Magnification 15th Anniversary – 212

Magnification
A collection of Magnification items purchased in the 2000s

I finally manage to speak to Mark Anthony K about Magnification 15 years after its release.

  • Is this a Yes album?
  • Is it progressive rock?
  • What is the production like?

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

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

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

 

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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?

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

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Episode 170 – An Interview with Clive Bayley from Mabel Greer’s ToyShop

New Way of Life
Promotional copy received 2015

The one hundred and seventieth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring an interview with Clive Bayley from Mabel Greer’s Toyshop.

  • What was it like in London in the late 1960s?
  • Was it obvious that the Yes men who joined Mabel Greer’s Toyshop would go on to become so successful?
  • Why has band got back together in 2014/5 and recorded an album?

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 166 – Yes Support Bands

Handbill
Yes on the bill

The one hundred and sixty-sixth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring some thoughts about the band who have played with Yes over the years.

  • Should Yes tour with a support band?
  • When is support not support?
  • When does a multiple bill turn into a nostalgia show?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Episode 137 – Believe Again

Heaven and Earth
New in July 2014

The one hundred and thirty seventh episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring a sneak peek at the first track on teh new studio album, Heaven and Earth.

  • How did this track leak out?
  • What is it like?
  • Does it bode well for the rest of the album?

SPOILER ALERT!

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