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Master of the Master Tapes, Brian Kehew, talks about Progeny, Tormato, Drama and more – 519

Produced by Wayne Hall and Jeffrey Crecelius

We went deep into the weeds again this week with Master of the Master Tapes, Brian Kehew, who produced the amazing live box set, Progeny, as well as working on the bonus tracks for the Tormato and Drama Expanded and Remastered CD releases in 2004.

  • What governed the choices when creating Progeny?
  • Is Progeny a ‘better’ collection of Yes live than Yessongs?
  • What did Brian find in the vaults from the Tormato and Drama sessions?

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The Yes releases Brian worked on – Progeny, Progeny Highlights, Tormato reissue and Drama reissue.

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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:

8 replies on “Master of the Master Tapes, Brian Kehew, talks about Progeny, Tormato, Drama and more – 519”

Brian is a great guest, providing inside information & his expert opinion about the recording process. I second his, and Mark’s, view that if you don’t have Progeny, buy it, or at least the Highlights set!

Super guest and that technically minded chat was so enlightening. He definitely did the right thing and had the Yes fan experience at the centre of mixing, well done Brian. For you guys we got Tormato chat and geeking out on studio stuff, I bet you are still smiling.

What I’m thinking as you most likely are too, so does this mean a remix Tormato is possible, maybe not soon but potentially doable at least? And what of the lost, or part material from classic tours, ummmm we will continue to be patient I guess.

Excellent all three of you.

Loved this episode! I was fortunate to see Yes in Tuscaloosa, AL on Oct. 1, 1972 and on that show they did play Heart of the Sunrise after ISAGP and before Steve’s solo spot. I agree with the theory that they just mix up the setlist on some nights for variety. Boy, what I wouldn’t give to have a recording of that Tuscaloosa show. Just didn’t have a recorder with me that night. 🙂

I second David’s question about Tormato, as well as his patience for other tours. Brian’s comment on assembling the Progeny set were truly fascinating. Sadly, I waited too long and was only able to purchase the highlights (which are great). I can stream them all on Amazon, but physical copies of the CDs are insanely expensive! Oh well; maybe I will stumble on a set one of these days. In the meantime, at least we have so much great Yes music.

Interviews like this are an important contribution to documenting Yes history and understanding how the music was shaped. Really good, informed questioning, too. That makes all the difference. Plus there seems to be a flicker of hope regarding those Tormato master tapes (and another twist in the Dolby story).

Fantastic episode! Two of my favorite Yes works are Tormato and Progeny (like John, I only shelled out for the highlights – maybe next Christmas I’ll ask for the full set…I got a mountain bike this year but have yet to ride it because of the crappy weather around here…but I digress :-). And now I understand what “tape review” means. Too bad they didn’t remix Tormato at that time. What a wasted opportunity. Anywho it was super great to hear the story straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were. Thanks guys, you are the best!

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