Yes Music Podcast

In a week which was supposed to be a holiday for me, we actually managed to speak to Tom Brislin about his new band The Sea Within as well as about YES50. Mark reviewed the self-titled album and we then got together to compare notes. Phew!

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Mark and I have finally both received our remarkable box sets of the deluxe edition of Chris Squire's progressive masterpiece, Fish Out Of Water. It's an expansive set so we get stuck into as much of it as we can this week.

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We cover the Keys to Ascension albums as well as Open Your Eyes this week in our look at the Yes singles. It's a complex and unclear picture!

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We've reached Talk in our survey of Yes singles. It's a fairly sketchy picture but we know there was at least one single from this great album and possibly a couple more - as usual if you have copies of these singles, please do leave a comment int eh show notes!

In our Two pence segment we also have a chance to think about whether Yes have released too many live albums.

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What was going on with Union? It’s a question which has baffled fans and riled members of the band ever since the record was released. This week, we take a look at the singles from Union and talk a bit about the politics as well. There’s also a contentious 2 pence about the forthcoming Steven Wilson mixes box set so get your commenting fingers ready!

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Depending on your point of view, this week we take a detour from Yes - or not. It's time to look at Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe and the singles from that self-titled album. There are plenty of variations to consider and we also have time to think a bit about Lee Pomeroy and ARW as well.

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Big Generator took a long time to create but, fear not, this episode isn't quite as long as that process was. We look at the singles generated by Big Generator and we also consider what extras might be included on new studio albums today.

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We are finally back to the YEs singles series and we have reached 90125. It's an amazing set of singles plus a plethora of different versions and remixes. We also have a chance to reflect on the YES Featuring ARW 50th Anniversary announcements - wow - it's quite an episode.

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As I’m currently on holiday with the family, Mark and I will be returning to full episodes next week hopefully with the singles from 90125.

In the meantime I’ve been having a bit of fun listening to old episodes of the podcast and my wife came up with an idea for a quick quiz.

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This week I feed back from the amazing YES50 Fan Convention organised by Brian Neeson and Dave Watkinson. It was a fantastic day and I've tried to capture some of it to give you an idea of how it all went if you were unable to go.

  • Who turned up?
  • Who played?
  • What was the atmosphere like?
Direct download: YMP_episode_328_yes50_fan_convention.mp3
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We are taking a break from the Yes singles episodes because of the YES50 celebrations over the next couple of weeks. In an unusual episode this week, Mark interviews me about my own YES50 concert experience in Birmingham. There's some time for a brief news section as well.

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John Holden has created a wonderful album for his debut release, featuring, amongst many other excellent musicians, Billy Sherwood and Oliver Wakeman. I spoke to John about his inspiration for the music as well as how he put it together - in musical as well as technical terms.

It's a great conversation and there are extracts from the album interspersed to whet your appetite!

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Produced by Robert Nasir, Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier

It's Drama this week which fits in well with the forthcoming launch of Fly From Here - Return Trip at the #YES50 Fan Convention in London next week. Mark and I also get to bang on about the set list for the first two concerts of the #YES50 tour and there is a huge amount of news!

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We have reached 1978's Tormato in our survey of Yes singles which means listening to Don't Kill the Whale and couple of other songs.

There's also news of Yes' contribution to Record Store Day which has prompted a Two Pence section and there's a rising sense of excitement about #YES50!

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In an extra episode, I was joined by Mark in Canada and Geoff Bailie in Northern Ireland to share our collective first impressions of the Trevor Horn re-working of Fly From Here.

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We have reached Going For The One in our grand progress through the Yes singles so we listen to Wonderous Stories, Going For The One and their respective B sides as well as mentioning a few oddities!

The Two Pence section focuses on the new Trevor Horn re-working of Fly From Here - Return Trip which has us both quite excited.

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This week, I'm on half term holiday with the family so I only had time to record 2 two pences with Mark. However, they will hopefully give you a chance to see if you agree with us!

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In a detour, we talk about the singles from the Solo albums Yes members produced after Relayer. I couldn't speak live to Mark this week due to work and family commitments but we still recorded our own thoughts.

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Produced by Robert Nasir, Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier.

No singles were released from Tales From Topographic Oceans - unless you know we have skipped right along to Relayer and its single, Soon which had an edit of Sound Chaser on the B side. We also discuss Cruise to the Edge and there's plenty of other news as well.

