“I got a $1000 car and headed West”, says Melissa Etheridge, revealing her first step like a real-life Dorothy leaving Leavenworth, Kansas and landing in Oz, which in Melissa’s case was Southern California, a full five years before she would top the charts with her fourth album, September 1993’s “Yes I Am” .
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A half century ago, YES’s Close to the Edge was stunningly popular, with Top Five sales in both the U.S. and UK. In these thoughtful, detailed classic rock interviews, YES lead singer/lyricist Jon Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe, extraordinary drummer Bill Bruford, and keyboard innovator Rick Wakeman provide a surprisingly candid recounting of the undisputed peak of the Progressive Rock era.
The remarkably durable breakthrough fourth album by progressive rockers YES has turned out to be anything but “Fragile”… YES co-founder Jon Anderson is joined In the Studio by keyboard innovator Rick Wakeman who joined the band to make “Fragile”.
It’s the thirtieth anniversary of the long dreamed about, too good to last summit meeting of both Seventies- and Eighties-era YES members on the album “Union”, with Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Alan White, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, and the late Chris Squire ALL In the Studio.
It is the fiftieth anniversary of The YES Album , a progressive rock touchstone. If the British Invasion bands led by The Beatles and Rolling Stones wanted to be rock’n’roll’s second verse after “Be Bop a Lula” and “Maybe Baby”, then London’s King Crimson, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and YES were determined to be rock’s “C” section, the musical bridge which takes the listener somewhere unexpectedly before returning to the familiar refrain.
By leading off with this torrid performance of “Blackest Eyes” from In Absentia in July 2003 at House of Blues in Los Angeles, Porcupine Tree led by Steven Wilson left no doubt that the neo-prog rockers were not just studio nerds.
Before their 1994 album Talk was even released, YES co-founder/ singer Jon Anderson and band sparkplug Trevor Rabin came to my Q102 afternoon radio show in Dallas/ Ft.Worth to hand-deliver and talk about it. The album underwent a two-year production at Trevor Rabin’s home in a technologically groundbreaking manner, being the first major release […]
Then something remarkable happened. It resulted in more than eight million copies selling from a musical entity thought to be extinct, but with the songs “It Can Happen”,”Hold On”,”Leave It”,”Changes”, and the #1 hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart”, YES could rise like a musical phoenix from the ashes of the progressive rock Seventies with the comeback album of the Eighties in “90125”.
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YES the early best “Fragile” and “Close to the Edge” with Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Tony Kaye, Bill Bruford, the late Chris Squire