Episode 3 – ‘The Yes Album’

The third episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the third album, ‘The Yes Album’.

The Yes Album
Vinyl purchased circa. 1989, CD circa. 2005 (click to enlarge)
  • What difference does producer, Eddie Offord, make to the sound?
  • What is the contribution of new man, Steve Howe?
  • Are there more classical music parallels in this album?

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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Examples of great musical build-ups:


Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield – each instrument is announced as it comes in
Wishbone Ash – The King will come – a simpler but in some ways similar build-up
Respighi – Pines of Rome finale – a remarkable, classical crescendo
Ravel – Bolero – one of the most famous classical pieces – almost 15 minutes of build-up!

Example of ‘ground bass’

Pachelbel – Canon in D – listen out for the repeated bass – the same ostinato pattern throughout the whole piece

I’ve Seen All Good People – LIVE

2003 in Montreux – more rocky version than on the album?

New theme music

The music I’m now using 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:

Listen to Yes’ fourth studio album – ‘Fragile’ (1972)

‘Fragile’ on Spotify:

http://open.spotify.com/album/4X6gq5bgpGXcHINlFWzriM

‘Fragile’ on iTunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/roundabout/id272122769?i=272122905&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

‘Fragile’ on Amazon (UK):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fragile-2-Yes/dp/B00007KWHP

‘Fragile’ on Last.fm:

http://www.last.fm/music/Yes/Fragile

‘Fragile’ on YouTube:

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

http://youtu.be/bCodpxoLIb0

2 thoughts on “Episode 3 – ‘The Yes Album’”

  1. I loved the intro. Wise choice. Thanks for all your efforts! Fragile should be great – I look forward to your take on Wakeman’s continued influence.

    1. Thanks so much, Michael. It’s all worthwhile when folk comment and like what I’ve done. Yes, I’m looking forward to Fragile as well!

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