Here’s a sneak peek as Ann Wilson of Heart offers a heartfelt take on John Lennon’s “Across the Universe” for a forthcoming Billy Sherwood-produced tribute to the Beatles. As per usual, Sherwood has gathered a stirring group of all-star guests to round out the project, even while serving as a key multi-instrumental presence throughout.
For “Across the Universe,” which originally appeared on the Beatles’ Let It Be, Sherwood added a melodic turn on a Spector bass. “The record is coming out very cool, with interesting versions of classics,” Sherwood says. “I did some Tony Levin-type fretless on this one. I’m a huge fan of Tony’s playing.”
Elsewhere on the album, long-time collaborator John Wetton (Asia/King Crimson) sings “Penny Lane.” For this, Sherwood is featured on his unique Babicz acoustic. Jack Bruce of Cream fame takes over vocals for “Eleanor Rigby.” Al Stewart, best known for “Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages,” sat in on “I Feel Fine.”
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