MA-9004-2 Supper's Ready
See production credits below
Released on August 22, 1995
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MA-9004-2 cover
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W here the hell is Fountain of Salmacis?! How can you possibly have a Genesis tribute album without Fountain of Salmacis? (THAT for the dorkasaurs who think I’m actually going to review a tribute album.) Before we begin, let me tell you that Steve Hackett released a “tribute” album to Genesis the following year, called Watcher of the Skies. Great album, you should definitely snack on that before Supper. This album is compiled by neo-prog label Magna Carta. The same label that by 1996 had glutted the market with tribute albums to Rush, Yes, Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull. So, first off, a crass bit of business this tributary, which mostly provided an elevated platform for Magna Carta artists like Magellan, Cairo, Robert Berry, Shadow Gallery, Enchant and World Trade. However, there are also some genuine prog contemporaries aboard who warrant the raised, appreciative eyebrow: Annie Haslam, Pete Bardens, Richard Sinclair, John Goodsall, David Hentschel. Nice to see them rummaging about in the old wardrobe. What I like about Supper’s Ready is the song selection (only a fan could appreciate choices like “Man of Our Times” or “Many Too Many”), and the due deference accorded the legendary Genesis in detailed performances. Mostly the bands play it by the books, which makes this sound like a very smart cover album more than anything. Kevin Gilbert’s version of “Back In N.Y.C.” (with Nick D’Virgilio and Mike Keneally!) and Crack the Sky’s creepy version of “I Know What I Like” are the notable exceptions. What’s interesting is that the various vocalists have better luck with Peter Gabriel than Phil Collins (only Annie Haslam bests Buster). Have we seriously underestimated Gabriel’s understudy? Perhaps so. Imaginary points are docked for packaging (I have no idea what the cover is supposed to represent and the title Supper’s Ready makes as much sense as One For The Vine, Another Record or sundry other Genesis songs) and John Goodsall’s completely inappropriate guitar solo on “Carpet Crawlers” (here’s hoping someone retaliates with a wanky guitar solo on Magna Carta’s Brand X tribute album).

TRACK LISTING

  1. Robert Berry and Hush: WATCHER OF THE SKIES    (Tony Banks/Mike Rutherford/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett)    6:50
  2. Over The Garden Wall: FIRTH OF FIFTH    (Tony Banks/Mike Rutherford/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett)    9:25
  3. David Hentschel with Jay Tausig: UNDERTOW    (Tony Banks)    4:42
  4. Annie Haslam: RIPPLES    (Tony Banks/Mike Rutherford)    4:48
  5. Kevin Gilbert: BACK IN N.Y.C.    (Tony Banks/Mike Rutherford/Phil Collins/Peter gabriel/Steve Hackett)    6:37
  6. Richard Sinclair: FOR ABSENT FRIENDS    (Tony Banks/Mike Rutherford/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett)    3:11
  7. Magellan: MAMA    (Tony Banks/Mike Rutherford/Phil Collins)    6:51
  8. Enchant: MAN OF OUR TIMES    (Mike Rutherford)    5:37
  9. Pete Bardens "Mirage": MANY TOO MANY    (Tony Banks)    2:58
  10. Shadow Gallery: ENTANGLED    (Steve Hackett/Tony Banks)    6:18
  11. Cairo: SQUONK    (Mike Rutherford/Tony Banks)    6:28
  12. Crack The Sky: I KNOW WHAT I LIKE (IN YOUR WARDROBE)    (Tony Banks/Mike Rutherford/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett)    4:04
  13. John Goodsall with Michael Zentner: CARPET CRAWLERS    (Tony Banks/Mike Rutherford/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett)    5:24
  14. World Trade: KEEP IT DARK    (Tony Banks/Mike Rutherford/Phil Collins)    4:06

CREDITS

Stevie Adams -- guitar (9)
Brendt Allman -- guitar (10)
Mike Baker -- vocals (10)
Pete Bardens -- keyboards and producer (9)
Greg Bennett -- guitars (2)
Sue Bennett -- keyboards and vocals (2)
Jeff Berlin -- bass (13)
Robert Berry -- vocals, bass, rhythm guitar, producer and arranger (1)
David Biglin -- arrangement, instruments, background vocals and producer (4)
Roger Bonasera -- drums (1)
Jeff Brockman -- drums, producer, mixing and engineer (11)
Carl Cadden-James -- backing vocals, producer and engineer (10)
Daniel Todd Carter -- drums (3)
Paul Craddick -- drums (8)
Tim Deaner -- backing vocals (12)
Bret Douglas -- lead vocals (11)
Desha Dunnahoe -- bass (9)
Nikc D'Virgilio -- drums (5), lead vocal and drums (9)
Rob Fordyce -- bass (11)
Alec Fuhrman -- guitars, producer, mixing and engineer (11)
Trent Gardner -- lead vocal, keyboadrs and engineer (7)
Wayne Gardner -- guitars and Taurus pedals (7)
Kevin Gilbert -- vox, guitars, bass, keys, cellos, recorder, producer and engineer (5)
John Goodsall -- guitar (13)
Annie Haslam -- lead and background vocals and producer (4)
Dr. Maurice Hayes -- narration (12)
David Hentschel -- keyboards and producer (3)
Toby Holmes -- trombone solo (5)
Chris Ingles -- piano (10)
Paul Keller -- lead guitar (1)
Mike Keneally -- guitars, kalimba, bell piano and recorder (5)
Ted Leonard -- voice (8)
Marc Leveille -- lead vocals (2)
Paul Marangoni -- percussion (2)
Tommy Mars -- keyboards (13)
Douglas A. Ott -- guitars, keys, producer and mixing (8)
Ian Palumbo -- guitar and backing vocals (12)
John Palumbo -- keyboards, guitar, lead voice and producer (12)
Tos Panos -- drums (13)
Ty Parr -- backing vocals (13)
Roger Patterson -- drums and percussion (7)
Gene Perrault -- percussion (1)
Ed Platt -- bass (8)
David Rees-Williams -- piano, harpsichord and keyboards (6)
Mark Robertson -- keyboards ad producer (11)
Jay Schellen -- drums (14)
Billy Sherwood -- vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, producer and engineer (14)
Richard Sinclair -- vocals, producer and arranger (6)
Gene Stout -- bass guitar (2)
Jay Tausig -- vocals, guitars and producer (3)
Gary Wehrkamp -- guitar (10)
Mike Wible -- keyboards (1)
Susan Willett -- backing vocals (13)
Michael Zentner -- vocals and producer (13)
Denny Bridges -- producer and engineer (4)
Rich Cox -- producer and engineer (12)
Don Garbutt -- producer (2)
Jeff Green -- producer (12)
Bob Madsen -- producer and engineer (8)
Magellan -- producer (7)
John Carr -- engineer (2)
Eric Fahlborg -- engineer (9)
Gus Hilton -- engineer (6)
Dave Jenkins -- engineer and mixing (13)
Scott Robertson -- engineer (3)
Shawn Ahearn -- executive producer (9)
Sami Kaneda -- executive producer (9)
Dave Kirby -- executive producer (2)
Pete Morticelli -- executive producer (7)
Mike Varney -- executive producer (7)
Mitchell Hartman/M Studios -- cover art
4D Advertising -- package design

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