Performed by Simon Apple in "Tribute"
written by Kevin Gilbert

Story

Kevin Gilbert was a tremendously gifted songwriter/musician, who unfortunately passed at age 29, in 1996. Musical genius is a term over-used at times describing artists who aren't truly worthy of that title. However, few, if any, musician and songwriting peers question Kevin's genius. "A Long Day's Life" was John's suggestion to record for the tribute album that was in the works. This arrangement from Jeff & John keeps somewhat true to Kevin's original recording, but does take a few liberties with some different arrangement/production ideas. Like Simon Apple, Gilbert was also hugely influenced by Genesis. (He recorded a wonderful cover of Genesis' "Back In NYC", and also performed a one-off concert of the Genesis double album, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway). As mutual Genesis fans, there is a bit of a nod to Phil Collins' drumming, and Tony Banks' keyboards during the outro....hopefully Kevin is smiling at the homage.

Production Credits:

John Feldmann (vocals, acoustic guitars), Jeff Miller (keyboards, electric guitars), Stefon Pizzuto (bass), Buzz Saylor (drums). Produced and arranged by Jeff Miller & John Feldmann. Engineered & Mixed by Eric Beebe at The Farm (in the late 1990's). Mastered by Jeff Miller (in 2013).

performed by Simon Apple in "Tribute"
written by Level 42's Mark King, Mike Lindup, Rowland "Boon" Gould, Wally Badarou

Story

"Take A Look" was intended for a Level 42 tribute album originating in France. (Level 42 is much more popular in Europe than in the USA). Once again, it was John, who came up with the suggestion to record this song. Much like the Gilbert tribute, it stays somewhat true to the original recording, but does add some different arrangement & production ideas.

Production Credits:

John Feldmann (vocals), Jeff Miller (keyboards, guitars), Stefon Pizzuto (bass), Buzz Saylor (drums). Produced and arranged by Jeff Miller. Additional vocal arrangements by John Feldmann. Engineered & Mixed by Dave Robidoux at NFL Studios, and Dave's home studio (early 2000's). Mastered by Jeff Miller (2013).

Performed by Simon Apple in "Tribute"
written by Mike Rutherford, Chris Neil

Story

The Mike + The Mechanics tribute was initially in tribute to the passing of Mechanic's singer, Paul Young. While the band are 'moderate' Mechanics fans, Apple's Jeff, John, and Buzz, are huge, life-long Genesis fans. Of course, "Mike", is Mike Rutherford of Genesis. "Par Avion" is one of Jeff's favorite Mechanics songs, and this arrangement of his is somewhat stripped down...taking away the instantly recognizable "Genesis drum machine sound" used in the original recording, and making it slightly more "acoustic". The bass pedals in the final chorus are not on the Mechanics recording, but, are instead, a 'tip of the hat' to Rutherford's use of bass pedals on many Genesis classics.

Production Credits:

John Feldmann (vocals), Jeff Miller (keyboards, guitars), Buzz Saylor (cymbal swells). Produced, arranged, mixed, mastered by Jeff Miller. Special thanks to Dan Merrill on lending his ears for some mixing/mastering suggestions.