Some albums are considered sacred — legendary releases so widely revered by listeners that for another band to cover the tracks would be akin to blasphemy.
The Black Jacket Symphony’s mission is to provide an accurate, live rendition of some of these iconic albums and the Birmingham-based band has performed the entirety of classics ranging from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to The Beatles’ “Abbey Road,” all the while boasting precision. Many seasoned music lovers would scoff at their claim. Numerous bands have performed entire albums but added their own touch. Black Jacket Symphony is not that kind of band, and its recent performance of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” at The Hangout’s Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Festival Weekend was truly amazing, especially considering the respect Pink Floyd fans have for the work.
Those in attendance might as well have been listening to the studio recording. As the band made its way onto the stage, the heartbeats that bring listeners into the album began. They were soon joined by a vocalist lacing the various monologues on death that open the album, climaxing with the initial swell of “Breathe.”
Within the first few minutes of its set, Black Jacket Symphony had proven it has the talent to duplicate this album with the utmost precision. Their vocalist for “The Great Gig in the Sky” delivered all the power and emotion that was laid down on the studio tracks, and Black Jacket Symphony’s keyboardist filled the set with all the old-school effects Pink Floyd scattered throughout the album.
After their performance of “Dark Side of the Moon,” the band did a Pink Floyd greatest hits set that was just as appealing. They opened with “In the Flesh” and closed with “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2),” which featured a children’s choir singing the iconic lyrics.
With the exception of a few sound issues that were out of the band’s control, Black Jacket Symphony’s claim of precision was totally justified by the evening’s performance. If they can take on the music of Pink Floyd with that much skill and accuracy, future audiences have much to look forward to.