Yes Music Podcast

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)?
  • Whose idea was it?
  • 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 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
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