Approaching the tomb of the forbidden subject – Tormato! 352

Tormato!
Tormato!

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

Tormato, undeniably the greatest Yes album ūüėČ celebrated 40 years recently. So this week, Mark and I listen again to the much-maligned record to try and find out what everyone else seems to hate. We also dedicate our 2 pence to the 1978 ‘classic’.

  • Was the production really that bad?
  • Are there any aspects people who don’t listen are missing out on?
  • Are there any decent songs?

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

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DBA (Downes Braide Association)
Perform Debut live show at Trading Boundaries on 28th Sept &
Announce release of Remixed version of Suburban Ghosts
DBA – Skyscraper Souls
Geoff Downes and Chris Braide
Geoff Downes and Chris Braide

26th September 2018: DBA (Downes Braide Association) perform their first ever live show at Trading Boundaries on Friday 28th September, with a special showcase for their latest album Skyscraper Souls. The evening is sponsored by Prog Magazine.

 

DBA is the musical collaboration between the legendary Geoff Downes and Chris Braide who joined forces as the result of their close friendship and passion for music. Bass player Andy Hodge, who worked on the Skyscraper Souls album will be joining DBA on the night. Other guests at Trading Boundaries will include David Longdon (Big Big Train) and David Colquhoun (Francis Dunnery, Go West). Barney Ashton Bullock (poet, songwriter; Andy Bell; Marc Almond) will be doing the narrative on the night.
DBA also announce the release of a remixed version of their critically acclaimed 2015 album Suburban Ghosts 2018 on 30th November. The album features new musicians and is remixed by Chris Braide and mastered by Mike Pietrini. Joining original band members Chris Braide (vocals, programming, piano, bass guitar, electric guitar, keyboards) and Geoff Downes ‚Äď (programming, piano and keyboards)¬†on the remix are: Patrick Howley – electric guitar, Dave Gregory – slide guitar, Lee Pomeroy – bass guitar, Andy Hodge – bass guitar¬†and on Drums – Ash Soan.
Wherever musical history is made, Geoff Downes is there. From the first video ever shown on MTV, The Buggles‚Äô Video Killed the Radio Star, Geoff continues to gain acclaim and break musical ground.¬†He is a founding member of Asia whose album of the same name was the biggest selling in the world in 1982. Together with vocalist/bassist, the late¬†John Wetton, they propelled the band‚Äôs global success. With the legendary YES, Geoff joined for the critically acclaimed album ‚ÄėDrama‚Äô in 1980 and then re-joined for ‚ÄėFly From Here‚Äô in 2011. He continues to tour with both YES and Asia.
Christopher Braide is a multi-instrumentalist, Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter and producer who is based in Los Angeles. He is known for his outstanding work with Sia, Lana Del Rey, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Marc Almond, David Guetta and many more. GQ magazine named him one of the most successful and influential men in the music industry under 40, and he continues to work with A-listers on both sides of the Atlantic.
DBA is a labour of love for both Downes and Braide and together they form a unique combination. They have produced three critically acclaimed albums with ‚ÄėSkyscraper Souls‚Äô being their most ambitious yet, it features the talents not only of the principals but also guest stars Marc Almond, Kate Pierson (B-52s), Andy Partridge (XTC), Ash Soan (The Voice) and David Longdon (Big Big Train).
Chris Braide states: ‚ÄúWorking with Geoff on the Skyscraper Souls album and its two predecessors has reacquainted me with the kind of music I love. Epic and euphoric. To be able to make music like this with my dear friend is a real pleasure and reminds me why I got into music in the first place. I‚Äôm looking forward to opening up the songs in a live setting.‚Ä̬†Geoff Downes goes on to say: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs been both a revelation and inspiration for me, working with Chris on our DBA project together, and long may it continue. He is extremely gifted, both as a writer and producer, and I am very proud of our collaboration. We immediately hit it off when we first met some 8 years ago, and since then, have gently nurtured our way through 3 studio albums. Now, taking this onto the live stage is going to be a real thrill for both of us. Our motto has always been: DBA = Joy and Fun!‚ÄĚ
Roger Dean created the cover artwork for ‚ÄėSkyscraper Souls‚Äô and the original painting will be on display on the night.
Sponsored by Prog magazine, this rare live show is going to be a very special evening of music from DBA and their special guests, in the candlelit, atmospheric surroundings of Trading Boundaries’ venue which was voted the number 2 venue on Prog Magazine’s 2017 poll, after the Royal Albert Hall.
DBA at Trading Boundaries
Friday 28 September 2018
Tickets: £55 with dining, £25 standing
Box office: 01825 790200
www.tradingboundariesmusic.com
Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green, Nr Fletching, East Sussex TN22 3RB.
15 mins from Haywards Heath, Lewes and Uckfield.
ABOUT TRADING BOUNDARIES
Situated in a Grade II* Georgian manor house, with beautiful surroundings, in the heart of the Sussex countryside, Trading Boundaries is a shop, café, music venue and gallery. It specialises in importing Asian furniture, artefacts and textiles. The boutique, candlelit venue hosts artists such as Steve Hackett, Rick Wakeman, Focus and The Brand New Heavies, with the gallery offering a permanent display of Roger Dean’s work. For further information: 01825 790200 or visit: tradingboundaries.com
Skyscraper Souls – Out now
iTunes digital: http://geni.us/DBA3dig
Twitter: @TheRealDBAMusic
Contact:
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Further information or additional images,
jenny@tradingboundaries.com – Tel: 01825 791874

