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Ghost Canyon

Title - 'Live 1'
Artist - Security Project

The timeless music of Peter Gabriel finds new life with The Security Project. Members of King Crimson, Shriekback and Gabriel's original band take these classics and give them new wings for the 21st Century. Added to the pedigree of these players is the voice of Brian Cummins. His startling interpretations add a haunting authenticity to the live shows, of this you yourself will also concur, given just the one listening.

This live CD (part 2 is out in October) is a first for no one has dared take on Gabriel's material at this level before. These immaculate arrangements show a live band brewing something deep from these original musical recipes. With Gabriel now a double-inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (both with Genesis as well as his solo career), The Security Project deliver the most adventurous music from his first five solo albums, including Security and culminating with Plays Live.

1. 'Lay Your Hands On Me'
2. 'I Don't Remember'
3. 'No Self Control'
4. 'The Family And The Fishing Net'
5. 'I Have The Touch'
6. 'Intruder'
7. 'The Rhythm Of The Heat'
8. 'San Jacinto'
9. 'Games Without Frontiers / Of These, Hope'
10. 'Here Comes The Flood'
11. 'Back in N.Y.C.'
12. 'Biko'

The Security Project kicks off in fine style with 'Lay Your Hands On Me,' a song from Gabriel's self-titled 1982 album. One that deals with a theme of healing, through trust, which is further explored on later albums, it's lyrics, their meaning are once again brought to life, this time via the stunning vocals of Cummins. Man, if you didn't know better you would SWEAR it was Gabriel singing these lyrics, speaking these words. [Well, either Gabriel or Marillion's Steve Hogarth, in truth!]

Next is 'I Don't Remember,' a bouncier, catchier track which is yet another stirring rendition, and that in turn is backed by both a powerhaus 'No Self Control' and 'The Family And The Fishing Net.' This is yet another track from his self-titled album, and is a song comparing a modern day wedding to a voodoo sacrifice ("Suffocated by mirrors, stained by dreams, Her honey belly pulls the seams"). Next up is one of his major solo hit singles, 'I Have the Touch' from his album Security (1982). With barely an interruption from the live crowd, this album is just so good that you seriously believe it was recorded in a studio.

Indeed, Live 1 is just one of those albums that arrives on CD, but that you wish you had on actual "old school" vinyl! It's just that good and fully deserves to be put out on vinyl, an Audiophile's dream, for sure. Next up is 'Intruder,' and was actually the first song to ever use the "gated drum" sound created by Hugh Padgham. Inclusive of some creepy as Hell lyrics - "I know something about opening windows and doors, I know how to move quietly to creep across creaky wooden floors. I know where to find precious things in all your cupboards and drawers, Slipping the clippers. Slipping the clippers through the telephone wires, The sense of isolation inspires"), the track is eerily brought to life, once more by Cummins.

Next up is 'The Rhythm Of The Heat,' which is backed by the inspiring tale of 'San Jacinto.' The San Jacinto Mountain range in California runs along Palm Springs, a very exclusive resort community, and is where Gabriel did his climbing ("Thick cloud, steam rising, hissing stone on sweat lodge fire / Around me, buffalo roam, sage in bundle, run on skin"). Not that the others aren't, but the brilliant 'Games Without Frontiers / Of These, Hope' is a stand out highlight of this live album, if not for just me alone, and is backed by 'Here Comes The Flood,' before the entire bewitching album is brought to a close with both 'Back in N.Y.C.' and Gabriel's protest song, 'Biko.'

The Security Project - Jerry Marotta: Drums & Percussion, Backing Vocals; Trey Gunn: Warr Guitar, Backing Vocals; Brian Cummins: Lead Vocals; Fuzzbee Morse: Guitars, Flute, Backing Vocals; David Jameson: Keyboards & Eigenharp - tours worldwide with a West Coast tour coincides with this release in May and an East Coast one in October. If I were you I would check out your local venues to see if they are coming to your town soon.