Tag: Yes

Wednesday 12/7/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Yes – Closer To The Edge (1972)

Close to the Edge is the fifth studio album by English progressive rock band Yes. It was released on September 13, 1972 by Atlantic Records, and is their last album of the 1970s to feature their original drummer Bill Bruford. After scoring a commercial and critical hit with Fragile and touring the album, Yes regrouped to prepare material for a follow-up, ideas for which had been put down some months before. The album’s centrepiece is the 18-minute title track, with themes and lyrics inspired by the Herman Hesse novel Siddhartha. Side two contains two non-conceptual tracks, the folk-inspired “And You and I” and the straightforward rocker “Siberian Khatru”. Bruford found the album particularly laborious to make, which culminated in his decision to quit the band after it was recorded, to join King Crimson.

Close to the Edge became the band’s greatest commercial success at the time of release. It peaked at No. 4 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, the highest position Yes has reached on the latter chart. A two-part edit of “And You and I” was released in the US which reached No. 42 on the Billboard Hot 100. Yes supported the album with their 1972–1973 world tour which comprised over 90 dates and marked the debut of drummer Alan White, who replaced Bruford three days before the tour started. Close to the Edge was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1998 for selling one million copies. It was reissued in 1994, 2003, and 2013; the latter includes previously unreleased tracks and new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes by Steven Wilson.

  1. “Close to the Edge”
    I. “The Solid Time of Change”
    II. “Total Mass Retain”
    III. “I Get Up, I Get Down”
    IV. “Seasons of Man” 18:12
  2. “And You and I”
    I. “Cord of Life”
    II. “Eclipse”
    III. “The Preacher, the Teacher”
    IV. “The Apocalypse” 10:12
  3. “Siberian Khatru” 8:56
  4. “America (Single Version)” 4:12
  5. “Total Mass Retain (Single Version)” 3:21
  6. “And You and I (Alternate Version)” 10:17
  7. “Siberia (Studio Run-through of Siberian Khatru)” 9:19

Jon Anderson – lead vocals
Steve Howe – guitar, electric sitar, backing vocals
Chris Squire – bass, backing vocals
Rick Wakeman – keyboards
Bill Bruford – drums, percussion

Wednesday 11/2/22 6pm ET: Feature LP: Yes – Tormato (1978)

Tormato is the ninth studio album by English progressive rock band Yes. It was released on September 22, 1978 on Atlantic Records, and is their last album with singer Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman before their departure from the group in 1980. After touring their previous album Going for the One (1977), the band entered rehearsals in London to record a follow-up. The album was affected by various problems, such as internal disputes over the direction of the music and artwork, and the departure of engineer Eddy Offord early into the sessions, resulting in the group producing the album themselves.

The album received a mixed response from critics yet it became a commercial success. It reached No. 8 in the UK and No. 10 in the US, where it became the band’s fastest selling album and reached platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America within two months for selling one million copies. “Don’t Kill the Whale” was released as a single that reached No. 36 in the UK. The band’s 1978–1979 tour was their first with concerts performed in the round on a central revolving stage. Tormato was remastered in 2004 containing previously unreleased tracks from the album’s recording sessions.

  1. “Future Times” / “Rejoice” 6:46
  2. “Don’t Kill the Whale” 3:55
  3. “Madrigal” 2:21
  4. “Release, Release” 5:40
  5. “Arriving UFO” 6:02
  6. “Circus of Heaven” 4:28
  7. “Onward” 4:00
  8. “On the Silent Wings of Freedom” 7:45
  9. “Abilene” 4:02
  10. “Money” 3:15
  11. “Picasso” 2:12
  12. “Some Are Born” 5:42
  13. “You Can Be Saved” 4:20
  14. “High” 4:30
  15. “Days” 1:00
  16. “Countryside” 3:11
  17. “Everybody’s Song” 6:48
  18. “Onward (Instrumental)” 3:06

