8.17.2006

Mary Fahl - From the Dark Side of the Moon

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I have never heard of Mary Fahl before her current project, but just the sound of it had me intrigued. She does a song-by-song cover of the Pink floyd album "Dark Side of the Moon".

I don't think that I have ever confessed my love of Pink Floyd on this site before, but I have spent many a hour listening to "Animals". Music doesn't get much better than Pink Floyd.

That being said, I think this project is a general success. She has a large, full voice that actually suits this project well. The arrangements are less ambient and more electronic but somewhat faithful to the originals. Sometimes they are a bit too faithful, as the sound effects don't quite cut it. The alarms and glass breaking and such are a bit hard to stomach. As could be expected, a track or two go astray and are hard to listen to, especially "The Great Gig in the Sky". Mary doesn't have near the range that Claire Torry had on the original and thus the track suffers.

However, this record is worth a spin for any Pink Floyd fan and its quite interesting to see how Mary's voice stands in comparison to the originals. Here's a couple of examples:

(Note that the tracks bleed into each other on the record so these tracks start and end kinda funny...)
On the Run
Brain Damage



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13 Comments:

Anonymous Joe said...

Allright, where can I find this? In fact, where can I find Mary? I'm a big fan and can't find much of anything after 2003. Looks like she is still doing gigs here and there, but she doesn't appear to have a website anymore. Can anyone help out?

2:50 PM  
Blogger Don't Need Anything said...

hello joe.

ive been looking for info too but cant find a stinking thing. all i know is that this record was planned to come out in november, but has been pushed back to somewhere in late january. i cant find any other information on what she's doing now.

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Thanks. I'll check this blog out occasionally in case someone finds something. You know, I even tried to do an enail search for her. Found an address and phone number in Minnesota or somewhere. Seemed unlikely that would be her, and kinda lame to try to contact that way anyway. Oh, well. I'll be looking for the record.

7:59 PM  
Blogger rommel_06100 said...

i am a long time mary fahl fan and if what you are saying is true then...this is something to look forward too...i thought the initial romour was that she was supposed to make a concept album...so what happened to it?

3:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you sooo much for re-posting the songs. You are a star. Cannot wait to hear the whole album when it comes out.

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can find some info here:

http://www.markdoyle.com/dsotm.html


Chaz

3:25 PM  
Blogger Don't Need Anything said...

chaz -
thanks a lot for the link! thats some great info there

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A desparate fan of October Project or Mary Fahl might have luck via this website:
http://mp3.maxalbums.com/full-album-MARY%20FAHL-From%20The%20Dark%20Side%20Of%20The%20Moon-127449.asp

9:04 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I too have been looking everywhere to find any news regarding Mary Fahl. I am a huge fan of October Project and Mary Fahl. There just isn't anyone as good as she is. Mary where are you??? You are so talented, thank you for sharing your gift, but we want more! Thanks for this blog.

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally heard a partitioned MP3 version - what stereo separation!

Strange, eclectic, and quirky... The car alarm in "Time" brings this up to date to the modern world. But no Rototoms! :(

I don't know, maybe too much alto and not enough David Gilmour! :) Anyway, what are the scat words and strange utterances buried in the mix?

What, not even a backwards message for Roger or a Salvation Army tuba for Syd??

Fantastic effort and will be looking for a release soon - maybe with a different mastering, or at least a single .WAV or FLAC... ;) till then.

Thanks!

7:42 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Greeting,,, I am a huge fan of Mary's,, but can't seem to find any news of her,,, whats the latest on the DSOM project??

2:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it that she doesn't have the range of Clare Torry or that the original arrangement isn't her key?

I heard Mary's Great Gig and it wasn't an interesting reinterpretation as was her cover of Money, which shows that her voice has a great deal of range, indeed.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi ,

Mary is very much alive and has written a new album... which she will premier October 3rd at the Vanderbilt museum on Long Island. It will be a special outdoor Harvest Full Moon concert . The new album will blow you away within two weeks it will be posted on the museums web site for tickets.

In the know

M

11:32 PM  

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