Saxlife plays Yes – Total Sax Retain – 215

Saxlife Plays Yes!
CD donated by John Doyle 2016

John Doyle very kindly sent me his copy of Saxlife plays Yes – Total Sax Retain which is the brainchild of saxophonist, Jamison Smeltz. So this week I got to listen carefully to Yes classics arranged for saxophone quartet.

There is also a review from Mark Anthony K of Heaven and Earth.

  • How does Yes music sound when arranged for saxophone quartet?
  • How were the tracks put together?
  • Is this a good ‘tribute’ album?

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Episode 148 – Playing someone else’s part

Jon Davison
Jon Davison sings almost all someone else’s parts…

The one hundred and forty-eighth episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring lots of news as well as some thoughts about what happens when new group members have to play lines they didn’t create.

  • Can the original feel be replicated by new personnel?
  • Copy or add a new slant?
  • Are new versions always successful?

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I’ll play all the ones I receive on the 150th episode! Many thanks.

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Episode 147 – Heaven and Earth CD audio unboxing

Finally got my copy!
Heaven and Earth CD – purchased 2014

The one hundred and forty-seventh episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring my reactions to unboxing Heaven and Earth CD. This is the third of three short episodes while I am away on holiday.

  • What is the packaging like?
  • Does it feel like a Yes album?
  • Does the Roger Dean artwork come over well in this format?

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Episode 146 – Heaven and Earth Live in 2014

Heaven and Earth
Heaven and Earth logo

The one hundred and forty-sixth episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring some reactions to YouTube videos of the first couple of tracks from Heaven and Earth live in 2014. This is the second of three short episodes while I am away on holiday.

  • Do the new tracks work live?
  • Can the band play them?
  • Will they survive in the repertoire?

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Episode 143 – Heaven and Earth release

Heaven and Earth
New in July 2014

The one hundred and forty-second episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring some thoughts about the release of Heaven and Earth and the reaction to it. Also, a great review of Yes live by Kevin Brodie.

  • How did all the negative reactions to the new album make you feel?
  • What does Fragile sound like live?
  • Does the current Yes gig concept work?

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Episode 142 – Heaven and Earth review

Heaven and Earth
New in July 2014

The one hundred and forty-second episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring my initial review of the new studio album, Heaven and Earth.

  • Did the extracts of tracks tell us all there is to know about the new material?
  • Can we hear what Geoff Downes mentioned last week?
  • What do Jon Davison and Roy Thomas Baker bring?

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Episode 141 – Geoff Downes talks about Heaven and Earth

Geoff Downes
Geoff Downes, 2014

The one hundred and forty-first episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring an interview with Geoff Downes where we talk about the forthcoming album, Heaven and Earth.

  • What was it like to work with Jon Davison and Roy Thomas Baker?
  • Are you pleased with the album?
  • Are the 80s-inspired keyboards sounds on the album deliberate?

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Episode 140 – New sounds from Heaven and Earth – Step Beyond

Heaven and Earth
New in July 2014

The one hundred and fortieth episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring my initial reactions to the extract of ‘Step Beyond’ taken from the forthcoming album, Heaven and Earth.

  • What can we tell about the track from this tiny extract?
  • Is it prog?
  • Does it sound like Yes?

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Episode 139 – New Sounds from Heaven and Earth – The Game

Heaven and Earth
New in July 2014

The one hundred and thirty-ninth episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring my initial reactions to the extract of ‘The Game’ taken from the forthcoming album, Heaven and Earth.

  • Is The Game in the same mould as Believe Again?
  • Who write the track?
  • Can we tell what the whole song is like from this extract?

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Episode 138 – Drama live

Drama era Yes
1980 Yes by Jeremy North

The one hundred and thirty-eighth episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring some thoughts about a 1980 bootleg recording from Madison Square Garden.

  • Can Trevor Horn hold his own?
  • How does Geoff Downes get on in his first stint with the band?
  • Does the Drama material come over better than the ‘classic’ material?

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