|Format: CD / Cat No: FR CD 710 / Released: 06/11/2015
Track Listing: 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
More information: Citizen is Billy Sherwood’s newest Concept Album, including 11 songs written with a theme being "a lost soul reincarnated into various periods of history, he is the citizen..." The songs describe the individual experinces through his own eyes: a conscript legionnaire in the Roman Army at the end of the Empire. A trench runner in WW1. A friend to Galileo, as he discovers the Earth is not flat. A distraught Wall Street man stepping out onto the ledge... a casualty of the great depression. Assistant to Charles Darwin as he discovers his Theory. A member of the tribe during the trail of tears. Reborn as Nostradamus... written in the Centuries.
For this special record, Billy put together an impressive list of guest stars which includes Chris Squire, Tony Kaye, Steve Hackett, Geoff Downes, Colin Moulding, Steve Morse, Jerry Goodman, Alan Parsons, Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz, Jon Davison, Jordan Rudess and John Wesley.
Billy Sherwood is current member of YES, handpicked by original founding member Chris Squire before his untimely death in June 2015. Billy started in career in the band Lodgic and then World Trade with whom he released two albums. He jouined YES for the first time as touring member on the “Talk” tour in 1994 before becoming a full time member from 1997 to 1999. He also recorded two albums with Chris Squire himself on the “Conspiracy” project and released six albums with CIRCA, the band he formed with the other YES former member Tony Kaye.
Billy Sherwood says: “For me the most special track on the record is the title track "The Citizen," which sets the stage for the concept behind it all, on this track is the last recording of Chris Squire and he's larger than life on it! I recorded him not too long ago in a Holiday Inn when I went to visit with him just before he fell ill. Tony Kaye is playing hammond and keys on the track and sounds great as always!!! There are many sonic treats in the production and if you put yourself in the mind of the citizen... it's quite a journey !!”