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3.02 | 38 ratings | 6 reviews | 8% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. One World Going Round (5:25)
2. Dark Sky (5:10)
3. The Evolution Song (5:22)
4. Golden Age (3:46)
5. The Wake of the Storm (6:31)
6. In Your Mind (6:01)
7. Not the Only One (3:46)
8. Euphoria (4:47)
9. Say Goodbye (5:48)
10. One by One by One (1:35)
11. Wheels of Life (9:51)

Total Time 58:02

Line-up / Musicians

- Billy Sherwood / lead vocals, bass, production & mixing
- Bruce Gowdy / guitar
- Guy Allison / keyboards
- Jay Schellen / drums

- Chris Squire / bass & backing vocals (3,9)

Releases information

Artwork: Guy Allison

CD Magna Carta ‎- MA-9005-2 (1995, US)
CD Roadrunner Records ‎- RR 8913-2 (1995, Europe)

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WORLD TRADE Euphoria ratings distribution

(38 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(19%)
Good, but non-essential (54%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)

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Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Are you familiar with YES "Open Your Eyes" album? If so, this album by World Trade is very similar with Yes "Open Your Eyes" album which was released two years after this album by World Trade. What does it imply? You might have thought that Yes "Open Your Eyes" was heavily influenced by World Trade? Well, it can be two ways: Billy Sherwood (vocals, bass) had been a die hard fan of Yes and he joined Yes later and released "Open Your Eyes" album. Just before he joined Yes, he and his bandmates released this album with music style of Yes "Tervor Rabin Era". The vocal quality in this album is quite similar with Jon Anderson's. The music is much simpler and it flows naturally through out the album.

But of course one might conclude that World Trade influenced Yes because "Open Your Eyes" was similar musically with "Euphoria". Take example of opening track "One World Going Round" (5:25) which showcases similar style with "Open Your Eyes" album.

Overal, it's a good album.

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
2 stars Slightly weaker than their first album, this one was recorded after Billy Sherwood's first appearance with Yes (on Union), but before his full membership with that band. There is still a strong resemblance to "Big Generator" era Yes, with a hint of It Bites, but the songwriting, for the most part has taken a downturn, heading toward the drivel that he help Yes record on "Hold Your Nose"... I mean "Open Your Eyes". Even the appearance of Chris Squire on two songs doesn't help.

There are some decent moments, but they are dragged down by the feeling that they could be average moments on one of the worst Yes albums. And the best song, Wheels Of Life, sounds too much like a disparate bunch of random ideas recorded and spliced together randomly into what is supposed to be a song.

Review by b_olariu
3 stars World Trade is the side project of famous Billy Sherwood while he was still involved in Yes music for several years when the second album of World Trade saw the light in 1995 named Euphoria. Well, I like this album, is quite ok most of the time, very much similar in sound with Yes Big Generator or Union, is progressive rock for sure but has a good almost AOR vibe in places. The presence of Chris Squire as guest behind the bass helps the album to climb little higher among fans, even most of Yes fanatics does't even noticed this release, being maybe to popy or AOR to their likings. Of course there are some great moments like The wake of the storm or ending Wheels Of Life, maybe the best tune of the album. Not much to add, to me is fairly good release, Sherwood will disbanded World Trade in 2000 and formed Conspiracy with Chris Squire and Jay Schellen also drumer on this album. So, 3 solid stars, maybe 3.5 stars in places.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
3 stars Welcome to the trade!

Released by the Magna Carta label in 1995, Euphoria is World Trade's second album and their latest to date. The band consisted of Guy Allison on keyboards, Bruce Gowdy on guitars, Jay Schellen on drums, and Billy Sherwood on lead vocals and bass. Euphoria is a modern progressive Rock album and it appeared at a time when Prog was experiencing a revival after the (more or less) barren 80's. This second album of the group is a significant improvement over the debut and an enjoyable album in its own right.

Sherwood does most of the lead vocals but a few passages seem to be sung by someone else (but I don't know whom). The songs on which Billy's vocals are most recognizable point in the direction of his future solo career, but World Trade's music is not quite up to the same standards as most of his excellent solo albums. With the exception of the closing number One By One By One/Wheels Of Life the best songs of Euphoria appear near the beginning of the album. The first three tracks as well as In The Wake Of The Storm are among the best.

The amazing Chris Squire appears as a guest on a couple of tracks here contributing some backing vocals and some bass. This was before Sherwood was asked to join Yes as a full member, but Billy and Chris had been personal friends for several years and Billy had already co-written a couple of songs for Yes in the early 90's as well as toured with them in support of the Talk album as an extra guitarist. The tracks on which Squire guests here foreshadow the Conspiracy project and reminds of the music that this duo (consisting of Sherwood and Squire) would record in the early 2000's. Say Goodbye is, for example, similar in style to Love Conquers All, a Sherwood/Squire composition that first appeared on the box set Yesyears and was later re-recorded for the first Conspiracy album.

Other than their two studio albums, World Trade has to date only recorded some tracks for tribute albums that were also released by Magna Carta Records. These include a version of Wondrous Stories on the Yes tribute album Tales From Yesterday, Keep It Dark on the Genesis tribute album Supper's Ready, and Any Colour You Like on The Moon Revisited, a tribute to Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon. I'm saying this here as this tells something about the band's influences. These covers were all released in the same year as Euphoria and since then it has been quiet from World Trade. But at this time of writing (2015), 20 years after the release of Euphoria, Sherwood has recently announced that World Trade are currently working on their third studio album, which he said will sound like 80's Yes! I am looking forward to that!

In the meantime we will have to make due with Euphoria which is definitely a good album even if it not every song from it makes me euphoric.

Latest members reviews

3 stars This album was a project from Billy Sherwood, who was famous for his presence in Yes as bass player in their late period: "Open Your Eyes" and "The Ladder". The result was a decent album played by an ordinary band, oriented to play good music but lacking some creativity. Even though influe ... (read more)

Report this review (#111943) | Posted by razifa | Tuesday, February 13, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This the second album by World trade,is almost as good as its "older brother". They still sound (and thats in a positive way)like earlier Yes. Great songs and wonderfull vocals (Billy Sherwood..Now in: Conspiracy with Chris "Yes" Squire.)the production is a bit..ahem light in the top...but dont le ... (read more)

Report this review (#7699) | Posted by Tonny Larz | Saturday, January 10, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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