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Episode 108 – Leave It 12 inch Single

Leave It
Leave It 12 inch single purchased 2013

The one hundred and eighth episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring my thoughts on a 12 inch single of Leave It I found in a charity shop in Stratford-upon-Avon recently. As it’s half term here in the UK, this episode is recorded in my car. Apologies for the road noise – I hope it’s not too offputting!

  • What were 12 inch singles all about?
  • Are remixes of Yes singles a good idea?
  • What are the three tracks on this release and are any of them worthwhile?

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YouTube playlist of the 3 tracks on Leave It 12 inch single

YesWorld Close to the Edge re-issue details

Progressive Nation at Sea 2014 (Jon Anderson headlining)

Vote for Yes in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations


Theme music

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 the following two creative commons sources: thanvannispen and

4 replies on “Episode 108 – Leave It 12 inch Single”

I also used to have a Yes 12″ single – I just went to look for it and it seems to be gone, so perhaps I got rid of it somewhere along the line. It was given to me as a birthday present by a fellow Yes enthusiast in December 1977.

I think it was this:

Wonderous Stories / Parallels. If I remember correctly, there was nothing special about them – no different from the album version – so it didn’t get played very often.

Much less interesting than your find, but it shows that there are other Yes 12″ singles out there!

On the 9012lIve concert video, you can see Chris singing the bass vocal parts, so I believe Miguel is correct. The “Leave it” dance mix is also played over the closing credits of that same concert video. That mix does not appear on the 90125 reissue, but the other two mixes of “Leave it” from this single do. A dance mix of “Owner” is on the reissue. Judging from the track list of the new Big Generator reissue that will appear in Rhino’s new box set, a dance remix of “Rhythm of Love” was also done. It seems that Atlantic spent much of the 80’s trying to get Yes into dance clubs.

Great – thanks for that, Kevin. It really does make sense! A lot of that remixing 80s stuff – not just Yes – isn’t very inspiring, I find. Oh well, useful information, thanks!

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