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The sixty-seventh episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the letter, ‘G’.
Listen and see if all your letter ‘F’ 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!
- Which albums and songs begin with ‘G’?
- Are there any important ‘G’ Yes concepts?
- What have I missed out?
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Magic Lantern – great prog rock track by Joost Maglev
Yes related videos including those suggested by Kevin Brodie
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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:
10 replies on “Episode 67 – The Yes Alphabet – ‘G’”
Nice show today, and thanks for the shout out on the videos! Wasn’t expecting that. I wanted to add what I know (and think) about “Give and Take.” I don’t think it’s Rabin and Howe playing together, as it is my understanding that the only crossover talents for the Yes West/ABWH sesssions on “Union” are Chris and Jon. Much of the guitar might very well be Jimmy Haun, whom Elias used to replace many of Steve’s parts throughout the “Union” sessions. You can hear Steve’s solo vocals at the very end of the song–that’s him singing the phrase “give and take.” I do think you are right about the Rabinesque quality of the song. I know that Clive Davis was pushing Jon and Elias to have more acessible, hit single like songs on the new ABWH album. Evidently, he wasn’t satisfied with the fact that ABWH was “only” a gold album. It was Davis’s suggestion to Jon to bring in Trevor Rabin to guest and write a song or two to enhance the hit single likelihood for ABWH II. And it was that suggestion that ultimately led to the Union album and project. Ironically, “Union” sold essentially the same number of copies as ABWH, but cost twice as much to produce! Good plan, that. So, in short, I don’t think it’s Steve and Trevor on “Give and Take.” There are several reasons, though, why it may sound that way.
Thanks Kevin, a really useful and interesting comment!
I wonder if we will ever really know who did what but I do find your explanation very plausible. I wonder if there’s an interview out there with Jimmy Haun…
Thanks again and do keep listening!
I remember Mike Tiano interviewed Circa back in 2007, and he asked Jimmy what he was asked by Elias to do on the Union sessions. His answer was to imitate Steve Howe. Here is the interview: http://nfte.org/interviews/CIRCA301.html. It’s far down the near bottom. The rest of the interview is good also!
Thanks Kevin – fascinating stuff!
You’re welcome. BTW, the second to the last sentence of my last comment should read “It’s far down near the bottom.” Guess I was having a bad syntax day. 🙂
Not the most appropriate place to put this but… just seen on Facebook that European Podcast Awards voting has been extended to the 1st of February – Get voting for YMP people, its not too late.
I have no problem with you putting comments like that anywhere, Paul! Thanks so much for the support!
G for Gentle Giant, which was the support band, when I saw the Relayer tour in 1975 🙂
I correct myself, it was Gryphon, not Gentle Giant, still a G though
Ah yes, I saw your scanned-in ticket! Fascinating time to have been going to concerts. I’m looking forward to our chat soon! Thanks for the comment.