Tag: Yes

Thursday 3/11/21 8pm ET: Feature LP: Yes – Fly From Here (2011)

Fly from Here is the twentieth studio album by the English rock band Yes, released on June 22, 2011 by Frontiers Records. After a four-year hiatus, Yes resumed touring in 2009 with a line-up of bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, and newcomers singer Benoît David and keyboardist Oliver Wakeman. During breaks in touring between late 2010 and early 2011, the group began to prepare material for Fly from Here, their first studio album in ten years (the longest gap between two studio albums). The album marked the return of Yes working with producer Trevor Horn and keyboardist Geoff Downes replacing Wakeman. Horn and Downes had originally written what became the 24-minute title track prior to them joining Yes in 1980.

Fly from Here received mixed to positive reviews from music critics, and peaked at No. 30 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 36 on the US Billboard 200. Yes promoted the album with a video release of “We Can Fly” and worldwide tours in 2011 and 2012, during which David was replaced by singer Jon Davison after he contracted respiratory illness. An alternative version of the album titled Fly from Here – Return Trip, featuring new lead vocals and mixing from Horn and instrumental parts, was released on March 25, 2018 during the band’s fiftieth anniversary tour.

1. “Fly from Here – Overture” 1:54
2. “Fly from Here: We Can Fly” 6:00
3. “Fly from Here: Sad Night at the Airfield” 6:41
4. “Fly from Here: Madman at the Screens” 5:17
5. “Fly from Here: Bumpy Ride” 2:15
6. “Fly from Here: We Can Fly (Reprise)” 1:40
7. “The Man You Always Wanted Me to Be” 5:01
8. “Life on a Film Set” 4:57
9. “Hour of Need” 3:07
10. “Solitaire” 3:30
11. “Into the Storm” 6:49

Benoît David – lead vocals (2011 edition)
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on “Hour of Need”, lead vocals on “Don’t Take No for an Answer” (2018 edition)
Chris Squire – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on “The Man You Always Wanted Me to Be”
Alan White – drums
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Trevor Horn – lead vocals (2018 edition), backing vocals, additional keyboards on “Sad Night at the Airfield”

Oliver Wakeman – keyboards on “We Can Fly”, “We Can Fly (Reprise)”, “Hour of Need”, and “Into The Storm”

Monday 1/4/2021 11pm ET: Feature LP: Yes – The Yes Album (1971)

The Yes Album is the third studio album by English progressive rock band Yes, released on February 19, 1971 by Atlantic Records. It was the band’s first album to feature guitarist Steve Howe, who replaced Peter Banks in 1970, as well as their last to feature keyboardist Tony Kaye until 1983’s 90125.

The album was the first by the band not to feature any cover versions of songs. The band spent mid-1970 writing and rehearsing new material at a farmhouse at Romansleigh, Devon, and the new songs were recorded at Advision Studios in London in the autumn. While the album retained close harmony singing, Kaye’s Hammond organ, and Chris Squire’s melodic bass, as heard on earlier releases, the new material also covered further styles including jazz piano, funk, and acoustic music. All of the band members contributed ideas, and tracks were extended in length to allow music to develop. Howe contributed a variety of guitar styles, including a Portuguese guitar, and recorded the solo acoustic guitar piece “Clap”, live at the Lyceum Theatre, London.

The album was a critical success and a major commercial breakthrough for Yes, who had been at risk of being dropped by Atlantic due to the commercial failures of their first two albums. It reached number 4 in the United Kingdom and number 40 in the United States, and was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for surpassing one million copies. The album has been reissued on CD several times, and was given a Blu-ray release in 2014 remixed by Steven Wilson.

1. “Yours Is No Disgrace” 9:41
2. “Clap” (instrumental) 3:17
3. “Starship Trooper”
a. “Life Seeker”
b. “Disillusion”
c. “Würm” 9:29
4. “I’ve Seen All Good People”
a. “Your Move”
b. “All Good People” 6:55
5. “A Venture” 3:20
6. “Perpetual Change” 8:57
7. “Your Move” (Single version) 3:00
8. “Life Seeker” (Single version) 3:28
9. “Clap” (Studio version) 4:02

John Anderson – lead vocals, percussion
Chris Squire – bass guitar, vocals
Steve Howe – electric and acoustic guitars, vachalia, vocals
Tony Kaye – piano, Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer
Bill Bruford – drums, percussion

Wednesday 8/12/2020 12am 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

Sunday 5/17/20 11pm ET: Feature LP: Yes – Fragile (1971)

Fragile is the fourth studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released in November 1971 by Atlantic Records. It was the band’s first album to feature keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who replaced founder 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 synthesizer 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” 8:28
2. “Cans and Brahms” 1:35
3. “We Have Heaven” 1:29
4. “South Side of the Sky” 7:52

1. “Five Per Cent for Nothing” 0:33
2. “Long Distance Runaround” 3:29
3. “The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)” 2:36
4. “Mood for a Day” 2:56
5. “Heart of the Sunrise” 11:27

6. “America”  10:33
7. “Roundabout” (Early Rough Mix) 8:35

Wednesday 3pm ET: Feature Artist – Yes

Yes are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968 by singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye, and drummer Bill Bruford. The band has undergone numerous formations throughout its history; twenty musicians have been full-time members. Since June 2015, it has consisted of guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, singer Jon Davison, and bassist Billy Sherwood. Yes have explored several musical styles over the years, and are most notably regarded as progressive rock pioneers.

