CHRIS SQUIRE & BILLY SHERWOOD – Conspiracy Live (2013)
Today, on April 9, 2013, Purple Pyramid (a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records) is releasing a special CD/DVD combo by CONSPIRACY, the project masterminded by the giants of prog rock CHRIS SQUIRE & BILLY SHERWOOD.
Sherwood met Squire when he entered in YES at the beginning of the ’90s, since then the pair had been writing songs together but the fruits of those labors would be sprinkled over a series of Yes projects, and Sherwood himself wouldn’t become an official member of the group for years.
After Sherwood’s eventual departure in 2000 they finally issued a two albums as Conspiracy, but there remained a star-crossed sense of unfinished business. So they recorded this private show in 2004.
First of all, “Conspiracy Live” is not a live CD in the typical way: there’s no audience claps and screams, nor a stage-like sound. This is like a studio album, just with all musicians playing live together.
Of course it has that special vibe and chemistry of these truly virtuosos playing ‘at once’, including Billy’s bro Michael Sherwood on keyboards & vocals, Scott Walton also on keys, and awesome rockin’ drummer Jay Schellen (Unruly Child, Hurricane).
This was a very special and unique event, as apart of Conspiracy material, it features two Yes songs: “The More We Live” (appeared on the ‘Union’ album) but for the first time here featuring Squire and Sherwood on vocals sharing a soaring duet. The other is “Universal Garden”, performed with a more warm feeling than the original.
Of course there’s material from Conspiracy’s 2000 self-titled debut (“Days of Wonder” and “Red Light Ahead), and three cuts (“Conspiracy”, “New World” and “Confess”) from the project second and last album The Unknown, each of them representing their trademark sound.
“Conspiracy Live” showcases as well renditions of ” Hold Out Your Hand / You By My Side”, songs from Squire’s ‘Fish Out Of Water’ – the bassist’s first and so far, only solo release – which as he says, ‘have hardly ever been played live’.
“Conspiracy Live” shows the abilites and musicality of these seasoned monster musicians with a nice, sweet melodic sound.
The arrangements are quite accessible, enhancing the unmistakable vocals of Chris Squire and the exceptional musicianship spearheaded by Billy Sherwood. Great drum sound as well, you can clearly appreciate Schellen’s precise beats.
Very Good stuff.
01 – Conspiracy
02 – Days Of Wonder
03 – New World
04 – Red Light Ahead
05 – Confess
06 – The More We Live
07 – Hold Out Your Hand / You By My Side
08 – Universal Garden
Chris Squire – bass, vocals
B. Sherwood – guitars, keys, vocals
Jay Schellen – drums
Michael Sherwood – keys, vocals
Scott Walton – keys
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