This album features original Peter Gabriel drummer Jerry Marotta, former King Crimson guitarist Trey Gunn, ex-Shriekback guitarist Michael Cozzi, keyboardist David Jameson, and vocalist Brian Cummins. This is not a karaoke CD, nor a bunch of people playing his songs, this album recreates the sound and feel of Gabriel’s classic songs and adding touches of their own to the songs.
The band has listened to these songs on the original albums and took all of the meaty bits from those songs and then dove deeper and listened to the subtle things and brought them out as well, giving an interpretation that sends shivers down your spine and has the hair on your arms sticking up. Vocalist Cummins nails the classic Gabriel vocal sound, right down to detailed inflections and cadences, and it takes you a moment or two to realize that this is not a classic concert that you never heard before, but a new and exciting recording. The track list is impeccable, with ten of the album’s twelve tracks taken from Security and its predecessor Melt. The recording is flawless and the production makes it sound like you are there with the band, the crowd noise is subdued and the band is clear and it shines like a star. With so many great songs on here, I had to really think of which one stands out the most to me, that song is “I Have The Touch.” This song has always been a favorite of mine, but the version on here just blew me away and I had to listen to it a few times before I could move onto the rest of the album. The vocals and the playing were so amazing that I was speechless and shivered with delight.
This is an album for people with an open mind and who both missed out on classic Gabriel and saw Gabriel back when these songs were still fresh. This is a classic album that should be played often and for everyone that you know, it’s just too good of an album not to share.