Reviewed by Marc on 12 May 2003
I'm usually not a fan of tribute albums. In my humble opinion what you get is a few interesting interpretations of already very good songs, and the rest consists of faithful (but not as good) copies of the originals or way out there "relectures" that leave the songs unrecognisable.
So just before I put "A Fair Forgery of Pink Floyd" in the player, this album already had two strikes against it. Also add, that of the 30 groups/artists on this double cd, 29 I had never heard of and I was not a great fan of the 30th.
Well surprisingly (very) I like this album a lot. I wont go into a track to track description, because there are to many. But as a whole I can say this:
* The production is excellent
* All the featured bands/artists are very talented
* All the performances a flawless
* Most of the songs are quite different from the originals, but not so much to lose the "Pink Floyd" spirit.
* The 30 tracks cover all periods of PF's career and the material is mostly song based (even though you find versions of Sheep, Have a Cigar and a few other longer pieces).
I will conclude by saying that "A Fair Forgery of Pink Floyd" is a must have for any Pink Floyd fan. It's much better than any other Pink Floyd tribute album I have listened to. If you feel like listening to some Pink Floyd but are a little tired of putting the same albums in the cd player, A Fair Forgery of Pink Floyd will give you hours and hours of pleasure.