on 22 May 2012
Messrs Morse, Portnoy and George playing some of their favourite songs.
And great fun it all is too!
I think this is much stronger than its predecessor, packing a lot more punch.
Fundamentally, these are sessions - the guys taking time out from recording "Lifeline" and the forthcoming "Momentum" albums.
If you purchased the Special Edition of "Lifeline" you will already have some of this material.
Given: excellent musicianship and performances!
Starting with a slick version of Boz Scaggs "Lido Shuffle" - a great and very enjoyable opener.
Next is Todd Rundgren's "I Saw The Light" - once again, very complimentary with some great harmonies. Likewise with "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" - smoothly done and without any fuss; almost like-for-like.
On to a great rendition of Jethro Tull's "Teacher" with Neal singing a la Ian Anderson; and there's some cool flute interludes.
"Driven To Tears" (Police), is - yet again, very deferential and Portnoy does a good Stewart Copeland!
Next - "Come Sail Away" (Styx) with its trademark 'gentle' intro before it bursts into full bloom giving Mike Portnoy a great opportunity to get muscular. Excellent!
Then we're into a Neil Young set - "Southern Man/Needle and the Damage Done/Cinnamon Girl" - nothing particularly standout but maintaining the standard.
Then it's time for Portnoy to thunder into "Crazy Horses" wherein he growls the lead vocals and Morse plays Osmonds harmonies!!
"Lemons Never Forget" is a (perhaps) lesser known Bee Gees song performed respectful way - nicely done. And - I write this the day after the death of Robin Gibb.
"The Letter" - in Joe Cocker mode - not The Box Tops; gives Neal a chance to go Cockeresque!
Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny About) Peace Love and Understanding" - energetic and rather "punky" as it should be.
Finally - King Crimson's "Starless" clocking in a 12 minutes plus; it is a fitting homage to the song and an appropriate doth of the cap.
I really enjoyed this album having purchased it direct. Sorry but the Amazon price is (at the time of writing), way too much!!!
Fun - VERY enjoyable but never is there any compromise with quality - these guys do NOT compromise!
An important mention for Randy George, whose fine bass playing underpins this throughout!
I recommend this to the House!!!