered haphazardly throughout two discs feels stupid. There isn't much of a flow between the tracks, even 'Brain Damage' and 'Eclipse' don't click together as the performers change.

Disc Two starts awfully with a ballsy version of 'Another Brick... Pt. II' (I'm not fond of the PF original either...). This disc has Billy Sherwood on a various playing role on most tracks. He frankly isn't a good vocalist! Nor is Gentle Giant's Gary Green on 'Time'. From the instrumental point of view the guests very seldom bring their own unique approach. Rick Wakeman's piano on 'The Great Gig in the Sky' has some nice difference to the original, but practically the guest list is overblown for a very little reason, apart from the merchandising values.

But the best is yet to come. At the end we're given glimpses of what a fantastic Pink Floyd tribute album could have been like. These 5 tracks are produced by the performers themselves and they do have a unique personal approach. ALIEN SEX FIEND's 'Echoes' (5:43) is highly interesting as it's very far from the mighty original, and so is UMMAGUMMA's (never heard of them) 'Obscured by Clouds' which actually reminds more of 'Time' for the first two minutes. LARRY FAST & ALAN WHITE serve yet another piece from DSotM, 'On the Run', but without a slightest feeling of "so predictable!" around. Excellent performances by PSYCHIC TV ('Set the Controls...') and NIK TURNER ('Careful With That Axe, Eugene') widen up the Pink Floyd output beyond the best-selling era backwards into their psychedelic and more innovative era.

Now, if only the whole 2-CD was made this way! The art work in multi-folding DigiPak naturally pays tribute to the Hipgnosis style.

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 Pigs And Pyramids: The Songs Of Pink Floyd, <u>AKA</u> A Special tribute to Pink Floyd by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.02 | 12 ratings

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Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars I blame Billy Sherwood and Bob Kulick for this, as they seem to be the instigators of yet another tribute album by people who don't have anything better to do with their time. The victims this time are Pink Floyd, and I wouldn't mind so much but some of these songs work extremely well indeed! Opener "Another Brick In The Wall" is a case in point as Fee Waybill links in with Ronnie Montrose to produce a version that in some ways is superior to the original! It's the same with "Welcome To The Machine", while the vocals do not match up to the original this time; there is some amazing guitar by Gary Hoey that takes the song onto a new level.

Steve Lukather provides both vocals and guitar on "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", and while bits of it are good it does have to be said that it loses most if not all of the emotive majesty of the original. But then there are songs like "Run Like Hell" where Dweezil Zappa plays his part in making it a damn fine number.

If you are a Floyd fan then you should buy this to hear what (mainly) mainstream rock musicians feel that they can do with their music. It may not always be as good as the original but it is certainly interesting.

Originally appeared in Feedback #70, Oct 02

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 Wonderous by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2001
2.76 | 10 ratings

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Wonderous
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Seeing as how Adam Wakeman will have been hearing music by Yes since he learned how to listen, there is probably no-one more suitable for putting together a tribute album. Joined by Lee Pomeroy on bass, Ant Glynn on guitars, Richard Brook on drums and his dad as guest keyboard player on a few numbers, he has picked nine classic songs. Of course the trick is picking the right vocalist as Jon Anderson is not exactly as easy act to follow, yet at the same time the songs have to stand up on their own not just as shallow copies.

The first three songs were quite good, with opener "Revealing Science Of God" (Steve Overland) being probably the best. But my attention was drawn by the fourth, which is a superb version of "Roundabout" with Judie Tzuke on vocals. The music was spot on and the use of a female singer with the talents of Judie gave the song quite a special take.

However, even that didn't prepare me for the next song, "Going For The One". Musically it started fine, with some great slide guitar, but Damian Wilson struck the first note perfectly and the passion and power of that first line, "Get the idea cross around the track" as he went down the scale, was more than even the writer could manage. Damian is surely one of the greatest vocalists never to have hit the big time, maybe the time is right for a come back, and he is suited perfectly to this song.

Both Damian and Judie make appearances again (with "And You And I" and "Wonderous Stories" respectively), which are also worth hearing, but because of those two songs alone, this is an album that every Yes fan must get.

Originally appeared in Feedback #63, July 01

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 Mannerisms - A Celebration Of The Music Of Geoff Mann by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1994
4.31 | 16 ratings

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Mannerisms - A Celebration Of The Music Of Geoff Mann
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars On 5th February 1993, the Rev. Edmund Geoffrey Mann B.A. (Hons) passed away, suffering from cancer of the colon. He was only 36 years old. To say that both his life and death affected many people is something of an understatement. Many people (myself included) feel that Twelfth Night were one of the greatest ever prog bands and that with Geoff as lyricist and lead singer they produced one of the classic studio albums of all time in 'Fact and Fiction'.

When Geoff died I contacted many people and asked for their thoughts, attempting to turn #17 into a tribute. Peter Nicholls (IQ) had this to say at the time. "I can't believe it's happened. I can't begin to understand why such a courageous and compassionate person as Geoff should be taken from us. I can't make any sense of it at all. Anyone who knew Geoff, whether it was for five minutes or five years, was touched by him, by his creative energy, his humanity, his zest for life. It was impossible not to be swept along by his boundless enthusiasm. He put people instantly at ease with his honesty and approachability. Whatever the gift is, Geoff had it. I never heard anyone say a bad thing about him. Everyone who knew him liked him. That in itself is quite an achievement. I miss hearing Geoff's laugh, I miss his warmth, his friendship, I miss him popping around for a cup of tea, I miss his smile and his sense of humour, I miss his voice, I miss seeing him play live, I miss him being dotty over a new CD. There's so much I miss about him and I'm not alone because he really did touch so many people's lives. He was a rare and special man, an inspiration to us all."