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Yes Singles Part 9 – Tormato – 324

Don't Kill The Whale
Don’t Kill The Whale

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

We have reached 1978’s Tormato in our survey of Yes singles which means listening to Don’t Kill the Whale and couple of other songs.

There’s also news of Yes’ contribution to Record Store Day which has prompted a Two Pence section and there’s a rising sense of excitement about #YES50!

  • Was Don’t Kill The Whale the only single from Tormato?
  • Is this really an irredeemably bad album?
  • What are Yes thinking releasing ‘that’ album as a picture disc for Record Store Day?

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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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Episode 179 – Like It Is – Yes at The Bristol Hippodrome – Part 4

The great Chris Squire
The great Chris Squire
Like It Is
CD/DVD purchased 2014

This week I watch the second part of the DVD from  Like It Is РYes at The Bristol Hippodrome. This is the whole of The Yes Album.

  • Does Downes’ playing look as good as it sounds?
  • How is A Venture approached?
  • What else 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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Episode 177 – Like It Is – Yes at The Bristol Hippodrome – Part 2

Like It Is
CD/DVD purchased 2014

This week I listen to the second CD from  Like It Is РYes at The Bristol Hippodrome. This is the whole of The Yes Album.

  • This was the highlight of the concert I went to see, in some ways. Is it as good on the CD?
  • What about the tempos? Too slow?
  • How does Geoff Downes’ piano work come across?

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

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Episode 176 – Like It Is – Yes at The Bristol Hippodrome – Part 1

Like It Is
CD/DVD purchased 2014

I’ve finally found time to listen to the latest release from Yes –¬† Like It Is – Yes at The Bristol Hippodrome. This week I concentrate on the CD of Going for the One.

  • What¬†does Jon Davison sound like when recorded live with the band?
  • Does Geoff Downes simplify Wakeman lines significantly and does it matter?
  • How is Billy Sherwood’s mixing?

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

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Episode 173 – Yes Live Rarities

Current line-up
How many of the current line-up are included on these recordings?

A CD of Yes Live Rarities from Bob Burns spanning decades of the world’s greatest progressive rock band.

  • What lies in wait – and from what eras?
  • Are any of these recordings different or special?
  • Are these recordings more interesting that Seven Shows From Seventy-Two promises to be?

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

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Episode 157 – The Yes Alphabet – ‘T’

The letter, 'T'.
…brought to you by the letter, ‘T’.

The one hundred and fifty seventh¬†episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring some interesting concepts, tracks and albums beginning withe the letter. ‘T’.

  • What are those bizarre live ‘T’ tracks?
  • How many studio albums have ‘T’ tracks?
  • Are there any Yes personnel beginning with ‘T’?

Listen to the episode¬†and then let me know what I’ve missed out.

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Episode 124 – The Yes Alphabet – ‘R’

R
…brought to you by the letter, ‘R’.

The one hundred and twenty fourth episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring an exploration of some concepts and music beginning with ‘R’.

  • What albums and tracks begin with ‘R’?
  • What concepts relating to Yes begin with ‘R’?
  • Which ‘R’ rescued the band in the 1980s? (Arguably…)

Listen and see if youspot any letter ‘R’s I have left out, then let me know by contacting me via any of the methods below.

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Episode 85 – Yes Live in Philadelphia 1979 DVD – Yes Music Podcast

Live 1979
DVD purchased circa. 2002 (Click to enlarge)

The eighty-fifth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the DVD, ‘Live in Philadelphia 1979’.

Listen and then let me know if you agree with my assessment of the disc by contacting me via any of the different routes on the right hand side or by leaving a comment below!

  • What is the production like on this archive recording?
  • Is the band at the peak of its powers?
  • Why buy this collection when there are many others?

 

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