Yes- The Yes Album Anniversary- Jon Anderson, Steve Howe,Tony Kaye, Bill Bruford

In this classic rock  interview, YES lead singer Jon Anderson credits band co-founder/bass player Chris Squire, who passed away earlier this year, as providing less-than-obvious elements to this third album, their breakthrough The YES Album  , as well as over the course of the band’s next 45 years. Anderson’s truly remarkable crystalline singing voice in harmony with Squire’s choirboy pipes, was and remained the signature sound of YES. Anderson is quick with an opinion, yet in 1971 was not an instrumental musician, something the rest of the many band members over the years would learn to accept and grudgingly respect. 

Just about everything about Squire and Anderson were polar opposites, from physical stature to personality, but Jon Anderson credits those differences for the sound and success of YES over almost five decades. And the natural harmony of their voices has been a legendary fit as evidenced by “I’ve Seen All Good People”,”Your is No Disgrace”,”Starship Trooper”, and “Perpetual Change”. Guitarist Steve Howe and original keyboardist Tony Kaye also are interviewed along with original drummer Bill Bruford.  Over the course of twenty Yes albums, Chris Squire was the only musician to appear on every one, and we include his comments from my previous conversations in this episode. Sadly, Chris passed away without Yes being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. -Redbeard