Why did Yes want Geoff Downes…again? Part 2 – 617

Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

After a short break, Mark and I are back to consider what Geoff Downes was doing before being asked to rejoin Yes for the recording of Fly From Here, released in 2011, shortly before the Yes Music Podcast was established. We have been listening to the John Wetton album, Raised in Captivity which includes many prog rock heroes so listen out for our thoughts on that and what, if anything, we learned about why Geoff was re-recruited.

  • Can we tell why Yes wanted Geoff Downes from this record?
  • What do all those guests add?
  • Is it a good record?

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I received an amazing email this week – or was it last week I can’t remember – informing me that Yes The Tormato Story has been shortlisted for a Selfie Award. These are handed out for self-published books so I think it has a lot more to do with the work Izzie Lawrence (cover designer), Bob Carling (production management and typesetting) and Simon Barrow (all round legend who kept me on track) had to do with it than me. It’s also down to Mark, every Executive Producer, newsletter subscriber, pre-order-er, supporter, YMP listener, producer and patron and everyone else who had any role in its creation – see the full acknowledgements page in the book for more details. Anyway, I have to go to the London Book Fair in a couple of weeks’ time to see if the book wins in the general non fiction category so keep your fingers crossed, please.

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