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Talk to be played live by Anderson Rabin and Wakeman! 224

Talk Yes logoThis week Kevin shares some thoughts about Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman tackling Talk live. There is also a review of Talk by Mark and a reminder of what happened last time Kevin went to see Yes live in Birmingham.

  • Keyboards have always been a controversial subject in Talk live – what will Wakeman do?
  • Is Talk a good album?
  • Yes live in Birmingham 2014 – how did it go?

Show notes and links


Mood for a Day review by Preston Frazier

Preston speaks to Ben Craven

Sheffield review

Kenny Brown spotted this best to worst collection

Glen Alexson likes the Oliver Wakeman/ Steve Howe album The 3 Ages of Magick

Tony Kaye explaining the sampling on the Talk tour

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6 replies on “Talk to be played live by Anderson Rabin and Wakeman! 224”

Kevin and Mark,

Very nice episode, as usual! There are a couple of elements about the history of Talk that warrant correction. Tony Kaye didn’t rejoin the band after the deal with Rick Wakeman fell through; the plan was to record Talk with two keyboard players. Tony would handle the Hammond, and Rick would take care of synth and piano. Unfortunately, Yes’ management didn’t want to deal with Brian Lane, who was managing Rick at the time. When Rick wouldn’t fire Brian, the band was forced to finish the album without him. I think that was also part of what held up production. I think at that point Trevor just went ahead and played the piano and synth parts himself…since I’m sure he had an idea of what they should sound like already!

Also, Mark, I don’t know if you are aware of the special version of The Calling? I would be curious to hear your thoughts on that. Maybe they’ll play that one live this year…

Hello Kevin,
Thank you for your support and your comments.
Thank you also for clearing up the whole Rick Wakeman situation. .I had read something similar in an article online but wasn’t sure weather to take it as fact. But since you have also mentioned starting to think this is correct.
As for the special edition version of the Calling. I’ve heard it and frankly to my ears this seems to be the actual version of the song. I think that Trevor decided to edit it for the album in order to make it a little more commercially viable. After all..this wasn’t 1973 and an almost 9 minute opening song wouldn’t make sense… Although i would have loved it. So yes I do like that version very much.
Again…thank you my friend for your comments. They are always welcome.

Mark Anthony K

Very cool stuff indeed
I would also like to mention that the song Walls was also written and believe was a singer on that track was none other than Roger Hodgson (supertramp).The Talk album was and is and will always be a favorite of mine no matter what. I seen this show front row right in front of Trevor Rabin,amazing was in complete awe the entire show just amazing wonderful etc…
I’m sure being able to see and meet Alan, Tony and yes even Trevor before the show was well lets just say AWESOME!
I believe that when these three come together to perform any music that what ever they do as far as who is playing what will have very little affect on the music itself. ARW are all tops in there field and I’m pretty sure that it will be simply amazing.
Now on to Tales this will be a great album to redo just for the sound, bring it into the 21st century. Mr. Wilson will do an amazing job on this project and I myself cannot wait to hear it.
Kevin I’m sure your Yes show was amazing in all aspects and having your son there must of made you very proud. I remember taking my oldest boy to see Yes and he was blown away by it as was I.

Great show could go on forever about Yes would like to see other people share there Yes experience because I believe there is no better place to do that than here!


Paul Tomei

I’m happy that more than five people are able to work with the Yes legacy. I hope the same will be true for some day for Oliver Wakeman and Tom Brislin, and perhaps Jimmy Haun. There are so many ex-members out there!

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