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Episode 17 – ‘Keys to Ascension’ part 2

CDs purchased 1996 and 1997 (click to enlarge)

The seventeenth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the studio tracks from the sixteenth studio/live album, ‘Keys to Ascension 2’.

  • Is the same quality and feel retained from Keys to Ascension?
  • Is this 1977 or 1997?
  • Does splitting the studio tracks between two albums work?

Listen and see if you agree with me then let me know by leaving a comment or contacting me via the different routes on the right hand side!

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Yes and Philosophy: The Spiritual and Philosophical Dimensions of Yes Music:
Ravel Bolero:
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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

Yes Music PodcastHomework for next time:

Llisten to the next studio album, Open Your Eyes from 1997:

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Open Your Eyes on Amazon (UK)

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Buy Yes music, don’t steal it. Take a look at this but then go out and buy the album:

Open Your Eyes on YouTube (Start here with ‘New State of Mind’)

6 replies on “Episode 17 – ‘Keys to Ascension’ part 2”

Wow well thanks for the kind words Kevin however I think I sound like crap but I guess that’s just the lousy mic.
Real enjoyed this one I felt like you paint the music with your wonderful words. I believe that the comment about their clothes had me thinking your right because having seen their shows in the 70’s they did wear some pretty strange stuff but again I’m rambling on my point was Mind Drive is probably my favorite long track since the close to edge and tales. Sorry I get carried away sometimes but you bring such life to there music with your wonderful words and expression it is a complete joy. Please keep up the great work I’m kinda getting addicted to your show…lol
hope to talk to you soon


P.S. I feel this was your best pod cast to date I feel you really added your funny side to it !

Thanks once again, Paul, for the really kind words. I’m really excited you are getting so much out of the show. It’s great to know you are there.

Hi Kevin. I just came across your site and love it! You do a great job of digging deep into the music and giving new life to many of these old (and new) Yes favorites. I agree that the studio tracks on “Keys – Part 2” are very strong, with plenty of the classic Yes flavor. I guess you can take Rick Wakeman out of Yes, but you can’t take the Yes out of Rick Wakeman!

Thanks again for this excellent resource.


Hi Todd. It’s great to have you along for the ride! I look forward to sharing lots about the world’s greatest progressive rock band!

Only a year late, I’m ploughing through my Yes cds along with your episodes.
The live songs on these two album sets make me think I’ve died and gone to heaven. I don’t think I’ve played these cds more than a couple of times since I got them as new releases. That’ll teach me! The studio tracks are much better than I’d remembered them. I take back what I said about them in my email.
Thanks to you 🙂

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