Billy Sherwood Gets Back With PROG COLLECTIVE and William Shatner

There’s no stopping to erstwhile YES associate Billy Sherwood, who’s been engaging in a string of all-stars projects over the last years. And now, having just fulfilled bass duties on the ALAN PARSONS PROJECT live dates, he’s busy tying loose ends on a couple of interesting albums.

One of these is a follow-up to William Shatner‘s “Seeking Major Tom” from 2011. That was a covers record, heavy with guests of the Ritchie Blackmore caliber, yet a new one was written by Sherwood with the Captain himself. Playing this time are Rick Wakeman, Robby Krieger, Nik Turner, Simon House, Steve Vai, Chris Spedding, Edgar Froese, Mick Jones, George Duke, Al Di Meola, Edgar Winter, Allan Holdsworth and more luminaries. More so, the two Williams are discussing the prospect of touring, with the actor backed by CIRCA: and playing the whole of the album on-stage. There are rough mixes at this point. And here’s the review.

But in the last two days Sherwood finished mixing when he started in December and is going to be mastering now with Maor Appelbaum. It’s “Epliogue”, a second album by his THE PROG COLLECTIVE, who released an eponymous record in 2012. A studio project, it looks like a band thanks to the presence of the same musicians on both records. The album’s title may signify the end of the chapter but there’s also a spin-off, THE FUSION SYNDICATE.

With Billy Sherwood handling most of backing vocals and many instruments, “Epilogue” has the following starry roster:

1. Are We To Believe
Colin Moulding, Rick Wakeman, Steve Hillage, Mel Collins
2. What Can Be Done
John Wetton, Derek Sherinian, John Wesley
3. Tomorrow Becomes Today
Sonja Kristina, Peter Banks, Larry Fast
4. Adding Fuel To The Fire
Fee Waybil, Steve Morse, Jordan Rudess
5. Just Another Day
Gary Green, Tony Kaye 
6. In Our Time
Nik Turner, Geoff Downes
7. Shining Diamonds
Alan Parsons, Steve Stevens, Patrick Moraz, Chris Squire
8. Memory Tracks
Roye Albrighton
9. Epilogue
William Shatner, Jim Cuomo 

June 17, 2013

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