Episode 15 – ‘Talk’

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The fifteenth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the fourteenth studio album, ‘Talk’.

  • It’s the Big Generator line up – does it sound like it?
  • Does Talk mark a return to progressive sensibilities?
  • Is this just a Rabin solo project?

Listen and see if you agree with me then let me know by leaving a comment or contacting me via the different routes on the right hand side!

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Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from the following two creative commons sources:

thanvannispen and archive.org

Yes Music PodcastHomework for next time:

Llisten to the studio tracks from the two Keys to Ascension albums:

Keys to Ascension on Spotify

Keys to Ascension 1 on iTunes

Keys to Ascension 2 on iTunes

Keys to Ascension on Amazon (UK)

Keys to Ascension on Last.fm

Buy Yes music, don’t steal it. Take a look at this but then go out and buy the album:

Keys to Ascension on YouTube (Start here with ‘Be the One’)

 

12 thoughts on “Episode 15 – ‘Talk’”

  1. Hi Kevin. Refreshing to hear your positive spin on Talk! I’m privileged to say that Talk (on its release) was my first Yes album proper, and it left an enormous impression on me (to this day). Not least of all it convinced me to work my way through the rest of the Yes back catalogue. I still love the energy and the bombast of the album, and it really sounds to me that Trevor Rabin was trying to expand the sonic and musical scope of Yeswest. That Trevor moved into film soundtracks shortly after the tour is no surprise!

    1. Thanks, Ben. You started with a great album! It’s always interesting to hear how fans got hooked. The forthcoming interview special with Joost is a case in point!

  2. Wow my first yes album was Time and a word and I think that Talk was a wonderful work of Yes west as you have referred them as. I was lucky enough to meet Trevor Rabin on the Talk Tour and Tony Kay and Alan White very interesting fellows. I was very surprised at the size of Trevor Rabin I mean I’m 6ft 3″ and he towered over me. But the best part of the show was me being able to sit right in front of Trevor Rabin Wow I was in heaven he was amazing and I’m a huge Steve Howe fan. One of the best yes show’s that I had seen in a while and I hate comparing them because I loved all the yes show’s that I have been able to see over the years and believe me its been a lot of years..lol
    Great pod cast keep up the great work looking forward to Keys
    Regards

    Paul Tomei

    1. Thanks once again, Paul! It’s great to hear some of your Yes stories and I’m very jealous that you have managed to meet some of my heroes! I’m desperately hoping that the band is able to tour again in the UK as I had to miss them this time. I wonder how long we will be able to say, “Just once more,” – I hope we can for a long time to come!

  3. Thank you for speaking so highly of my favourite Yes album. I was very apprehensive when I first put on this particular podcast. But you loved Talk.

    I think the world is a better place because of Talk.

    Genius of epic Yes proportions. Rabin made Yes his own and his own Yes. Justified and true. He is my Howe of the fans that remember the classic Main Sequence days. Talk was my Main Sequence.

    In the silent spring,
    Scott.

    1. Glad to hear you agree with me about Talk. I often have it on full blast in the car! Great, heavy, creative prog. Thanks for the comment!

    1. Thanks for the link, Ken. I agree – it’s such a shame that these songs are ‘lost’ to the Yes concert-going public! Maybe one day…?

  4. I’d forgotten how good this album is. I love it, in spite of not being a fan of stadium rock. Full of ‘champagne moments”

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