Musea Rec. V.A. : Pigs and Pyramids (VAR,2002)*°'
an all star line up performing the songs of Pink Floyd
I'm always suspicious about tribute albums for musicians that perform known melodies of their favourite artists, because there's much chance that when it becomes a melody in the head, they often forget that this music was not created from within its melodic musical content. If that music is not reconsidered from a similar creative process there might be something essential missing, no matter how skilful musicians are.
Pink Floyd had some different approaches during the years. Syd Barrett had his own approach. Roger Waters and David Gilmour evolved within theirs during their career.
This CD is referring to the last period with David Gilmour's lead. The approach from the interpreters is mostly from a "classic rock" vision (a genre where people started to classify Pink Floyd in the end, rather then from the progressive viewpoint the group first explored). The music is not completely overloaded by creativity, but there are lots of moments of very nice rock. Luckily the playing is much better than a touristic trip digging in the songs of Pink Floyd, and luckily never reaches a point as bad as Karaoke like interpretations of the songs. Overall it mostly is the electric guitars on this CD which are the most interesting and creative.
The CD starts with the overblown "Another Brick in the wall, part 2", not really the Pink Floyd track I would pick out to remember the talent of the original group..
The electric guitar from Gary Hoey (Kiss) on "Welcome to the Machine" is astonishingly good. Further I liked the electric guitar from Elliot Easton a lot on "Young Lust", and Steve Lukather's (Toto) electric guitar on "Shine on you crazy Diamond" and the contribution from Robben Ford (also from Toto) on "Any colour you like", with nice bass from Tony Franklin (The Firm), drums by Aynsley Dunbar (Journey), a nice group combination. Also Bob and Bruce Kulick (Kiss) gave a splendid electric guitar interpretation of "Have a cigar".
But also the sax from Edgar Winter on "Money" worked perfectly. This songs is a very nice jazzy rock version. Electric guitars here by Ritchie Kotzen (Poison), bass by Tony Levin (King Krimson & Peter Gabriel), and drums by Mike Baird (Journey).
The vocals are always ok, but never really inspired. They are a bit sing-along-with-the-known-songs-which-we-remember-mode. These could have been done better with more musical colour. The instrumental interpretations are much better. They give the listening experience the feeling of a live concert with the best studio musicians that during the concert give an extra live feeling to less than inspired singers who have sung and known these songs by heart already far too long.
I think only "Breath (in the air)" as the last song on the CD works perfect not only with the vocals, but also as final song at the end of this CD, which seemed to be experienced by me as at a live concert. It leaves me with some melancholy for days gone by. Interpreters involved on this last track are Robin McAuley (Grand Prix), vocals, Jeff Baxter (Doobie Brothers), electric guitar, Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne) bass, and Eric Singer (Kiss) drums. They give that song a perfect interpretation.
It is a good CD within the (heavier pop-related) 'classic rock' genre. If you like electric guitar and the late Pink Floyd especially, please try this CD.
Other musicians involved are from the following groups : Styx, Santana, Chicago, Yngwie Malmsteen, Deep Purple, The Cars, Dream Theatre, Yes, The Tubes,Zappa's Mothers, Thin Lizzy, and Pink Floyd live. Fur full list look below.