Jon Anderson – vocals, 10-string Alvarez guitar (1, 5 and 8)
Steve Howe – Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar, Martin 000–45, Fender Broadcaster, Gibson ES-175, Gibson acoustic guitar, mandolin, Spanish guitar, vocals
Chris Squire – harmonised Rickenbacker bass, Gibson Thunderbird bass, bass pedals, piano (2), vocals
Rick Wakeman – Birotron, Hammond organ, Polymoog synthesizer, piano, harpsichord, RMI Electra Piano
Alan White – drums, military snare drum (1), glockenspiel, crotales, cymbals, bell tree, drum synthesizer (5), gongs, vibraphone, vocals (4)

Wednesday 10/5/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: Yes – Drama (1980)

Drama is the tenth studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released on August 18, 1980 by Atlantic Records. It is their first album to feature Trevor Horn on lead vocals and Geoff Downes on keyboards. This followed the departures of Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman after numerous attempts to record a new album in Paris and London had failed. Drama was recorded hurriedly with Horn and Downes, as a tour had already been booked before the change in personnel. The album marked a development in the band’s musical direction with more accessible and aggressive songs, and featuring the use of modern keyboards, overdriven guitar, and a vocoder.

Drama was released to a mostly positive critical reception, with most welcoming the band’s new sound. It peaked at No. 2 in the UK and No. 18 in the US, though it became their first album since 1971 not to reach gold certification by the RIAA. “Into the Lens” was released as the album’s sole single. Yes toured the album with a 1980 tour of North America and the UK, and were met with some negative reactions during the UK leg over the new line-up change. At its conclusion, Yes disbanded. The album was remastered in 2004 with previously unreleased bonus tracks, and it was performed live in its entirety for the first time in 2016.

  1. “Machine Messiah” 10:18
  2. “White Car” 1:18
  3. “Does It Really Happen?” 6:27
  4. “Into the Lens” 8:31
  5. “Run Through the Light” 4:41
  6. “Tempus Fugit” 5:12
  7. “Into the Lens (I Am a Camera)” (Single Version) 3:47
  8. “Run Through the Light” (Single Version) 4:31
  9. “Have We Really Got to Go Through This” 3:43
  10. “Song No. 4 (Satellite)” 7:31
  11. “Tempus Fugit” (Tracking Session) 5:39
  12. “White Car” (Tracking Session) 1:11
  13. “Dancing Through the Light” 3:16
  14. “Golden Age” 5:57
  15. “In the Tower” 2:54
  16. “Friend of a Friend” 3:38

Geoff Downes – keyboards, vocoder
Trevor Horn – lead vocals, fretless bass on “Run Through the Light”
Steve Howe – guitar, mandolin on “Run Through the Light”, backing vocals
Chris Squire – bass, backing vocals, piano on “Run Through the Light”
Alan White – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Tuesday 9/13/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Yes – Talk (1994)

Talk is the fourteenth studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes. It was released March 21, 1994 by Victory Music, and is their last studio album to feature guitarist Trevor Rabin and keyboardist Tony Kaye.

After Yes completed the Union Tour in 1992, record label manager and longtime Yes associate Phil Carson approached Rabin to record a new Yes album for Victory, his newly established independent label, with the band’s most commercially successful line-up of Kaye, frontman Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, and drummer Alan White. Rabin dedicated time to write songs with Anderson, as the singer had been kept away from the initial songwriting sessions in the past which caused internal friction. Talk is noted for being amongst the first albums to be digitally recorded and edited in its entirety without using traditional audio tape.

Talk fell short of commercial expectations upon release, reaching number 20 in the UK and number 33 in the US. Victory Music went bankrupt at the same time, which affected the album’s potential for success. In addition, the album received mixed to poor reviews from critics. “The Calling” and “Walls” were released as singles that charted at No. 3 and 24 on the US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock chart, respectively. Yes supported the album with a 1994 tour which featured future Yes member Billy Sherwood on additional guitars and keyboards. Rabin and Kaye left the group at its conclusion.

