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What have they done? No Relayer! 524

Produced by Wayne Hall and Jeffrey Crecelius

I was on the road this week but still managed to catch up with Mark and Henry Potts to discuss the news that Yes will not be playing Relayer on the upcoming tour but have opted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Close To The Edge instead.

I was in a hotel room with just my laptop but this news was clearly too important to miss.

  • Why has Relayer been shelved?
  • Will we ever hear the full album live?
  • Is it too soon to play Close To The Edge in its entirety again?

Listen to the episode and let us know what you think!

PRESS RELEASE:

50th Anniversary Celebration

of Close to the Edge

for UK

The Album Series Tour in June

8th March 2022: Progressive pioneers YES have announced a change to their forthcoming The Album Series Tour 2022 as they will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their iconic album Close to the Edge. This tour, twice rescheduled due to the Covid pandemic was intended to showcase YES’s 1974 classic Relayer album but will now feature Close to the Edge, performed in full, along with other classic tracks from YES’s extensive catalogue.  An announcement regarding the European dates will be made shortly.

The tour line-up features Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals), Billy Sherwood (bass guitar and backing vocals) with additional drums and percussion by Jay Schellen. All tour dates are as previously announced and all tickets remain valid. A full performance of the Relayer album will now be featured in a future tour in The Album Series.

The show will comprise full production and a high-definition video wall directed by Roger Dean who will also be joining the tour with an exhibition of YES related art.

Following the release of The Yes Album and Fragile, in 1971, YES released what is widely considered one of the most defining albums, not only for YES but for the whole progressive movement. Close to the Edge became an inspiration for their contemporaries and for successive generations of musicians.

We reached a real high, doing ‘Close to the Edge’,” said Steve Howe. “We valued the musicianship, the artistic ideas and the vocalising that people bring and that’s why we’re still doing it, because it’s exciting to do! ‘Close to the Edge’ was voted the most-proggy album possibly ever made. It was very experimental. We had already done 10-minute epics but with ‘Close to the Edge’ we just took it a stage further and I’m very pleased we were brave enough to do that.”

YES 2022 UK Tour Dates Are:

June 2022

15th June       Wednesday   Glasgow        Royal Concert Hall

17th June       Friday             Manchester   Bridgewater Hall

18th June       Saturday        Nottingham   Royal Concert Hall

20th June       Monday          Liverpool        Philharmonic Hall

21st June        Tuesday         London           Royal Albert Hall

22nd June       Thursday       York                Barbican

24th June       Friday             Birmingham   Symphony Hall

26th June       Sunday          Newcastle      O2 City Hall

28th June       Tuesday         Dublin Eire    Vicar Street

29th June       Wednesday   Cork Eire       Opera House

Tickets remain valid for the rescheduled shows. For full details and to book tickets for all shows go to venue website or http://yesworld.com/live where you can also book Meet and Greets with the band.


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Fragile vs Close To The Edge – 437

Mini Fragile!

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier

This week, Mark and I decided to delve back into the main sequence of Yes albums and think about the pros and cons of Fragile and Close to the Edge. Both contain some fantastic music but which is the more satisfying? Listen to our thoughts and then add yours to the comments below.

  • Which record is ‘better’?
  • What about the solo items on Fragile?
  • Why does Close To The Edge always win in polls?

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My original copy from 1988-ish

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Brian Sullivan

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Chris Bandini

David Watkinson

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Rachel Hadaway

Craig Estenes

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Paul Hailes

Mark ‘Zarkol’ Baggs

Doug Curran

Robert Nasir

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Scott Colombo

Fred Barringer

Scott Smith
Geoff Bailie

Simon Barrow
Geoffrey Mason

Stephen Lambe

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Steve Dill

Henrik Antonsson

Steve Perry

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Steve Rode

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Jamie McQuinn

Steven Roehr

Ken Fuller

Terence Sadler

Michael Handerhan

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Robert and David

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Yes singles part 5 – Close To The Edge – 318

The iconic album

Produced by Robert Nasir, Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier.

Close To The Edge is, for most fans and commentators, the pinnacle of progressive rock music but did it have as much success in single format? We discuss this and also the recent picture shared by Billy Sherwood of a post-Yes-rehearsal meal…

  • What were the singles from Close To The Edge?
  • How did they compare to previous efforts?
  • Was there a UK single this time?

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Howe vs. Rabin – 274

Self Titled by Patrick Moraz
Self Titled by Patrick Moraz
Produced by Preston Frazier, David Gordon, Bill Govier, Wayne Hall and Michel Arsenault.

We look at the differences between Steve Howe and Trevor Rabin by listening to songs from Talk and Close to the Edge. Then we consider what it would be like if Anderson and Wakeman re-joined Yes in our two pence segment. Finally, Mark reviews Patrick Moraz’ Self Titled album. Another packed episode!

  • How do the two guitarist differ in approach?
  • Can Yes be Yes with Trevor Rabin?
  • How does Howe achieve his sound?

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An interview with ARW bassist, Lee Pomeroy – 266

Lee Pomeroy
Lee Pomeroy

Produced by Preston Frazier, David Gordon, Bill Govier, Wayne Hall and Michel Arsenault.

What a treat it was to welcome Lee Pomeroy, bassist with ARW amongst many other bands and projects, onto the show. We had a brilliant time talking to him and we hope you also enjoy listening to it. Mark reviews Time And A Word as well as taking the plunge with a new segment all about his passion for things technical in recorded Yes music. Enjoy!

  • What’s it like playing with Rick Wakeman?
  • How important is it to honour Chris Squire’s bass lines?
  • Why do you play your bass upside down?

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