Episode delayed

The next episode will be published later tonight (my time) sorry for the delay! It will be well worth the wait!

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop album publicity ramps up

Described by the publicity company (which is incidentally the same one as Yes use themselves) as the ‘Pre-YES psychedelic-prog outfit’, Mabel Greer’s Toyshop are currently in the process of releasing a selection of album teasers on YouTube each Monday and Friday in the lead up to the release of their album, ‘New Way of Life’, on 9th March 2015.

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop YouTube Channel

The boys in the band!
The boys in the band!

‘Electric Funeral’ will be available to download and on iTunes as what they term an ‘instant gratification track’ for everyone who pre-orders ‘New Way of Life’.

Also, there will be a series of brief interviews with founder members, Clive Bayley and Bob Hagger. on YouTube each Monday and Friday, in the lead up to the release of the album. Here are the first two:

I am hoping to interview members of the band for the podcast in February or March so watch this space!

Apologies for no episode this week

Unfortunately my work has got in the way of the episode this week for only the second time in three years.  I’ll be back next week. Thanks so much for listening.

Release details for new Yes album, Heaven and Earth


Heaven and Earth
New in July 2014

Seminal prog heroes YES have announced the UK release of their 21st studio album, ‘Heaven and Earth’, available on CD and download from 21st July through Frontiers Records.

With a career spanning over four decades and over 40 million albums sold worldwide, YES’ trademark symphonic prog rock is still as current and fresher than ever. ‘Heaven and Earth’ features 8 new tracks, each boasting their unique sound and excellent musicianship. YES’ distinctive layered music, swirling arrangements, brilliant vocals and harmonies abound on this record, which is sure to please fans old and new.

Heaven and Earth tracklisting: Believe Again; The Game; Step Beyond; To Ascend; In A World Of Our Own; Light Of The Ages; It Was All We Knew; Subway Walls.

Yes group photo
What a line-up!

YES are:

STEVE HOWE – Electric, Acoustic, & Steel Guitars. Backing Vocals

CHRIS SQUIRE – Bass Guitar. Backing Vocals

ALAN WHITE – Drums. Percussion

GEOFF DOWNES – Keyboards. Computer Programming

JON DAVISON – Lead & Backing Vocals. Acoustic Guitar


Multiple award winners YES formed in 1968 in England. Since its inception the band went on to create some of the finest, most legendary work in the history of prog and symphonic rock, including ‘The Yes Album’, ‘Fragile’, ‘Close To The Edge’, ‘Tales From Topographic Oceans’, ‘Relayer’ and ‘Going For The One’. Amongst their essential hits are ‘Roundabout’, ‘Owner of a Lonely Art’, ‘Starship Trooper’, ‘I’ve Seen All Good People’. YES continue to be a major source of inspiration for the genre and beyond, with a wide range of artists – from Dream Theatre to Earth Wind and Fire – citing them as influences.

YES enrolled legendary Grammy Award winner Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Guns N’ Roses, Foreigner, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice Cooper) forproduction duties on Heaven and Earth.   The album was mixed by Billy Sherwood (Toto, Paul Rodgers, Air Supply).    The artwork is once again the creation of world-renowned artist Roger Dean.

Joost Maglev pictured with Yes wearing a YMP T-Shirt!

What a lovely surprise to wake up to this from Joost! A great treat for me from a long-time listener and supporter! Thanks so much Joost.

May the Fourth be with you! 9012Live.com

It’s the day of the Birmingham Yes concert and I’m going to be reporting live over on 9012Live.com

Do come along live tonight or afterwards to see what my son William and I get up to in Birmingham!

Join in live!

‘Unboxing’ Yes Time and a Word – Jon Kirkman

Photographs by William Mulryne

…to be continued in a podcast episode.

Latest news about the new Yes album, direct from Geoff Downes

Just received the following update from @AsiaGeoff on Twitter:

How excited are you? As much as me?

Get involved with the Yes Music Podcast e-book!

Drama era Yes
1980 Yes by Jeremy North

As you probably know, we are planning a series of e-books covering the various stages of YES music and based around some of the Yes Music Podcast episodes.

Our first publication will cover the period from Tormato in 1978 to Talk in 1994 inclusive – a sixteen year span that saw many changes in the world’s greatest progressive rock band.

We are looking for contributions from YMP listeners in order to make this a community effort.

If you have anecdotes, images of the band or of memorabilia for inclusion in this e-book, we would love to include them.

Unfortunately, there’s a bit of information I need to give you now to make sure we all understand how we are going to run this project.

Continue reading “Get involved with the Yes Music Podcast e-book!”