2016’s Christmas Presents and Top 3s – 263

Union on 180g vinyl!
Union on 180g vinyl!

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

It’s New Year 2017 so Mark and I take some time out to compare our Yes-related Christmas presents. Also, we pick our top 3 Yes happenings of 2016 – and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the gift which keeps on giving with news from Rick Wakeman!

  • What did we receive for Christmas?
  • What are our top funny important and surprising 2016 Yes happenings?
  • What do you make of Rick Wakeman’s announcement that he will attend the Rock Hall induction ceremony after all?

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

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Favourites from the Internet plus Yes or Anderson Rabin Wakeman – which is more authentic? 240

Yes' home on the web - YesWorld.com
Yes’ home on the web – YesWorld.com

We are trying out a new format on the podcast beginning this week. There’s the usual news and an album review from Mark (Keys to Ascension II) but then I take part in a discussion of Mark’s 2 Pence which is about how the Internet has changed how we find out about our favourite band and we also have a chance to discuss an email from Joseph Cottrell about the authenticity of the current touring Yes band compared with Anderson Rabin Wakeman – ARW.

  • What’s KTAII like?
  • What have you discovered which amazed you about Yes from the web?
  • Are ARW more Yes than Yes?

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

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A post-holiday round up – 239

Chris Bandini went to see Yes recently...
Chris Bandini went to see Yes recently…

I’m back from holiday but am still on leave from work so U just have time for an update. However, the ever-reliable Mark has a review of Rick Wakeman’s latest offering, King Arthur, and a two pence segment.

  • How are the band sounding?
  • What is Rick Wakeman’s latest recording like?
  • Should Wakeman have returned to King Arthur??

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

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Hidden Yes gems in your collection – 219

Yesterdays
Yesterdays Roger Dean label

In a shorter episode because of Easter, I think about some aspects of Yes albums I don’t normally dwell on. Also, Mark Anthony K reviews a remarkable Billy Sherwood album.

  • What hidden gems can you think of?
  • What are your favourite vinyl record labels?
  • Are CDs as good as you older record labels?

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

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Fragile Definitive Edition, mixed by Steven Wilson – part 1- 217

 

Fagile
CD/Blu-ray purchased 2016

Despite what I say at the beginning of the episode, this is definitely episode 217. I finally manage to crack open my copy of the Steven Wilson Fragile remixes. Also, Mark Anthony K spins Rick Wakeman’s Sea Airs and there’s a news round up.

  • What has Steven Wilson managed to find in the archives?
  • How does the new version of Fragile ‘feel’?
  • Why might Mark fall asleep at the wheel listening to this Wakeman record?

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

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Roger Dean’s Views – 205

Views
Views, by Roger Dean – a gift from Conan

After a very kind gift from Conan J Robison, I am now the proud owner of ‘Views’ by Roger Dean. Published in 1975, this is an amazing book.

  • What else did Roger Dean do at the start of his career?
  • Is there a link between Roger Dean’s art and Yes’ music?
  • How much of Dean’s work for Yes is covered in this book?

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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From a time when Yes was West and ABWH – Episode 195

Yes Magazine
Yes Magazine Volume 2 Number 2

In the absence of the ‘happening’ I was expecting this week, I have looked at another of Carl Coppage’s brilliant Yes Magazine scans – this one from January 1990 when Trevor Rabin was leading ‘Yes West’ and ABWH were ebarking on a tour of the US.

  • What can we learn about Yes West vs. ABWH?
  • Did it look like ABWH would continue into a second album?
  • What about Rabin’s Yes West? Were there long-term plans? Did they have a singer?

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

 

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Episode 193 – Anderson Ponty Band – Better Late Than Never

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

I was delighted to receive a review copy of the new album by the Anderson Ponty Band’ ‘Better Late Than Never’ which includes several re-workings of Yes songs.

  • How do the new versions of Yes songs come over?
  • Is the Anderson Ponty combination a productive one?
  • How effective is the album as a package?

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

 

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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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