I tip my hat to Mr. Claypool and his brigade of amphibious creatures. They could have just covered a single song off of Pink Floyd’s masterpiece (and my favorite PF record), Animals. But Les had too much respect for the album, and to break it up, he felt would hurt the records integrity, so he just covered the whole darn thing. And he released it as an official Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade live album to boot: Live Frogs Set 2. So not only do you get the Claypool take on a classic album, but you get to hear it with wonderfully captured live energy as well as quality sound quality (if you ever purchased a bootleg of another band doing this kind of thing, you know how bad the audio recording can get). I really can not speak enough of how great the sound quality of this record is, hats off to the production and recording team.
Les’ take on Animals is pretty straight forward not changing anything and staying true to the way Roger Waters composed it. But, given that Claypool carries such a unique bass playing style as well as a peculiar voice, it would be impossible for him to replicate Animals note for note. When compared to the original the low ends are a lot fuller and much more pronounced with many blue notes added in. His voice also fits in perfectly with his oddball croon being a nice change of pace from Roger Waters rather pedestrian voice. The rest of the band also does some outstanding work giving due respect to the source material. I particularly like how saxophonist, Shriek, was able to replicate many of the sound effects heard on the original with his saxophone and Jay Lane’s excellent drumming working well with Claypool’s occasional improvised bits.
After listening to both records back to back, I have to say, I almost prefer Claypool’s rendition to the original, almost. And while there is plenty of the Claypool personality and improved moments crammed in, I do wish he deviated from the original a bit more to give it a more Claypool-ish spin to it. Nonetheless, it’s an excellent homage to Claypool’s favorite band and a wonderful cover that all fans of the original should listen to. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Listen to the cover after the jump:
Since becoming BFFs back when Porcupine Tree’s Stephan Wilson jumped on board to produce Opeth’s breakthrough record Blackwater Park there has been constant talk of him and Mikael Åkerfeldt consummating their friendship with a collaboration record. Well after over 10 years of waiting and speculation that highly desired meeting of minds has come to form by way of Storm Corrosion. There has been much deliberation as to what this union would end up sounding like, but one thing everyone seemed to agree on is that it would be creative and unique. Completing a trifecta of records, this record fits right in with Opeth and Steven Wilson latest offerings, Heritage and Grace for Drowning (both of which I thought were superb records). But if you go into the record expecting it to sound like something similar if you were to mash the 2 together, disappointment will ensue. Storm Corrosion is a very mellow, haunting, and atmospheric album that sounds exactly like what the 2 artist are known for and at the same time completely different.