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Re: Band: YES

Postby DefinitelyNOTtheSWEDE on Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:12 pm

i am the smud wrote:
alex maiolo wrote:Personally I don't think they rule, but I do love the the bass line, and how it sounds - that growl - in Yours Is No Disgrace.
...I mean between 0:41 and 1:22

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He was referring specifically to Siberian Khatru, I believe. I'm not sure I believe they rule either, but Christgau can still suck a bag of dicks.

Just finished Soundchaser. That song was basically every valid criticism of Yes balled into one stupid fucking song. What the hell was that Cha Cha shit about? Parts of it sounded like the worst excesses of Jimmy Page and Herbie Hancock doused with a heaping portion of mystical roger deakin artwork bullshit. This is why people hate Yes.

To Be Over is playing now. This song sucks.



Fair assessment. I would argue "Yes rules" would be a valid statement from birth to about 1972. In particular, The Yes Album, Fragile and Close to the Edge. Though those records are quite full of faults, I still rank them high among any other records released at the time, even though I could do without most of the solo bits on Fragile (we can keep the fish, though. While it's pretty damn indulgent, it just sounds really cool, amongst everything else on that record). Close to the edge works fantastically as a whole, in fact so much so it's probably one of my favorite records ever, as much as I feel awkward about saying that in public.

If the lights went dark right after that record, the world would have a very different opinion of this band, and a much higher placement in the classic rock hierarchy would be assured, such as anything like that is even worth considering.

Its this belief that brings me back to these guys so much as I get older. I have long come to terms with the realities and implications with my assessment, but a perverse fascination with these guys endures. I guess sometimes I revisit these post Bruford records in an attempt to pit my awareness of just how silly they can really be, against my overwhelming affection for their early stuff... sort of like cocking your head in such a way as to attempt to perceive a bowling ball headed into the gutter as maybe, for a fleeting moment anyway, a strike.

I'm not sure this possible, but with some good weed and a strong wind pushing my honda ever homeward on a long dark night, I still think it worth a try.
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Re: Band: YES

Postby Redline on Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:06 pm

Close To The Edge is the best Yes lp.

Tales From Topographic Oceans is a lot to take in, but the best side is The Ancient - Steve Howe kills on pedal steel, metal stuff gets hit. I love mellotrons, too. I also enjoy the classical guitar stuff near the end (55.30), even though I love to eat steak and lamb chops.

46.17 is my fave part of the whole lp.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rwNe2QX ... re=related

Alan White is great, but I would still love to hear a Bill Bruford take on "Tales...". It will never happen, but it's fun to think about.

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we can keep the fish, though. While it's pretty damn indulgent, it just sounds really cool


The live version on Yessongs w/ Bruford. Moog bass pedals! Wah! 4001 goodness!
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Re: Band: YES

Postby DefinitelyNOTtheSWEDE on Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:07 pm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/1 ... 63085.html

Peter Banks (original guitarist of Yes) has died...

Always kind of liked him on those early records. Tough to have been in Howe's shadow during the big prog pay days of the 70's I imagine. His band Flash actually sounded a good bit like Yes... drummer reminds me of Bruford and the bass is quite Squire like... Even his guitar playing seems Howe like. But uggh, the singer.







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Re: Band: YES

Postby Redline on Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:15 pm


That's the painted Rickenbacker he threw at the producer who told him to "Play more like Jimmy Page..."

Underated guitarist only because Steve Howe took his place.
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Re: Band: YES

Postby Redline on Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:49 am

I saw Yes last night at The Wisconsin State Fair. The new fake Jon Anderson sounded just like Jon Anderson. It was pretty good, but Alan White was king of just getting by. Lets see more excitement next time, Alan.

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Re: Band: YES

Postby Andy on Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:52 am

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/arc ... an/278510/

The Bipartisan Effort to ... Induct Yes Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

"You've got to understand, I've been a Yes fan for decades," John Brabender, the political admaker whose Republican credits include Rick Santorum's presidential campaign, told me. Wherever he goes, he said, Brabender finds unexpected pockets of Yes fandom, from Michael Smerconish, the pundit and radio talk-show host, to Mike Huckabee, the bass-playing former Arkansas governor-turned-media personality. Being a conservative, it seems, is no obstacle to liking "progressive" rock. In the words of Brabender lieutenant Hogan Gidley, also a former Santorum and Huckabee staffer: "How can we be the party of no if we're the party of Yes?"
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Re: Band: YES

Postby enframed on Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:19 am

I'm surprised they aren't in there already. Wow, I just read that the R&R HoF doesn't recognize "progressive rock." That's absolutely retarded. I blame the marketers, fucking marketers.
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Re: Band: YES

Postby zom-zom on Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:51 am

They're playing here tonight at a casino.. would be fun but I can't really spend the money and don't want to drive there.
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Re: Band: YES

Postby barndog on Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:22 pm

Redline wrote:I saw Yes last night at The Wisconsin State Fair. The new fake Jon Anderson sounded just like Jon Anderson. It was pretty good, but Alan White was king of just getting by. Lets see more excitement next time, Alan.

