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Animals can play chess too

Couple of upcoming release from the family tree people.

bernie mardsen chess artwork

Bernie Marsden is releasing a solo album called Chess. I will be a second album in his Inspiration Series, which is a collection of tributes to the artists that helped inspire and shape his own style and taste. The first release in the series, Kings, came out earlier this year and featured 10 tracks originally recorded by Albert, B.B. & Freddie King. Chess expands on the concept by featuring tracks from the artists who recorded for the legendary Chess Records: Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf , Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters & Elmore James. Plus a couple of Benny’s originals.

Track list:

  1. Just Your Fool
  2. “Back In The USA
  3. Grits Ain’t Groceries
  4. I’m Ready
  5. You Can’t Judge A Book
  6. I Can’t Hold Out
  7. Won’t Be Hanging Around
  8. Fattening Frogs For Snakes
  9. That’s Alright
  10. Who’s Been Talking
  11. Lester
  12. Johnny


Guitar & Vocals: Bernie Marsden
Bass Guitar: John Gordon
Drums: Jim Russell
Keyboards: Bob Haddrell
Harmonica: Alan Glen

The album will be released on November 26, 2021.

In other family-member-doing-tribute news, there is a followup to the Still Wish You Were Here project, and this time it’s Animals Reimagined – A Tribute To Pink Floyd. Graham Bonnet is one of the people involved. And what a set of prog and fusion luminaries it is…

Track list:

  1. Pigs On A Wing 1 – Nick van Eede (Cutting Crew) & Martin Barre (Jethro Tull)
  2. Dogs – Graham Bonnet (Rainbow), Vinnie Moore (UFO), Kasim Sulton (Utopia), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) & Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson)
  3. Pigs (Three Different Ones) – James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Al Di Meola, Joe Bouchard (Blue Öyster Cult), Patrick Moraz (The Moody Blues) & Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
  4. Sheep – Arthur Brown, Rick Wakeman (YES), Jan Akkerman (Focus), David J. (Bauhaus) & Carmine Appice (Cactus,Vanilla Fudge)
  5. Pigs On A Wing 2 – Jon Davison (lead vocalist for YES), Albert Lee & Billy Sherwood (YES)

This album is out on November 19, 2021, via Cleopatra Records.

animals reimagined

Thanks to BraveWords on both counts.

8 Comments to “Animals can play chess too”:

  1. 1
    Coverdian says:

    Animals is – for me personally at least and inspite of some negative critics of those times – the best PF album, true rock classic. And DOGS itself absolutelly marvelous tune,one of the greatest track ever written and performed. Graham Bonnet´s vocals is perfect for this song, my only unease feeling is the most important of all, I think. Too many times is this song covered with slavery approach, note by note (this time around with some Vinnie and Jordan solo inovations). Good work, but the reason for doing this over and over again is behind me. In this case I prefer original,or some Roger Waters band live efforts.
    Anyway, I´m looking forward Bernie stuff.

  2. 2
    Uwe Hornung says:

    This might sound weird and I really love Bonnet’s voice (Assault Attack and his work with Alcatrazz are magic), but for one of Pink Floyd’s most somber pieces of work, his voice it just too strong and expressive. It’s like Jon Anderson singing Anarchy In The UK or Freddy Mercury doing a Lou Reed number or Paul Rodgers doing a Radiohead tune, it just doesn’t fit to my ears.

    There I said it.

  3. 3
    MacGregor says:

    @ 2- you are not wrong there, I cannot imagine Bonnet singing Dogs at all. That is an impressive lineup on the Sheep track. We could also add Dio having to sing Ozzy era also, regarding lead vocalist singing totally different singers known songs. Far too different & I had the ‘pleasure’ of witnessing that in concert back in 1980. Cheers.

  4. 4
    MacGregor says:

    I just tried to listen to Dogs for a few vocal seconds then killed it. I don’t usually listen to these tribute compilations at all. Bonnet definitely doesn’t get it, not to worry. Curiosity killed this cat again, lucky for the mouse & clicked away in time. Cheers.

  5. 5
    DeeperPurps says:

    MacGregor @4, I find that Bonnet didn’t too bad a job on it. His voice isn’t what it once was though, and his delivery on the song is not all that much different from Roger Waters’ original version. Listening to the rest of the track, it is well performed but I don’t really hear anything special within it that would motivate me to go out and purchase it….the musicians didn’t really change much nor make it their own. I will stick with the original and Gilmour’s tasty guitar – my favourite Floyd album of all time.

  6. 6
    MacGregor says:

    DeeperPurps@ 5 -I suppose it is hearing something different from what we know from decades past. Gilmour’s vocal on the first half of the song is sublime, as he always is. Bonnets vocal would ‘fit’ more with Waters vocal style in the second half no doubt, possibly. I didn’t get anywhere near that far into the track. It is a classic Floyd album, the last really from that lineup & as most of it was conceived with the WYWH sessions back in 1974, enough said there. The Wall has some special moments but it is too much Waters depressing war themed gloom & doom. Thankfully Gilmour shines on it at least & it is the same four musicians excepting the odd session player here or there. But yes, Floyd magic for me is 1969 to 1977. I have the WYWH 2011 release where the second disc has some live material from ’74, different names of song title for both Dogs & Sheep but very much the same songs in many ways, great to hear actually in their rawness in a live concert. Cheers.

  7. 7
    DeeperPurps says:

    MacGregor @6. Yes correct on the 2nd half of the song, Bonnet’s voice is much closer to Waters’ than to Gilmours’ part. I listened to the whole thing and though delivered well by the stellar cast of musicians, simply doesn’t take the song anywhere special. As such it is not essential – but the original version definitely is! Same thing applies to Gov’t Mule’s cover of Dark Side of the Mule (Moon) album – they did it well, but didn’t make it any significant changes, as such, not essential listening. I will have to try to track down those live Animal tracks from 1974, haven’t heard that those yet.

  8. 8
    Ketwiezel says:

    Not a bad cover of one of the best PF tracks… I think.
    But Grahams voice just doesn’t fit.
    Wrong singer for this song as far as I’m concerned.

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