Saxlife plays Yes – Total Sax Retain – 215

Saxlife Plays Yes!
CD donated by John Doyle 2016

John Doyle very kindly sent me his copy of Saxlife plays Yes – Total Sax Retain which is the brainchild of saxophonist, Jamison Smeltz. So this week I got to listen carefully to Yes classics arranged for saxophone quartet.

There is also a review from Mark Anthony K of Heaven and Earth.

  • How does Yes music sound when arranged for saxophone quartet?
  • How were the tracks put together?
  • Is this a good ‘tribute’ album?

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

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News, 9012Live and Christmas Haul first glance – 207

Part of the 2015 Christmas haul!
Part of the 2015 Christmas haul!

A brief look at the contents of my Christmas Yes Haul, a few bits of news and Mark’s review of 9012 Live The Solos.

  • Who are the UK and Europe support act for Yes in 2016?
  • Does Mark lile 9012Live – The Solos??
  • How did I find the motivation to continue?

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

 

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Anderson Ponty Band Competition! – Episode 197

APB Better Late Than Never
Anderson Ponty Band – Better Late Than Never

The ‘Happening’ I keep referring to was postponed again this week which only left me enough time to do a very short episode containing a review of ABWH by Mark Anthony K and the details of how to enter the Anderson Ponty Band competition to win one of two copies of the new album, ‘Better Late Than Never’!

  • Send your competition entry to show@yesmusicpodcast.com
  • What does Mark Anthony K think of ABWH?
  • Was it really all peace and harmony in the band at the time?

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

 

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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 188 – Billy Sherwood’s first time in Yes

Yes Magazine from 1998
Yes Magazine from 1998

With Billy Sherwood officially back as a Yes band member, I look at the first time he joined as a permanent member, through a Yes Magazine issue from 1998, kindly supplied by the Gottlieb Brothers.

  • What did Sherwood think of Open Your Eyes?
  • What did Steve Howe think of Open Your Eyes?
  • What was the 1997 concert tour like?

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Episode 182 – Yes Live in Europe 2016 – Drama!

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

In the midst of concern about Chris Squire’s health, Yes have announced that Drama and Fragile will be played in their entirety in 2016 in Europe.

  • What can we expect from Drama live in 2016?
  • Have all the tracks been played live before?
  • What about Trevor Horn’s contributions?

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

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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?

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

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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 178 – Like It Is – Yes at The Bristol Hippodrome – Part 3

Like It Is
CD/DVD purchased 2014

This week I watch the first part of the DVD from  Like It Is – Yes at The Bristol Hippodrome. This is the whole of Going for the One.

  • How does this epic look on screen?
  • Does the minimal staging work?
  • What can we learn about the musicians from seeing them rather than hearing them?

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

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Episode 174 – A Very Brief Easter Update

YMP
Easter time!

A very brief update at Easter time, 2015.

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