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.
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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.
The remarkably durable breakthrough album by progressive rockers YES which has turned out to be anything but “Fragile”…
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”.
“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” .
Happy new year from Cheap Trick!
While it took YES barely 18 months to write and record “The Yes Album”, “Fragile”
, and “Close to the Edge”, it took almost thirty years for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s version of the Warren Commission to deny any conspiracy to bar Yes from induction. But it wasn’t soon enough for YES co-founder Chris Squire, who died prior to the Rock Hall relenting in 2017 .
YES the early best “Fragile” and “Close to the Edge” with Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Tony Kaye, Bill Bruford, the late Chris Squire