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3.28 | 32 ratings | 5 reviews | 12% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential


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Studio Album, released in 2012

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1. The Laws of Nature - Jerry Goodman, John Wetton, Tony Levin (7:19)
2. Over Again - Geoff Downes, Richard Page (9:04)
3. The Technical Divide - Alan Parson, Chris Squire, Gary Green (7:55)
4. Social Circles - Annie Haslam, Peter Banks (8:03)
5. Buried Beneath - Billy Sherwood, Larry Fast, Steve Hillage (8:11)
6. Following the Signs - John Wesley, Tony Kaye (7:27)
7. Check Point Karma - Colin Moulding, Rick Wakeman (7:14)

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3.28
(32 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
12%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
44%
Good, but non-essential (22%)
22%
Collectors/fans only (22%)
22%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
3 stars The Billy Sherwood Project

Apparently modelled on the Alan Parsons Project, this album features a host of well-known musicians from bands like Yes, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Renaissance, and more. Even Alan Parsons himself makes an appearance. Taking the role that Parsons did in his "project" is the incredibly prolific and multi-talented Billy Sherwood who serves as producer, song writer, and performer. "The Billy Sherwood Project" would perhaps have been a better name for this as "The Prog Collective" is a somewhat ridiculous name.

From Yes we have no less than six members past and present including three from that band's original line-up in keyboard player Tony Kaye, bassist Chris Squire, and guitarist Peter Banks (the latter two of which are sadly no longer with us). In addition to these, the other three Yes-men appearing here are Rick Wakeman, Geoffrey Downes, and of course Billy Sherwood himself. Other progressive Rock luminaries appearing here include John Wetton from King Crimson, UK, and Asia fame; Tony Levin, who played with King Crimson and Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, among others; Gary Green from Gentle Giant, and Annie Haslam from Renaissance.

The album features seven tracks all of which are around seven to nine minutes in length. Each track features a different lead vocalist with Wetton leading off on the opener The Laws Of Nature. Jerry Goodman from The Mahavishnu Orchestra hands in a mean violin on the same track. Over Again features Richard Page with Geoff Downes on keyboards. Next up is Technical Divide on which Alan Parsons sings lead. Social Circles is beautifully sung by Annie Haslam and Peter Banks plays some really nice guitar solos on the track. On Buried Beneath it is Billy Sherwood himself who sings lead which he does very well as usual. Also appearing of the track are Larry Fast of Synergy and associated with Nektar, and Steve Hillage of Khan and Gong. The track reminds slightly of Buried Alive from Rick Wakeman's Return To The Centre of The Earth album (on which Ozzy Osbourse sang lead vocals). Following The Signs features Tony Kaye (with whom Sherwood also plays in Circa) and John Wesley. Finally, the closing track is sung by Colin Moulding and Rick Wakeman plays keys.

Like most albums of this kind, with different people singing and playing on different tracks, this album feels somewhat disjointed with some songs not really fitting in among the others. Nonetheless, I find this album enjoyable and all seven songs are good. My favourites are The Laws Of Nature, Social Circles, and Buried Beneath. This album is surprisingly overlooked given the involvement of such big stars and the music found here will appeal to fans of the people involved and the various bands they are associated with.

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2 stars I had such high hopes for this album. With guests like Annie Haslam, John Wetton, John Wesley, Gary Green, Richard Page, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Peter Banks, et al, I was expecting so much more. The playing is fine, but somewhat uninspired as it's not a whole band with guest spots. This is a ... (read more)

Report this review (#901042) | Posted by wehpanzer | Monday, January 28, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars A must have. Don't try to find the progressive bands roots. Just open your mind, listen n enjoy the entire album. Its not Porcupine Tree, nor Yes or Asia. It is one of the best albums have bought this year. Some of the best Prog rock musicians joined this project. So what do expect? Something unusu ... (read more)

Report this review (#834447) | Posted by ASLAN | Sunday, October 07, 2012 | Review Permanlink

2 stars If you treat this album as a solo Sherwoods project you won't be surprised (ok, it's better then most of his music). If you wan't to find a bit of Gentle Giant or Gong or even Renaissance spirit here you will be disappointed. All those prog-giants are only surnames on the album sleeve. What w ... (read more)

Report this review (#808139) | Posted by epistan | Tuesday, August 21, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars AWESOME!!!!!!!! This record is a must for anyone who wanted to know what all kinds of different "prog" artists would sound like if they jammed together. With this album Billy Sherwood has finally climbed out of the pseudo-prog box and established himself as a sort of Steve-Wilson persona who is so ... (read more)

Report this review (#807028) | Posted by Boe_E | Saturday, August 18, 2012 | Review Permanlink

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