Yes iconography – 613

Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

This week’s episode is a rather visual one so you will probably want to listen after (or concurrently with) looking at the images below. Mark and I discuss some of the most instantly identifiable (for Yes fans) images which don’t include the name of the band. We start off with a quiz for Mark using the first set of images below and then we head off down Yes, Jon Anderson, Roger Dean and some other associated rabbit holes.

All of this was kicked off for me by the tiny, circular icons on the inner gatefold sleeve of Tales from Topographic Oceans and I posted this photo of Instagram:

It’s one of those ‘in the weeds’ episodes so I hope you find it entertaining!

The images I tested Mark with:

  • What are those little icons on the sleeve of Tales all about?
  • You is the Vitruvian Man?
  • What is the Olias symbol?

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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:

7 replies on “Yes iconography – 613”

The last Yes related icon you mentioned is Roger’s official stamp,which he puts on much of his original art. It’s an open R and D in a circle. See my photo. See my photo of my Roger original sketch for a better view of it.

Excellent chat guys. I do enjoy these small areas of Yes’ influence that make up part of the fascination as a whole with the band.

Oh btw I still have all the exhibition and the head, not sure what to do with it all and more of course, but yes the head was popular for sure. I tried to copy the colour of the original, and I was aware of its significant time travelling effect on people. I think I need to put it on a shelf an have it visable maybe?

Keep up the good work.

Greetings Kevin & Mark & All –

Enjoyed the Yes Iconography podcast very much – thank you! A most clever idea for a Yes conversation.

Just want to add a “light bulb” that happened for me years ago regarding the original Time and a Word album cover: the naked woman drawing is in the shape of a “Y”. I’ve assumed this was intentional, since the angle of view for the drawing is otherwise a bit odd, and the Y is the front-and-center dominant shape on the cover. But of course I don’t really know for sure about the intent. Was this a proto-Yes logo, doomed from the start because of its content?

In any case, by the time of Roger Dean’s involvement with Yesterdays, the Y shape must not have been in focus, as his version, though clearly a reference to the original, doesn’t present the Y.

(Being in the U.S., by the way, I was unaware for many years that a different original cover for Time and a Word even existed.)

Thanks again and all the best,

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