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Reviewed by: Russ Bellinger
Genre: Prog Rock
Country: England
Language: English
Length: NA
Release Date: April/2006
SandPort LTD
Band Members: Ray Wilson - Vocals/Guitar/Bass on track 10 Uwe Metzler - Lead Guitar
  Irvin Duguid - Keyboards Alvin Mills -Bass
  Nir Z -Drums Scott Spence Lead guitar on tracks 2 and 11
  Henrick Muller - Drums track 10 Backing Vocals by Adonis, Rayla, Garcia (Maria)
  Strings aranged by Irvin Duguid Programming and additional Keyboards - Peter Hoff

Strings played by Strinx Connextion:

Klaus Marquardt - Violin, leader (violin, Kzm)


Andrea Langenbacher - Violin/

Johannes Krampen - Violin/ Carolin

Kriegbaum - Viola/

Felix Braude - Cello/

Name Kalb - Cello

Track Listing: 1.)-Fly High 8.)-Show Me The Way
  2.)- Taking Time 9.)- Fame
  3.)- She 10.)-Some Of All My Fears
  4.)-Lemon Yellow Sun 11.)-Summer Days
  5.)- Wake Up Your Mind 12.)-Better Luck Next Time
  6.)-Sick And Tired  
  7.)Constantly Reminded  
The Review

It gives me great pleasure to listen to nearly everything with Ray Wilson's voice and songwriting talents. Ever since first hearing him sing with Genesis on the last Genesis CD "Calling All Stations" I had fallen in love with this guy's voice. It still amazes me that the people in the USA did not accept him as a great replacement for Phil Collins. Because that is exactly what he was! Genesis could not have found a better singer in my opinion, and since that time Ray wisely chose to move onward and upward releasing several solo CDs over the last several years. Interestingly enough he has released as many live albums as studio albums. Some solo acoustic and one double live CD "Ray Wilson Live" with his full band playing some of the most amazing stuff since Genesis disappeared. Seems Ray picked up the torch and carried it forward.

His amazing versions of several Genesis tracks as well as a few Peter Gabriel tracks are astonishing in the way he can emulate Peter Gabriels vocals as easily as Phil Collins yet still sound like Ray. Even more astonishing is his own songwriting. Ray has written some really great music of his own that somehow fits in with the Genesis-prog thing but also reaches over into areas of folk music and pop as well. He also recently released another live CD that he claims is his favorite solo acoustic performance to date called "An Audience And Ray Wilson" recorded in 2003, in which he not only plays many original acoustic pieces as well as some Genesis and Stiltskin songs. He brilliantly tells stories of the songs and how they came about, as well as a Genesis story or two between each track. I highly recommend all of Ray's live releases.

Which brings me to his newest release with his former band (pre-Genesis) Stiltskin. This is Stiltskin's first release since 1994. Ray has not worked with his old band since that time. But this was the band he was in that led him to being discovered by Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford. The new CD is titled "SHE". This has some remarkable work on it. It is yet another extension of Ray's talent. He has co-written many of the songs with various members of the band. The band also features Nir Z, the remarkable drummer that also played drums on "Calling All Stations". This band smokes! Although the approach is not really Genesis-like at all. It has more of an alternative rock sound, though equally pop. The opening track "Fly High" does exactly that! A perfect opener that could have easily been on "Ray Wilson Live" or "The Next Best Thing". The next track "Taking Time" is very intersting as Ray takes on the voice of the devil in a song about the extreme loneliness of a man that reaches to accept the end times (complete with quotes from Revelation).

One of my favorite tracks from the CD is Lemon Yellow Sun. It features some really nice acoustic guitar in a song that at times has a sixties feel to it and that reminisces about the woman that chose to forget him. Overall the entire CD is a great listen and something that I will choose to listen to again and again over the years. I very much recommend all of Ray's work.

Russ Bellinger April 2006


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