Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier
This week Mark and I begin to consider what happened when the band essentially split up a short time after the Drama Tour ended almost exactly 39 years ago in December 1980. So we have the chance to see what each member of the band did next and we’re starting with Alan White and Chris Squire.
What was XYZ?
Who was involved?
Where did Run With the Fox come from?
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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 the following two creative commons sources: thanvannispen and archive.org
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.
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”.
Sad news reached me this week of the passing of another of the extended Yes family, via my former colleague, Jim Sweetman:
R.I.P Mike Dunne, Yes engineer, tape operator and editor.
Mike was a key component in the definition of Yes’ sound and worked with the band from its early days until 1980.
Later, he returned to add his special talent to compilations like, ‘In a Word, Yes’.
Alongside Yes, Mike also worked with many other influential artists such as Mott the Hoople, Jon Anderson (for whom Mike was engineer on ‘Olias of Sunhillow’ and ‘Song of Seven’), Van Der Graaf Generator, Flash, Greg Lake and Alex Harvey.
A generous, gracious gentleman when I emailled him, Mike will be missed by all Yes fans.
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