Bill Bruford’s autobiography and those electronic drums – 243

Bill Bruford book
Bill Bruford book

I start to read the Bill Bruford Autobiography and we discuss a fun 2 pence as well as those hideous (or not) electronic drums. There’s also the announcement of a Patreon idea…

  • Do the electronic drums ruin Bruford’s 2nd time in Yes/ABWH?
  • What Yes merchandise would you like to see?
  • What is there to enjoy in Bruford’s book?

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Talk to be played live by Anderson Rabin and Wakeman! 224

Talk Yes logoThis week Kevin shares some thoughts about Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman tackling Talk live. There is also a review of Talk by Mark and a reminder of what happened last time Kevin went to see Yes live in Birmingham.

  • Keyboards have always been a controversial subject in Talk live – what will Wakeman do?
  • Is Talk a good album?
  • Yes live in Birmingham 2014 – how did it go?

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Fragile Definitive Edition, mixed by Steven Wilson – part 2 – 218

Fagile
CD/Blu-ray purchased 2016

This week I listen to the newly-remixed album tracks. Also, Mark Anthony K reviews Union Live and I think about the late Keith Emerson.

  • What has Steven Wilson done to the original album tracks?
  • Is this version the best CD so far?
  • Is it worth buying?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!

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ABWH Live at the NEC October 24th 1989 – Part 3 – 210

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ABWH Live with Tony Levin

I finally finish my listing to the Live at the NEC collection this week and Mark Anthony K goes on a journey to the centre of the world with Rick Wakeman!

  • What is the Bruford-Levin duet actually like?
  • Can we ignore the electronic drums?
  • Is this collection worth buying overall?

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ABWH Live at the NEC October 24th 1989 – Part 1 – 208

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ABWH Live with Tony Levin

I have been unwell this week so I have only had time to listen to the first moments of the ABWH Live at the NEC package. However, I have had time to look at the sleeve notes and do a bit of research. There’s also a great review of a Jon and Vangelis album from Mark Anthony K and another ‘list’ from Marc Cadmore.

  • Why was this recording made?
  • Why was it not released until 2012?
  • Who is playing on it?

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Roger Dean’s Views – 205

Views
Views, by Roger Dean – a gift from Conan

After a very kind gift from Conan J Robison, I am now the proud owner of ‘Views’ by Roger Dean. Published in 1975, this is an amazing book.

  • What else did Roger Dean do at the start of his career?
  • Is there a link between Roger Dean’s art and Yes’ music?
  • How much of Dean’s work for Yes is covered in this book?

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Anderson Ponty Band Competition! – Episode 197

APB Better Late Than Never
Anderson Ponty Band – Better Late Than Never

The ‘Happening’ I keep referring to was postponed again this week which only left me enough time to do a very short episode containing a review of ABWH by Mark Anthony K and the details of how to enter the Anderson Ponty Band competition to win one of two copies of the new album, ‘Better Late Than Never’!

  • Send your competition entry to show@yesmusicpodcast.com
  • What does Mark Anthony K think of ABWH?
  • Was it really all peace and harmony in the band at the time?

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Episode 189 – Revisiting The Ladder

The Ladder etc.
The Ladder, Ladder Tour programme and House of Blues DVD

After the review of The Ladder last week from Mark Anthony K, I thought I would find out a bit more about this time when Billy Sherwood was writing, recording and performing with the band. So I have looked at Jon Kirkham’s ‘Time and a Word – The Yes Interviews’ book and a YouTube video of a concert fro the US Ladder Tour.

  • What did Billy Sherwood think of The Ladder?
  • What can we learn about Sherwood’s live performances from this YouTube video?
  • How will Billy step into Chris’ shoes?

Also this week, I received the press release about the AndersonPonty Band’s new album and DVD.

Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty
Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty

I read the whole press release in the episode but here’s an extract:

One of the most eagerly awaited releases of 2015 by the AndersonPonty Band, featuring music icons Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty, is scheduled to hit the streets early Fall 2015! “Better Late Than Never” is the new album taken from a live performance, and enhanced with innovative production. The package includes a bonus DVD featuring outstanding performances by the band captured in September 2014 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado.

The AndersonPonty Band has created some breathtaking new musical compositions. “Better Late Than Never” also showcases rearrangements of classic YES hits like “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”, “Roundabout” and “Wonderous Stories”, as well as some of Jean Luc Ponty’s beloved compositions, with Jon’s lyrical vocals and melodies enhancing the music and creating a very special and unique sound such as “Infinite Mirage” a new song incorporating Jean Luc’s classic tune “Mirage”.

AndersonPonty Band website

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Episode 182 – Yes Live in Europe 2016 – Drama!

Drama!
Drama to be played live in 2016 in its entirety!

In the midst of concern about Chris Squire’s health, Yes have announced that Drama and Fragile will be played in their entirety in 2016 in Europe.

  • What can we expect from Drama live in 2016?
  • Have all the tracks been played live before?
  • What about Trevor Horn’s contributions?

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Episode 180 – Chris Squire, bass legend

Chris Squire
Chris Squire – photo by Jeremy North

There has never been a more appropriate time to consider the contribution of Chris Squire to the greatest progressive rock band in the world.

  • What makes Chris Squire’s bass playing unique?
  • What does he add to every Yes track he has been involved with?
  • What will Yes concerts be like this Summer without Chris on bass for the first time since 1968?

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