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Friday, April 04, 2008

Yes


4-4-08 Yes

As odd as it sounds to say, I do not think Yes has had a dedicated blog from me yet!

CD 90125 ATCO US 90125.2

LP 90125 ATCO US 90125.1

CD 90125 re RHINO US R2 73796

LP 9012LIVE - THE SOLOS (Live) ATCO US 90474.1

CD BIG GENERATOR ATCO US 90522.2

LP BIG GENERATOR ATCO US 90522.1

LP CLOSE TO THE EDGE ATLANTIC US SD 7244

CD CLOSE TO THE EDGE re ATLANTIC US 82666.2

7" DON'T KILL THE WHALE / ABELINE ATLANTIC UK K 11184

LP DRAMA ATLANTIC US SD 16019

CD DRAMA re RHINO US R2 73795

LP FRAGILE ATLANTIC UK K 50009

CD FRAGILE re ATLANTIC US 82667.2

LP GOING FOR THE ONE ATLANTIC US SD 19106

7" INTO THE LENS / DOES IT REALLY HAPPEN? ATLANTIC UK K 11622

12" LEAVE IT ATCO UK B9787T

12" LOVE WILL FIND A WAY promo ATCO US PR 2088

12" OWNER OF A LONELY HEART ATCO DE 79-6976-0

7" OWNER OF A LONELY HEART / OUR SONG ATCO US 7-99817

LPx2 PRIMERAS GRABACIONES (1st 2 albums) ATLANTIC ES 50051/2

12" RHYTHM OF LOVE ATCO US 0-96722

LP TIME AND A WORD, A ATLANTIC US SD 8273

LP TORMATO ATLANTIC AUS SD 19202

LP YES ATLANTIC UK 588 190

LP YES ALBUM, THE ATLANTIC UK K 40106

CD YES ALBUM, THE re ATLANTIC US 82665.2

I think I first heard Yes around the time that “All Good People” would’ve been played on the FM radio – because I almost certainly bought “Fragile” as soon as it came out. I would have had no idea that Rick Wakeman came from the band Strawbs.

At the time, I liked “Close To The Edge” just fine (I think I had a cassette of it), and I definitely rushed to buy an inexpensive copy of the triple live album “Yessongs” (no, I didn’t keep it). And I never made it to “Tales of Topographic Oceans” – never. Despite the nice cover art. A shout out to Roger Dean – for all of his lovely commercial art that graces the covers and inner-sleeves and booklets of Yes albums!

I’ve since filled in a few gaps between “Close…” and “Drama” (what were they thinking when they made “Tormato”?), but…Yes really comes alive for me when they were joined by The Buggles for the LP “Drama”. And I absolutely love the next two studio Yes albums, “90125” and “Big Generator”. Anything after “Big Generator” – forget it.

Recently, I even bought the DVD of all of the Yes music videos – nice to see the “Drama” and “90125” stuff again. And, I kept a ‘paint-face’ German Atco “90125” CD – it was such an early CD! And wasn’t it supposed to be called “80183” – but the title of it changed when the list price went up?

So, should I go see Jon Anderson at the Canyon Club? I sure wish I’d seen his show up in Grover Beach!

3 Comments:

Anonymous Jim Donato said...

Re: Jon Anderson


I wouldn't do it! Although I did like the first Jon & Vangelis album and in fact re-bought it on CD in the late 80s! But I'm with you on the primacy of Drama. I really liked the videos/singles from 90125 but wasn't motivated to make any purchases apart from the 12" dance remix (!) of OOABH - which I wish I'd kept. I don't think I heard anything from Big Generator at all. I remember seeing the very basic Tempus Fugit video when it came out on Rockworld or Hollywood Heartbeat! Nice to know it hasn't been swept under the rug, metaphorically speaking. Does the DVD have all 10 versions of the "Leave It" video? I remember watching [but not taping] when they played them back to back on MTV in a stunt programming hour that probably cost WEA a pretty penny.

And hey, I hear those "paint face" or "target" initial German CDs from PDO in Hanover are fetching collectors prices as the loudness wars continue to destroy recorded music in out rime.

Back in the late 90s I was working in an office with a "prog guy" whom I discovered when he walked by and heard my CD of FM's superb Black Noise. We got in an animated conversation re: prog and he was still deep in it. He loaned me a then current Yes 2xCD called, I believe, Keys To Ascension. It didn't greatly offend, nor did it excite.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

DVD does not have all 10 x Leave Its - unless they're hidden.

7:17 AM  
Anonymous Jim Donato said...

I forgot to mention that I think if I had to have any pre-Drama Yes album, it would be Going For The One. That was a pretty decent one [I have good memories of liking "Parallels" especially, thought I can't remember a note of it] for one that wasn't considered a "classic." But it IS hard to imagine that they squirted out the dreadful Tormato the next year!

And that would be...

And hey, I hear those "paint face" or "target" initial German CDs from PDO in Hanover are fetching collectors prices as the loudness wars continue to destroy recorded music in OUR TIME.

12:20 PM  

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