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Pretty good, despite the efforts to create a catastrophe...
on 18 July 2014
It's not bad ….and I say that because it's certainly better than I expected! Nice production, crystal clear sounds, and some good tweaks to the original arrangements that make this really interesting.
The album is certainly one for music, or Floyd, aficionados though. If you look at the contributors, they're all big hitters for those aficionados. But for your Average Joe in the street, they're unlikely to have heard of many, or even any, of them. The sleeve helpfully tells us that Rick Wakeman was in Yes, Keith Emerson in ELP, and Ian Anderson in Jethro Tull etc. But crediting Alan White with being in John Lennon (who I'm sure thought of himself as an individual) is stretching it a bit. Especially as he played with him some 40 years ago. It's like reminding us that someone with a bit-part in our local pantomime used to have a bit-part in Z Cars. Is that the best they could come up with to showcase the mans achievements over the last near-half-century?
CD 1 (Dark Side) is pretty descent, but I think CD 2 (mainly The Wall) really excels. A great listen.
Whatever you do, don't buy this for the sleeve notes though. They're brief, and immensely irritating. Marcello Montolivo, who wrote them (and probably also appeared in a few episodes of The Bill as well as Z Cars) even states "Who is Clare Torry? We found out that not only is she white and English, but she also interprets magnificent songs…." Well I never. I don't suppose Ms Torry's ethnicity or nationality have ever been a secret, and I suspect too have been perfectly well known to anyone who knows Ms Torry, or likes her music. For Montolivo, this seems to have been a big discovery, although quite what the point is in sharing it escapes me.
As for the interview at the end of CD3, it makes me want to scream. Norman "Hurricane" Smith talks to an uncredited interviewer. Probably someone who once had a bit-part interviewing for bit-part actors on The Bill and Z Cars. The first question is "Why did you leave", and then follows it up immediately with "I know why you left". So not a question. And left what anyway? I recognise that conversation between two people is often muddled, but this is an interview, and we surely don't need this muddle published on a CD. The interviewer then prattles for a bit, with no revised question. Did the interviewer not even have half a plan before his big day? Smith fortunately interjects and tells us about some stuff we might want to hear. Having this mess at the end of an otherwise descent 3 CD set is a shame. Fortunately we can always hit the off switch at this point.
Anyway, despite it's shortfalls, this is still worth getting. 3 CDs, magnificent tunes, and interesting interpretations for under a tenner can't be bad.