  1. “The Calling” 6:52
  2. “I Am Waiting” 7:22
  3. “Real Love” 8:42
  4. “State of Play” 4:58
  5. “Walls” 4:52
  6. “Where Will You Be” 6:03
  7. “Endless Dream: Silent Spring 1:56
  8. “Endless Dream: Talk” 11:56
  9. “Endless Dream: Endless Dream” 1:50

Jon Anderson – vocals
Trevor Rabin – guitars, keyboards, vocals, programming
Chris Squire – bass guitar, vocals
Tony Kaye – Hammond organ
Alan White – drums

Sunday 9/11/22 3pm ET: Feature LP: Yes – Going For The One (1977)

Going for the One is the eighth studio album by English progressive rock band Yes, released July 15, 1977 by Atlantic Records. After taking a break in activity in 1975 for each member to release a solo album, and their 1976 tour of the United States and Canada, the band relocated to Montreux, Switzerland to record their next studio album. During rehearsals, keyboardist Patrick Moraz left the group, which marked the return of Rick Wakeman who had left to pursue a solo career after differences surrounding Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973). In a departure from their previous albums, Going for the One, with the exception of the fifteen-minute “Awaken”, features shorter and more direct songs without an overarching concept, and saw Yes record with new engineering personnel and cover artists.

Going for the One received a mostly positive response from music critics who welcomed the band’s return to more accessible music. It was a commercial success, reaching No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart for two weeks and No. 8 on the US Billboard 200. “Wonderous Stories” and “Going for the One” were released as singles; the former went to No. 7 in the UK and remains the band’s highest-charting single in the country. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) within a month for selling 500,000 copies. Yes supported the album with a six-month tour of the US, Canada and Europe.

  1. “Going for the One” 5:30
  2. Turn of the Century” 7:58
  3. “Parallels” 5:52
  4. “Wonderous Stories” 3:47
  5. “Awaken” 15:38

Jon Anderson – lead vocals, harp
Steve Howe – steel guitar, acoustic and electric guitars, vachalia, pedal steel guitar, vocals
Chris Squire – bass guitar, fretless bass, 8-string bass, vocals
Rick Wakeman – piano, electric keyboards, church organ at St. Martin’s in Vevey, Polymoog synthesizer, choral arrangement on “Awaken”
Alan White – drums, percussion, tuned percussion
Ars Laeta of Lausanne – choir on “Awaken”
Richard Williams Singers – choir on “Awaken”

Thursday 9/1/22 6pm ET: Feature LP: Yes – 90125 (1983)

90125 is the eleventh studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released on November 7, 1983 by Atco Records. After disbanding in 1981, following the Drama (1980) tour, bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White formed Cinema with guitarist and singer-songwriter Trevor Rabin and original Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye, who was fired in 1971, and began recording an album. They adopted a more commercial and pop-oriented musical direction as the result of their new material, much of which derived from Rabin’s demos, with former Yes singer Trevor Horn as their producer. During the mixing stage former Yes singer Jon Anderson, who had left in 1980, accepted the invitation to return and record the lead vocals, and subsequently Cinema became the new lineup of Yes.

90125 was released to a generally positive reception and introduced the band to a new generation of fans. It reached No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 and No. 16 on the UK Albums Chart, and remains their best selling album with over 3 million copies sold in the US. Of the album’s four singles, “Owner of a Lonely Heart” was the most successful and is their only song to top the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Cinema” earned the group a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Yes toured for the album in 1984 and 1985 which included two headline shows at the inaugural Rock in Rio festival. The album was remastered in 2004 with previously unreleased bonus tracks.

