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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

‘Special meaning, now and forever’: New Prog Collective features more final recordings from Yes’ Peter Banks



Billy Sherwood, fresh off a stint in the reconstituted Alan Parsons Project, has completed work on Epilogue — the second Prog Collective effort. Parsons will be featured on this new album, as well as several current and former members of Yes. In fact, it was Prog Collective sessions, Sherwood says, that brought him into the Parsons tour. After Parsons added vocals to the Epilogue track “Shining Diamonds,” he asked if Sherwood could play bass on a trio of Project shows this summer.
Elsewhere, King Crimson’s John Wetton and Mel Collins are featured, as is Deep Purple’s Steve MorseNektar’s Roye Albrighton, XTC’s Colin Moulding, Hawkwind’s Nik Turner and Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudress and Derek Sherinian, as well as Steve Hillage, Larry Fast, Steve Stevens and Sonja Kristina. An example of how this all-star crew mixes and matches can be found on “Are We To Believe,” which Sherwood has said is slotted as the album’s opening cut: Moulding sings lead, Wakeman plays the lead solo, Hillage handles lead guitar and Collins is on sax. The do-anything Sherwood again produced, while also providing bass, guitars, drums, keyboards and backing vocals as needed throughout.
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