The Prog Collective - Epilogue

(CD 2013, 64:54, Cleopatra Records)

The tracks:
  1- Are We To Believe(7:18)
  2- What Can Be Done?(7:47)
  3- Adding Fuel To The Fire(7:31)
  4- Tomorrow Becomes Today(7:34)
  5- Shining Diamonds(7:53)
  6- In Our Time(7:22)
  7- Memory Tracks(7:58)
  8- Just Another Day(9:00)
  9- Epilogue(2:27)

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The Prog Collective is a supergroup directed by Billy Sherwood (Circa:, Yes) and Epilogue is their second album. Besides Sherwood this prog collective features famous musicians like Rick Wakeman (ex-Yes), Chris Squire (Yes), Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Flying Colors), Alan Parsons , Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Steve Hillage, Geoff Downes (Asia, Yes), Tony Kaye (ex-Yes), Mel Collins (ex-Camel), John Wetton (Asia), Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, Flying Colors), Patrick Moraz (ex-Yes) and a guest appearance of actor William Shatner , who's better known as Captain Kirk in the TV series of Star Trek.

Of course the music represents progressive rock in many aspects and it also has the sound of the seventies and the eighties. Shining Diamonds will be the single from this album which features the beautiful and warm vocals of Alan Parsons. It's an up-tempo song that sounds like Yes due to the dominant bass riff by Chris Squire. Another great song is the rather bombastic In Our Time featuring the voice of Billy Sherwood. Memory Tracks shines with two very melodic guitar solos and the nice vocals of Roye Albrighton (Nektar ), but as far as I'm concerned Just Another Day is the best song of the album. It features again Sherwood's vocals and if you listen carefully you'll hear the melody of Owner Of A Lonely Heart.

The album ends with the instrumental title track which is slightly spoilt by the spoken words of Shatner. The second part of Epilogue is much better than the first, so the conclusion must be that this album is a must have for Sherwood fans and for lovers of classic and retro progressive rock. Check it out and you'll be surprised!

***+ Martien Koolen (edited by Peter Willemsen)

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