From Shadow to Shadow
ReviewGeorge Bertok [Canada]
Whisky Train - A faster, high-energy version, with BJ's great cowbell rhythms faithfully reproduced.
So Far Behind - A nice, relaxed bluegrass rendition ... Is that Gary's Eminem doll sampled?
Lime Street Blues - Lounge reading of this done as Dionne Warwick would have covered it, with breathy vocals, particularly enjoyed the "naughty girls like me" line.
Don't Ya Like My Love - drums and bass, with Hendrix-like wah-wah guitar. A nice update of the Paramounts track.
Wreck of the Hesperus - Pretty faithful reproduction of the original difficult piano part included ... shows a great knowledge of the original orchestration, with a wacky surprise ending.
Juicy John Pink - As sung by "Barney" the Dinosaur [a popular children's TV show in Canada]! Dear One-Eye, please don't take offence, but this image comes to mind when I hear this: hilarious !
Magdalene (My Regal Zonophone) - A sparkling 80s take on this, with original mood well preserved.
Too Much Between Us - A slower, bluesy version, while guitar-heavy, still retains the mood
TV Ceasar - Is this how it would have sounded if Syd Barrett had written it? A great psychedelic bridge, too.
The Worm and the Tree - Obviously the work of a madman ... enough said.
Memorial Drive - A raw, take-no-prisoners live version, full of energy.
A Robe of Silk - My absolute fave track from The Well's on Fire done in AOR fashion, reminiscent of the Alan Parsons Project.
Rambling On - A busker version, and a brave attempt with just acoustic guitars.
A Salty Dog - An interesting remake, with handclaps/drums reminding me of the Eastenders theme.
Cold Harbour Lane - A rather baroque take on this one, with interesting time changes.
The Idol - A Euro, synth-heavy rendition, with a rather odd vocal.
SS Blues - A friendly, down-home jaunt, nice and relaxed.
The Final Thrust - The intro choir recalls early Genesis, then goes I know not where.
The Emperor's New Clothes - A sensitive instrumental of this, with a sympathetic brass orchestration.
Your Own Choice - An interesting female vocal counterpoint, with a baroque bridge and uplifting ending.
Conquistador - My personal fave track on the CD ... as if written for that genre ... lovely to hear Procol sung by women ... well done!
The Pursuit of Happiness - The return of "Barney" ... bizarre and hilarious!
Toujours L'Amour - Odd chord / melody shifts, featuring a sincere, resigned female vocal - lovely!
Whiskey Train - Atmospheric, sparse acoustic reading of this, nice slide guitar building dynamics to the end.
Typewriter Torment - Theatrical, whimsical take on this nugget, with skilful quotes from Skating on Thin Ice - well done!
Long Gone Geek - Bit of a "Little Feat" vibe here, but for the hyper-cheese organ, the original being one of my all-time fave, under-rated Procol Harum songs.
The Angler - A beautiful, gentle breath of fresh air ... subtle acoustic and pedal-steel shadings.
She Makes Me Feel - A tasteful rendition, with string quotes from Journey's End as a bonus.
A Souvenir of London - A brilliant intro to this, a busker's delight ... brought back memories of times I've spent on the London Underground.
Wish Me Well - Psycho vocals, and a very accurate Trower guitar tone and vibrato - nice job!
Gone Too Far - Not familiar with the original of this one; an effective entry of guitar at the second verse, though.
Repent Walpurgis - A good understanding of the Trower guitar work, albeit with the oddest guitar sound I've heard in a long time.
Pilgrim's Progress - A swing version, at odds with the original mood ... one of my best-loved Fisher songs.
Something Following Me - A jazzier, rambling, synth-laden take on this ... nice backwards guitar, too ... vocal sounds like Richard Manuel [The Band] singing in another room.
Fellow Travellers - An 80s Disco rendition, saved by heart-felt vocals.
Glimpses of Nirvana - Nice piano work here.
'Twas Teatime at the Circus - Amusing to hear Gary's vocal fumble from the Edmonton Symphony concert included here.
Hulluuteni Syksy - Once again, refreshing to hear a female vocal on this ambitious effort.
Look to Your Soul - Another brave attempt at a daunting song: highlights what a great singer Gary Brooker is ... nice guitar solo to build to the next piece
Grand Finale - Again, homework well done, good juxtaposition of intro narrative over the ending, and lastly, a great idea to segue the last five tracks together ... very effective!
As a parting thought, Id like to say how proud I am to have taken part in From Shadow to Shadow ... a true, communal act of LOVE!
George Bertok, Canada: June 2004