Spock's Beard Drummer/Vocalist Nick D'Virglio and engineer/producer Mark Hornsby are the men behind the Rewiring Genesis project which came together to rework and rerecord the entire Genesis classic, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.
There are two major paths for defining my feelings upon listening to this recreation of the Genesis classic masterpiece The Lamb lies down on Broadway:
The first relates to the fact that I had almost forgotten how good and how important is and has been the original recording. Listening to this new release has made me urge to go back to the original recording and listening to it from start to end perhaps more times than I had listened to it in the last, lets say, 20 years. And it happened like this not only because the Nick D’Virgilio & Friends version is a spectacular one, but because the original is a real mark in musical history in general and prog rock history in particular.
So this release has reborn my love for the original album and its brilliance.
On the other hand I find that I really love this new version because it is not only complimentary to the original but also because, contrary to the crushing majority of version albums, it really brings pleasurable added value to the original.
Nick & Friends had the ability to recreate the album in its full bloom and undisputable brilliancy, being faithful to its form and content while adding it with thoughtful orchestral manoeuvres and wind parts that compliment and complement the already gorgeous and experimental sonic scenery, dressing it with some extra colors.
The necessary secret to fully enjoy this recreation of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is to not be tempted into making comparisons. Instead, try to appreciate the album as the result of true love for the original. Anyway, this is perhaps the best recreation of an album that I’ve ever heard, along with “Back Against the Wall”.
If you like the original, purchasing this one is almost obligatory. And if you don’t like the original…well, you should!