Only a world-class orchestra could pull off a project this ambitious, an undertaking so vast that none other than the hallowed halls of Abbey Road Studios could contain and record music of this magnitude. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra proudly presents an epic album of fully orchestrated renditions of progressive rock masterpieces by the likes of PINK FLOYD, YES, ELP, JETHRO TULL and more!
What's more, a stellar group of musical virtuosos from the prog rock stratosphere join the orchestra, lending their talents to these intricately arranged masterworks in a collaborative match made in prog rock heaven. Longtime MOODY BLUES and YES keyboardist Patrick Moraz adds his own unique flare to the orchestrated version of GENTLE GIANT's "Think Of Me With Kindness" while PORCUPINE TREE drummer Gavin Harrison lays down the rhythm on a brilliant version of KING CRIMSON's "21st Century Schizoid Man". This album also contains an electrifying contribution by THREE DOG NIGHT keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon, sadly, one of the final recordings he made before his passing earlier this year.
Adrian Smith of IRON MAIDEN makes a guest appearance on the RUSH cover "Red Barchetta", which was originally made available on the "The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Music Of Rush", released in November 2012.
"The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Prog Rock Classics" will be issued on both CD and vinyl starting March 31 courtesy of Purple Pyramid Records. Fans of progressive rock and epic symphonic rock will not want to miss this!
"The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Prog Rock Classics" track listing:
01. ELP Suite: Tarkus / From The Beginning / Tarkus (Reprise)
02. Comfortably Numb feat. Ian Bairnson
03. Thick As A Brick feat. Richard Harvey
04. 21st Century Schizoid Man feat. Gavin Harrison and Guthrie Govan
05. Focus II feat. Thijs Van Leer
06. Nights In White Satin feat. Mark Feltham
07. Think Of Me With Kindness feat. Patrick Moraz
08. Roundabout feat. Jimmy Greenspoon
09. Watcher Of The Skies (CD only)
10. Red Barchetta feat. Adrian Smith (CD only)