Various - A Brief Glimpse Of The Relentless Pursuit

Year of Release: 2003
Label: Horizons
Catalog Number: HZ14
Format: CD
Total Time: 60:30:00

Had enough Pink Floyd tributes yet? Well, you may have, but I urge you to check this one out before you write this off as just another tribute album. A Brief Glimpse Of The Relentless Pursuit is not your ordinary tribute, nor was Pink Floyd your ordinary band. Given those thoughts, you would expect something special indeed. Well fear not my friends, this CD is outstanding, and better than you could possibly have imagined.

How could this not be one of the best tribute albums you have ever heard before; if you look at the contributors on each song, it boggles the mind ? Ronnie Montrose, Fee Waybill, Gary Hoey, Dweezil Zappa, Tony Levin, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Tommy Shaw, Steve Lukather, Derek Sherinian, Chris Squire ? good grief! The list of stars is just awesome. It is without question something the Floyds will be pleased to hear.

I will not bore you with a track-by-track annotation, I will speak of what I thought were the very best tracks. "Welcome To Machine," featuring Gary Hoey on guitar just smokes, thanks to Hoey's prowess on his six-string and the powerful Derek Sherinian on keys. Both men are prolific players that tackle everything they do with a "Let's kick ass" attitude. "Run Like Hell" is one of my favorite tunes. It rocked so sweetly to Dweezil Zappa's sharp and biting guitar licks. He is one the most esteemed guitarist by his peers, but terribly underrated by the music buying public in general. Then the rest of the lineup is amazing ? Aynsley Dunbar on drums, Tony Kaye on keys, Tony Franklin thumping away on bass, and Jason Scheff does an amazing job with his pipes. "Money" has the amazing Tony Levin on bass. What a perfect song for him to play on, the intro bass lines to that song are so embedded in the head of anyone that has ever listened to Dark Side Of The Moon, it has to be astronomical how many people on the planet would recognize what song was playing just by hearing the bass. Levin has a way of bringing all of that right to the forefront of the song, just as it is in the original. Finally, yet importantly, the closer "Breathe (In The Air)" is simply superb. Robin McCauley, the only female lead singer on the entire tribute, offers her smooth and tempting style, which is just perfect for that track.

Those were the highlights for me. You know, it almost seems unfair for me not to talk about every song, but there is only so much time. I have to level with everyone though; I enjoyed the entire CD, all 11 songs. On any given day, I would probably list different favorites. Those particular songs really grabbed me this time around. If all tribute albums were this good, I would not be thinking like everyone else does ? oh no, another one of those boring tribute albums. This definitely was out of the ordinary "good" for this type of recording. There is nothing like the real McCoy but I have to hand to all the contributors on this CD, they all did a tremendous job of emulating the unique Pink Floyd sound.

Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. II (4:00) / Welcome To the Machine (7:51) / Comfortably Numb (6:54) / Shine On You Crazy Diamond (6:50) / Us And Them (6:18) / Young Lust (4:20) / Run Like Hell (5:09) / Any Colour You Like (4:13) / Money (6:06) / Have A Cigar (5:17) / Breathe (In The Air) (4:52)

Mike Baird - drums (9)
Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter - guitars (11)
Greg Bissonette - drums (1, 2, 10)
Vinnie Colaiuta - drums (4)
Aynsley Dunbar - drums (6, 7, 8)
Elliot Easton - guitar (6)
Tony Franklin - bass (6, 7)
David Glen - background vocals (1)
Jimmy Haslip - bass (5)
Gary Hoey - guitar (2)
Glenn Hughes - vocals (6)
Tony Kaye - keyboards (7)
Bobby Kimball - vocals (10)
Ritchie Kotzen - guitars (9)
Bob Kulick - guitars (10)
Bruce Kulick - guitars (10)
Tony Levin - bass (9)
Alex Ligertwood - background vocals (1)
Steve Lukather - vocals and guitar (4)
Robin McAuley - vocals (11)
Marco Mendoza - bass (4)
Ronnie Montrose - guitar (1)
Scotty Page - sax (5)
Doug Pinnick - vocals (2)
Mike Porcaro - bass (1, 2, 10)
Steve Porcaro - keyboards (8)
Jason Scheff - vocals (7, 8)
Jeff Scott Soto - vocals (5)
Tommy Shaw - vocals (9)
Derek Sherinian - keyboards (2)
Billy Sherwood - vocals and guitar (3)
Eric Singer - drums (11)
Phil Soussan - bass (11)
Chris Squire - bass and vocals (3)
Pat Torpey - drums (5)
Fee Waybill - vocals (1)
Alan White - drums (3)
Edgar Winter - sax (9)
Dweezil Zappa - guitars (7, 8)


Genre: Various Genres

Origin VA

Added: June 1st 2003
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Language: english


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