Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
When the music press announced that Rick WAKEMAN returned to YES in ’76, I was delighted, what a pleasant surprise! ‘Could YES handle the very high expectations?’ was the ultimate question in those days. Well, very positive!! That was the clear answer after the release of the new album “Going For The One” in ’77 and my keyboard hero WAKEMAN, ‘the caped crusader’, sounded as reborn.
There are a number of arguments to be made for and against Maria Muldaur's 2008 antiwar statement Yes We Can! on Telarc (before actually listening to it; remember, we live in a cynical culture). The "perceived" negatives all relate to the intent of the recording and who it's supposed to reach (no doubt an expression of the same set of beliefs rooted in Muldaur's 1960s music), and the fact that it's loaded with guests (in all fairness, these star-studded affairs seldom work). On Yes We Can!, her guests include Muldaur's old friends (Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Jane Fonda, and Holly Near) and influences (Odetta) and new pals (writers/spiritual gurus Anne Lamott and Marianne Williamson, and Indian spiritual teacher Amma). Does it read as if it is yet another exercise in self-referential backslapping? Yep. But don't believe everything you read on the back of a CD jacket. The positives are all musical.
Drama is the tenth studio album by the English rock band Yes, released on 18 August 1980 by Atlantic Records. It is their only album to feature Trevor Horn as lead vocalist, following the departure of Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman in March 1980 after unsuccessful recording sessions for a new album in Paris and London. Horn was joined by keyboardist Geoff Downes, his partner in the new wave band The Buggles. Drama was recorded in a short amount of time as a tour was already booked prior to the change in personnel. It marked a departure in the band's musical direction with songs more accessible and aggressive, and featuring the use of modern keyboards and a vocoder.
YES are the most successful and longest lived of all the progressive rock bands that appeared in the late sixties / early seventies, still releasing albums and playing to packed houses nearly forty years from their formation. This 5CD box set includes their three most recent studio albums: "Open Your Eyes", "The Ladder" and "Magnification" plus their 1994 album "Talk". The fifth CD sees the first ever release of highlights from their live concert at Montreux in 2003.
Four decades after its release, this is still the most controversial record in Yes' output. Tales from Topographic Oceans was the place where Yes either fulfilled all of the promise shown on their previous five albums or slid off the rails in a fit of artistic hubris, especially on the part of lead singer Jon Anderson and guitarist Steve Howe, who dominated the composition credits here…
This two-CD set is that odd musical griffin: a live disc plus a studio disc. While the live material is rendered well, it's dispiriting that two of Yes' three live albums of the '90s rehash material adequately covered in Yessongs and Yesshows. While the appearance of Steve Howe's classical guitar on the lovely "Turn of the Century" is a pleasant surprise, the rest of the live album is nothing that you haven't heard before…
Classic Yes is the second compilation album by British progressive rock group Yes. Although it was initially not a strong seller, Classic Yes ultimately went platinum in the US and still remains an ideal entry point for Yes novices.
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music.
A live album masterpiece. No other Yes live album comes close to this. As far as quality goes and the criticism it receives, I just don't get it.