Jon Anderson – Prog God – 241

Jon Anderson Prog God 2016
Jon Anderson Prog God 2016

In the week when Jon Anderson is deified as the 2016 Prog God, we discuss Yes’ whole album live obsession and the fact that Trevor Horn appeared on stage with them again this week. Mark reviews Fly From Here which fits in rather well and Kevin reads the Prog magazine articles about Jon Anderson.

  • What’s Fly From Here like in retrospect?
  • What has Prog magazine to say about its new Prog God?
  • Is there another Trevor Horn-produced album on the way?

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Anderson/Stolt Invention of Knowledge – 233

Anderson/Stolt Invention of Knowledge
Anderson/Stolt Invention of Knowledge

It’s time to investigate Invention of Knowledge by Anderson/Stolt! Also, Mark reviews Jon Anderson’s Survival and Other Stories and there’s his two pence as well…

  • Is this proper Prog Rock?
  • What’s the production like?
  • Has it been worth the wait?

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Fragile Definitive Edition, mixed by Steven Wilson – part 1- 217

 

Fagile
CD/Blu-ray purchased 2016

Despite what I say at the beginning of the episode, this is definitely episode 217. I finally manage to crack open my copy of the Steven Wilson Fragile remixes. Also, Mark Anthony K spins Rick Wakeman’s Sea Airs and there’s a news round up.

  • What has Steven Wilson managed to find in the archives?
  • How does the new version of Fragile ‘feel’?
  • Why might Mark fall asleep at the wheel listening to this Wakeman record?

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ABWH Live at the NEC October 24th 1989 – Part 3 – 210

Christmas @yesofficial haul #3 #progrock #prog @grumpyoldrick
ABWH Live with Tony Levin

I finally finish my listing to the Live at the NEC collection this week and Mark Anthony K goes on a journey to the centre of the world with Rick Wakeman!

  • What is the Bruford-Levin duet actually like?
  • Can we ignore the electronic drums?
  • Is this collection worth buying overall?

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Episode 189 – Revisiting The Ladder

The Ladder etc.
The Ladder, Ladder Tour programme and House of Blues DVD

After the review of The Ladder last week from Mark Anthony K, I thought I would find out a bit more about this time when Billy Sherwood was writing, recording and performing with the band. So I have looked at Jon Kirkham’s ‘Time and a Word – The Yes Interviews’ book and a YouTube video of a concert fro the US Ladder Tour.

  • What did Billy Sherwood think of The Ladder?
  • What can we learn about Sherwood’s live performances from this YouTube video?
  • How will Billy step into Chris’ shoes?

Also this week, I received the press release about the AndersonPonty Band’s new album and DVD.

Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty
Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty

I read the whole press release in the episode but here’s an extract:

One of the most eagerly awaited releases of 2015 by the AndersonPonty Band, featuring music icons Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty, is scheduled to hit the streets early Fall 2015! “Better Late Than Never” is the new album taken from a live performance, and enhanced with innovative production. The package includes a bonus DVD featuring outstanding performances by the band captured in September 2014 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado.

The AndersonPonty Band has created some breathtaking new musical compositions. “Better Late Than Never” also showcases rearrangements of classic YES hits like “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”, “Roundabout” and “Wonderous Stories”, as well as some of Jean Luc Ponty’s beloved compositions, with Jon’s lyrical vocals and melodies enhancing the music and creating a very special and unique sound such as “Infinite Mirage” a new song incorporating Jean Luc’s classic tune “Mirage”.

AndersonPonty Band website

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Episode 183 – Yes Tracks Through Time Part 9 – Drama Tracks

Drama!
Drama to be played live in 2016 in its entirety!

In this tracks through time edition, I listen to the previous outings of some Drama tracks.

  • What can we expect from these Drama tracks live in 2016?
  • Is Jon Davison going to be the best Yes singer for Drama?
  • Who else has played these tracks?

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Episode 181 – The Yes Magazine unveils a moment in the band’s history

mystery
Who are these people? Why are they all standing together?

Every issue of the Yes Magazine captures a moment in Yes history in a fascinating way. Thanks to Carl Coppage, I am able to immerse myself in one of these moments this week.

  • Why are fans all talking about a forthcoming box set?
  • What do Jon Anderson and Bill Bruford think of the forthcoming album and tour?
  • What is ‘Dialogue’ and where did it go?

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Episode 180 – Chris Squire, bass legend

Chris Squire
Chris Squire – photo by Jeremy North

There has never been a more appropriate time to consider the contribution of Chris Squire to the greatest progressive rock band in the world.

  • What makes Chris Squire’s bass playing unique?
  • What does he add to every Yes track he has been involved with?
  • What will Yes concerts be like this Summer without Chris on bass for the first time since 1968?

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Episode 175 – Yes Magazine from 1991

Yes Magazine
Scanned in and sent to me by the generous Carl Coppage

A look at an issue of the Yes Magazine from 1991, kindly scanned and sent to me by Carl Coppage.

  • What can we learn about the state of the band in 1991 from this magazine?
  • With hindsight, what seems odd?
  • What did the Gottlieb Brothers think would happen to Yes after this point?

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Episode 173 – Yes Live Rarities

Current line-up
How many of the current line-up are included on these recordings?

A CD of Yes Live Rarities from Bob Burns spanning decades of the world’s greatest progressive rock band.

  • What lies in wait – and from what eras?
  • Are any of these recordings different or special?
  • Are these recordings more interesting that Seven Shows From Seventy-Two promises to be?

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