|Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon,|
recreated by Classic Albums Live.
"The world's greatest classic
rock albums (recreated) live
on stage, note for note, cut for
cut" — hmm, a tall order, to
be sure. But that precisely
was the vision of Canadian
concert promoter Craig
Martin when he debuted
series in 2003. And although
the "note for note" claim
may be somewhat debatable,
Martin's assertion that he
presents "the world's best
musicians" is, in my view,
pretty gosh darn accurate.
An estimated crowd of one thousand high-spirited classic rock enthusiasts piled into Orlando, Florida's Hard Rock Live on Saturday, July 21, 2012 to witness the concert recreation of Pink Floyd's landmark 1973 concept record, Dark Side of the Moon — courtesy of Classic Albums Live.
|Okay, so Rob Phillips isn't |
playing a Strat in this pic,
but you get the idea.
(Photo: Classic Albums Live)
To say that "Dark Side" is musically a complex record would be like saying that Justin Bieber is merely popular. Hence, it required no less than ten top notch musicians to take on this timeless masterpiece — and the ensemble delivered — in spades!
With his long straight hair and twanging a classic Fender Strat, the tall and lanky Rob Phillips channeled David Gilmore "note for note, cut for cut" throughout and brought a unique level of authenticity to the production. Additionally, the sax work on such stand-out tracks as "Money" and "Us and Them" was absolutely superb.
But "Dark Side" is an equally intricate vocal recording. And aside from the powerful male performances, female singers Carlia Alderman and Michelle Jones delivered impeccable vocal recreations. In fact, the petite Alderman received a thunderous response, bringing fans to their feet as she passionately nailed the iconic vocal on "Great Gig in the Sky."
|I was delighted to meet rock powerhouse |
Carlia Alderman following the Orlando
Dark Side of the Moon performance.
As is the Classic Albums Live tradition, following intermission, the show takes a "Greatest Hits" Live approach — offering additional fan favorites from the particular group's catalogue. This night's second-half featured a mini set from the 1979 multi platinum-selling album The Wall, including "Young Lust" (w/ "Collect call to Mr. Floyd from Mrs. Floyd" back-up vocal), "Mother" (w/ roaring crowd sing-along) and the show-stopping "Comfortably Numb." Also included in the second-half was 1975's Wish You Were Here and 1971's (twenty-three-minute) encore, "Echoes."
A Classic Albums Live performance is an all 'round, rip roarin' rock show. And possessing state-of-the-art sight and sound production, this event looked as spectacular as it sounded. In sum, an amazing concert experience and a heckuva lot of fun!
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