Yes Music Podcast

Produced by Wayne Hall, Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

This week Mark and I wish Igor Khoroshev a slightly belated Happy Birthday by talking about some of his greatest moments for Yes. We have chosen our favourite 3 examples of the great keyboardist’s work with the band so keep listening and see if you agree. I’ve embedded YouTube videos of each song we discuss in the show notes for this episode, just in case you don’t have copies of Open Your Eyes, The Ladder and Live from the House of Blues.

  • What did Igor bring to the Yes keyboard role?
  • Did he have all the skills he needed?
  • What are his highlights?

Direct download: ep635_happy_birthday_igor.mp3
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Produced by Wayne Hall, Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

It seems like a long time since the last new episode of the YMP but it’s not really. Anyway, I am back from my trip of a lifetime to the Indian Ocean for my 30th Wedding Anniversary which was a wonderful, unforgettable experience.

While I was away, I received one of the Union 30 Live box sets after it had been reduced to a sensible price, as spotted by Brian Neeson. Rather than concentrate on what’s in that remarkable package, Mark and I decided to talk more widely about the Union Tour, as you’ll hear a little later on. We also found time for a Two Pence on the surprising mistake on the latest Super Deluxe Edition of Fragile, so look out for that as well.

  • What was Mark's experience of the Union Tour like?
  • How did the musicians get on?
  • Was it 'cluttered'?

Let us know if you agree with us!

Direct download: ep634_union-live.mp3
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Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Joseph Cottrell, Wayne Hall and Ken Fuller this is Yes Music Podcast Episode 633 - Tales from the archives

This week I have delved into the YMP archives because my work commitments have not allowed me to record an episode with Mark.

However, this means you can listen to me sounding younger, and perhaps a little more hesitant from way back in 2011. The first focus I had in the podcast was to record my thoughts on all the then Yes studio albums so what follows is those thoughts from episodes 6 and 7 where I covered Tales from Topographic Oceans. I’m sure my thoughts would be very different if I were to rewrite these episodes today but maybe not. Certainly, you can play the old fashioned ‘spot the mistakes’ game with these episodes - do let me know what you come up with.

I would say that Mark and I will be back as normal next week but actually we won’t because I am off on the trip of a lifetime to celebrate my wife’s and my 30th Wedding Anniversary. I’m intending to leave an episode to pop up in the feed and Mark is working on something as well but if that doesn’t happen and the podcast is away for two weeks, don’t worry - it is planned.

 

Direct download: ep633_tales_from_archives.mp3
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Produced by Wayne Hall, Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

This week Mark and I watched the video compiled and edited by Hed Gilboa and posted to the YMP Discussion group on Facebook by Doug Curran that contains all the known crowd-shot footage of Yes on the Tales Tour of the US and Canada in 1974.

One mistake I made (presumably amongst many) was to say that the Super 8 film format became available in 1975. Of course, I meant 1965 otherwise this tour couldn’t have been captured using this technology. Also, as Mark mentioned later in the discussion, we do have a great opportunity to see what the stage scenery looked like in action during Ritual via the 1975 QPR film, clips from which are spliced into the Yesyears documentary, released in 1991. However, this is the Relayer tour and various elements of the stage production were enhanced by this time so it may be slightly different. I think I’m still correct when I say that there is no known professional film from the Tales Tour itself.

Anyway, historical minutiae apart, I hope you enjoy listening to Mark and me geeking out about this video and discussing aspects of the Tales Tour. You may well want to watch the video itself and look at the screen grabs I’ve included in the show notes for this week before listening to us banging on as it may help to contextualise our ramblings.

  • What was it like to attend a concert on the 1974 Tales Tour?
  • What is the video evidence like?
  • What can we learn about how Yes played Tales live?

Let us know if you agree with us!

Direct download: ep632_tales_8mm_film.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:34pm UTC

Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

I’ve had no time to put together any news this week but I still managed to speak at length to Mark about both my experiences seeing Yes at Birmingham Symphony Hall. It was a wonderful experience and not just because of the quality of the concert itself.

We’ve also enjoyed listening to the new music from Jon Anderson and the Band Geeks that fans have captured from live concerts and posted on YouTube. There are many reasons to be excited in Yesworld at the moment.

