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Episode 95 – Yes Tracks Through Time Part 4 – Leaves of Green

Leaves of Green…part of The Ancient

The ninety-fifth episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring four versions of the Yes track, ‘Leaves of Green’ through the years.

Also featuring Patrick Moraz who I missed out of the Yes Alphabet ‘M’ episode last week!

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  • What or where is ‘Leaves of Green’?
  • Can it work as a piece on its own?
  • Has it been performed in different ways over the years?

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Patrick Moraz, Chris Squire and Alan White

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Yes book – Time and a Word – Signature Edition

Philadelphia 1979 Leaves of Green

Leaves of Green from the Masterworks Tour, 2000

2012 concert with Jon Davison – Leaves of Green

Jon Anderson solo Leaves of Green from Soundcloud

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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

2 replies on “Episode 95 – Yes Tracks Through Time Part 4 – Leaves of Green”

I am enjoying these episodes that compare Yes songs through the years. You mentioned that you remain skeptical that Leaves of Green would work without the context of the full song Ancient Giants Under the Sun. I disagree. To me, Leaves of Green only works as a solo piece. I love TFTO and Ancient in particular, but I have never thought Leaves of Green fits well in that context. It seems to be tacked onto the end of a 13 minute composition that needed some padding to fill out side 3 of TFTO. The context it was forced into never fit for me. I enjoy the song Leaves of Green on its own, but it does not seem to have anything to do with the larger context of Ancient. Never has.

One other comment. You mentioned the thrill that Masterworks audiences must have felt after hearing Leaves of Green. I loved the concert that I saw during the brilliant Masterworks tour. But after Leaves of Green, Howe and Anderson shook hands. A rehearsed handshake? Seemed a bit contrived to me … No thrill here.

Hi Joe and many thanks for the comments.

Great to know you are enjoying these episodes. That’s a very fair point about Leaves of Green – if we all agreed all the time, it would be a bit dull! I will listen again and see if I change my mind! I’ve never thought of it as tacked on but maybe you are right…

Rehearsed handshake…well, I’m sure some things are staged and this could have been. Other bands plan transitions to the second, I understand so it’s really not out of the question. It makes me wonder about other incidents as well.

Thanks again and keep contributing!

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