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The Security Project

Live 1

Review by Gary Hill

What a cool set this is, really. The music here is all Peter Gabriel music, but one song from his time in Genesis. The band includes Jerry Marotta who played drums for Gabriel. Trey Gunn (of King Crimson fame) handles touch guitar. Rounding out the musicians are Michael Cozzi and David Jameson. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all here, though, is lead singer Brian Cummins. He sounds so much like Gabriel you are likely to find yourself double checking the credits. I know I did. They do a great job of capturing the magic of Peter Gabriel’s music, while also making it their own. This is a great album. A second set will be released later this year, and I sure can’t wait.

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Track by Track Review
Lay Your Hands On Me

This is a cool arrangement of the Peter Gabriel piece. It has a real stripped back arrangement for the spoken parts at the beginning. It’s dramatic, rhythmic and powerful. This is understated in comparison to the original. It’s very cool, though. I almost think I like this take better than the Gabriel version.

I Don't Remember
This high energy cut works really well. It’s got a great bass groove. It’s a classy tune start to finish.
No Self Control
A much harder rocking jam, this is classy stuff for sure.
The Family and the Fishing Net
There is a definitely a King Crimson-like hard edge to this number. It’s another cool tune on a disc with nothing that’s weak. I really love the balance between the harder rocking and mellower sections on this thing. I particularly dig the closing movement. It just seems to up the passion and power.
I Have the Touch
There is really a cool groove to this number. I like the way they capture the vibe of the original tune while bringing something new to it.
Intruder
I absolutely love this piece. It’s so cool. There are some great stripped back prog elements. There are also more powered up sections that call to mind modern King Crimson.
The Rhythm of the Heat
Another with both faithful and new concepts, I like this one a lot It’s one of my favorites here. There is a cool tribal bit at the end.
San Jacinto
I really dig the textures and tones on this great tune. It’s always been one of my favorite Gabriel songs and this breathes new life into while still capturing the original magic.
Games Without Frontiers / Of These, Hope
The first half of the two-fer is fairly faithful in a lot of ways. We’re taken into a killer jam with a lot of groove later. They realy turn in an inspired and rocking performance on the second part.
Here Comes the Flood
Dramatic atmospheric, yet rather noisy, tones start this and move it slowly forward. Harmonics and other bits of melody emerge after the two minute mark and the piece gradually works out from there. The vocals comes in around the three minute mark. This remains fairly mellow throughout. It’s sort of a pretty and rather mainstream ballad.
Back in N.Y.C.
Here we get Genesis by way of Gabriel. This is a rocking number that works really well in this treatment. It’s perhaps a bit more of a mainstream tune than some of the others here are. I really like this arrangement. It’s classy stuff.
Biko
I’ve always loved this song. This rendition is pretty faithful. It’s also very strong.
 
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