More on Yes keyboard players – 278

Yes logo by Roger Dean – of course!

Produced by Preston Frazier, David Gordon, Bill Govier, Wayne Hall and Michel Arsenault.

After a suggestion by Jeremy North, we look at live performances by Yes keyboard players including Kaye playing Wakeman and Wakeman playing Kaye. There’s a great video doing the rounds of four Yes keyboard players playing the same Close to the Edge solo and it was a lot of fun to look at that carefully. Mark also reviews the debut Flash record which features Tony Kaye soon after he left Yes for the first time and we enter the dangerous waters of what Yes and ARW need to do (if anything) to legitimise their claim to the name of ‘Yes’.

  • Who plays the best Close to the Edge solo?
  • How do Rick Wakeman and Tony Kaye approach each other’s parts?
  • Which approaches work best?

Listen to the episode then let us know what you think!

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The 4 Yes keyboardists video:

Tony Kaye in Big Generator mode playing Rick Wakeman’s part

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

Christmas @yesofficial haul #3 #progrock #prog @grumpyoldrick
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?

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

 

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Episode 183 – Yes Tracks Through Time Part 9 – Drama Tracks

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

In this tracks through time edition, I listen to the previous outings of some Drama tracks.

  • What can we expect from these Drama tracks live in 2016?
  • Is Jon Davison going to be the best Yes singer for Drama?
  • Who else has played these tracks?

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

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Episode 169 – Mabel Greer’s Toyshop – A New Way of Life

New Way of Life
Promotional copy received 2015

The one hundred and sixty-ninth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the debut album from pre-Yes band, Mabel Greer’s Toyshop. I am interviewing Clive Bayley from the band next week – and hopefully Bob Hagger as well.

  • How interesting is this album to Yes fans?
  • What do the two Yes tracks sound like?
  • What do Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye add?

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

The boys in the band!
The boys in the band!

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Episode 168 – In The Present – Live From Lyon – Part 2

Live From Lyon
CD set purchased 2014

The one hundred and sixty-eighth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the second disc of the live album, ‘In The Present – Live From Lyon’.

  • Can this line up sustain the performance over two discs?
  • Are the epics as good as the shorter songs?
  • Does the concert hang together well?

Listen to the episode and then let me know if you agree!

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Episode 167 – In The Present – Live From Lyon – Part 1

Live From Lyon
CD set purchased 2014

The one hundred and sixty-seventh episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the live album, ‘In The Present – Live From Lyon’.

  • What effect do Oliver Wakeman and Benoit David have?
  • Can this line-up perform the classics?
  • What works best?

Listen to the episode and then let me know if you agree!

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Episode 122 – Yes Tracks Through Time Part 7 – Heart of the Sunrise

Heart of the Sunrise
Another Yes track through time

STOP PRESS! Yes, I realise I said Adam Wakeman rather than Oliver Wakeman in this episode! Sorry!

The one hundred and twenty second episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring an exploration of the live outings of Heart of the Sunrise, through the years.

  • What differences are there between performances?
  • Do changes in personnel affect the renditions?
  • How has the track aged?

Listen and see if you agree with me, then let me know by contacting me via any of the methods below.

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Episode 114 – Yes Tracks Through Time – Part 6 – Owner of a Lonely Heart

Owner of a Lonely Heart
The best-known Yes track of all time

The one hundred and fourteenth episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring various performances of Owner of a Lonely Heart.

  • How has this track been approached by different line-ups?
  • What effect does Steve Howe have when he’s present?
  • Can anyone play that Rabin solo apart from him?

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Episode 114 – Yes Tracks Through Time – Part 6 – Owner of a Lonely Heart – Yes Music Podcast

Owner of a Lonely Heart
The best-known Yes track of all time

The one hundred and fourteenth episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring various performances of Owner of a Lonely Heart.

  • How has this track been approached by different line-ups?
  • What effect does Steve Howe have when he’s present?
  • Can anyone play that Rabin solo apart from him?

Listen and see if you agree with me, then get involved by contacting me via any of the methods below.

Please get involved with the YMP e-book – for a copy of the guidelines, please see the full show notes below…

 

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Episode 84 – Yes Tracks Through Time Part 3 – Long Distance Runaround

Long Distance Runaround
The wrong title but we know what they meant…

The eighty-forth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring several different versions of the classic track, Long Distance Runaround.

Listen and then let me know if you agree with my assessment of the performances by contacting me via any of the different routes on the right hand side or by leaving a comment below!

  • How is the studio version developed into a live version?
  • Does it always work?
  • What influence do different band members have on the track?

 

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