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  posted on 6/25/2011 at 08:14 AM
As much as I'm against the idea of Yes without Jon Anderson (even if it has a precedent), I have to admit that this track from the new album sounds pretty good. Steve Howe, especially, seems to be finding a lot of room for his guitar parts here, some of which make the music seem quite evocative of older times. I might even get this when it's released.

http://youtu.be/WCeEjUHi8Qs


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  posted on 6/25/2011 at 09:28 AM
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As much as I'm against the idea of Yes without Jon Anderson (even if it has a precedent), I have to admit that this track from the new album sounds pretty good. Steve Howe, especially, seems to be finding a lot of room for his guitar parts here, some of which make the music seem quite evocative of older times. I might even get this when it's released.

http://youtu.be/WCeEjUHi8Qs


[Edited on 6/25/2011 by Rubin]


I have the Wakeman/ Anderson disc and quite frankly it was disappointing. Hoping for a better effort from Yes.

I don't blame the other members of Yes for continuing to Play and work while Jon was unable to perform because of his back injury. Wakeman has said he would never Play with the other members of Yes for dumping Jon, but he has said that before for other reasons.

If one person in a company is not able to work, the company doesn't shut down, the company continues. And this is the music *BUSINESS*. So I think Rick is out of line with some of things he has said.

Hoping the new Yes is better than the Wakeman/Anderson disc.

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eidt forgot about Drama.

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  posted on 6/25/2011 at 06:59 PM
I saw Yes a long time ago at the Capital Centre, "In the Round." You could hear a pin drop. It reminded me of going to a tennis match. It was fantastic.

 

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  posted on 6/25/2011 at 07:54 PM
song is ok. sort of mellow
 

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  posted on 6/25/2011 at 09:12 PM
Steve Howe can get that brown tone that is mellow, sweet and a week long. He is an interesting and entertaining guitarist. Will have to at least listen to the new effort, see what kind of mojo it has.

 

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  posted on 6/25/2011 at 10:50 PM
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Steve Howe can get that brown tone that is mellow, sweet and a week long. He is an interesting and entertaining guitarist. Will have to at least listen to the new effort, see what kind of mojo it has.


i love YES. no problem with the guitar tone. in this new song though the guitar seems a little buried in the mix

 

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  posted on 6/26/2011 at 04:40 PM
My tentative enthusiasm, however, was somewhat affected by seeing this interview with Jon Anderson. I knew the story of the break between him and the band, but I suppose it bring things a little closer when you hear it from the man himself...

http://youtu.be/bPb3ZG48f80

By the way, wasn't the "Drama" album done without Anderson?

And, to keep some relationship to the ABB... it's interesting to note that it's been longer since the last Yes studio album than the last one from the Brothers; "Magnification" came out in 2001. It'll be interesting to see if the enterprise is viable; I myself would have doubted the idea of a Yes album in 2011 (especially without Anderson), but based on the quality of what I've heard, it might actually fare pretty well.

 

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  posted on 6/27/2011 at 08:08 AM
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My tentative enthusiasm, however, was somewhat affected by seeing this interview with Jon Anderson. I knew the story of the break between him and the band, but I suppose it bring things a little closer when you hear it from the man himself...

http://youtu.be/bPb3ZG48f80

By the way, wasn't the "Drama" album done without Anderson?

And, to keep some relationship to the ABB... it's interesting to note that it's been longer since the last Yes studio album than the last one from the Brothers; "Magnification" came out in 2001. It'll be interesting to see if the enterprise is viable; I myself would have doubted the idea of a Yes album in 2011 (especially without Anderson), but based on the quality of what I've heard, it might actually fare pretty well.


"DRAMA" did not have anderson.

this situation is totally different from YES. the difference is from 2004-2008 YES disbanded. so its only 5 or maybe you could say 6 years since the last YES album counting the time when YES was an actual unit

 

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  posted on 6/27/2011 at 11:06 AM
I can't remember where I saw this, but Wakeman had a rift going with the other members of Yes a long time ago. He made fun of them for being vegans and their being pacifists. I believe Rick was rowdy one who drank a lot, and was an avid Rugby fan???
 

