Atlantic and Warner – what we’d like to see – 569

Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Ken Fuller, Wayne Hall and Jeffrey Crecelius

This week Mark and I had a wide-ranging and engrossing chat about what we would like Warner Music to release now they had acquired the rights to the Atlantic Yes catalogue. (At least I found it engrossing, your mileage may vary.)

I am also indebted to Simon Barrow for sending in a fine report on the recent interviews with both Benoit David (which Bob Keeley also sent to me) and Jon Davison about their experiences as lead singers for the band.

  • What kinds of product would we like from Warner?
  • What advice would we give Warner on what not to do?
  • How does Benoit David feel about his time with Yes?

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  • Joseph Cottrell
  • Ken Fuller
  • Jeffrey Crecelius and
  • Wayne Hall


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The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from:

10 replies on “Atlantic and Warner – what we’d like to see – 569”

I would like to see 5.1 mixes of the entire catalog! And not just mixes that sound the same but some very distinct spacial placing of instruments and voices.

I’d love to have refreshed versions of TAAW, GFTO & Tormato. Also any live stuff hitherto unreleased or which I’ve not come across. I’ve never heard any live recordings from the Rabin period though that may be my lack of looking.

Hire Peter Jackson to work the same AI magic he used on Revolver to clean up Yessongs, and make the QPR Relayer concert video listenable!

A bit of a stretch, but I’d like to see Warner commission someone to write a book for the 33 1/3 series, with the writers featured on this podcast getting first shot, of course. There are some great books in that series. Please check them out if you haven’t:
Maybe Kevin could do a proposal to 33 1/3 for a Tormato book!
How about a big set of live songs they rarely performed on tour. Here’s a long youtube set that I imagine most listeners already know about: That could be a good excuse for putting out another live album.
Perhaps even an album of songs Yes has covered live through the years. I imagine Warner isn’t interested in spending even more money by buying the rights to those songs, but it seems likes a option if you’re digging through the archives and are looking for new things to put out.
And lastly, maybe an arty documentary like the recent Moonage Daydream on David Bowie, which was mentioned in the podcast, and another one on the Velvet Underground, or the older film on Dylan called I’m Not There. I think Yes’ music would mix well with an imaginative director who was really into the project. It’s a real treat to hear Brett Morgen talk about how much Bowie meant to him. Warner needs to find a director like that for a Yes film.

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