Tormato, undeniably the greatest Yes album 😉 celebrated 40 years recently. So this week, Mark and I listen again to the much-maligned record to try and find out what everyone else seems to hate. We also dedicate our 2 pence to the 1978 ‘classic’.
Was the production really that bad?
Are there any aspects people who don’t listen are missing out on?
Are there any decent songs?
Listen to the episode then let us know what you think!
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Mark’s Tormato Friday Music Vinyl photos:
DBA (Downes Braide Association)
Perform Debut live show at Trading Boundaries on 28th Sept &
Announce release of Remixed version of Suburban Ghosts
26th September 2018: DBA (Downes Braide Association) perform their first ever live show at Trading Boundaries on Friday 28th September, with a special showcase for their latest album Skyscraper Souls. The evening is sponsored by Prog Magazine.
DBA is the musical collaboration between the legendary Geoff Downes and Chris Braide who joined forces as the result of their close friendship and passion for music. Bass player Andy Hodge, who worked on the Skyscraper Souls album will be joining DBA on the night. Other guests at Trading Boundaries will include David Longdon (Big Big Train) and David Colquhoun (Francis Dunnery, Go West). Barney Ashton Bullock (poet, songwriter; Andy Bell; Marc Almond) will be doing the narrative on the night.
DBA also announce the release of a remixed version of their critically acclaimed 2015 album Suburban Ghosts 2018 on 30th November. The album features new musicians and is remixed by Chris Braide and mastered by Mike Pietrini. Joining original band members Chris Braide (vocals, programming, piano, bass guitar, electric guitar, keyboards) and Geoff Downes – (programming, piano and keyboards) on the remix are: Patrick Howley – electric guitar, Dave Gregory – slide guitar, Lee Pomeroy – bass guitar, Andy Hodge – bass guitar and on Drums – Ash Soan.
Wherever musical history is made, Geoff Downes is there. From the first video ever shown on MTV, The Buggles’ Video Killed the Radio Star, Geoff continues to gain acclaim and break musical ground. He is a founding member of Asia whose album of the same name was the biggest selling in the world in 1982. Together with vocalist/bassist, the late John Wetton, they propelled the band’s global success. With the legendary YES, Geoff joined for the critically acclaimed album ‘Drama’ in 1980 and then re-joined for ‘Fly From Here’ in 2011. He continues to tour with both YES and Asia.
Christopher Braide is a multi-instrumentalist, Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter and producer who is based in Los Angeles. He is known for his outstanding work with Sia, Lana Del Rey, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Marc Almond, David Guetta and many more. GQ magazine named him one of the most successful and influential men in the music industry under 40, and he continues to work with A-listers on both sides of the Atlantic.
DBA is a labour of love for both Downes and Braide and together they form a unique combination. They have produced three critically acclaimed albums with ‘Skyscraper Souls’ being their most ambitious yet, it features the talents not only of the principals but also guest stars Marc Almond, Kate Pierson (B-52s), Andy Partridge (XTC), Ash Soan (The Voice) and David Longdon (Big Big Train).
Chris Braide states: “Working with Geoff on the Skyscraper Souls album and its two predecessors has reacquainted me with the kind of music I love. Epic and euphoric. To be able to make music like this with my dear friend is a real pleasure and reminds me why I got into music in the first place. I’m looking forward to opening up the songs in a live setting.” Geoff Downes goes on to say: “It’s been both a revelation and inspiration for me, working with Chris on our DBA project together, and long may it continue. He is extremely gifted, both as a writer and producer, and I am very proud of our collaboration. We immediately hit it off when we first met some 8 years ago, and since then, have gently nurtured our way through 3 studio albums. Now, taking this onto the live stage is going to be a real thrill for both of us. Our motto has always been: DBA = Joy and Fun!”
Roger Dean created the cover artwork for ‘Skyscraper Souls’ and the original painting will be on display on the night.
Sponsored by Prog magazine, this rare live show is going to be a very special evening of music from DBA and their special guests, in the candlelit, atmospheric surroundings of Trading Boundaries’ venue which was voted the number 2 venue on Prog Magazine’s 2017 poll, after the Royal Albert Hall.
DBA at Trading Boundaries
Friday 28 September 2018
Tickets: £55 with dining, £25 standing
Box office: 01825 790200
Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green, Nr Fletching, East Sussex TN22 3RB.
15 mins from Haywards Heath, Lewes and Uckfield.
ABOUT TRADING BOUNDARIES
Situated in a Grade II* Georgian manor house, with beautiful surroundings, in the heart of the Sussex countryside, Trading Boundaries is a shop, café, music venue and gallery. It specialises in importing Asian furniture, artefacts and textiles. The boutique, candlelit venue hosts artists such as Steve Hackett, Rick Wakeman, Focus and The Brand New Heavies, with the gallery offering a permanent display of Roger Dean’s work. For further information: 01825 790200 or visit: tradingboundaries.com
This week Mark and I have been considering Songs From Tsongas in order to re-live the last time Howe, White, Anderson and Wakeman were together on stage along with the late great Chris Squire. With the recent ARW and Yes live offerings perhaps only offering us part of the story, does Songs from Tsongas now seem like the full picture?
Was it better when the ‘classic’ lineup were with us?
How does the acoustic section come over?
How is the band interaction?
Listen to the episode then let us know what you think!