Should Yes Play Whole Albums Live? 222

I recorded this episode early in the week shortly before the news of Prince’s death was announced. Another musical genius is gone. It’s turning into a terrible year for our heroes.

On the show, I have a chat with Mark Anthony K about Yes current obsession with playing whole albums live and we come to some conclusions…or maybe not…take a listen and then let us know what you think.

  • Are all albums great in their entirety live?
  • Should Yes persist with this approach?
  • Should they also play a variety of other tracks?

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Yes Tracks Through Time – Part 11 – Ritual – 221

Which Ritual is your favourite?
Which Ritual is your favourite?

The ‘other’ track Yes will be playing live from Tales From Topographic Oceans this year – Ritual. Also, Mark reviews a rather different album, Big Generator.

  • Is the Yesshows version the best?
  • How does a Symphonic version sound?
  • When the classic line-up return, what’s the outcome?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!

My son’s directorial debut is here! William Mulryne shot and directed the first single video from November Plot. You can see some more of his band photography here.

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Yes Tracks Through Time – Part 10 – The Revealing Science of God – 220

Tales From Topographic Oceans
Tales From Topographic Oceans

In a week where Yes revealed they will be playing sides one and four of Tales From Topographic Oceans live, Mark and I look at aspects of the most controversial Yes album ever.

  • What’s Tales all about?
  • How many times have sides one and four been performed live?
  • Which line-up was best at performing it?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!

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An interview with Steve Howe on Yes in 2016 and beyond! – 213

Steve Howe
Steve Howe, legendary guitarist of Yes.

It was very exciting to speak to Steve Howe this week and ask him about the forthcoming UK and European tour as well as Yes’ plans for the future.

  • How has Billy Sherwood settled in?
  • Does Steve prefer playing whole albums?
  • Are there plans to tackle more whole albums?
  • Are Yes going back into the studio?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!

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Magnification 15th Anniversary – 212

Magnification
A collection of Magnification items purchased in the 2000s

I finally manage to speak to Mark Anthony K about Magnification 15 years after its release.

  • Is this a Yes album?
  • Is it progressive rock?
  • What is the production like?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!

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A quick round up of 2015 – 206

Episode 200 and a new logo! @asiageoff @yesofficial #prog #progrock http://yesmusicpodcast.com
2015 in review

In a short episode, I take a quick look back at some of the events in 2015 for Yes and the YMP. There are also some great items sent in by listeners.

  • What was the most important event of 2015 for Yes?
  • How difficult was producing the YMP in 2015?
  • How did I find the motivation to continue?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!

 

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Roger Dean’s Views – 205

Views
Views, by Roger Dean – a gift from Conan

After a very kind gift from Conan J Robison, I am now the proud owner of ‘Views’ by Roger Dean. Published in 1975, this is an amazing book.

  • What else did Roger Dean do at the start of his career?
  • Is there a link between Roger Dean’s art and Yes’ music?
  • How much of Dean’s work for Yes is covered in this book?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!

 

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Big Generator Revisited – Part 1 – 203

Big Generator
Big Generator vinyl purchased 2015

It’s back to look at Big Generator in a mini-series this week. Firstly, I consider some of the things the musicians said about the album afterwards.

  • Was this an easy album to make?
  • Was the band overflowing with material?
  • Was it a harmonious, easy process?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!

 

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Live in Budapest – The Revealing Science of God – Episode 199

Live in Budapest
DVD purchased 2015

I watched a DVD of the Open Your Eyes Tour in 1998, featuring some great performances of classic and more modern Yes tracks. It was an enjoyable way to relax after some rather more frenetic and stressful recent experiences!

  • What difference does 17 years make to the performance?
  • What do Billy Sherwood and Igor Khoroshev contribute?
  • Are classics and the latest tracks equally good?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!

 

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Episode 190 – Yes Live in August 2015

Steve Howe 2015
Steve Howe plays ‘Clap’, August 2015. Photo by Preston Frazier, used by permission.

Yes have just begun their US tour 2015. This week I look at some YouTube videos made by fans at those first concerts on the tour.

  • How do the band pay tribute to Chris Squire?
  • Is this still Yes, or is it becoming a tribute band?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!

 

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