Former Kayak vocalist Edward Reekers unveils star-studded The Liberty Project

Edward Reekers
(Image credit: Melody Reekers)

Former Kayak vocalist Edward Reekers has announced his first solo album for 15 years, The Liberty Project, will be released through Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group on August 14.

The new album, described as a "a rock opera, a musical, and a concept album wrapped up in a double album" features an impressive array of guest artists including Steve Hackett, Arjen Lucassen, Damian Wilson,  John' Jaycee' Cuijpers (Praying Mantis), Koen Herfst (Vandenberg) and Cindy Oudshoorn (Kayak). You can watch a video for The Present Day below.

"I wanted to create a story within a story, so I introduced the characters, Thomas and Catherine, falling in love, splitting up and finding their way back together," Reekers explains. "With a society in turmoil around them where politicians, bankers, and journalists, amongst others, comment on the situation they're confronted with.

"The recording process was an overwhelming experience for me. We had Vandenberg's Koen Herfst on drums, giving it his all, Mark Bogert on guitars, Johannes Adema on basses, a string section, a mixed choir and even a children's choir. Having composed all the music and written all the lyrics for the project, it really was a dream come true for me to hear it come to life with so many great musicians and singers giving me the benefit of their wonderful talent."

You can view the new album artwork and tracklisting below.

Pre-order The Liberty Project.

Edward Reekers

(Image credit: Mascot Label Group)

Edward Reekers: The Liberty Club
1. Out Of The Past…(Prologue)
2. The Present Day
3. Two Lifetimes
4. The Disease
5. Good Citizens
6. Liberty
7. Patients, Have Patience
8. The Break Up
9. Turn To Us, Learn From Us
10. The Clash Of Belief
11. Money
12. We Live To Die
13. Remember The Fallen, Celebrate Life
14. Onwards And Forwards
15. Never Again
16. As Good As Any Goal
17. …..Into The Future (Epilogue)

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.