Interview special 3 – Ben Craven, prog rock singer songwriter

Australian one-man prog machine and Yes Music Podcast listener, Ben Craven, talks about his musical influences, his discovery of Yes music and how he managed to get Roger Dean to design the cover of his new album.

Listen to ‘Great and Terrible Potions’ and check out Ben’s website – http://www.bencraven.com

Interview special 2 – Andy’s view of Yes in concert

Yes fanatic – Andy

I had a great chat with the ever-generous Andy about the Yes concert in Birmingham he attended on 11th November 2011. Another top Yes Music Podcast listener, Andy’s reflections give a fascinating insight into the current Yes line-up and their performance at Symphony Hall.

If they came again in six months time, I’d go again – I’d be there!

Coming up in future interview specials – Ben Craven – a real-life, prog rock hero!

If you have a Yes story you’d like to share, please get in touch – I’d be more than happy to speak to you via Skype!

Episode 8 – ‘Relayer’

The eighth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the seventh studio album, ‘Relayer’.

Vinyl purchased circa. 1989, CD circa. 2005 (click to enlarge)
  • What difference does Patrick Moraz make on keyboards?
  • What’s difficult about ‘Sound Chaser’?
  • How does the album hang together?

Listen and see if you agree with me then let me know by leaving a comment or contacting me via the different routes on the right hand side!

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Episode 7 – ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans’ Part 2

The seventh episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring sides 3 and 4 of the sixth album, ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans’.

Vinyl purchased circa. 1989 CD circa. 2005 (click to enlarge)
  • Is side 3 really that difficult to access?
  • Where is Rick Wakeman?
  • Is Tales from Topographic Oceans worth the effort of listening?

Listen and see if you agree with me then let me know by leaving a comment or contacting me via the different routes on the right hand side!

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Interview special 1 – MJ Murphy

Guitar guru at work

I was delighted that I managed to speak to Mike Murphy via Skype recently. Mike is a teacher, all-round guitar expert, Yes fan and top listener of the Yes Music Podcast.

Mike writes engaging, expert, guitar-related blog posts at www.twilightguitar.wordpress.com

Who better, then, to help us understand the styles and approaches of the three Yes guitarists, Peter Banks, Steve Howe and Trevor Rabin?

I hope you enjoy the first Yes Music Podcast interview special – there are plenty more to come.

If you have a Yes story you’d like to share, please get in touch – I’d be more than happy to speak to you via Skype!