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We review The Quest with Yes aficionado, Henry Potts – 502

Produced by Wayne Hall, Jeffrey Crecelius and Preston Frazier

Mark and I had

The time is finally here for Mark and me to present our in-depth review of the new Yes studio album, The Quest. We are also delighted to be joined by Henry Potts, the man behind the essential Yes online source, http://www.bondegezou.co.uk/ which has been cataloguing the crazy world of Yes and its former members since 1998 – and we thought we were doing well with 10 years!

So listen out for that conversation.

 First of all, Mark and I give our impressions of The Quest, then there’s a surprise contributor and finally a round-table with Henry.

  • What is The Quest like?
  • Is it an instant classic?
  • What is a Yes album with Anderson or Squire like?

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The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from: archive.org

5 replies on “We review The Quest with Yes aficionado, Henry Potts – 502”

I really enjoy ‘The Quest.’ I got Japanese cd/blu-ray versions today & I’ve had a digital file for months now. The production & engineering is excellent. Howe really shines on his various guitars. Having said that, I don’t think he should sing lead or duet vocals on a Yes album, not when they have the beautiful pipes of Jon Davison. Great keys work by Geoff, and strong drumming by Alan. Billy rules on bass, as expected. Jon shines, with wonderful vocal harmonies by Jon, Billy & Steve. It’s not 70s Yes, but then it’s 2021! New Yes music is always a positive.

Following on from the big anniversary episode we now have a new Yes album episode, now that’s something to saviour and is very rare.

Well done on the many thoughts and the inclusion of Henry and Simon. It’s definitely an album you could gather a round table discussion on for sure.

It’s a grower of a Yes album which is usually a good thing. Yes an improvement from the previous release and a real statement of intent that Yes are back with new music a solid line up and have an eye on the future.

The gigs and Relayer feel so far away so I’ll through my hat in to the ring now for inclusion of music for the live shows. How about Future Times/Rejoice, Ice Bridge and something from the early days of Yes.

Enough of my ramblings…Keep Yessing All Good People.

Dave

Great reviews, guys, and a nice episode. I was supposed to send you something for the anniversary episode, but my health failed me this autumn. I’m in good shape now, and what a great opportunity to celebrate with new Yes music.

I agree with many of your points, especially with Mark that the last half of the album is the weakest. Although I quite like the last track. In my opinion the first bonus track should’ve been on the regular album. It’s among the best. I just love it.

Here’s my review of the album https://domino.elfworld.org/yes-the-quest/

Thoughtful and insightful comments from all three of you, on another great episode. Henry’s ‘Yes – Where Are They Now?’ site continues to be the most detailed, accurate and up-to-date Yes news site out there, while YMP continues to set the bar for podcast discussion, debate, information and deliberation about the band. Thanks for including my initial thoughts on ‘The Quest’, by the way. A an expanded version of what I said is now available here: https://yessolidmentalgrace.com/2021/10/03/first-thoughts-on-the-quest/

Really great discussion of the new album, with Simon and Henry helping propel the discussion. Kevin, thanks for stressing that we need to really listen to this album more than once. My first listen to the whole album streaming through a little speaker left me a little deflated. But listening in better conditions makes me want to keep going and hear the album more and more (if only the CD would arrive). The major downside for me is that I wanted prog rock (which the Ice Bridge is), and instead this is excellent prog music (the rest of the album proper). And I agree with Mark that perhaps there is too much of the “elder gentleman” aesthetic. But bottom line, the album sounds good, and my ears are starting to pick out and appreciate what is going on. Final thought: Sister Sleeping Soul is a really good song.

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