Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller
This week we are back to the epic in-depth study of Tales from Topographic Oceans. We asked the ever-generous drummer of Yes tribute band Total Mass Retain Joe Cass to join us to talk about Alan White’s contribution to the classic album. You won’t be surprised to hear that Joe managed to help us to uncover a wealth of detail about the percussion on the album and the musical and personal character of the late deeply missed Yes stickman. Thank you to Joe for his insights.
I’ve had no time to do a proper update on all that’s happened over the past week but please do visit the YMP Discussion Group on Facebook and the X.com @yesmuispodcast feed for all the details. However, it’s worth wishing Jon Anderson a very happy 79th birthday and noting that Steve Howe’s damaged finger seems to be sufficiently healed to allow him to play again this evening after having to cancel some shows on the US tour.
- What did Alan White contribute to Tales?
- Is that him singing backing vocals?
- What do we mean by ‘melodic’ drumming?
Let us know if you agree with us!
Total mass retain:
Yes – The Tormato Story
- Joseph Cottrell
- Ken Fuller
- Jeffrey Crecelius
|Jim Morrison||Jon Pickles||Declan Logue|
|Gary Betts||Alan Begg||Michael Handerhan|
|Barry Gorsky||Steve Perry||Doug Curran|
|Martin Kjellberg||Todd Dudley||Rachel Hadaway|
|Lind||Paul Hailes||Craig Estenes|
|Mark James Lang||Steve Rode||David|
|Bob Martilotta||John Holden||Stephen Lambe|
|Dem||Fred Barringer||Scott Colombo|
|Chris Bandini||David Heyden||John Thomson|
|Mark Baggs||John Cowan||John Parry|
|Dave Owen||Simon Barrow||Steve Scott|
|Terence Sadler||Steve Dill||Robert Nasir|
|Fergus Cubbage||William Hayes||Geoff Bailie|
|Steven Roehr||Lobate Scarp||Geoffrey Mason|
|David Watkinson||Tim Stannard||Robert Vandiver|
|Brian Sullivan||David Pannell||Jamie McQuinn|
|Miguel Falcão||Paul Tomei||Michael O’Connor|
|Brian Harris||Hogne Bø Pettersen||Guy DeRome|
Our (not really) new Facebook YMP Discussion Group is open to anyone to join but I’ll be adding rules and joining requirements when I have time (one day…). One of the advantages of the new format is that all members of the group have the same ability to post content, so it’s a bit more egalitarian, or somesuch. Please do search for the group and join in.
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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: archive.org