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18
Dec

Yes – Relayer (1974) – Lp

Yes are an English rock band formed in London in 1968 by singer Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire. The band has undergone numerous formations throughout its history; nineteen musicians have been full time members.

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Artist:  Yes
Title:  Relayer
Year:  1974
Format:  LP
Label:  Atlantic Records
Catalog#  ATL 50096

Relayer is the seventh studio album from the English progressive rock band Yes, released on 28 November 1974 in the United Kingdom and 5 December 1974 in the United States by Atlantic Records. Following the departure of keyboardist Rick Wakeman, the group recruited Swiss player Patrick Moraz as his replacement in August 1974 and recorded the album in bassist Chris Squire‘s home in Virginia Water, Surrey. Similar to their 1972 album Close to the Edge, the album includes a side-long track, “The Gates of Delirium“, and two on the second side, “Sound Chaser” and “To Be Over”. The album saw Yes venture into elements of jazz fusion.
“The Gates of Delirium” is a 22-minute track that Anderson described as “a war song, a battle scene, but it’s not to explain war or denounce it, really … There’s a prelude, a charge, a victory tune, and peace at the end, with hope for the future.” Moraz recalled discussing War and Peace and Leo Tolstoy with Anderson as they both read the book, after which Moraz showed Anderson a French science fiction comic book with “Delirius” in the title. Moraz said, “he related to it immediately so I think that perhaps as a title ‘The Gates of Delirium’ came from that”. Anderson and White stopped by a scrap yard and bought metal car parts which were used as percussion during the song’s battle section. During the battle section, White formed a tower of the parts and pushed it over to make a crashing sound. The track concludes with a gentle melody and a lyrical prayer for peace which later became known as “Soon”.
“Sound Chaser” displays Yes’ experiment with jazz fusion and funk influences. During Moraz’s audition session with the band, he was asked to play an introduction to the song which ended up on the album. He has called his Moog synthesizer solo at the end of the track a highlight moment but felt the keyboards on the rest of the album buried in the final mix.
“To Be Over” originated in an afternoon that Anderson spent at Howe’s house in London. As the two discussed what music to prepare for the album, Anderson told Howe his fondness of a melody Howe had written and had sung to Anderson before, of which he also had the initial lyric: “We’ll go sailing down the stream tomorrow, floating down the universal stream, to be over”. Howe gained inspiration for the track from a boat ride on The Serpentine lake in Hyde Park in London. From the beginning, he thought the song was “really special” and Anderson agreed to develop it further, describing the track as “strong in content, but mellow in overall attitude … It’s about how you should look after yourself when things go wrong.” When the song’s lyrics were being finalised, Howe suggested to have the line “She won’t know what it means to me” follow “We go sailing down the calming streams”, but Anderson changed it to “To be over, we will see”, a change that Howe thought was “creatively disguised” to make a broader lyrical statement. Moraz felt constricted to perform an improvised keyboard solo for the song, so he wrote down a counterpoint solo “exactly like a classical fugue” to blend his keyboards with the guitar and bass.

 

Side one
1. The Gates of Delirium   (21:50)
(a) Prelude
(b) Battle
(c) Soon”

Side B
1.  Sound Chaser   (9:26)
2.  To Be Over   (9:06)

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13
Sep

Yes – Drama (1980)

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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18
Jul

Yes – Going For The One (1977) – Lp

Yes are an English rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music. They are distinguished by their use of mystical and cosmic lyrics, live stage sets, and lengthy compositions, often with complex instrumental and vocal arrangements.

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Artist:  Yes
Title:  Going For The One
Year:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  Atlantic Records
Catalog# ATL 50379

Going for the One is the eighth studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released on 7 July 1977 by Atlantic Records. The album was recorded in Switzerland after their extended break for each member to release a solo album and their 1976 tour of North America. It marks the departure of keyboardist Patrick Moraz and the return of Rick Wakeman, who had left to pursue his solo career after differences surrounding Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973). Formed of five tracks with no unifying theme or concept, Going for the One saw Yes produce their shortest songs since Fragile (1971), except for the fifteen-minute track “Awaken.”

Going for the One is perhaps the most overlooked item in the Yes catalog. It marked Rick Wakeman‘s return to the band after a three-year absence, and also a return to shorter song forms after the experimentalism of Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, and Relayer. In many ways, this disc could be seen as the follow-up to Fragile. Its five tracks still retain mystical, abstract lyrical images, and the music is grand and melodic, the vocal harmonies perfectly balanced by the stinging guitar work of Steve Howe, Wakeman‘s keyboards, and the solid rhythms of Alan White and Chris Squire. The title track features Howe on steel guitar (he’s the only prog rocker who bothers with the instrument). “Turn of the Century” and the album’s single, “Wonderous Stories,” are lovely ballads the way only Yes can do them. “Parallels” is the album’s big, pompous song, so well done that in later years the band opened concerts with it. Wakeman‘s stately church organ, recorded at St. Martin’s Church, Vevey, Switzerland, sets the tone for this “Roundabout”-ish track. The concluding “Awaken” is the album’s nod to the extended suite. Again, the lyrics are spacy in the extreme, but Jon Anderson and Squire are dead-on vocally, and the addition of Anderson‘s harp and White‘s tuned percussion round out this evocative track.

 

Side one
1.  Going For The One  (5:30)
2.  Turn Of The Century  (7:58)
3.  Parallels  (5:52)

Side two
1.  Wonderous Stories  (3:45)
2.  Awaken  (15:38)

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