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Close To The Edge lp
Going For The One lp
The Yes Album lp
Roundabout

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I was supposed to go to this but the people I was going with decided to stay the night and I couldn't take today off of work. I'm tempted to figure out some way to make it to the Indianapolis show.
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Re: Band: YES

Postby Redline on Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:51 pm

You should go...Wake up Mr. White, too.
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Re: Band: YES

Postby Jeramaya on Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:19 pm

Redline wrote:I saw Yes last night at The Wisconsin State Fair...
Set List:
Close To The Edge lp


I can't believe I missed this. I guess that's what I get for never paying attention to the Fair.
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Re: Band: YES

Postby Jodi S. on Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:27 am

Political strategists form bipartisan campaign to get Yes into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

For 18 years the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has said 'no' to the progressive rock band Yes. Now, two major political operatives on opposite sides of the aisle have come together to throw their weight behind the band. The Fold's Gabe Silverman introduces you to the group and Washington's most unlikely bipartisan push.
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Re: Band: YES

Postby Dave//Eksvplot on Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:13 am

"Owner of a Lonely Heart" was on MTV all of the time when it came out. I still kinda like it. A buddy of mine burned me a copy of Fragile not too long ago and I like that too.
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Postby placeholder on Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:00 am

CRAP.

Fussy dungeons-and-dragons music. I like "Starship Trooper" okay but I hate the rest of their work.

I'm glad this thread got bumped. These two sentences seriously cracked me up.

spoot wrote:I picked up Yessongs last summer before a drive to St. Louis, and boy did I drive fast & howl along to that shit. That singer can really squeak.
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Re: Band: YES

Postby zom-zom on Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:04 am

There are no dragons or dungeons in Yes' music.
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Re: Band: YES

Postby Andy on Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:26 am

90125 : Fragile :: The Mob Rules : Paranoid
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Re: Band: YES

Postby DefinitelyNOTtheSWEDE on Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:16 am

zom-zom wrote:There are no dragons or dungeons in Yes' music.



Closest they got was nem lil fantasy looking dudes on horses on the cover of Relayer, which on side one also has sound effects that might seem to reinforce D&D imagery, but the lyrics were also apparently, yet no less embarrassingly, about "war". Anderson's lyrics were by and large the ramblings of a stoned hippy-goofball, but thankfully, they were also obscure, dense and meaningless riddles, sparing the music being tied to any specificity. Yes never had linear "story" songs, like 2112 or Karn Evil 9. Sure, they had songs that were long, and had "indexes" in the title, but it's all fairy/dragon/hobbit free.

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Re: Band: YES

Postby zom-zom on Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:20 am

Also, I do very much enjoy good prog with lyrics regarding faieries, dragons and such.
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Re: Band: YES

Postby Dave//Eksvplot on Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:55 pm

Andy wrote:90125 : Fragile :: The Mob Rules : Paranoid


Have gathered that much after giving 90125 a cursory listen.

"Owner of a Lonely Fart" is still passable though, despite the cheesy '80s production.
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Re: Band: YES

Postby enframed on Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:58 pm

Jodi S. wrote:Political strategists form bipartisan campaign to get Yes into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

For 18 years the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has said 'no' to the progressive rock band Yes. Now, two major political operatives on opposite sides of the aisle have come together to throw their weight behind the band. The Fold's Gabe Silverman introduces you to the group and Washington's most unlikely bipartisan push.


“Prog rock music was not particularly well reviewed in the ’70s, even at the height of its popularity,” she said. “I think for some critics it might have been considered pretentious, or for some critics, they might have felt, like, maybe it’s even anti-rock, in a way. It was almost like, ‘Well, if you feel the need to progress past rock, it’s almost like you’re insulting rock,’ you know?"

Idiot. Yes, Crimso, ELP, et al. should tell the Hall of Fame to go fuck itself.
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