  1. “Owner of a Lonely Heart” 4:27
  2. “Hold On” 5:18
  3. “It Can Happen” 5:25
  4. “Changes” 6:16
  5. “Cinema” 2:07
  6. “Leave It” 4:10
  7. “Our Song” 4:13
  8. “City of Love” 4:46
  9. “Hearts” 7:36
  10. “Leave It” (single remix) 3:56
  11. “Make It Easy” 6:12
  12. “It Can Happen” (Cinema version) 6:05
  13. “It’s Over” 5:41
  14. “Owner of a Lonely Heart” (extended remix) 7:05
  15. “Leave It” (“A capella” version) 3:18

Jon Anderson – vocals
Trevor Rabin – guitars, keyboards, vocals
Chris Squire – bass guitars, vocals
Tony Kaye – piano, Hammond organ, backing vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion, backing vocals, Fairlight CMI
Trevor Horn – backing vocals
Graham Preskitt – electric violin on “Leave It”
Deepak Khazanchi – sitar, tambura on “It Can Happen”

Friday 8/19/22 1am ET: Feature Live LP: Yes – Yesshows (1980)

Yesshows is the second live album by the English progressive rock band Yes. It was released November 24, 1980 on Atlantic Records as the final album before the group disbanded in early 1981. Their first live album in seven years, it is compiled of recordings from their 1976, 1977, and 1978 tours from dates in North America and Europe with its mixing supervised by bassist Chris Squire.

  1. “Parallels” 7:07
  2. “Time and a Word” 4:06
  3. “Going for the One” 5:18
  4. “The Gates of Delirium” 22:40
  5. “Don’t Kill the Whale” 4:12
  6. “Ritual (Part 1)” 14:53
  7. “Ritual (Part 2)” 17:06
  8. “Wonderous Stories” 3:54
  9. “I’ve Seen All Good People
    a. Your Move
    b. All Good People” 7:29
  10. “Roundabout” 7:53

Jon Anderson – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards on “Don’t Kill the Whale”
Steve Howe – electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Chris Squire – bass guitar, backing vocals, percussion on “Ritual”
Patrick Moraz – keyboards on “The Gates of Delirium” and “Ritual”
Rick Wakeman – keyboards on all other tracks
Alan White – drums, percussion

In Memoriam: Alan White (1949 – 2022)

Alan White (June 14, 1949 – May 26, 2022) was an English drummer and songwriter, best known for his tenure in the progressive rock band Yes. He joined Yes in 1972 as a replacement for original drummer, Bill Bruford. Following the death of bassist Chris Squire in 2015, White became the longest-remaining member in the band.

In 1969 White had joined John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band, after Lennon invited him to play at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival, followed by a show at the Lyceum Ballroom. He notably played drums on the singles “Instant Karma!” and “Imagine”, as well as on eight tracks on Lennon’s Imagine album.

In addition to his work with Yes and John Lennon, White performed on over 50 albums by other performers, notably George Harrison, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Terry Reid, Joe Cocker and The Ventures.

White was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of Yes, in 2017.

White was married for over 40 years to his wife Gigi. They have two children, Jesse (also a musician) and Cassi. He lived in Newcastle, Washington, near Seattle. In 1997, he served as the best man at Jon Anderson’s wedding.

White died at his home near Seattle on May 26, 2022, aged 72, following a brief illness. It had been announced three days earlier that he would be absent from the Close to the Edge 50th anniversary tour due to health issues.

Thursday 3/3/22 9am ET: Yes – Big Generator (1987)

Big Generator is the twelfth studio album by English progressive rock band Yes, released on September 21, 1987 by Atco Records. After touring in support of their previous album, 90125 (1983), which saw the band move from progressive rock towards a pop-oriented and commercially accessible direction, Yes started work on a follow-up in 1985 with producer Trevor Horn. It was a laborious album to make; recording began at Carimate, Italy, but internal and creative differences resulted in production to resume in London, where Horn ended his time with the band due to continuing problems. The album was completed in Los Angeles in 1987 by Rabin and producer Paul DeVilliers.

