The average '60s rock fan should be aware of this vital fact about Now & Them right away: This is not the version of the band that is most familiar, with Van Morrison on lead vocals. In fact, Morrison does not appear at all on this album, the first of the obscure LPs recorded by a reorganized Them after Morrison's departure for a solo career…
Tribute albums are always a hit and miss affair. Sadly this latest Pink Floyd tribute album falls mostly in the miss area.The majority of the songs on offer are little more than low quality carbon copies of the originals with little to no creative interpretations added. There is a wide range of Pink Floyd songs covered in the album. Songs span from Pink Floyd’s hits such as Money covered by The Pineapple Thief to more obscure tunes such as The Nile Song (from the soundtrack to the film More) covered by The Panthers and Meddle’s Fearless covered by Low. Unfortunately in each case the songs are so similar to the original versions that they sound like they were performed by a Pink Floyd cover band. And in the case of Shine on you crazy diamond covered by the Australian Pink Floyd Show, it actually was performed by a cover band. As a result the album becomes rather dull and pointless and providing no reason to listen to it instead of listening to Pink Floyd playing their music.
Easter Island was originally formed in 1973 by guitarist Mark Miceli. The music places emphasis on excellent mini-moog and Mellotron work as well as guitar, like most prog bands from the mid-'70s seemed to do. Their original and progressive music has its roots in the compositional techniques of King Crimson, Yes, and ELP.
Now and Then is the finest collection of de Burgh's greatest hits and also features a brand new track "Live For the Day" featuring Tina Yamout, a young Lebanese singer. Chris met Tina in Beirut last year when he performed on Star Academy, the most popular pan-Arab talent show, on which Tina was a finalist. Now and Then - features classic tracks from his entire career. They include: the hit song "Don't Pay The Ferryman", his number one single "The Lady in Red", which has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide; "Missing You", "High On Emotion", "When I Think Of You", "The Words "I Love You"", "A Spaceman Came Travelling" and many more of his best-known songs.
"Us and Them: Symphonic Pink Floyd" is an instrumental album of Pink Floyd songs. The album was arranged by Jaz Coleman, produced by Youth and performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Peter Scholes. The album cover was painted by Roger Dean who is known for his organic paintings. He also designed albums for Asia, Uriah Heep, and Yes. The album, which features six songs taken from The Dark Side of the Moon released in 1973 and three from The Wall released in 1979, peaked at number one in the Billboard Magazine Top Classical Crossover Albums chart.