CD review MORSE/PORTNOY/GEORGE ‘Cover to Cover Anthology (Vol. 1-3)’

Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy and Randy George are well known as experts in their field. It was in 2003 when the guys worked together on Morse’s Testimony Live project and since then the three musicians have been coming together regularly to record albums and play live shows.

The masterminds of progressive Rock and Metal also began to record cover versions of legendary Rock songs of which 13 landed on the ‘Cover to Cover’ album, released in 2006. The foundation for these recordings were two tracks from the ‘Testimony’-session and four pieces from the ‘One’-session. In 2012 the journey continued with ‘Cover 2 Cover’ and another eight years later the third strike follows with ‘Cov3r to Cov3r’.

The trio has recorded 11 new cover songs for the new album. The first one is ‘No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed’ from Yes and the longplayer ends with a great version of Lenny Kravitz’s ‘Let Love Rule’. These two pieces frame 9 more songs and excellent interpretations of, among others, Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Baker Street’ and Tom Petty’s ‘Runnin’ Down a Dream’. As on their previous albums, the three exceptional musicians manage to capture the original vibe of each song. Morse/Portnoy/George don’t move too far away from the original, but still add a touch of their own to their interpretations, which makes the album to an hour of musical listening pleasure.

‘Cov3r to Cov3r’ is not only available as a regular album. Under the title of ‘Cover to Cover Anthology (Vol.1-3)’ the trio also releases a package, containing all three longplayers. If you missed the previous releases, you now have the possibility to fill the gap. It’s worth it.

‘Cover to Cover’ is a fun project and it’s noticeable that Prog and Metal are not really the focus while selecting songs. Instead, the guys follow their passion for very-well crafted Rock music on this album and by that pay homage to their musical heroes. All three albums are certainly worth discovering and listening to. Timeless music.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

Cover To Cover:

  1. Where The Streets Have No Name (U2)
  2. I’m The Man (Joe Jackson)
  3. What Is Life? (George Harrison)
  4. Badge (Cream)
  5. Maybe I’m Amazed (Paul McCartney)
  6. Day After Day (Badfinger)
  7. Pleasant Valley Sunday (The Monkees)
  8. Tuesday Afternoon (The Moody Blues)
  9. Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith)
  10. I’m Free / Sparks (The Who)
  11. Where Do The Children Play (Cat Stevens)
  12. Feelin’ Stronger Everyday (Chicago)
  13. Rock N Roll Suicide (David Bowie)

Cover 2 Cover:

  1. (What’s So Funny About) Peace, Love & Understanding (Elvis Costello)
  2. Lido Shuffle (Boz Scaggs)
  3. Crazy Horses (The Osmonds)
  4. Driven To Tears (The Police)
  5. Come Sail Away (Styx)
  6. Rikki Don’t Lose That Number (Steely Dan)
  7. Lemons Never Forget (The Bee Gees)
  8. The Letter (Joe Cocker)
  9. I Saw The Light (Todd Rundgren)
  10. Teacher (Jethro Tull)
  11. Southern Man/Needle And The Damage Done/Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young)
  12. Starless (King Crimson)

Cov3r To Cov3r:

  1. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed (Yes)
  2. Hymn 43 (Jethro Tull)
  3. Life On Mars (David Bowie)
  4. Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty)
  5. It Don’t Come Easy (Ringo Starr)
  6. Baby Blue (Badfinger)
  7. One More Red Nightmare (King Crimson)
  8. Black Coffee In Bed (Squeeze)
  9. Tempted (Squeeze)
  10. Runnin’ Down A Dream (Tom Petty)
  11. Let Love Rule (Lenny Kravitz)

Label: Inside Out Music

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: July 24th, 2020

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