Nashville-based recording engineer/producer and a Los Angeles-based performer have teamed up to create a unique twist on a classic Genesis album. This fall, Nick DÂ´Virgilio of SpockÂ´s Beard fame and engineer/producer Mark Hornsby are re-recording the Genesis classic: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, in itÂ´s entirety. Produced at Java Jive Studio in Nashville, the album features some of Music Cityâ€™s best musicians, taking the songs in a whole new direction.
"We wanted to see what would happen if we exposed the songs to a different climate of musicians," says DÂ´Virgilio, "The early Genesis recordings are so musical and very bluesy when you get right down to it. They really lend themselves to some different interpretations. When it came time to figure out what label to work with, I remembered working with Shawn on the Amaranâ€™s Plight release and had been really pleased with how that all worked out and I knew what a big Genesis fan he is, so Iâ€™m glad it worked out.".
Although all of the original elements of the songs are still included such as drums, bass, guitar and piano, the recordings now take on a more "theatrical" vibe. This, coupled with orchestra, rock guitars, and some fantastic horn arrangements, the songs now enter an entirely different place.
"We had talked about doing something like this for awhile," says Hornsby, "With the recent attention our version of The Colony of Slippermen received, and the re-release of the original album in 5.1, the time seemed right to see what we could come up with. After the first conference call with Shawn, I felt really comfortable about working with him, and we all managed to make it work and realize the fruition of our vision."
"Genesis is one of my all time favorite bands and I spent many hours reading the lyrics and liner notes for The Lamb. Nick is one of my favorite drummers, and to combine these two elements in what is an amazing re-imaging of The Lamb is a fantastic thing to be part of.", said Shawn Gordon, President of ProgRock Records.
"A Tribute to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" is the ProgRock Records debut release from Rewiring Genesis and can be found at www.progrockrecords.com/artists/view.php?id=104 . The album will be released in late September 2008 and is available for immediate pre-sale. The CD is discounted $2 during the pre-sale period. It will be available at your favorite brick and mortar retailer on October 21, 2008.