Reviewed by DBSilver on 18 Dec 2001
The keys to successful Tribute albums are an interesting song selection and the addition of some new quality or interpretation to the performance of those songs. A tribute can fail when:
- the songs selected are the most popular and least in need of a re-visit and/or
- the performance is so faithful to the original recording that is nothing new added to the re-visit. The River of Constant Change
is a necessary addition to the collection of Genesis fans. In most cases on this double CD the songs chosen are interesting and surprising and the performances bring something new to the sound. While not every song works perfectly, most of this CD is neither boring nor is it overly familiar. The River of Constant Change
suceeds by selecting some surprising songs and in most cases by successfully bringing something new and fresh to the various tracks.Disc 1
starts us off with a cool interpretation including a sax! interlude which highlights this performance.
deliver a rather faithful version of Can-Utility and the Coastliners
. The singing is sometimes a like that of Gabriel's and the recording sounds to be mixed in the same way - where the vocals are not out front and the overall sound is a bit muddy.
3. Notturno Concertante
draw darker colors into the very familiar The Carpet Crawlers
. The pacing and vocal harmonies (unfortunately a too-heavy accent) are fairly original.
4. Moongarden's Living Forever
is asuccess given that the song is at best average.
5. Time Table
as performed by Lincoln Veronese
suffers from the heavy accent of the performer. Worse, the song is performed rather faithfully.
6. Queen of Maybe
do a pleasent enough job with Blood on the Rooftops
although they are unable to transcend the fact that this is not a great song to begin with.
7. Art & Illusion
perform Lilywhite Lilith
nicely albiet a bit rushed while bringing bring tempo, harmony, and instrumental-mix changes to this song. Not a highlight, but a successful inclusion.
have woodwind sounds in the background are very very nice although the song and performance is otherwise very bland.
give us an ambient or electronica version of Ravine
. Nothing spectacular here.
tackles The Day the Light Went Out
head on. The band does not bend to the song. A female lead vocal and a forceful approach makes this quite a different song. I don't necessarilly like it a lot, but that is not the point - it is a successful tribute and a real change of pace in this double CD.
performs Am I Very Wrong?/A Place to Call My Own
with a very distracting accent dragging an already mediocre song down further.
12. Twilight Alehouse
is a real oldie - and unfamiliar to many Genesis fans as it was not released on any of the Genesis albums of the day (although available on some Charisma Various Artist Compliations). Men of Lake
do a great job with this song progging and rocking through it with the power it requires. A jazzy interlude in the middle is very surprising and very cool. The closing siren is absent - a highlight of the original song. Still, this song along with a some other tracks on this CD exemplify what makes a successful tribute.
13. Italians, Germainale
, take on The Knife
a challenge since the song itself (like Nursry Cryme) is not easilly interpretted. The recording level of this song is too, the vocals are weak, but the guitar solo's and the song's outro jams are great stuff
14. The Ancient Veil
bring a German accent to The Lamia
but that is not all. They also bring a very interesting musical interpretation. The choice of instrumentation is outstanding and the song is delivered with a more urgent meter. At 7 minutes, they take risks with the song and the result is the highlight on this CD.
1. Max Michieletto's
solo acoustic guitar performance of Horizons
would do Steve Hackett or Leo Kottke proud. The result is a new song - from the old one.
2. Graziano Romani
turns Looking for Someone
into a emotion-filled rock - though not a terrible prog ballad - and the result is a song that sounds new but vaguely familiar. Romani's vocals are about as far as one can get from Gabriel or Collins and the result is an example of why a tribute recording should be made.
3. The Light Lies Down on Broadway
is one of my favorite songs on the original Lamb
has little to bring to the song. They up the tempo a bit, and make a stab at originality with a nice instrumental interlude, but the accented vocals are unfortunately severe.
is a very slow balad from Trick of the Tail
which Submarine Silence
deliver as an almost New Age instrumental. The song works in this format a lot better than many songs covered in this genre but is a bit long for my tastes.
5. Second's Out
deliver a live but otherwise unnecessary performance of Watcher of the Skies
6. Hairless Heart
is a beautiful Genesis instrumental interlude extended in length and delivered beautifully by Mysia
tackle Dancing with the Moonlit Knight
and survive a very rough start to deliver a satisfactory and musically fresh interpretation. The vocals survive the accent simply because the performance is so strong.
8. White Mountain
is wonderfully updated by Evolution
with the result being a better song than the original.
9. Final Conflict
bring new life to No Son of Mine
in a rather straight-forward rock format with nice vocals and guitars.
10. In the Rapids
with it's seque into Riding the Scree
is another of my fav's from The Lamb
which makes the possiblity of success for a tribute performance - in this case by Irrgarten
- all the more difficult. But this is another success story. The guitar part is just great and they go after the song without trying to immitate or out-do the original. As a result, you have a song that might be works very well. Unfortunatly the end at just over 3 minutes and without the sequed song that follows on the original.
11. Wot Gorilla?
is an interesting instrumental from Paul Ward
with many different touches from the original - most significantly in the beat and the the drums.
is a rather syrupy song from the immediate post-Gabriel period of Genesis. The approach givin this song here is is enjoyable enough due to the electronic touches and the smooth bottom-end employed. The original song's major feature was that of Collins wonderful vocals presenting a challenge to anyone covering it. Unicorn
downplay this element by performing the vocals rather straight and instead adding musical flourishes that bring it qualified success.
13. The Chamber of 32 Doors
closes the set. Galahad
is one of the more well known bands on this tribute and the song they choose is not an easy one to undertake in tribute. Vocals are nice and the song is adjusted from the original.