Big Generator received some mixed reviews from music critics, and the album reached number 15 on the Billboard 200 and number 17 on the UK Albums Chart. In April 1988, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling one million copies in the US. Like 90125, it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The album spawned two singles, “Love Will Find a Way” and “Rhythm of Love”. Yes supported Big Generator with a tour of North America and Japan from November 1987 to April 1988, after which Anderson left the group. The album was reissued in 2009 with bonus tracks.

  1. “Rhythm of Love” 4:49
  2. “Big Generator” 4:31
  3. “Shoot High Aim Low” 6:59
  4. “Almost Like Love” 4:58
  5. “Love Will Find a Way” 4:48
  6. “Final Eyes” 6:20
  7. “I’m Running” 7:34
  8. “Holy Lamb (Song for Harmonic Convergence)” 3:15
  9. “Love Will Find a Way” (edited version) 4:18
  10. “Love Will Find a Way” (extended version) 7:11
  11. “Rhythm of Love” (Dance to the Rhythm Mix) 6:55
  12. “Rhythm of Love” (Move to the Rhythm Mix) 4:26

Jon Anderson – vocals
Trevor Rabin – vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, string arrangements
Tony Kaye – Hammond organ, piano
Chris Squire – bass guitar, backing vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Lee R. Thornburg – horns on “Almost Like Love”
Nick Lane – horns on “Almost Like Love”
Greg Smith – horns on “Almost Like Love”
Jimmy Zavala – horns on “Almost Like Love”, harmonica on “Love Will Find a Way”

Friday 2/4/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Yes – Fragile (1971)

Fragile is the fourth studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released on November 26,1971 by Atlantic Records. It was the band’s first album to feature keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who replaced founding member Tony Kaye after the group had finished touring their breakthrough record, The Yes Album.

The band entered rehearsals in London in August 1971, but Kaye’s reluctance to play electronic keyboards led to his departure from the group. He was quickly replaced by Wakeman, whose experience with the electric piano, organ, Mellotron, and Minimoog synthesiser expanded the band’s sound. Due to budget and time constraints, four tracks on the album are group compositions; the remaining five are solo pieces written by each band member. The opening track, “Roundabout”, became a popular and iconic song. The artwork for the album was the band’s first to be designed by Roger Dean, who would design many of their future covers and stage sets.

Fragile received a positive reception upon its release, and was a commercial success, reaching No. 4 on the US Billboard Top LPs chart and No. 7 on the UK Albums Chart. An edited version of “Roundabout” was released as a single in the US in January 1972, which reached No. 13. Fragile has since been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over two million copies in the US. It has been remastered several times since its release, some containing previously unreleased tracks.

  1. “Roundabout” 8:29
  2. “Cans and Brahms” 1:34
  3. “We Have Heaven” 1:38
  4. “South Side of the Sky” 7:57
  5. “Five Per Cent for Nothing” 0:35
  6. “Long Distance Runaround” 3:28
  7. “The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)” 2:36
  8. “Mood for a Day” 2:55
  9. “Heart of the Sunrise” 11:16
  10. “America” 10:33
  11. “Roundabout” (Early rough mix) 8:35

Jon Anderson – lead vocals, percussion, acoustic guitar on “We Have Heaven”
Steve Howe – electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Chris Squire – bass guitars, backing vocals
Rick Wakeman – Hammond organ, grand piano, RMI 368 Electra-Piano and Harpsichord, Mellotron, Minimoog synthesiser
Bill Bruford – drums

Sunday 12/26/21 4pm ET: Feature LP: Yes – Union (1991)

Union is the thirteenth studio album by English progressive rock band Yes, released on April 30, 1991 by Arista Records. Production began following the amalgamation of two bands featuring current and previous members of Yes at the time: Yes, consisting of Chris Squire, Trevor Rabin, Tony Kaye, and Alan White; and Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (ABWH), consisting of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, and Bill Bruford. The eight signed with Arista and a combination of tracks by both groups were selected for Union. The album was problematic from the start, including the disagreement from some members about the merge, strained internal relations during recording, and the decision by the production team to have session musicians re-record parts that Wakeman and Howe had already put down.

