Yes Tracks Through Time – Yessongs – 481

Our live selection this week

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall and Preston Frazier

After the sad news we shared last week about Phil Naro, Mark and I have decided to listen to parts of Yessongs this week and compare the performances with later live offerings. It’s what we’ve done before in our Yes Tracks Through Time series.

Most Yes fans agree that Yessongs captures the band at its best and it often comes top in the best live albums lists and polls but what about other versions of these classic songs?

  • Is Yessongs really the only live record worth listening to?
  • What radically different performances exist?
  • Are they just as enjoyable?

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

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Episode 158 – Yes Tracks Through Time Part 8 – Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams
From ‘Time and a Word’

The one hundred and fifty eighth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring three live versions of Sweet Dreams from Time and a Word.

  • What are the main differences in the performances?
  • How many different keyboard players are featured?
  • What can we learn about the state of the band from each performcnce?

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

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Episode 81 – Yes Tracks Through Time part 2 – Time and a Word

Time and a Word title
and the time is…various

The eighty-first episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring several studio and live versions of the track, ‘Time and a Word’.

Listen and then let me know if I have missed out any live recordings or if you have different opinions of the performances included by contacting me via any of the different routes on the right hand side or by leaving a comment below!

  • How does this track change in performance?
  • Do the musicians try to stick close to the original?
  • Can you hear the character of the musicians involved through their interpretations?


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Episode 79 – Yes Tracks Through Time Part 1 – Astral Traveller

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Cosmic lyrics (Click to enlarge)

The seventy-ninth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the first in a series of Yes Tracks Through Time. After the initial recording, what happened to songs live? How did different line-ups of the band alter the character of tracks – if at all?

Listen and then let me know what you think of the different approaches by contacting me via any of the different routes on the right hand side or by leaving a comment below!

  • Which of the three versions of Astral Traveller is the best?
  • Should group members leave tracks alone or add their own character?
  • Does the band’s approach change over time?