Why did Yes want Larry Groupé? – Part 2 – 577

Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Ken Fuller, Wayne Hall and Jeffrey Crecelius

This week Mark and I spoke to the generous and talented composer, Larry Groupé, about his compositions for the 2001 Yes album, Magnification. We also talked about the orchestrations he did for the Symphonic Tour and his conducting. It was a wonderful, wide-ranging conversation.

  • How did Larry Groupé end up working on Magnification?
  • How did Larry approach the writing?
  • Was he happy with the results?

Larry’s website –

Larry Groupé

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Episode 36 – Yes Rarities Part 4 – Magnification Limited Edition

CD purchased 2002 (Click to enlarge)

The thirty-sixth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the bonus content in the Limited Edition of ‘Magnification’.

  • Can a whole orchestra replicate the role of a Yes keyboardist live?
  • What about Tom Brislin – what does he add?
  • What does the ‘enhanced content’ contain and how does it work ten years later?

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Episode 20 – ‘Magnification’

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The twentieth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the nineteenth studio album, ‘Magnification’.

  • Does replacing the keyboard player with an entire orchestra work?
  • Is the album progressive rock or cinematic rock?
  • Are there any classic Yes moments?

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