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Episode 45 – The Yes Alphabet – ‘A’

…brought to you by the letter, ‘A’.

The forty-fifth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the letter, ‘A’.

  • What aspects of the band are represented by this letter?
  • What would you include?

Listen and see if your letter ‘A’ choices are included. Then let me know by contacting me via any of the different routes on the right hand side or by leaving a comment below!

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2 replies on “Episode 45 – The Yes Alphabet – ‘A’”

Hi Kevin,

To add to your “A is for…”

Advision Studios which was originally at 83 New Bond Street, then moved to 23 Gosfield Street in 1969 these locations are both very central to the media areas in the West End if London.
The Gosfield St building was originally a victorian “Poor School”

Advision was used extensively by Yes as well as T-Rex, Gentle Giant, Soft Machine and ELP in the 70’s. This was because producers such as Tony Visconti and Eddie Offord were based here.

Yes albums associated with this studio are :

“Time And A Word”
“The Yes Album”
“Fragile” ,
“Close To The Edge”

So from 1969 to 1978 it was pretty important!

Not just Yes albums but many of the solo albums from Yes members were also created at Advision —

Peter Banks “Two Sides of Peter Banks”
Rick Wakeman “White Rock”,
Steve Howe “Turbulence” and “New Beginnings”,
Alan White “Ramshackled”
Asia “Then and Now”
and with a nod to Roger Deans artwork, the Osibisa album of the same name – the one with the head-on picture of a flying elephant on an orangy pink sky.

Fans of Rush may be surprised to hear “Hemispheres” and “Farewell To Kings” were recorded here.

In the 80s’ it was where the late producer Martin Rushent (OMD and many others ) worked – he started out as a projectionist here when the studio was used a lot for film scoring and overdubbing and then became Tony Visconti’s tape operator. Before going on to record many 80’s pop and “post punk” bands.

There is a list here
that shows it also took part in recordings of pretty much everyone who had a hit in the UK in the ’80s.

It is now still used for recording, but concentrates on voiceover work and is called The Sound Company.

With that list of Yes albums I think it has earned a place in your A to Z of Yes.

See also

I hope that is helpful. / Paul Wilson

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