  • How was the performance at Birmingham?
  • What is the venue like?
  • How was Roger Dean?
Direct download: ep631_brum_and_ja_band_geeks.mp3
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Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

This week we had a great conversation with the delightful Pete Greenwood about his recollections of the Tales Tour when it visited Manchester for two concerts in 1973. The gigs spurred Pete on to pursue his own bass playing and that eventually led to him performing all four sides of Tales himself with the Yes tribute band, Seyes. Fortunately for us, the Tales concerts left an indelible impression on Pete and he shares lots of stories from 1973 with Mark and me. I’m sure you will enjoy listening to those as much as we did.

  • What was it like seeing the Tales stage set for the first time?
  • How did the audience react to the brand new music?
  • Did Rick Wakeman really eat a curry?

Let us know if you agree with us!

Direct download: ep630_pete_tales_live.mp3
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Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

This week, Mark and I have been looking through the lyrics of the 80s Yes albums, including ABWH. So that meant considering Drama, 90125, Big Generator and ABWH. It was interesting to consider lyrics probably written by at least Jon ANderson, Trevor Horn and Trevor Rabin. It’s an area we seldom look at so it was very enjoyable to examine a different aspect of the music of Yes and I definitely learned a lot from what Mark said about his choices. I’m sure you will as well. As always, we’d love to see what your suggestions are for great 80s Yes lyrics so do leave your choices on the show notes for this episode.

  • Are there differences between lyrics by different Yes frontmen?

  • Do the other writers try to sound like Jon Anderson?

  • What makes a good Yes lyric?

 

Direct download: ep629_80s_lyrics.mp3
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Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

This week, Mark and I take our cue from the recent announcement of the Talk deluxe box set to be released at the end of this month. It contains a live recording of a 1994 concert in Canandaigua, New York (interestingly seemingly misspelt on the adverts) that includes 5 songs from the recently released album. So we were wondering how the latest songs sounded in 1994 in a live setting.

The best bootleg available up to now has been the TV broadcast from Santiago in Chile during the fairly short South American Tour of 1994. Mark owns a DVD of the show but it’s available to everyone, including me, on YouTube and the version I have included below is the whole of the broadcast version including interviews with the band and behind the scenes footage. It’s well worth a watch in full.

Mark and I focussed on just the Talk songs for this discussion, however, and there’s plenty to enjoy, as you might imagine. This lineup of the band included Billy Sherwood in his first stint and benefits from his singing, guitar playing, keyboards, bass and assorted percussion. He is, as I’m sure you know, a man of many parts. See if you agree with our assessment of the Talk songs from this performance.

  • Was it possible to replicate all the studio trickery live?
  • Are the band in synch?
  • How did the audience react?

Let us know if you agree with us!

Direct download: ep628_talk_live.mp3
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Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

This week, Mark and I climbed aboard our state of the art time machine to visit the past of the world’s greatest progressive rock band. We each chose 3 Yes tours we would love to be able to visit and gave each other clues to guess which ones we were thinking of. You’ll get the idea I’m sure.

Do play along yourself and see if you can guess the tours in question before Mark or I do - you probably will. Then, why not add your own to the show notes for this week - set a few clues and then see if anyone can guess in the comments. We had a lot of fun with this activity so join us to test your own knowledge. Set phasers to fun, as they say.

  • Where will our time machine take us?
  • Can you guess from our cryptic clues?
  • Do we show off our Yes knowledge or our Yes ignorance?

Let us know if you agree with us!

Direct download: ep627_tour_time_machine.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:51pm UTC

Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

Mark and I had a great time this week thinking about interesting or unusual Yes musical textures. We both came up with 3 examples that we thought were surprising or different so do have a look below to hear the clips we are referring to and add your own examples to the comments section. You may be surprised with some of our suggestions - that’s somewhat the idea, after all.

  • What interesting textures can you think of in Yes music?
  • Is it down to instrumentation, arrangement or a combination?
  • Do Mark and I choose the same things again?

Direct download: ep626_textures.mp3
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This week Mark and I attempted to choose 3 Peter Banks era Yes songs each. As you’ll hear, we turned out to be thinking along similar lines but it was still a very enjoyable experience listening to the earliest days of the band and discussing what made Yes unique even at that stage. This topic was partly in response to a tweet or X post or whatever they are now called from Phil (Primarily_Prog) @primarily_prog
Who posted a photo of Time and a Word and said -

Continuing tonight with perhaps the most undervalued album in the Yes discography.

I seldom hear it mentioned, yet the interplay between Banks, Bruford, Squire and Kaye is quite something.

And Jon’s voice to top it off …

  • What was special about the Peter Banks era?
  • What are our favourite songs from way back then?
  • What can we learn about how Yes music developed?

