Producer Billy Sherwood is substantially finished with the star-flecked Prog Collective 2, which will include some of the final recordings of Peter Banks, the original Yes guitarist who passed earlier this month.
The track “Tomorrow Becomes Today” features Banks, keyboardist Larry Fast (Foreigner, Peter Gabriel) and vocalist Sonja Kristina (Curved Air), with Sherwood on bass, rhythm guitar, drums and synthesizers, Sherwood says, viaFacebook. Banks “delivered overdubs a few weeks before he tragically passed away,” Sherwood added.
Prog Collective 2, to be issued by Cleopatra Records, also includes guest appearances by Rick Wakeman, John Wetton, Allan Holdsworth, Chris Squire, Derek Sherinian, Colin Moulding, Roye Albrighton, Gary Green, Mel Collins, Steve Hillage, John Wesley, Steve Stevens, Tony Kaye, Jordan Rudress, Fee Waybill, Steve Morse, Patrick Moraz, and others.
Sherwood is performing songs from the original Prog Collective project this week on the Moody Blues Cruise, with members of his regular band Circa. He will also appear with Eddie Jobson of UK fame in April at the Baja Prog Festival.
Like Sherwood, Squire, Wakeman, Moraz and Kaye are current or former members of Yes. Sherwood co-leads Circa with Kaye, and previously was part of Conspiracy with Squire. He’s worked as a producer with Wetton (Asia, UK, King Crimson), and with Nektar’s Albrighton, as well.