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Episode 149 – The Yes Alphabet – ‘S’

...brought to you by the letter, 'S'.
…brought to you by the letter, ‘S’.

The one hundred and forty-ninth episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring various concepts, characters and tracks beginning with the letter, ‘S’.

  • Which letter ‘S’ has been connected with the band for over 23 years but is not a current member?
  • Which tracks begin with, ‘S’?
  • Which letter ‘S’ tracks are sublime and which are silly?

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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 the following two creative commons sources: thanvannispen and

10 replies on “Episode 149 – The Yes Alphabet – ‘S’”

Excellent episode Kevin. I hadn’t realised there were so many S things in the Yes alphabet.

For me though there is one glaring omission and one less so.

Stravinsky could have been in there, but how could you leave out “Soon”? Especially as it is on one of your favourite albums!

Strictly speaking it is part of Gates of Delirium, but it has its own credit as a song, and if I remember correctly it is sometimes played on its own in a medley

I did have Stravinsky on the list but ran out of time! Good point about Soon though – I missed that one.

Thanks for the comment!

Hi Kevin, as far as I remember the participants in Symphonic Music Of Yes is ABWH – no wonder you can’t find Chris’ bass – I mean I am almost sure… I didn’t buy that CD for that reason 🙂
Billy Sherwood was involved on the Talk tour, playing bass, guitar and backing vocals. He mixed and/or produced both KTAs… but I don’t know which song on Union he played bass? You said that he played bass on one song (like Trevor Horn)… which song? I always thought it was Chris.

Not sure if you consider the parts of “Fly From Here” Suite as stand alone songs, but I do find that “Sad Night at the Air Field” is a fine stand alone song, even out of context with the suite. I think this may be due to the marvelous Howe steel guitar work in this piece, and it’s different mood from the rest of piece. In any event, it was missing from the list of songs starting with “S”. Just discovered the podcast. I love it. I’ve been binging on it, and trying to catch up. You’ve been here since 2011. Wow. I’m a huge Yes fan, and can’t believe I’m just discovering this marvelous podcast. Then again, I’ve only been listening to podcasts at all for about 2 years, and those primarily philosophy talks. Thanks for sharing all your insights on this, the greatest band ever.

Yes thanks for that spot! Listening now to Fly From Here, I think it is a great work with a lot of coherence. Very enjoyable indeed!

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