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  posted on 6/27/2011 at 12:50 PM
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I can't remember where I saw this, but Wakeman had a rift going with the other members of Yes a long time ago. He made fun of them for being vegans and their being pacifists. I believe Rick was rowdy one who drank a lot, and was an avid Rugby fan???


Rick has become a fundamentalist Christian. When he came back for "Keys to the Ascension" he initially refused to perform anything from "Tales from Topographic Oceans" because it is based on Shastric Scriptures which comes from Hindu/Buddhist traditions. He relented and they performed parts of "The Revealing Science of God" on that tour.

Rick has a record company that puts out Christian music.


 

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  posted on 6/27/2011 at 12:57 PM
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My tentative enthusiasm, however, was somewhat affected by seeing this interview with Jon Anderson. I knew the story of the break between him and the band, but I suppose it bring things a little closer when you hear it from the man himself...

http://youtu.be/bPb3ZG48f80


Jon said it himself:

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The guys needed to make a living

The guys wanted to play concerts, I wanted to rest and write music.



Both sides did what they needed to do.

 

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  posted on 6/27/2011 at 01:05 PM
I would like to add that when Jon came back to Yes after the Drama album he refused to do any material from that record. Which is a shame because Steve and Chris's writing on that record
is amazing.

Steve Howe has never made a fuss about Playing Trevor Rabins parts or songs.
Perhaps because Trevor objected to the record company changing the bands name from Cinema to Yes. He accepts that folks want to hear those hits.

One good thing that has come from replacing Jon is that the Drama material is now in the sets.

 

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  posted on 6/27/2011 at 03:42 PM
I love the Drama album.

The new singer is friends with a couple of my buddies. Nice guy and can definitely sing the Yes stuff. Hope the new material is great.

 

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  posted on 6/27/2011 at 07:52 PM
It's definitely Yes...Thanks for posting...

 

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  posted on 6/28/2011 at 01:42 AM
Thanks for the info about Rick and Jon, wott would we do without ya?
 

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  posted on 6/28/2011 at 11:27 AM
I didn't know that Geoff Downes had rejoined Yes on keyboards. I loved the Drama album so that gives these guys a bit more credibility in my mind, in an odd way. Trevor Horn is also back producing. I think it would be cool if he were lead singing but that's just not his thing.

I knew I recognized this song. It's not new but a great track that got left off Drama. There are live versions of it being played in 1980. This new version is a bit too produced but still very strong. Strongest studio track by Yes to my ears in a long time. Hope they let the bass & guitar have prominence on this record. It could be strong.

 

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  posted on 6/28/2011 at 02:08 PM
"It wouldn't be out of the question that we do something with him (Jon)
again, but we've got to get at least another year and promote this new
album before we turn to any special guesting from Jon - but it's not
impossible to happen." -- Chirs Squire, March 2011



 

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  posted on 6/28/2011 at 03:15 PM
That's an interesting picture, with Horn and Downes in the line-up. I actually thought they were one generation younger than the Yes guys, but when I just looked it up, it turns out they're not.

Also an interesting quote from Squire... But it's a little as if he's saying what the fans want to hear, kind of like when Ray Davies talks about the possibilities of a Kinks reunion.

 

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  posted on 6/29/2011 at 02:03 PM
This is Yes though... They are CONSTANTLY changing. - I believe Chris Squire's quote to be more than just "what the fans want to hear".

Another thing to keep in mind. In 2004 Chris, Steve & Alan wanted to keep going and do a new album, but Jon was very clear, even in interviews at the time, that he thought they needed a break. And they in fact were very busy from the time Steve & Rick rejoined in 95 (even though Rick didn't stay).

So they took some time off, but that time off proved to be too much for the other guys. Every year they talked about getting back together and Jon said "no", so the band disbanded and when they were all finally ready to reform in 2008 Jon got so sick he nearly died.

