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Episode 80 – The Yes Alphabet – ‘J’

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

The eightieth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the Yes Alphabet – ‘J’.

Listen and then let me know if I have missed out any of your letter, ‘J’ suggestions by contacting me via any of the different routes on the right hand side or by leaving a comment below!

  • Which ‘J’ was almost a member of Yes – twice?
  • Are there any tracks or albums which begin with ‘J’?
  • Does humour have any place in prog rock?


Ken Fuller and Bob in New York at the Yes show


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Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp with Yes

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Owner of a Lonely Heart video featuring Eddie Jobson (or not…)

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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:

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11 replies on “Episode 80 – The Yes Alphabet – ‘J’”

Hi Kevin, one final note. My friend Bob and I enjoyed the NY show so much we decided to get tickets for the July 31 show in Westbury, Long Island (about a 45 minute train ride from Manhattan) so I’ll get to see them all over again. This time I hope they play TYA first, followed by CTTE and GFTO – I have to say that I agree with Steve Howe – that’s the proper way to hear them. Cheers

Very interesting show as always the nice words that ken had for the New York show was wonderful and as always I can say that I have always felt that way after a Yes show good to hear they still have the joy way down deep in there hearts.I believe that Steve Howe is a jazz / country / classical playing man I mean if you look at his ES-175 Gibson that is by far a jazz guitar and one that he has mastered over the years. However I also believe he has mastered every guitar he has ever played so I guess he is just a master of any and all Guitars . I would have to agree with you on the comment of jazz fusion with Patrick Moraz .I hope and pray that someday John would find his way home back to the great band that he no doubt built or was a very large piece of. I’m very happy that they are talking new music its always exciting to hear new Yes music. until next week. Keep up the great work and I know its hard work but I also know that its something you enjoy doing and I for one will always be a fan of the show
Take care


Great episode this week. A couple of things I wanted to mention: in the “Owner” video, you get another shot of Jobson near the beginning. He’s at a keyboard, and you can see him quickly snapping his hand in the air to match the first BAM! sound (for lack of a better term) of the song. Also, you mentioned that Jon and Vangelis’ “Page of Life” was orginally abandoned, but there was a UK release in 1991–I actually have it, along with the 1998 US release. They are actually both quite different. If all you have is the greatest hits collection, I would reccomend all of the Jon and Vangelis albums, escpecially since the greatest hits album has many edited versions that are richer and more complex on the albums. Thanks, and keep up the great work!

Thanks for the kind words, Kevin. I will have to look out more carefully for Mr. Jobson – thanks for the tip! I will take your advice about investigating Jon and Vangelis – their partnership sounds fascinating – thanks again.

No sure I agree with Paul about Steve’s 175. A jazz guitar indeed, but he plays it like anything but – (and did in Tomorrow and Bodast before Yes) – that’s one of the reason’s for his uniqueness. However, for another jazz link don’t forget his friendship with Scottish jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, whose album “Artistry” Steve produced and with whom he collaborated for “Masterpiece Guitars”

Thanks for the two comments, Tim. Interesting to hear about Howe and Taylor. I suppose I’m being far too touchy about pigeon holes – in the end I don’t really like categorising music but then I wouldn’t be doing a show about the greatest prog band in the world…oh well… 😉

What is the other guitar that Steve is playing? (The one that is mounted.) I can’t make out the logo on any of the photos or videos.

Hi – best way to answer that question is to ask the listeners who know this stuff – I’ll add it to this week’s episode. Thanks for contributing!

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