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Close To The Edge is, for most fans and commentators, the pinnacle of progressive rock music but did it have as much success in single format? We discuss this and also the recent picture shared by Billy Sherwood of a post-Yes-rehearsal meal...

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Fragile elevated the band further than ever before. Rick Wakeman joined and Roger Dean provided the iconic artwork. The single was Roundabout - perhaps 'the' classic song. We also have a 2 pence about ARW's plans for a huge 50th Anniversary concert...

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This week we discuss The Yes Album and its single, Your Move. It has plenty of variations around the world. We also manage to speak to Dave Watkinson about the #YES50 Fan Convention.

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It's the second week of our exploration of Yes' singles and we have reached Time And A Word.

There's also the announcement of the winner of the DBA3 album and plenty of time for news.

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For our first episode of 2018 - #YES50! - we start a new series about Yes singles from the first album to the last. This week we consider the two 45s released from the debut album.

Also, there's the chance to win a copy of the Downes Braide Association album, Skyscraper Souls and a show-and-tell session featuring our Christmas hauls - all great fun!

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The second of two short episodes for Christmas and New Year 2017. Mark reviews the year and I present a quick quiz!

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As usual at this time of year, I am on holiday with my family so full episodes of the YMP will return in the New Year. However, I do have time to announce the winner of the Mabel Greer’s Toyshop album competition and there are very brief seasonal messages from Mark and me.

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I wasn't able to record with Mark this week but I did manage to speak to Clive Bayley of Mabel Greer's Toyshop which morphed into Yes in 1968. The new album, The Secret, features the late, great Peter Banks on the title song and Clive explains how that came about. Mark also gives his recommendations for those interested in investigating what Peter Banks did next...

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Mark and I have been enjoying watching Yes covers on YouTube this week and we share some of our favourites. Also, the big news of the week is the #YES50 Fan Convention in London next year. We have a good chat about that!

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We announce the winner of the vinyl Topographic Drama competition and review the new Virgil and Steve Howe album, Nexus. It's a lovely collection. There's also time for a 2 pence about ARW headlining a festival in June 2018!

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As we wait for YES50, we took the opportunity to think about what 80s music could be played by Yes, as suggested by both Steve Howe and Geoff Downes. We also announce a COMPETITION to win a vinyl copy of Topgraphic Drama - Live Across America! Finally, there's a thought-provoking 2 pence...

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The last album in the main sequence turns 40 this year so we take another look at it this week. There's also the news of the 50th Anniversary and Mark reviews a Bill Bruford record.

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We finish off listening to The Steve Howe Album this week and there's a bit of a difference of opinion about it! The two pence segment is about the news that Billy Sherwood is working on a new Yes live album and Mark reviews Trvor Rabin's solo outing, 'Wo

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This week we welcome Wayne Hall onto the podast to talk about his ARW concert experience and how he managed to get Rick Wakeman to record an intro to the show! Mark reviews An Evening of Yes Music Plus from ABWH and there's a 2 pence about the set list for the first Yes shows in Japan.

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The first of 5 special anniversary episodes of the podcasts featuring conversations with listeners. We start with Ken Fuller.

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Mark reviews a bootleg recording and we discuss what Yes can mean by playing Yessongs live in Japan. Also, I continue reading the Bill Bruford Autobiography and I look forward to the 5th Anniversary celebrations next week.

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I start to read the Bill Bruford Autobiography and we discuss a fun 2 pence as well as those hideous (or not) electronic drums. There's also the announcement of a Patreon idea...

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This week our 2 Pence is about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and we also discuss our favourite special editions of Yes albums. Kevin comes up with a set of definitions of special editions, Mark delves deeply into the technical specifications and we come up with our two favourite discs. Take a listen and see if your favourites match ours!

  • What makes a Yes album release a special edition?
  • Are there more special editions than the Steven Wilson Remixes?
  • Why are most special editions on CD?

Listen to the episode then let us know what you think!

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Thoughts about Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman tackling Talk live as well as a review of Talk by Mark and a reminder of what happened last time Kevin went to see Yes live in Birmingham.

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I listen to 3 versions of the other track Yes are playing in the Summer of 2016, Ritual. Mark Anthony K reviews Big Generator and there's also news of new band, November Plot, and their debut single.

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A review of the forthcoming Mabel Greer's Toyshop Album, A New Way of Life, some exciting Yes news and a track from UK band, Edit Your Hometown - Suddenly...Ghosts!!!

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A recording of the NSF Assessor information meeting

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