That is unfortunate for Jon and for the fans and the band, but what were they supposed to do? They had been wanting to do this for 5 years and now it was all put together and they were going to stop it again?

So I think once they get past this album there's a chance that maybe they will reunite with Jon.

But another thing to keep in mind is that when they disbanded and reformed without him, Jon is no longer a "member", bringing him back in would create a whole other side legally.

Incidentally, I've heard most of the album and it is pretty much what I expected (in a good way), not necessarily what I had hoped they'd do, but very good nontheless. I and I like how Benoit David sings his own way and doesn't just try to mimic Jon's style (like he has to do with the older material)

The "new" song "We Can Fly" is actually an old song that they did on the DRAMA tour but never recorded... So I was already familiar with the song. And because Trevor Horn & Geoff Downes wrote so much of the material on this new album, it does sound a bit more like an extension of the DRAMA period, even though it is different from that.

I like it. I have liked almost all of what Yes has done through the years (with the exception of a lot of the material from 1987-1994 - though there is still some great music there) and I think this will be a good continuation of their story.

I got spoiled from 1996-2001 with a new Yes album about every other year, so I have been patient!

 

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  posted on 6/29/2011 at 02:26 PM
Wasn't Aware the Geoff was back, thanks for the info.


Steve and Geoff are also still in Asia, Asia singer/bassist John Wetton is out this year doing
a solo record so that freed both Steve and Geoff for Yes. (Don't know what Carl is
up to I'll have to check his web site)

Interesting that Rick Wakeman objected to YES dumping Jon, yet his own son played keyboards on the last tour.

Glad to see so many YesHeads among the Peachheads.

I have seen Yes almost as many times as ABB.



 

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  posted on 6/29/2011 at 02:31 PM
Carl Palmer also has a record coming out and will tour this autumn in the US with "The Carl Palmer" band..

then they are going to play "Pictures at an Exhibition" in Europe this coming winter.
initial UK dates are announced at http://www.carlpalmer.com


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[Edited on 6/29/2011 by spacemonkey]

 

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  posted on 6/29/2011 at 02:36 PM
Jon says in his interview that he wanted to do an acoustic record with Yes rather than tour.

and that is pretty much what the Wakeman Anderson CD is, Just Rick on Piano and Jon Singing for the most part. So Jon got his wish answered if not exactly what he wanted just 2/5 of it.

 

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  posted on 6/29/2011 at 03:15 PM
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Wasn't Aware the Geoff was back, thanks for the info.


Steve and Geoff are also still in Asia, Asia singer/bassist John Wetton is out this year doing
a solo record so that freed both Steve and Geoff for Yes. (Don't know what Carl is
up to I'll have to check his web site)

Interesting that Rick Wakeman objected to YES dumping Jon, yet his own son played keyboards on the last tour.

Glad to see so many YesHeads among the Peachheads.

I have seen Yes almost as many times as ABB.






Yeah, but Rick is probably going to be extra-pissed because Oliver Wakeman was kicked out earlier this year to bring Geoff Downes back in... and I'm not sure that Oliver really got any good explaination! - Still he lasted 3 years which is longer than Rick has lasted at any point in the band... if I'm not mistaken!

I think it seems fairly cold what Yes has done with Jon Anderson and their history does show that people come and go, usually with some hard feelings (sometimes due more to management than actual members), very often. But it is always just part of the story.

I have learned with Yes (being a long time fan and also having seen them almost as much as the ABB) to just try to appreciate what they are doing at the moment and not to compare, constrast or discect the who what or why.

I'm also glad to see other Yesheads on here!

 

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  posted on 6/30/2011 at 09:51 AM
Just as a contrast to that photo of the current line-up, here is the original 1969 line-up playing "Looking Around" from the first album live on German TV:

http://youtu.be/bM5NK73G0Jg

Such energy; Bruford is really into it. And Jon with the cowbell! Good song, too.

 

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  posted on 7/5/2011 at 12:23 AM
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July 4, 2011
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