"THE PROG COLLECTIVE"
Various artist “super-groups” can be a tricky thing.
More often than not, the whole is less than the sum of its parts, with so many great artists in one assembly failing to produce a memorable yield of material.
Sherwood's resume is solid (Yes, World Trade, his work with Chris Squire), and he has pulled this type of thing off in the past with his Back Against The Wall project.
Considering the star power here, with members of Yes, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Renaissance, and participation by Steve Hillage, John Wesley, Richard Page and Colin Moulding, this one piqued my curiosity. Even though this album was a little pricey, I thought it was worth the risk.
The Prog Collective falls somewhere between masterpiece and dud, certainly a strong enough effort to be considered memorable, but not
The quality of the songwriting left me pleasantly surprised, as the tracks are melodic and free of the bombast associated with latter-day prog.
The musicianship is top-notch, although much of it is a Sherwood effort. Sherwood shares the guitar spotlight with Gary Green and Steve Hillage, and would have produced a better product had he done the same with other instruments. Fine vocals further enhance the experience.
The album is very well done, but probably not one I will return to frequently.
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