The next episode will be published later tonight (my time) sorry for the delay! It will be well worth the wait!
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.
‘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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Photographs by William Mulryne
…to be continued in a podcast episode.
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.