Let us know if you agree with us!

Direct download: ep625_peter_banks_era.mp3
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Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

It was lovely to welcome back onto the YMP our friend and patron, Geoff Bailie this week. Mark and I spoke to him about the recent news that Yes will be on tour with Deep Purple in the US and Canada this Summer. What do you think of that idea? Well, self-confessed Deep Purple fan Geoff shares some thoughts with us and we discuss pretty much every aspect of the forthcoming tour, as you would expect. Do leave your own thoughts on the show notes for this week.

  • Why are Yes touring with Deep Purple?
  • Is this a co-headlining tour or are Yes the support act?
  • Will Yes always play first?

Let us know if you agree with us!

Direct download: ep624_deep_purple.mp3
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Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

It seems like a long time since the last episode but it’s not.

Anyway, it was delightful to speak to a warm and friendly unsung hero of Yes last week. As you will hear, despite being very keen to be involved, Mark wasn’t able to join in the conversation due to timing and technical issues but he will be back next week. Genaro actually contacted me quite some time ago and introduced himself.

It’s taken ages to coordinate a time to speak but I’m sure you’ll agree that it was well worth the effort and I’m sure he will be joining us again soon.

He has asked me not to open the comments function on the show notes for this week but you can still send comments on what you hear to me via email show@yesmusicpodcast.com or by using the contact form. Please do send me your thoughts.

  • What was Genaro's role with Yes?
  • Why is he a 'mystery man'?
  • What albums and live events was he involved in?

Let us know if you agree with us!

Direct download: ep623_genaro.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:55pm UTC

Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

I'm publishing this episode on Good Friday so there's been no time for the usual news roundup. However, Mark and I did manage to talk about 'Talk' receiving the box set treatment.

We discuss what's going to be included - and what doesn't seem to be included as well.

It one of our favourite Yes albums so there's plenty to be excited about with this release.

Direct download: ep621_talk_box.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:59am UTC

Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

We were delighted to be able to speak to Jay Schellen this week about the upcoming Yes UK and Europe Tour and many other topics, particularly his relationship with the late, great Alan White. As you will hear, Jay's connections with Yes are numerous and he is a truly talented all-round musician, not 'just' a drummer.

Stand by for surprising stories, tennis and visits to the pub...  

  • How did Jay find himself playing with so many Yes men?
  • What did he learn from Alan White?
  • What is it like playing with Downes, Howe, Davison and Sherwood?

 

Direct download: ep621_real-jay.mp3
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This week Mark and I were due to have a conversation with Jay Schellen about the forthcoming Yes tour of the UK and Europe. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen for reasons outside our control. We will be speaking to Jay on Monday instead so I’m afraid you’ll have to wait just a little bit longer for that.

In the meantime in this very short episode, I thought I’d mention some of the interesting things I have found out about the (relatively) new Yes drummer. See how many of these facts you knew and how many are new to you - most of them were new to me.

 

Direct download: ep620_pre-jay.mp3
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Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

This week would have been Chris Squire’s 76th birthday. To celebrate his legacy, Mark and I chose 3 of our favourite Squire bass lines and also chatted about his signature sound and how he achieved it. Make sure you add your own selections to the comments on the show notes for this episode and let’s celebrate the legacy of the world’s greatest bassist together.

  • What are your favourite Squire bass lines?
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  • How did Chris achieve his sound?
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  • Did he always take the same approach?

Let us know if you agree with us!

Direct download: ep618_squire_bass_lines.mp3
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Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

Mark and I had a fun time this week re-watching the ABWH Brother of Mine video and the new Mirror to the Sky one. Listen out for our thoughts in a few minutes’ time and see if you can count how many times I call the song Long Lost Brother of Mine by mistake. Also, do check out the show notes before or during listening to Mark and me banging on because I’ve added lots of screenshots from the videos that we refer to in the conversation. You can also watch both videos as well without having to do that dreary web searching thing - it’s just one of the services we offer to listeners.

  • Are there any similarities between these two videos?
  • How are videos used to help promote songs, today and in 1989?
  • Are lyric videos any good?

Let us know if you agree with us!

Direct download: ep618_videos_new_and_old.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:37pm UTC

After a short break, Mark and I are back to consider what Geoff Downes was doing before being asked to rejoin Yes for the recording of Fly From Here, released in 2011, shortly before the Yes Music Podcast was established. We have been listening to the John Wetton album, Raised in Captivity which includes many prog rock heroes so listen out for our thoughts on that and what, if anything, we learned about why Geoff was re-recruited.

