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Sherwood reveals Citizen details

Yes bassist Billy will release 11-track solo album on November 6

Yes bassist Billy Sherwood will release his solo album Citizen on November 6.

It features a who’s-who of names from the world of prog, including Steve Morse, Alan Parsons, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, Tony Kaye, Steve Hillage, Partrick Moraz, John Wesley, Jerry Goodman, Dixie Dregs, Colin Moulding, Geoff Downes, Jordan Rudess, Rick Wakeman, Jon Davison and the late Chris Squire.

Sherwood says: “It’s a concept album about a lost soul reincarnated in various historical settings. At one point, the character is reincarnated during The Great Depression and is dealing with the loss of everything and is forced to take drastic measures.

“Another time, the citizen is a World War One trench-runner for a song called No Man’s Land, where he’s running through the fields watching his comrades die.”

Sherwood confirms that the album’s protagonist also appears as an astronaut, a Roman Legionnaire, a factory worker during the industrial age and the assistant to 16th century astronomer Galileo. 

He adds: “While I've created a lot of this record myself I couldn't have done it without the amazing talents brought to bear by all the great artists who participated. I feel it's much more of a collective effort than a solo album.”

Sherwood, who took over bass duties in Yes following the death of Chris Squire, recently issued a career retrospective titled Collection and made his 2014 album Divided By One available on CD for the first time.

Citizen tracklist

  1. The Citizen
  2. Man And The Machine
  3. Just Galileo And Me
  4. No Man’s Land
  5. The Great Depression
  6. Empire
  7. Age Of The Atom
  8. Trail Of Tears
  9. Escape Velocity
  10. A Theory All It's Own
  11. Written In The Centuries

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