A decision was taken for bands that had worked with Geoff to perform on a tribute CD, with each album allowed one song (apart from 'Fact' which produced two). Peter Nicholls turned up in various guises, most notably on the IQ version of "Apathetic and Here, I". This is probably the version that Geoff would have enjoyed most as they took a short number and made it an epic. Galahad attempted to capture the raw energy of the Twelfth Night opener "The Ceiling Speaks" and managed to inject a strong keyboard element into what was originally a guitar-dominated song. Twelfth Night even reformed for a passionate "Piccadilly Square", but to my ears the band that dominates proceedings, hearing it again after all these years, is Jadis with "Never Mind". They turn the song into one of their own, unlike Pendragon who fall down badly on the bass solo in "Human Being".

Now re-released on Verglas, this is the same as the SI album, apart from the fact that this version is readily available. A great booklet, a fitting tribute to a man, who according to Andy Labrow "was just like any other ordinary man who performed at Reading Festival, featured on Radio 1, became a vicar, wrote and performed plays, had major exhibitions of paintings, released 15 albums, appeared on national TV and wrote a book. He also found time to be a loving husband, and father of three children". Perhaps the final words on Geoff should go to Peter Labrow "How can someone who left so much of worth also leave such a void?"

Originally appeared in Feedback #62, May 01

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 Mahavishnu Re-Defined; A Tribute to John McLaughlin and The Mahavishnu Orchestra by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.08 | 3 ratings

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Mahavishnu Re-Defined; A Tribute to John McLaughlin and The Mahavishnu Orchestra
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by BORA

4 stars Just how do you rate such varied interpretations? A very difficult task, indeed.

Well, for some like me anyway. Considering that I am the first one to bother with typing out a few words, next to a lone rating of 5 without any supporting explanation by no other but one of the featured musicians. (Note that I am not using the term "artist" in this instance.) Yes, it's no other than the very Gianfranco Contenza again who gave me an earful of rather nasty and deeply offensive comments via previous Private Messages.. His Username is Fusion Guy and you can check out his self-serving and thankfully scarce inputs Chances are that more insults may follow - if only because I decline to admire his questionable interpretations of McLaughlin and Mahavishnu.

Suffice to say that his contribution brings down the overall value of an otherwise interesting and credible release. We are talking about interpretations here, as opposed to note-by-note copies.of the original tunes. Some tend to please very much, whereas others are good, but fail to excite.

I am a bit at a loss to note that the most pleasing artists here are not even featured at PA. Short of perusing Wikipedia, it leaves me wondering as who they are and how did they manage to be included in a project like this?

All in all, this is an interesting release and largely worthy of attention - if only for curiosity's sake. Easily 3.5, but rounded up to 4, due to the odd piece by people I've never heard of before. Funny that!.

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 The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon by VARIOUS ARTISTS (TRIBUTES) album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.33 | 9 ratings

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The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon
Various Artists (Tributes) Various Genres

Review by doctorkipper

4 stars This tribute got a lot of flack for not being exactly like the original. If it had been just like the original, it wouldn't even be worth mentioning. As it stands, it's fantastic! In their usual fashion, the Flaming Lips have pushed their sounds and their production to the limit, emphasizing dissonance over beauty (or perhaps as beauty). You hear pops and squeals all over the place, but it's consistently poppy and squealy, and oddly charming as a result. It's modern and feels really fresh.

If you do give it a listen, listen to it LOUD. It's got some really jarring moments that'll just feel dull if they're soft.

"Breathe" and "On the Run" open up the album with hard-rock interpretations of two pieces that were originally close to smooth jazz and electronica, respectively. They set a really driving mood and immediately tell the listener, "Remember, you didn't buy this album because you wanted to hear Floyd."

"Time" opens up with a Spoon-like introduction (sniffs and coughs as opposed to a ticking clock), and then BWWWAAAAAAMMMMMMMM a screaming, three-octave, grinding synth comes in, attacks your ears, then fades out completely before a single, echoey, acoustic guitar chord accompanies a single voice. The track only gets better from there, before going into a relatively noticeable reprise of "Breathe." One of the highlights.

"The Great Gig in the Sky" starts out sounding very similar to the original, albeit with American accents instead of English. Then, the processed vocal solo starts, accompanied by a grooving, almost archetypal Flaming Lips synth accompaniment. This track is another one of many on this disc that highlights exactly what FL likes to do with a studio.

"Money" is the only bad track on the disc, and it's not even that bad. It simply doesn't sound as creative or dissonant as the rest of the album. However, the symbolism of the industrial sound kind of makes up for it, so that's okay... I guess.

"Us and Them" is a very mellow track, and never goes into an explosively symphonic section as the original does; it prefers to hang back with atmospheric keyboards and xylophone-like taps. A constant bass drum beats like a heart throughout, and it could almost be a lullaby.

"Any Colour You Like" is another highlight. Whereas the original was very keyboard driven, this version is very guitar driven; it parallels the intro in its interests, and changes the sound of the song in the same way. It's hard, driving, and VERY catchy, despite hardly ever repeating a riff the same way.

"Brain Damage" almost goes into the explosive sections missed by "Us and Them", but just misses the mark (deliberately, of course), preferring to teeter on the edge of of explosiveness rather than carry out to its logical conclusion. A very moody track with a high degree of introspective ambiance.

"Eclipse" is a fitting conclusion, changing the original in (yet again) the same vein as "Any Colour" and "Breathe" did before it. Instead of the symphonic feel, it opts for a guitar driven sound with jarring breaks in the sound after every line of lyrics. It's a weaker track and feels less creative, but it's not unsatisfying.

That's all, folks. I highly suggest giving it a listen if you're into dissonant, sonically jarring music, or if you're a Floyd fan looking for a really fresh take on a great work.

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