  • Can we tell why Yes wanted Geoff Downes from this record?
  • What do all those guests add?
  • Is it a good record?

I received an amazing email this week - or was it last week I can’t remember - informing me that Yes The Tormato Story has been shortlisted for a Selfie Award. These are handed out for self-published books so I think it has a lot more to do with the work Izzie Lawrence (cover designer), Bob Carling (production management and typesetting) and Simon Barrow (all round legend who kept me on track) had to do with it than me. It’s also down to Mark, every Executive Producer, newsletter subscriber, pre-order-er, supporter, YMP listener, producer and patron and everyone else who had any role in its creation - see the full acknowledgements page in the book for more details. Anyway, I have to go to the London Book Fair in a couple of weeks’ time to see if the book wins in the general non fiction category so keep your fingers crossed, please.

 

Direct download: ep617_why_geoff-pt2.mp3
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Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

This week, Mark and I talked about the situation in Yes at the time Geoff Downes rejoined for Fly From Here - around 2010-11. It's a contentious time - but then again when isn't with Yes? Oliver Wakeman had to make way for the return of Downes who had worked very closely with Steve Howe in Asia for many years and, when Trevor Horn was brought in to produce the new album, perhaps the writing was on the wall for a Downes redux.

All was not well between certain other members of the band either...

  • Why did Geoff return (trip)?
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  • Whose idea was it?
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  • Why was Oliver Wakeman 'let go'?

Let us know if you agree with us!

Direct download: ep616_why_geoff-pt1.mp3
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Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

This week, Mark and I had a great conversation about Yes ephemera - what do I mean by that? Well it’s stuff that would certainly have disappeared if it wasn’t for people like Steve Sullivan, Pete Whipple and Geoffrey Mason over at forgotten-yesterdays.com who collect and share all sorts of items on that amazing site. As on other occasions, it’s best if you take a look at the images in the show notes either as you listen or afterwards because everything will make a lot more sense - assuming Mark and I actually do make sense, of course.

We chose three concert or related items to talk about each and then I threw in a somewhat unusual item I have just received which is certainly ephemeral. I don’t know how many of them still exist. As always, Mark and I would be fascinated to hear your views on this week’s items via comments.

  • What items did we choose?
  • What items would you choose?
  • What is that disk thing?

Let us know if you agree with us!

Direct download: ep615_ephemera.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm UTC

Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

As you will hear, the title of this week’s episode is a bit misleading. Mark and I have been choosing some of our favourite slower, calmer songs or parts of songs from the extensive Yes catalogue to talk about this week. There are plenty to choose from given the remarkable ability of Yes to create contrasting musical experiences within an album or even a single song, as I’m sure you know.

See what you think of our selections and leave your own in the show notes comments for this week’s episode at yesmusicpodcast.com.

  • What Yes songs are on the calm side?
  • Are there parts of other songs in this category as well?
  • Do they work?

Let us know if you agree with us!

Direct download: ep614_quiet_please.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:32pm UTC

Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

This week's episode is a rather visual one so you will probably want to listen after (or concurrently with) looking at the images below. Mark and I discuss some of the most instantly identifiable (for Yes fans) images which don't include the name of the band. We start off with a quiz for Mark using the first set of images and then we head off down Yes, Jon Anderson, Roger Dean and some other associated rabbit holes.

All of this was kicked off for me by the tiny, circular icons on the inner gatefold sleeve of Tales from Topographic Oceans and I posted this photo of Instagram.

It's one of those 'in the weeds' episodes so I hope you find it entertaining!

  • What are those little icons on the sleeve of Tales all about?
  • You is the Vitruvian Man?
  • What is the Olias symbol?

Let us know if you agree with us!

Direct download: ep613_iconography.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:46am UTC

Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

Happy New Year to you. I hope you had a great time whatever you were celebrating in mid-winter or mid-summer or something else depending on where you are on the globe.

This week, Mark and I return to the second part of our discussion around why Rick Wakeman wanted Larry Fast to help him out on Tales from Topographic Oceans. We listened to Electronic Realizations For Rock Orchestra by Synergy on which Larry played everything. Stay tuned to hear what we thought of the album from 1975.

  • What does this record sound like from the vantage point of 2024?
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  • Does the basic technology make it sound old?
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  • Why did Rick want Larry?

Let us know if you agree with us!

Direct download: ep612_larry_fast_part2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm UTC

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