Post and Courier - Charleston, South Carolina Tuesday, December 15 2005
Classic Rock Artists Hit "The Wall" Again
BY DEVIN GRANT
Special to The Post and Courier
Various Artists - "Back Against The Wall" - (Cleopatra Records)
I'm not sure just what possessed former Yes band member Billy Sherwood to record a tribute to Pink Floyd's entire "The Wall" album, but lo and behold, he has done just that.
The results, though mixed, are generally enjoyable.
Much of the credit for the tribute CD's enjoyment can be traced to the fact that a veritable who's who of classic rock artists contributes either their voices or their instruments.
Guest musicians include: Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, Alan White (also of Yes), Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Tommy Shaw of (Styx), Adrian Belew, Robby Krieger (The Doors), Keith Emerson (ELP), Fee Waybill (The Tubes), Ronnie Montrose, Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Geoff Downes (Asia), Elliot Easton (Cars) and Steve Lukather (Toto).
The music itself is a fairly straightforward recording of Pink Floyd's masterpiece. An occasional flourish of Ian Anderson's flute or of Sherwood's voice is enough to change things up occasionally. Really, this double-CD is meant for Floyd fans, but even folks who are barely aware of the recording will most likely get a kick out of this novel idea. (B)
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