Would you rather…in #YES50? 321

#YES50 Fan Convention!

Produced by Robert Nasir, Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier.

This week, I’m on half term holiday with the family so I only had time to record 2 two pences with Mark. However, they will hopefully give you a chance to see if you agree with us!

  • Who do you want to see?
  • New music or live performances?
  • Should there be a single from the new Fly From Here version?

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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 the following two creative commons sources: thanvannispen and archive.org

7 thoughts on “Would you rather…in #YES50? 321”

  1. I have to say that I really don’t understand why Yes is so keen on releasing a version of Fly from Here with Benoit David’s vocals removed. It seems a very spiteful and mean-spirited thing. After all, Pat Moraz only made one album with them, and they didn’t go back and re-record Relayer when Rick rejoined the band, did they?

    1. Benoit’s vocals haven’t been removed. Trevor Horn has recorded new lead vocals over the existing tracks. Then Geoff has added some new keyboards, and they’ve included a new track, so it’s not the same as the other version, which is still available for those who still want it. This was Trevor’s idea, not the band. It’s for the “Drama” fans, as it’s the same lineup. And Benoit has given his ok.

      1. That’s the first I’ve heard that Benoit has given his okay. But then really, would it have made any difference if he had said no? Still, I am glad he did. This Drama redux record as an idea falls flat for me. I would like to hear it to be fair; maybe will be streamed somewhere?

      2. All the descriptions I’ve seen make it sound like Benoit’s vocals will be replaced with Trevor Horn’s. The personnel is officially described as “The Drama Line-up” and doesn’t list Benoit David.

        I too think it is a shame to replace him. I think his vocals are great and fit really well on this album.

        I mean, I am as curious as the next person to hear this new mix/version plus some extra material. It just sounds kind of mean-spirited with regards to Benoit David’s contribution.

  2. I would rather have new music from both bands. I have recently seen both Yes and ARW in concert and they were great. So…new music please.

    I agree as someone commented that they hope the new ARW music is not “Rabin AOR.” I hope it is truly A and R and W and leans more toward prog than Rabin’s coporate rock.

    Yes? I hope Yes’ new album leans more towards Fly From Here and very far from the abysmal Heaven and Earth. Great news to hear that they are working on a long form piece. Maybe after the 50th Anniversary activities they’ll have time to go into the studio in the second half of this year.

  3. I would prefer new music before another Yes tour no question. The Moraz thing is tantalising but it’s going to be a cameo not a leading role and I am not sure a Relayer themed tour has commercial legs. Sadly. I would actually pay big money to see them tour Yesterdays and Relayer in one show but suspect I am in a very very small minority.

    Fly From Here and Skyscraper Soul bode well for a future Downes/Howe collaboration though I do wish they would engage with some of the band’s psych pop, jazz and “beat combo” roots along the way. Rediscovering a little of that early raw muscularity would go a long way to giving the thing some purpose. Howe can still bring it when given the room. They all can.

    Singles are meaningless other than as previews on Spotify etc. What would be the point?

    The best you can expect from ARW is 30 minutes of Rabin solo stuff combined with 30 of Living Tree II –
    Union The Sequel anyone?

  4. 1) I’d go with Moraz for the simple reason that Moraz would do it in a heartbeat and Bruford would have to be dragged out of retirement. B) Ultimately, ARW root beer has to do a new album just to be viable. Yes should do one, but it’s not as crucial. Horizons sounds quite interesting though. III) Singles? In the 20 teens? Is that even a thing anymore? Maybe a streamed preview on NPR music (given the age of the fanbase)?

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