Yes began performing original songs and rearranged covers of rock, pop, blues and jazz songs, as evident on their first two albums. A change of direction in 1970 led to a series of successful progressive rock albums until their disbanding in 1981, their most successful being The Yes Album (1971), Fragile (1971) and Close to the Edge (1972). Yes toured as a major rock act that earned the band a reputation for their elaborate stage sets, light displays, and album covers designed by Roger Dean. The success of “Roundabout”, the single from Fragile, cemented their popularity across the decade and beyond.

In 1983, Yes reformed with a new line-up that included Trevor Rabin and a more commercial and pop-oriented musical direction. The result was 90125 (1983), their highest-selling album, which contained the U.S. number-one single, “Owner of a Lonely Heart”. From 1990 to 1992, Yes were an eight-member formation after they merged with Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe for Union (1991) and its tour. Since 1994, Yes have released albums with varied levels of success and completed tours from 1994 to 2004. After a four-year hiatus, they resumed touring in 2009 and continue to release albums; their most recent is Heaven & Earth (2014). In 2016, a new group of former Yes members began touring and named themselves Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman.

Yes are one of the most successful, influential, and longest-lasting progressive rock bands. They have sold 13.5 million RIAA-certified albums in the US. In 1985, they won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance with “Cinema”, and received five Grammy nominations between 1985 and 1992. They were ranked No. 94 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. Yes have headlined annual progressive rock-themed cruises since 2013 named Cruise to the Edge. Their discography spans 21 studio albums. In April 2017, Yes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which chose specifically to bestow the honour upon current and former members Anderson, Squire, Bruford, Kaye, Howe, Wakeman, White and Rabin.

Yes Members

Christopher Russell Edward Squire (March 4, 1948 – June 27, 2015) was an English musician, singer and songwriter best known as the bassist and a founding member of the progressive rock band Yes. He was the longest-serving original member, having remained in the band until his death and appearing on every studio album released from 1969 to 2014.

Stephen James Howe (April 8, 1947) is an English musician, songwriter and producer, best known as the guitarist in the progressive rock band Yes across three stints since 1970.

Alan White (born June 14, 1949) is an English drummer and songwriter best known for his tenure in the progressive rock band Yes, which he joined in 1972.

John Roy Anderson (born October 25, 1944), known professionally as Jon Anderson, is an English singer and songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the progressive rock band Yes, which he co-founded in 1968 with bassist Chris Squire. He was a member of the band across three tenures between 1968 and 2008. Anderson is a current member of Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman.

William Scott Bruford (born May 17, 1949) is an English former drummer, percussionist, songwriter, producer, and record label owner who first gained prominence as a founder member of the progressive rock band Yes.

Tony Kaye (born Anthony John Selvidge; January 11, 1945) is an English keyboardist, songwriter, producer and manager, best known as a founding member of the rock band Yes.

Peter William Brockbanks (July 15, 1947 – March 7, 2013), known professionally as Peter Banks, was an English guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and producer. He was best known as the original guitarist in the rock bands the Syn, Yes, Flash, and Empire.

Richard Christopher Wakeman (born May 18, 1949) is an English keyboardist, songwriter, producer, television and radio presenter, and author. He is best known for being in the progressive rock band Yes across five tenures between 1971 and 2004 and for his solo albums released in the 1970s. He is a current member of Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman.

Yes II – ARW

Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman, variously also known as Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman (ARW), are a progressive rock band founded by former Yes members Jon Anderson (vocals, acoustic guitar), Trevor Rabin (guitar, vocals) and Rick Wakeman (keyboards) in an offshoot of the band. The three had previously worked together in Yes for the 1991–1992 Union Tour. The trio were first announced as working together in 2010.

After working on new music since 2011, the band announced activity in January 2016 as Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman. Plans for a possible studio album were put on hold to concentrate on touring; their debut worldwide tour, An Evening of Yes Music and More, began in October 2016 and continued through to 2017, with bassist Lee Pomeroy and drummer Lou Molino III. In April 2017, following the three members being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Yes, the band announced their new name, which they had already been using in European touring.

After the conclusion of a 50th anniversary tour in 2018, the band went on hiatus. Wakeman later announced they would play a final tour in 2020-1, with their name reverting to ARW.

Wednesday 4pm: Sounds of The 70’s

This week on the Sounds of The 70s:  Yes, Wet Willie, Tony Orlando & Dawn, John Mellencamp, Elton John, Rattles, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Abba, Queen, Chicago, Billy Joel, Helen Reddy, Jackson Browne and more . .  

Thursday 10pm: Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B

vrpjuly42015From the Vinyl Resting Place Archive (2015) – Celebrate July 4th with Willie B and the Vinyl Resting Place with music and more from Red Skelton, Cashman and West, Mark Lindsay, Ray Stevens, Don McLean, Donna Fargo, Simon and Garfunkel, Corbin & Hanner Band, Beach Boys, Steve Miller Band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Bob Hope, Byron MacGregor; Charlie Rich, Glen Campbell, Billy Brown, Elvis Presley, America, Yes, Grand Funk, Joseph Brent & The Bronx Opera and many more.