Band: Various Artists
Label: Purple Pyramid Records (2018)
Rating: Masterful Music Tribute to Master Talent!
This one of at least two tribute albums released at the close of 2018 that celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of one of the Progressive Rock genres founding classic bands – namely YES. This collection of various artists is shepherded by longtime friend and collaborator Billy Sherwood. This release focuses on Chris Squire’s compositional contribution to YES, and Sherwood has brought together quite a stellar musical cast of contributors including: Todd Rundgren, Steve Porcaro (Toto), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Sonja Kristina (Curved Air), Patrick Moraz (Yes/The Moody Blues), Steve Stevens, Dweezil Zappa, and more! All these talented folks along with multi-instrumentalist Sherwood have created a fine tribute incorporating twelve tunes at seventy four minutes of music. Once again the execution tends to be more note-for-note with just a little bit of room for self-expression, again mostly on the vocals and perhaps the odd instrument performance here or there. But then with tunes as well-crafted as these why would you think you could change something and make it better, right? Listening to this disc one is easily reminded of what a talent Chris Squire was and I for one am so pleased that he created and left so much amazing music for us to continue to enjoy. This is pretty brilliant stuff, no question. Recommended.