Episode 164 – Union Live Part 1

Christmas @yesofficial haul part 3 Union Live #prog #progrock #yestheband
2 CD set purchased 2014

The one hundred and sixty-forth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring disc 1 of the Union Live CD.

  • 8 Yes men on the stage together?
  • Is the sound far too cluttered?
  • How do musicians not on the original tracks make their presence known?

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

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Episode 163 – Quiz results and Christmas Yes haul!

Waiting quietly for their turn on this week's episode!
Part of the Christmas Haul!
Quiz!
The Second YMP Quiz!

The one hundred and sixty-third episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the results of the second YMP Quiz and a preview of the items I received for Christmas which I am going to be featuring in forthcoming episodes.

  • Who won the quiz?
  • Who were the runners up?
  • What Yes related items did I receive for Christmas?

Listen to the episode and then add your contributions in any way you like!

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Hiatus explanation

The Mulryne family have unfortunately lost several days of the holidays due to illness so the Yes Music Podcast will return on Friday 9th January. Thanks for all your support.
Kevin

Episode 162 – Why Bother with Yes Memorabilia?

Japan Tour 2014 Key RIng
Japan Tour 2014 Key Ring from Michiru Kuruma (Click to enlarge)

The one hundred and sixty-second episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring some thoughts about memorabilia and a list of my favourites.

  • Why do people collect memorabilia?
  • What is it?
  • What are your favourite pieces of Yes memorabilia?

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

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Episode 161 – James Carter prompts some deep Yes music thoughts

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The one hundred and sixty-first episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring my reactions to a message I was sent by James Carter

  • How context-bound is music?
  • How do we choose our favourite Yes albums?
  • Am I getting far too self-indulgent?

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

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Episode 160 – The Second Yes Music Podcast Quiz!

Quiz!
The Second YMP Quiz!

The one hundred and sixtieth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the Second Yes Music Podcast Quiz!

  • How many Yes Alphabet questions can you answer?
  • How much do you know about Yes album covers?

Listen to the episode and then submit your answers! Last time, Joost Maglev won the quiz – this time it could be you!

Questions:

  1. Which letter I is the Young Rascals tune, which was given the Yes cover treatment in 1971 but only released in The Word Is Live boxed set many years later.
  2. Which letter G do I describe as “not an easy listen by any means but the order out of chaos which happens towards the end is masterfully handled with the acoustic guitar solo passage leading to a hauntingly beautiful melody.”
  3. Which D did I sum up like this: “A great artist and I think the gracious and generous way he accepted his departure of the band will always speak volumes about his integrity and how much he personally got out of the experience.”
  4. Who was Ken Brodie referring to in the letter Q episode when he said this – “”given those aborted sessions it makes him an interesting choice.  If memory serves, I don’t think some of the members had kind words for him in the years following the sessions.  It always seems, though, the members of the band are good at fence-mending.”
  5. Which Letter S track did I describe like this – “The tender beauty of this song always sends shivers down my spine. For a real Squire treat listen to his quiet but perfectly-formed line as it climbs around the highest reaches of the instrument and then cascades down for the chorus. Kaye adds some engaging keyboards and it’s an immersive trip encompassing the best of the flower power era as well as the developing Yes aesthetic. A lovely song.”
  6. Which letter E track am I talking about when I say “This track only contains one official Yes man alongside arguably the only other bass player most Yes fans would be happy to have in the band if Chris Squire were ever to leave.”
  7. Which Letter P is this? “The band take the opportunity to emphasise the title by moving to a couple of different triple time feels, settling on an almost waltz beat after the more complex opening patterns. The lyrics talk about inside out and outside in, beautifully reinforcing the topsy-turvy arrangement.”
  8. What letter B prompted me to ponder like this? “Maybe we can see the beginnings of the split between band members who wanted to go separate ways – those pushing for more rock-orientated, heavy songs and those attempting to pull things back in a more progressive direction (if that’s not a contradiction in terms).”
  9. The work of which letter M prompted me to say this? “His use of psychedelic colour palettes and shapes might make him a good fit for the band – at least in its late 60s origins but the cover of this album with its minimalist plain white background doesn’t really convey that feeling at all.”
  10. And finally, Which letter J did I point out had appeared twice in different band’s visual work but not played a note on any of their musical output?
  11. Which Yes album cover features icebergs and black and white creatures?
  12. Which Yes album cover was changed for US release due to the imagery used on the original?
  13. Which album cover was the first to feature the Roger Dean bubble logo?
  14. Name 1 album cover which features both the bubble Yes logo and the square, Japanese inspired one.
  15. Which album cover was originally intended to be reversible and so has the name of the album on both the back and the front?
  16. Most Yes album covers consist of paintings or other graphic elements but name one which also features at least one photograph.
  17. Which Roger Dean cover includes a real landmark from planet earth?
  18. Which album cover features a digitized world map?
  19. Which original album cover includes black and white photographic elements?
  20. Which album cover did Roger Dean say was supposed to look like leather?

 

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Episode 159 – The Return of Mabel Greer’s Toyshop

New Way of Life
Mabel Greer’s Toyshop – new album

The one hundred and fifty ninth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring a first listen to Electric Funeral, co-written by Chris Squire and Clive Bailey.

  • Does Mabel Greer’s Toyshop sound like early – or any kind – of Yes music?
  • Does Tony Kaye make his presence felt on Hammond organ – or Billy Sherwood?
  • What is the new album going to be like after 45 years apart?

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 158 – Yes Tracks Through Time Part 8 – Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams
From ‘Time and a Word’

The one hundred and fifty eighth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring three live versions of Sweet Dreams from Time and a Word.

  • What are the main differences in the performances?
  • How many different keyboard players are featured?
  • What can we learn about the state of the band from each performcnce?

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

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Episode 157 – The Yes Alphabet – ‘T’

The letter, 'T'.
…brought to you by the letter, ‘T’.

The one hundred and fifty seventh episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring some interesting concepts, tracks and albums beginning withe the letter. ‘T’.

  • What are those bizarre live ‘T’ tracks?
  • How many studio albums have ‘T’ tracks?
  • Are there any Yes personnel beginning with ‘T’?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what I’ve missed out.

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Episode 156 – A short music story

YMP T-shirtThe one hundred and fifty sixth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring a music story which I eventually relate to Yes music!

  • Live music is best.
  • Yes music creates deep connections.
  • What is ‘thin music’?

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

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