Saturday, September 14, 2013

CD Review: Lightning Strikes Twice With The Prog Collective's New "Epilogue"

The rock supergroup, Prog Collective made such a big splash last year with it's debut album that they decided to return to the studio, inviting a load of progressive rock all-star. The new album entitled "Epilogue" was released on September 10 through Purple Pyramid in association with Cleopatra Records. Some of the names attached to this project read like a who's-who of classic rock music. Twenty-five musicians and singers from bands like Yes, Deep Purple, Dream Theater, King Crimson, Hawkwind, Nektar have come together with the leadership of Yes' Billy Sherwood to create a truly exceptional album.
The nine song album begins with "Are We To Believe?" as you get a sense of something special happening. Rick Wakeman's synthesizer work and Colin Moulding's vocals give the music a classic seventies vibe that harks back to the early days of Genesis. Eight of the nine songs go well beyond the seven-minute mark which allows these outstanding musicians to open up and perform up to their greatest ability. John Wetton's timeless vocals on "What Can Be Done?" adds some familiarity to the album's space rock sound. The album's lead single "Shining Diamonds" shows-off the amazing bass work of Chris Squire, while supported by Billy Idol's leading man, Steve Stevens on guitar and Alan Parsons on vocals. Band leader Billy Sherwood finally gets into the act providing the lead vocals to a couple of songs, including the nine-minute epic of "Just Another Day." The album closes with a guest appearance from Captain Kirk as William Shatner talks his way through the heavy rock of "Epilogue."
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