Music News- Check out this advanced listen, below, of Heart's Ann Wilson's heartfelt take on John Lennon’s “Across the Universe” for an upcoming Billy Sherwood-produced tribute to the Beatles. A Beatles tribute is certainly a challenge, but Mr Sherwood is gathering an amazing group of all-star guests to work on the project, while participating as a multi-instrumental throughout.
For “Across the Universe,” which originally appeared on the Beatles’ Let It Be album, Sherwood added a melodic turn on a Spector bass. “The record is coming out very cool, with interesting versions of classics,” Sherwood says. “I did some Tony Levin-type fretless on this one. I’m a huge fan of Tony’s playing.”
Elsewhere on the album, long-time collaborator, bassist John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson) sings “Penny Lane.” On this one, Sherwood is featured on his unique Babicz acoustic. Jack Bruce of Cream handles vocals on “Eleanor Rigby” and Al Stewart, best known to most for “Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages,” sat in on “I Feel Fine.”
The album will also include Irish signer, Liz Madden, Dale Bozzio, Martha Davis, David Clayton Thomas, KC of KC and the Sunshine Band and Todd Rungren. Rundgren will sing “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away.”
The busy Sherwood, who became known as a member of prog-rock legends Yes in the 1990s, recently mixed the new YES work, Heaven and Earth. He’s also at work on another Circa album with fellow Yes alum, keyboardist Tony Kaye, is on tap to mix an upcoming live DVD from YES’ current tour and worked recently on a recording by William Shatner.
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