In Fall 1987 YES was still surfing the crest of a wave of resurgent popularity which had begun four years earlier with the comeback album of the decade, 90125 . At the time they were touring Texas, playing arenas in support of the follow up album Big Generator . YES prodigal keyboard player Tony Kaye had returned after a long dozen year layoff, so we took advantage of that fact backstage in Dallas in discussing the group’s third album on which he played way back in 1971 , The YES Album . We then traveled to Houston to interview lead singer Jon Anderson and bass player/ singer Chris Squire on a night off.
Anderson was marvelous, animated and eager, while Squire had too much wine at dinner and ended up sounding like Dudley Moore in the movie Arthur , so we salvaged what we could. Drummer extraordinaire Bill Bruford and then-new guitarist Steve Howe share delightful memoirs of the progressive rock touchstone The YES Album which was In the Studio‘s fourth show in our series thirty years ago. –Redbeard