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September 13, 2016

Yes – Drama (1980)

by Record Facts

Yes are a rock band formed in London, England in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They reached their critical and commercial peak in the 1970s with a seminal blend of progressive, art and symphonic rock music.

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Artist:  Yes
Title:  Drama
Year:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Atlantic Records
Catalog#  ATL 50736

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 that featured the use of modern keyboards and a vocoder.

Drama was released to a mostly positive critical reception, with most welcoming the band’s new sound. The album peaked at No. 2 in the UK and No. 18 in the US, and 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 latter leg over the new line-up change. Yes disbanded at its conclusion; Horn ventured into producing, Howe and Downes co-formed Asia, and Squire and White formed Cinema with Trevor Rabin which led to a reformed Yes in 1982.

 

Side one
1.  Machine Messiah   (10:27)
2.  White Car   (1:21)
3.  Does It Really Happen?   (6:35)

Side two
1.  Into the Lens   (8:33)
2.  Run Through the Light   (4:43)
3.  Tempus Fugit   (5:15)

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