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Pigs and Pyramids: An All Star Lineup Performing the Songs of Pink Floyd

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Let's be frank: Pigs and Pyramids adds absolutely nothing to the "tributemania" surrounding the music of Pink Floyd. These renditions stick too closely to the originals to leave room for personal interpretation. More offending is the fact that producers Bob Kulick and Billy Sherwood seem to estimate that the Floyd has made only three tribute-worthy albums: Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall. All (all!) the songs on this CD first appeared on one of those three titles -- a disappointment, despite their indisputable quality. What Pigs and Pyramids lacks in originality and vision, it attempts to make up with an all-star staff. There's a new singer for each song and the cast includes Fee Waybill (of the Tubes), Doug Pinnick (King's X), Steve Lukather and Bobby Kimball (both Toto boys), Tommy Shaw (Styx), and Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), the only one brave enough to refresh the melodies of his song ("Young Lust"). The album is heavy in the guitar department, featuring, among others, Ronnie Montrose, Gary Hoey, Dweezil Zappa, and a very inspired Robben Ford in "Any Colour You Like." Mike Porcaro and Tony Levin (stuck with the untouchable "Money" riff) appear on bass, while Gregg Bissonette, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Aynsley Dunbar are among those taking care of the drums. Besides Derek Sherinian, Tony Kaye, and Steve Porcaro on a track each, keyboards duties have been left to Sherwood (What? Richard Wright's work doesn't deserve an all-star treatment?). There's something sad about accomplished musicians turning in such predictable renditions. The album makes an enjoyable listen, but beside the aforementioned moments, plus Jimmy Haslip's playful bassline in "Us and Them" and a relevant take on "Breathe," it deserves to be forgotten the second it stops spinning.

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