[alternate-view] Re: Yes Query
- Hi Robert,
On Mon, 2 Nov 1998 15:45:08 GMT Rob Cooper <robert.j.cooper@...>
> on another subject, i just bought my first "yes" cd, "classic yes". kind of aI was a big Yes fan in the late Seventies and early Eighties. Saw them
> best-of. it's damn fine. just wondering if anyone had any suggestions of the
> next album to buy. i know that "union" is kinda crap [to quote rick wakeman -
> "i call it onion... 'cause everytime i hear it, i cry"]. and that their
> later stuff isn't as good as the 70's tracks [supposedly]. so, some help
> would be appreciated. i've got no problem getting a whole bunch of cds, as
> they're only 8quid each... just wondering which to get first.
on the Tormato tour and twice on the Drama tour - and then kinda lost
Best albums? I would rate Going for the One (1977) as their finest
hour. Personally my favourite is Tales From Topographic Oceans (1975?)
- but it does take a lot to get into and I am definitely in a minority
is rating it so highly. Close To the Edge (1973) is a classic and a
definite Must Hear.Personally I also rate Relayer (1976?) - although it
is different from most Yes albums - Moraz's keyboards are Very different
The rest? Well The Yes Album (1973) is also up there, Fragile
(1974?) has some classic tracks but also some pointless noddling from
each "solo" member. Time And A Word (1970) and Yes (1969) are very
dated but have some good stuff on them.
Yessongs (1974) is a quality live album, but I prefer studio stuff
myself, so I never bought it. Tormato (1978) was a bit of a
disappointment - some good stuff, but not enough to warrent "classic"
status. Drama (1980?) was the album with Trevor Horn and Geoff Downs
replacing Anderson and Howe. The songs are very good - Horn's vocals
did work in the studio - but it does tend to get a slating from Yesfans.
I'm not entirely convinced of the dates, but it gives you some idea. I
would also recommend Jon Anderson's solo album Olais of Sunhillow - a
brilliant album. Also worth hearing is Chris Squire's Fish Out of Water
- both c 1973. Wakeman's solo stuff is less predicxtable - but Journey
to the Centre of the Earth is head and shoulders above the rest.
After 1980, you will have to get someone else's opinions...
hope this helps
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