Why did Yes want…Alan White? Part 2 – 547

Produced by Ken Fuller, Wayne Hall and Jeffrey Crecelius

This week Mark and I have enjoyed listening to Alan White in a rather different context to normal – adding his remarkable talents to John Lennon’s classic album, Imagine. We present our thoughts and then get together to have a chat about the music and the musicians involved. Please do add your own thoughts below and see if you agree with Mark and me.

This is the image from our conversation with Alan

We also found time to consider a two pence topic around Jon Anderson’s plans for live concerts next year with The Band Geeks. Stay tuned for our thoughts on that.

In other news, I’m excited to announce that I am part-way through writing a book about Tormato which will include all the aspects we’ve covered on the YMP as well as copious illustrations and a myriad of other things. It will be in paper and online format and I’ll be announcing all kinds of other news about it as we approach the publication date – which is still a long way off. However, you can already go to to find out more and to sign up to an email newsletter to keep up-to-date with progress. The book will be published by Five Per Cent For Something Publishing (see what I did there?) and is to be called, ‘Too Close To The Edge? The surprising and instructive story of TORMATO, the final YES album of the 1970s’. Good title eh?

Not final artwork – just me messing about with one of Jeremy North’s photos
  • What does Alan’s drumming on Imagine sound like?
  • Does he play appropriately?
  • Can you tell it’s him?

Take a listen to the episode and then let us know what you think below!

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Theme music

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:

One reply on “Why did Yes want…Alan White? Part 2 – 547”

Another great show guys, thanks. Imagine is my favorite Lennon album. Alan seemed to play what was perfect for the songs, whether on drums, vibraphone or Tibetan cymbals. Here is my extremely rare signed copy, never posted anywhere online. I highly recommend the film of the album sessions, Imagine: John Lennon, for those who haven’t seen it.

Very much looking forward to Jon’s tour next year; hopefully it will happen. The songs would sound closer to the original Yes songs, compared to the Rock Academy shows that Jon finished recently, which were ragged instrumentally and vocally at times during each show. As much as the teenagers tried they can’t compare to The Band Geeks. The bass player, Richie, told me recently that they are shooting to start in April or May. Jon really wants to tackle the epics again!

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