Union was released to a mixed critical reception and the majority of the band have openly stated their dislike of the album and its production. It reached No. 7 in the UK and No. 15 in the US. “Lift Me Up”, “Saving My Heart”, and “I Would Have Waited Forever” were released as singles; the first of which topped the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for six weeks. After two months, Union was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling 500,000 copies. Howe’s guitar solo, “Masquerade”, received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Yes supported Union with their 1991–1992 world tour that featured the eight members playing on stage; Bruford, Wakeman, and Howe left the band at its conclusion.

1. “I Would Have Waited Forever” 6:32
2. “Shock to the System” 5:09
3. “Masquerade” 2:17
4. “Lift Me Up” 6:30
5. “Without Hope You Cannot Start the Day” 5:18
6. “Saving My Heart” 4:41
7. “Miracle of Life” 7:30
8. “Silent Talking” 4:00
9. “The More We Live – Let Go” 4:51
10. “Angkor Wat” 5:23
11. “Dangerous (Look in the Light of What You’re Searching For)” 3:36
12. “Holding On” 5:24
13. “Evensong” 0:52
14. “Take the Water to the Mountain” 3:10

Jon Anderson – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals,
Bill Bruford – Electric Drums, Suspended Cymbal, Tambourine
Steve Howe – Guitars, Acoustic Guitars
Trevor Rabin – Backing Vocals, Guitars, Lead Vocals, Electric Guitars
Tony Kaye – Computer Programming, Hammond Organ, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Keyboard Programming
Chris Squire – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
Rick Wakeman – Keyboards, Electric Piano, Synthesizer
Alan White – Cymbals, Drum Kit, Toms, Timpani
Jonathan Elias – synthesiser, keyboards, backing vocals
Tony Levin – bass guitar, Chapman Stick
Jimmy Haun – guitar
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, guitars, keyboards, backing vocals (track 9)
Allan Schwartzberg – percussion
Gary Barlough – synthesiser
Jerry Bennett – synthesiser, percussion
Jim Crichton – synthesiser, keyboards
Pauline Cheng – Cambodian poetry on “Angkor Wat”
Gary Falcone – backing vocals
Deborah Anderson – backing vocals
Ian Lloyd – backing vocals
Tommy Funderburk – backing vocals
Sherman Foote – synthesiser
Brian Foraker – synthesiser
Chris Fosdick – synthesiser
Rory Kaplan – synthesiser
Alex Lasarenko – synthesiser, keyboards
Steve Porcaro – synthesiser
Michael Sherwood – backing vocals
Danny Vaughn – backing vocals
Jon Anderson – associate producer
Jonathan Elias – producer
Steve Howe – producer
Eddy Offord – producer, mixer
Trevor Rabin – producer
Mark Mancina – producer, programming
Billy Sherwood – producer, engineer
Brian Foraker – engineer, mixer
Chris Fosdick – additional engineering, mixer on “Angkor Wat”
Buzz Borrowes – additional engineering, assistant engineer
Sophie Masson – assistant engineer
Richard Edwards – assistant engineer
Renny Hill – assistant engineer
Matt Gruber – assistant engineer
Michael Sweet – assistant engineer
Paul Berry – assistant engineer
Steve Wellner – assistant engineer
Lolly Grodner – assistant engineer
Susan Kent – production co-ordinator
Paul Fox – mixer
Ed Thacker – mixer
Mike Shipley – mixer
Steve Harrison – assistant engineer
Stan Katayama – engineering
Greg Calbi – mastering
Roger Dean – design and paintings
Carolyn Quan – art director
Kai Krause – computer graphics

Thursday 11/25/21 3am ET: Feature LP: Yes – Magnification (2001)

