For “Worlds On Hold”, producer and band leader Billy Sherwood chose to split the album between new compositions on one side and spectacular versions of familiar classics on the other. The songs covered include Peter Gabriel‘s “Solsbury Hill”, ALAN PARSONS PROJECT‘s “Eye In The Sky”, PROCOL HARUM‘s “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” and THE MOODY BLUES‘ “Nights In White Satin”. In addition, the set includes three previously released bonus tracks of Billy Sherwood-produced cover versions. It truly is the best of both worlds.
For a taste of what’s in store, check out the album’s first single “Two Trajectories”, featuring founding vocalist for prog metal icons QUEENSRŸCHE, Geoff Tate, which has been released as a digital single. The song is a complex and moving composition that showcases not only Tate‘s incredible range but also the sleek and stupefying guitar work of superstar shredder Ron Thal.
Sherwood declares: “It was an honor and a pleasure to work with Geoff Tate on the song. He brought so much emotion and character to the vocal. I’m looking forward to people hearing this track along with all the others on the new PROG COLLECTIVE record!”
The feeling is mutual for Tate, who says: “YES was one of my earliest influences and working with Billy was very special to me. I loved singing the track ‘Two Trajectories’.”
“Worlds On Hold” will be available on digital as well as CD and in a deluxe 2LP gatefold set with colored vinyl starting February 5.
01. Worlds On Hold (feat. Todd Rundgren & L. Shankar)
02. Two Trajectories (feat. Geoff Tate & Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal)
03. Anything But Goodbye (feat. Jon Davison & Patrick Moraz)
04. Meant To Be (feat. Jan Akkerman & Billy Sherwood)
05. Brave New World (feat. Sonja Kristina & Steve Hillage)
06. Glory Days Ahead (feat. Arjen Anthony Lucassen & Steve Hackett)
07. Solsbury Hill (feat. Roine Stolt & Billy Sherwood)
08. A Whiter Shade Of Pale (feat. Graham Bonnet & Derek Sherinian)
09. Eye In The Sky (feat. Joe Lynn Turner & Martin Barre)
10. Nights In White Satin (feat. David Clayton-Thomas & Geoff Downes)
11. Penny Lane (feat. John Wetton)
12. More Than A Feeling (feat. Alan White, Tony Kaye & Billy Sherwood)
13. People Are Strange (feat. David Johansen)