Title - 'Collection'
Artist - Billy Sherwood
For those not in the know, the highly renowned Billy Sherwood is a musician, record producer, and engineer. Mostly known for his time as a member of progressive rock band Yes (1997 to 2000), including for their albums Open Your Eyes (1997) and The Ladder (1999), he actually took a break from their front line for a while.
Thus, after acting as mixing engineer for their albums Heaven & Earth (2014) and Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome (and their two subsequent DVDs), he re-joined Yes in 2015, covering for original bassist Chris Squire who was on hiatus from the band due to health issues shortly before his death on June 27th, 2015.
Released in conjunction with his seventh solo album, Divided By One, the prog rock bassist has also had - via Cherry Red Records (UK) - his Collection album released. In truth, the ideal introduction to Sherwood's solo career, it also includes two exclusive tracks and is the very first edition (through the aforementioned Cherry Red) to have come out on CD.
I have to admit that I've been a fan of Sherwood's music for many a decade now. He’s an extremely prolific, multi-talented workaholic musician who is capable of doing just about anything that needs to be done in the process of creating a music album.
Among other things, he is a kick-ass performer and as much as I enjoy his output where he shows his technical abilities (his other solo album, At the Speed of Life was yet another brilliant record), the albums where he slows down and writes more laid-back, introspective and melodic material are actually my absolute favorites.
1. "Drone Decipher"
2. "Seeing Through the Walls"
4. "On Impact"
5. "Dying Breed"
6. "The Recurring Dream"
7. "What Was the Question?"
8. "I Hung My Head"
9. "Dark to Light"
In truth, and aside from it being released alongside his brand new solo album, fans of both his said same solo work and Yes, will eagerly greet Sherwood's new, and collective music; especially in light of Sherwood's recent return to the band in mid-2015. This collection is definitely worth the price of admission, for everything you've ever wanted to musically, sonically hear about/from Sherwood is right here in a handy nine (9) track set.
With the two previously-unreleased tracks being both "I Hung My Head" and "Dark to Light," Sherwood's use of his Carvin guitars, 6- and 12-string, along with his main guitar, which he's played since Yes, a red Carvin, Telecaster-shaped, with a Roland V-guitar pickup is simply stunning. He even manages some bass lines, as you would expect from years of being the bassist for Yes, and so we get to hear him coax the best out of his Spector basses through Carvin amps and cabinets. This Collection definitely deserves to be in your collection, my friend. Believe me.
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