Magnification is the nineteenth studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released on September 10, 2001 by Eagle Records. It is their only album recorded as a four-piece band (with no keyboardist), and their final album to feature founding member Jon Anderson on vocals. At the departure of keyboardist Igor Khoroshev in 2000, the band agreed to record a new studio album with orchestral arrangements, something they had not done since their second album, Time and a Word in 1970. The album was recorded and mixed using Pro Tools with producer Tim Weidner and orchestral arrangements by Larry Groupé conducting the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

Magnification received mixed reviews from music critics upon release and became one of the band’s lowest selling albums, reaching number 71 on the UK Albums Chart and number 186 on the Billboard 200. Its North American release featured a simultaneous release on CD and DVD-Audio formats, the latter with a 5.1 surround sound mix. The album was reissued several times from 2001 to 2004, each with a bonus disc containing previously unreleased live tracks. Yes promoted the album with their Yessymphonic Tour that covered the United States and Europe which featured the band, touring keyboardist Tom Brislin, and an orchestra on stage.

  1. “Magnification” 7:15
  2. “Spirit of Survival” 6:01
  3. “Don’t Go” 4:26
  4. “Give Love Each Day” 7:43
  5. “Can You Imagine” 2:58
  6. “We Agree” 6:30
  7. “Soft As a Dove” 2:17
  8. “Dreamtime” 10:45
  9. “In the Presence Of” 10:24
  10. “Time Is Time” 2:08

Jon Anderson – lead vocals, MIDI guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals on “Can You Imagine”
Steve Howe – acoustic and electric guitars, backing vocals
Chris Squire – bass guitar, lead vocals on “Can You Imagine”, keyboards, backing vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals

Monday 10/4/21 11pm ET: Feature LP: Yes – The Quest (2021)

The Quest is the twenty-second studio album by English progressive rock band Yes, released on October 1, 2021 by InsideOut Music and Sony Music. It is their first studio album featuring Billy Sherwood since The Ladder (1999), having replaced founding bassist Chris Squire following his death in 2015, and their first without any original members. It was produced by guitarist Steve Howe.

After completing touring commitments in July 2019, Yes began to collaborate on new material by exchanging ideas for songs online. The subsequent COVID-19 pandemic caused all touring to be cancelled in March 2020, which presented the opportunity for them to focus on the album during lockdown. When the songs had been arranged, the album was recorded in California and England and orchestral arrangements by Paul K. Joyce were performed by the FAMES Orchestra in North Macedonia. Frontman Jon Davison was the main lyricist, who wrote about various themes including hope, optimism, and environmental issues.

The Quest was released in various formats, including CD, LP, Blu-ray Disc, and on digital platforms. It was generally praised for Howe’s production and its overall improvement to their previous album Heaven & Earth (2014), but criticized for its lack of unique or distinct songs.

  1. “The Ice Bridge” 7:01
  2. “Dare to Know” 6:00
  3. “Minus the Man” 5:35
  4. “Leave Well Alone” 8:06
  5. “The Western Edge” 4:26
  6. “Future Memories” 5:08
  7. “Music to My Ears” 4:41
  8. “A Living Island” 6:52

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar on (6)
Steve Howe – guitars (Gibson J-15 acoustic, Variax Sitar, Gibson Les Paul Roland, Fender electric mandolin, Fender Telecaster, Martin MC-28 acoustic, Gibson ES-175D, Gibson Les Paul Junior, Martin 12-string acoustic, Fender Stratocaster, koto), co-lead vocals on (2), (7) and (9), lead vocals on (11)
Geoff Downes – keyboards (piano, Hammond organ, synthesisers, Fender Rhodes piano, Mellotron)
Billy Sherwood – Spector Euro bass guitar, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on (5)
Alan White – drums
Jay Schellen – percussion
FAMES Studio Orchestra
Paul K. Joyce – orchestrations
Oleg Kondratenko – conductor

Wednesday 8/11/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Yes – Fragile (1971)

Fragile is the fourth studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released on November 26,1971 by Atlantic Records. It was the band’s first album to feature keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who replaced founding member Tony Kaye after the group had finished touring their breakthrough record, The Yes Album.

