Billy Sherwood and friends pay homage to a prog legend’s finest moments.
It’s one thing being brilliant at playing an instrument, but if you want to get on in the music world, you also have to be able to get on with people. Billy Sherwood is evidently both these things. Since his first stint with Yes in 1997, Sherwood has since worked with anyone and everyone in the prog world and beyond, and has now succeeded Squire in the ever-revolving Yes line-up. And now he’s taken advantage of his thick contacts book to make this covers album with a celebrity cast, in homage to his old mentor. Vocalists as contrasting as Marillion’s Steve Hogarth (tackling Squire solo highlight Hold Out Your Hand) and Renaissance’s Annie Haslam (crooning Tormato ballad Onward) revisit key Squire-centric tracks. That hyperactive Rickenbacker bass sound is recreated with loving attention to sonic detail, and the results remind you of just how many diverse and intricate pieces of music it played a key role in. As such it’s a highly enjoyable record; the only gripe is that, probably because of the understandable reverence for Squire’s work, there are few new approaches to the songs. Then again, was anyone ever going to improve on genius?