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8 years of the YMP – 400

Just some of the prizes up for grabs!
Just some of the prizes up for grabs!

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

Well, here we are at episode 400 and as a result we are going to break the structure of the episode for one week only because we have 2 major pieces of content for you – an interview with a certain musician you will certainly recognise (OK, it’s our own, Billy Sherwood!) and then our epic 400th episode quiz to win a ridiculous number of Yes and Yes related items.

Billy Sherwood
Billy Sherwood joins us this week! Photo by William Mulryne
Billy Sherwood - Citizen - In The Next Life
Billy talks about his new album – and about Yes!

Listen and let us know what you think!

  • Who will win the prizes?
  • How did Billy approach his new album?
  • Was playing on the Talk tour just like the Royal Affair Tour?

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The three CDs kindly donated by Dave Watkinson!

YMP Patrons:


  • Jeffrey Crecelius
  • Preston Frazier
  • Bill Govier and
  • Wayne Hall


Aaron Steelman
Dave Owen
Mark James Lang
Paul Tomei
Joost Maglev
David Heyden
Martin Kjellberg
Paul Wilson
Bob Martilotta
Michael O’Connor
Peter Hearnden
Brian Sullivan
David Pannell
Miguel Falcão
Lobate Scarp
Chris Bandini
David Watkinson
Neal Kaforey
Rachel Hadaway
Craig Estenes
Paul Hailes
Mark ‘Zarkol’ Baggs
Doug Curran
Robert Nasir
Fergus Cubbage
Scott Colombo
Fred Barringer
Scott Smith
Geoff Bailie
Simon Barrow
Geoffrey Mason
Stephen Lambe
Guy R DeRome
Steve Dill
Henrik Antonsson
Steve Perry
Hogne Bø Pettersen
Steve Rode
Steve Scott
Jamie McQuinn
Steven Roehr
Ken Fuller
Terence Sadler
Jeremy North
Tim Stannard
Todd Dudley
John Cowan
Tony Handley
John Holden
Joseph Cottrell
John Parry
Keith Hoisington
John Thomson
William Hayes
Barry GorskyMichael Handerhan

Robert and David

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A quick Easter quiz – 329

YES50 T Shirt!
YES50 T Shirt!

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

This week I feed back from the amazing YES50 Fan Convention organised by Brian Neeson and Dave Watkinson. It was a fantastic day and I’ve tried to capture some of it to give you an idea of how it all went if you were unable to go.

  • Who turned up?
  • Who played?
  • What was the atmosphere like?

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

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Episode 163 – Quiz results and Christmas Yes haul!

Waiting quietly for their turn on this week's episode!
Part of the Christmas Haul!

The Second YMP Quiz!

The one hundred and sixty-third episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the results of the second YMP Quiz and a preview of the items I received for Christmas which I am going to be featuring in forthcoming episodes.

  • Who won the quiz?
  • Who were the runners up?
  • What Yes related items did I receive for Christmas?

Listen to the episode and then add your contributions in any way you like!

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Episode 160 – The Second Yes Music Podcast Quiz!

The Second YMP Quiz!

The one hundred and sixtieth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the Second Yes Music Podcast Quiz!

  • How many Yes Alphabet questions can you answer?
  • How much do you know about Yes album covers?

Listen to the episode and then submit your answers! Last time, Joost Maglev won the quiz – this time it could be you!


  1. Which letter I is the Young Rascals tune, which was given the Yes cover treatment in 1971 but only released in The Word Is Live boxed set many years later.
  2. Which letter G do I describe as “not an easy listen by any means but the order out of chaos which happens towards the end is masterfully handled with the acoustic guitar solo passage leading to a hauntingly beautiful melody.”
  3. Which D did I sum up like this: “A great artist and I think the gracious and generous way he accepted his departure of the band will always speak volumes about his integrity and how much he personally got out of the experience.”
  4. Who was Ken Brodie referring to in the letter Q episode when he said this – “”given those aborted sessions it makes him an interesting choice.  If memory serves, I don’t think some of the members had kind words for him in the years following the sessions.  It always seems, though, the members of the band are good at fence-mending.”
  5. Which Letter S track did I describe like this – “The tender beauty of this song always sends shivers down my spine. For a real Squire treat listen to his quiet but perfectly-formed line as it climbs around the highest reaches of the instrument and then cascades down for the chorus. Kaye adds some engaging keyboards and it’s an immersive trip encompassing the best of the flower power era as well as the developing Yes aesthetic. A lovely song.”
  6. Which letter E track am I talking about when I say “This track only contains one official Yes man alongside arguably the only other bass player most Yes fans would be happy to have in the band if Chris Squire were ever to leave.”
  7. Which Letter P is this? “The band take the opportunity to emphasise the title by moving to a couple of different triple time feels, settling on an almost waltz beat after the more complex opening patterns. The lyrics talk about inside out and outside in, beautifully reinforcing the topsy-turvy arrangement.”
  8. What letter B prompted me to ponder like this? “Maybe we can see the beginnings of the split between band members who wanted to go separate ways – those pushing for more rock-orientated, heavy songs and those attempting to pull things back in a more progressive direction (if that’s not a contradiction in terms).”
  9. The work of which letter M prompted me to say this? “His use of psychedelic colour palettes and shapes might make him a good fit for the band – at least in its late 60s origins but the cover of this album with its minimalist plain white background doesn’t really convey that feeling at all.”
  10. And finally, Which letter J did I point out had appeared twice in different band’s visual work but not played a note on any of their musical output?
  11. Which Yes album cover features icebergs and black and white creatures?
  12. Which Yes album cover was changed for US release due to the imagery used on the original?
  13. Which album cover was the first to feature the Roger Dean bubble logo?
  14. Name 1 album cover which features both the bubble Yes logo and the square, Japanese inspired one.
  15. Which album cover was originally intended to be reversible and so has the name of the album on both the back and the front?
  16. Most Yes album covers consist of paintings or other graphic elements but name one which also features at least one photograph.
  17. Which Roger Dean cover includes a real landmark from planet earth?
  18. Which album cover features a digitized world map?
  19. Which original album cover includes black and white photographic elements?
  20. Which album cover did Roger Dean say was supposed to look like leather?


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Episode 39 – 1st Yes Music Podcast Quiz Results!

The winner doesn’t get one of these…

The thirty-ninth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the results of the 1st Yes Music Podcast Quiz.

In a change to the normal format of episodes, here are the answers to the questions in the quiz, some of the more interesting answers and the announcement of the winner!

I also take a few moments to talk about the aspects of the podcast I usually skip through.


Thanks so much to everyone who either enjoyed reading the questions in the quiz or actually entered. It was a lot of fun watching the answers coming in.

I hope the winner enjoys the small prize when it arrives at their house! (It won’t be a big cup like in the illustration.)