The Muzak of Pink Floyd
There's been all kinds of tribute albums to legendary rock
group Pink Floyd, from electronic to symphonic and bluegrass
to reggae. And now there's a piano one.
Producer David Ari Leon has produced The Piano Tribute
To Pink Floyd, which interprets most of the band's biggest
hits with a lone piano. Classics like "Comfortably Numb",
"Money", and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"
are all here. Also included is the original composition, "Sail
On The Steel Breeze" (a lyrical reference to "Shine
On"), which subtly mixes shades of "Comfortably Numb"
and "Wish You Were Here".
Leon has selected Floyd tunes that translate well to piano,
even though all the band's songs are taken from their biggest
albums in the 70s (Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You
Were Here, Animals, and The Wall). These are
the songs that casual listeners will be most familiar with and
enjoy, but it would have been nice for Leon to venture into
the latter-day Floyd with renditions of "High Hopes"
or "A Great Day For Freedom" from 1994's The Division
Respectfully though, Leon may have wanted to avoid rerecording
songs that were already piano-centric and gave him little room
for deviation, especially other cuts like "The Great Gig
In The Sky" (from Dark Side) or "Nobody Home"
(from The Wall). However, playing a piano version of
the solemn guitar line from "Is There Anybody Out There?"
would have been a welcome highlight.
There are no surprises on this tribute - just pleasant piano
playing. Since most of Floyd's songs run over typical radio
length, Leon appeals to the casual listener by skillfully arranging
most of the tracks as streamlined abridgements ("Shine
On", for example, loses about 9 minutes). Also, Leon generally
captures the original tone of the songs, although the piano's
timbre naturally provides more levity in traditionally darker
Piano Tribute is a quiet, easy listen that won't offend
anyone, but something that really only diehard Floyd fans will
bother buying or appreciating. It's debatable whether the album
actually takes listeners on a "celestial journey"
(as the back cover promises), but one sure truth is stated:
"When all of the studio trickery and texture is removed,
the emotional resonance of these now classic songs endures."
Indeed, the song remains the same.
Standout Tracks: "Goodbye Blue Sky"," Hey You"
1. Comfortably Numb / David Ari Leon 3:21
2. Wish You Were Here / David Ari Leon 3:43
3. Shine on You Crazy Diamond / David Ari Leon 4:20
4. Money / David Ari Leon 3:54
5. Goodbye Blue Sky / David Ari Leon 3:10
6. Pigs on a Wing / David Ari Leon 2:36
7. Have a Cigar / David Ari Leon 4:00
8. Hey You / David Ari Leon 3:16
9. Us & Them / David Ari Leon 4:02
10. Mother / David Ari Leon 3:26
11. Brain Damage/Eclipse / David Ari Leon 5:02
12. Sail on the Steel Breeze / David Ari Leon 3:01
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