US neo-progressive rock band World Trade finally followed-up their impressive 1989 self-titled debut in 1995 with Euphoria. At this point the band featured bassist/vocalist Billy Sherwood (who had briefly been a part of Yes) as well as guitarists Bruce Gowdy (ex-Unruly Child) and Jay Schellen (ex-Hurricane). World Trade's core sound remains unchanged from the debut. It's more or less a mellow progressive rock sound based on the later Yes style, with tranquil guitar melodies and Sherwood's high, Jon Anderson-style vocals.
Rough Trade's story began in 1976 with a shop in Notting Hill, branching out within a couple years to become a label and a distributor. Beginning with Pere Ubu and concluding with Tindersticks, Rough Trade Shops: 25 Years chronologically distills the history of the pioneering independent outlet into four discs and 56 tracks, concentrating on old and new favorites that have graced the shop's new release racks. Just about every style associated with U.K.-based independent and underground music between 1975 and 2000 is accounted for. (…) But quite successfully, 25 Years provides a fantastic skip through Rough Trade's existence. Many great artists have Rough Trade to thank for bin space, recording costs, and retail distribution. Here's hoping for 25 more years – and here's hoping that they're less turbulent financially.