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Various Artists

Supper`s Ready

Review by Gary Hill

A tribute album devoted to the music of Genesis, Supper`s Ready is a strong work. The renditions here stay more true to the original performances than on some similar albums, but this does not take away from the relevance of the CD.

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Track by Track Review
Robert Berry and Hush-Watcher of the Skies
This is a fairly faithful, but still updated rendition of this Genesis classic.
Over the Garden Wall-Firth of Fifth
A very emotionally charged and quite competent performance, the number comes off as dramatic and lush.
David Hentshcel with Jay Tausic-Undertow
The vocals here sound a bit like Trevor Rabin. This is a very faithful rendition of a very beautiful song.

Annie Haslam-Ripples
Haslam`s voice lends an intriguing texture to the piece, which really winds up feeling like a Renaissance number. This is a very refreshing approach to this classic piece.

Kevin Gilbert-Back in N.Y.C
This hard rocking and effective track is quite well done. Gilbert is joined on this cut by Mike Keneally, Nick D` Virgilio and Toby Holmes.

Richard Sinclair-For Absent Friends
Based primarily on piano and vocals, this is a very beautiful track.

Magellan-Mama
This is a very intriguing (and at times slightly spooky) rendition of a textural, percussion based number.

Enchant-Man Of Our Times
Other than a different vocal texture, this cut is quite true to the original performance.

Pete Bardens "Mirage"-Many Too Many
The vocal work is very evocative on this performance, which is a greatly elegant and emotional rendition of a very pretty and emotional piece. Nick D` Virgilio, among others, joins Bardens on this number.

Shadow Gallery-Entangled
Shadow Gallery puts in a very faithful performance of this beautiful piece.

Cairo-Squonk
This cut really benefits from the harder edged, metallic guitar sound in segments of the performance. Beyond this change, the rendition is quite true to the original.

Crack The Sky-I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
Although it retains the Genesis textures, this piece has a very stripped down feel to it. This is an effective performance.

John Goodsall with Michael Zentaar-Carpet Crawlers
This is quite a competent rendition, although the vocal work is a bit odd at times. There is also a crunchy guitar solo that is considerably effective.

World Trade-Keep It Dark
While maintaining much of the original texture, this rendition, which is quite strong, has its own flavor. World Trade is new Yesman Billy Sherwood`s old band.

 
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