2003 Derek Sherinian – Black Utopia

Black Utopia is the third solo album by keyboard player Derek Sherinian. In addition to the returning members Zakk Wylde, Simon Phillips and Steve Lukather, three new musicians joined Sherinian: bass guitarist Billy Sheehan and guitarists Yngwie Malmsteen – with whom Sherinian had toured in 2001 – and Al Di Meola. “One of the highlights of my career was flying to Miami to produce Yngwie, and the next day Al Di Meola – all for my record!” The song “Axis Of Evil”, (co-written with KISS drummer Eric Singer), has Zakk Wylde and Yngwie Malmsteen in a guitar duel. Black Utopia was the beginning of an ongoing collaboration with drummer Brian Tichy, and album cover artist Mattias Noren. Black Utopia is Sherinian’s best selling solo record to date.

In Japan, the cover of Black Utopia was altered to remove the cross in the title; Derek Sherinian commented that the cross “meant nothing” and was added for aesthetic purposes.

The track “Nightmare Cinema” is named after an alternate ego used during encore performances by Dream Theater, of which Sherinian is a former member.

Tracks

1  The Fury (Derek Sherinian) 00:52
2  The Sons Of Anu (Brian Tichy; Derek Sherinian) 07:10
3  Nightmare Cinema (Brian Tichy; Derek Sherinian) 05:25
4  Stony Days (Derek Sherinian; Simon Phillips; Tony Franklin) 06:17
5  Star Cycle (Jan Hammer) 05:04
6  Axis Of Evil (Derek Sherinian; Eric Singer) 06:09
7  Gypsy Moth (Derek Sherinian) 01:59
8  Sweet Lament (Derek Sherinian) 03:14
9  Black Utopia (Brian Tichy; Derek Sherinian) 08:50

Media

Musicians

KeyboardsDerek Sherinian

Other Musicians

1 The Fury

GuitarYngwie Malmsteen


2 The Sons Of Anu

BassBilly Sheehan
BassTony Franklin
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarYngwie Malmsteen
GuitarBrian Tichy
Acoustic GuitarAl Di Meola
ViolinJerry Goodman


3 Nightmare Cinema

BassTony Franklin
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarZakk Wylde
ViolinJerry Goodman


4 Stony Days

BassTony Franklin
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarSteve Lukather


5 Star Cycle

BassTony Franklin
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarSteve Lukather


6 Axis Of Evil

BassBilly Sheehan
BassTony Franklin
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarYngwie Malmsteen
GuitarZakk Wylde
GuitarBrian Tichy
ViolinJerry Goodman


7 Gypsy Moth

BassTony Franklin
DrumsSimon Phillips
Acoustic GuitarAl Di Meola
ViolinJerry Goodman


8 Sweet Lament

BassTony Franklin
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarSteve Lukather
ViolinJerry Goodman


9 Black Utopia

BassBilly Sheehan
BassTony Franklin
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarZakk Wylde
GuitarBrian Tichy
ViolinJerry Goodman

Liner Notes

Producer – Derek Sherinian
Co-producer – Simon Phillips
Engineer – Albert Law, Simon Phillips
Engineer (Additional) – Derek Sherinian, Phil Soussan, Tom Fletcher
Mastered By – Brad Vance
Mixed By – Steve Macmillan, Tony Franklin

Artwork (Collage) – Annamaria Disanto
Artwork (Cover) – Mattias Norén
Artwork (Design) – Thomas Ewerhard
Photography By – William Hames
Photography By (Live Shots) – Dean Freeze

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Inside Out Music
Copyright (c) – Inside Out Music
Recorded At – Studio 308, Miami, Fl
Recorded At – The Leopard Room
Recorded At – Bogart Recording
Recorded At – Coy Sound Studios
Mastered At – DNA Mastering