The band entered rehearsals in London in August 1971, but Kaye’s reluctance to play electronic keyboards led to his departure from the group. He was quickly replaced by Wakeman, whose experience with the electric piano, organ, Mellotron, and Minimoog synthesiser expanded the band’s sound. Due to budget and time constraints, four tracks on the album are group compositions; the remaining five are solo pieces written by each band member. The opening track, “Roundabout”, became a popular and iconic song. The artwork for the album was the band’s first to be designed by Roger Dean, who would design many of their future covers and stage sets.

Fragile received a positive reception upon its release, and was a commercial success, reaching No. 4 on the US Billboard Top LPs chart and No. 7 on the UK Albums Chart. An edited version of “Roundabout” was released as a single in the US in January 1972, which reached No. 13. Fragile has since been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over two million copies in the US. It has been remastered several times since its release, some containing previously unreleased tracks.

  1. “Roundabout” 8:29
  2. “Cans and Brahms” 1:34
  3. “We Have Heaven” 1:38
  4. “South Side of the Sky” 7:57
  5. “Five Per Cent for Nothing” 0:35
  6. “Long Distance Runaround” 3:28
  7. “The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)” 2:36
  8. “Mood for a Day” 2:55
  9. “Heart of the Sunrise” 11:16
  10. “America” 10:33
  11. “Roundabout” (Early rough mix) 8:35

Jon Anderson – lead vocals, percussion, acoustic guitar on “We Have Heaven”
Steve Howe – electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Chris Squire – bass guitars, backing vocals
Rick Wakeman – Hammond organ, grand piano, RMI 368 Electra-Piano and Harpsichord, Mellotron, Minimoog synthesiser
Bill Bruford – drums

Tuesday 6/15/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Yes – 90125 (1983)

90125 is the eleventh studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released on November 7, 1983 by Atco Records. After disbanding in 1981, following the Drama (1980) tour, bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White formed Cinema with guitarist and singer-songwriter Trevor Rabin and original Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye, who was fired in 1971, and began recording an album. They adopted a more commercial and pop-oriented musical direction as the result of their new material, much of which derived from Rabin’s demos, with former Yes singer Trevor Horn as their producer. During the mixing stage former Yes singer Jon Anderson, who had left in 1980, accepted the invitation to return and record the lead vocals, and subsequently Cinema became the new lineup of Yes.

90125 was released to a generally positive reception and introduced the band to a new generation of fans. It reached No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 and No. 16 on the UK Albums Chart, and remains their best selling album with over 3 million copies sold in the US. Of the album’s four singles, “Owner of a Lonely Heart” was the most successful and is their only song to top the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Cinema” earned the group a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Yes toured for the album in 1984 and 1985 which included two headline shows at the inaugural Rock in Rio festival. The album was remastered in 2004 with previously unreleased bonus tracks.

  1. “Owner of a Lonely Heart” 4:27
  2. “Hold On” 5:18
  3. “It Can Happen” 5:25
  4. “Changes” 6:16
  5. “Cinema” 2:07
  6. “Leave It” 4:10
  7. “Our Song” 4:13
  8. “City of Love” 4:46
  9. “Hearts” 7:36
  10. “Leave It” (single remix) 3:56
  11. “Make It Easy” 6:12
  12. “It Can Happen” (Cinema version) 6:05
  13. “It’s Over” 5:41
  14. “Owner of a Lonely Heart” (extended remix) 7:05
  15. “Leave It” (“A capella” version) 3:18

Jon Anderson – vocals
Trevor Rabin – guitars, keyboards, vocals
Chris Squire – bass guitars, vocals
Tony Kaye – piano, Hammond organ, backing vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion, backing vocals, Fairlight CMI
Trevor Horn – backing vocals
Graham Preskitt – electric violin on “Leave It”
Deepak Khazanchi – sitar, tambura on “It Can Happen”