Cover Album By Queensryche

By Elric on 10:34 PM 12 September 2007

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Queensryche pays homage to some of its musical idols on "Take Cover", a cover album due November 13 via Rhino. The Seattle group is putting its stamp on such numbers as Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine", U2's "Bullet the Blue Sky" and Peter Gabriel's "Red Rain."

According to Geoff Tate:

"We'll never top the originals. They're classics for a reason. We were more focused on finding different approaches that took the songs in unexpected directions."

"During sound checks, guitarists Mike Stone and Michael Wilton like to play 'name that riff,' and sometimes the whole band joins in. That's really the way this album came together. We got together and started playing songs to each other, and then we picked our favorites."

Queensryche has only released a few covers, one of them being a powerful interpretation of "Scarborough Fair" in the early 1990s. Some of the 11 selections naturally fit the band's progressive rock influences, particularly Pink Floyd and "Innuendo" by Queen, one of Tate's favorite bands. Others will definitely raise eyebrows. The group is giving Broadway a spin by performing "Heaven on Their Minds" from Jesus Christ Superstar as well as the O'Jays' R&B classic "For Love of Money", the operatic "Odissea" by Italian duo Carlo Marrale and Cheope and an acoustic version of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth".

Tate says he enjoyed the demanding arrangement of "Odissea":

"I really like this song because there is a lot for a singer to sink his teeth into. Plus I got a chance to sing in Italian, which was interesting, considering I don't speak a word of it."

He considered singing "Red Rain" and the Police's "Synchronicity II" opportunities to explore music he'd previously overlooked:

"I'd heard these songs on the radio before, but I didn't really appreciate them before the guys suggested we record them. It was a rewarding experience doing this album because it gave us all a chance to pay tribute to some of the bands that have meant so much to us over the years, and we all discovered new songs to love."

Take Cover
Track Listing
Original artist in parenthesis

01. Innuendo (Queen )
02. Bullet The Blue Sky – Live (U2)
03. Synchronicity II (Police)
04. For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield)
05. Welcome To The Machine (Pink Floyd)
06. Red Rain (Peter Gabriel)
07. Neon Knights (Black Sabbath)
08. Almost Cut My Hair (CSN&Y)
09. Heaven On Their Minds (Jesus Christ Superstar)
10. For The Love Of Money (The O'Jays)
11. Odissea (Carlo Marrale & Cheope)

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