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Yes not Yes – an official Yes playlist part 1 – 494

Produced by Wayne Hall, Jeffrey Crecelius and Preston Frazier

This week has been a little quieter in the land of social media and conspiracy theories – at least for Yes. So Mark and I decided to go through a Spotify playlist created by Yes official which is called Yes Not Yes. It includes lots of music which Yes members and alumni have been involved with over the years and it’s a very interesting collection. Take a listen to what Mark and I have to say about the selection and then add a comment to the show notes for this episode to tell us what you know about the music that we clearly don’t!

  • Which Yes members are included?
  • Do you know who plays on every song?
  • Are there any musicians missing?

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William Hayes
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Guy R DeRome

Steve Dill

Henrik Antonsson

Steve Perry

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Jamie McQuinn

Steven Roehr

Ken Fuller

Terence Sadler

Michael Handerhan

Tim Stannard


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John Cowan

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Robert and David

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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

11 replies on “Yes not Yes – an official Yes playlist part 1 – 494”

Jon sang with 4Him; Jon sang with Tangerine Dream on that song for the ‘Legend’ film-beautiful song; Rick plays piano gliss on “Bang a Gong”; Jon sings with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. They are a great jazz fusion band; In concert all of Yes played on “Aliens” in 2008. I was in the front row in Columbus in Nov ’08; I highly recommend any of the Glass Hammer albums with Jon Davison- I have all of their albums & am friends with the band.

I can’t believe neither one of you was aware of Jon’s collaboration with 4him! The song was a huge hit on Christian radio here in the states.

Wow. I thought it was general knowledge that Rick Wakeman played on Morning Has Broken. He tells a great story about this when he plays it on tour (as retold by me here – at about 11:40 in -

Hi guys, little well known fact about the Rick wakeman contributions that you discussed.
1) Morning has broken by Cat Stevens. Anyone who has seen Rick live will know the story that when recording the song it was too short for a single release. So the producer kept asking Rick to add another bit of piano at intervals during the song to pad it out, hence he was given a small royalty payment by Stevens many years later.
2) Get it On – T.Rex. Bolan being a good friend of Wakeman asked him to come and run his finger down the keyboard at the start of the song so he could get his session musician payment so he could pay his rent, although anyone could have done this run.
If you’re the five percent, I must be a three percenter…

Rick was invited over to the recording studio by Marc Bolan and asked to run his finger down the keyboard for the intro to Get It On. Wakeman explained that anyone could have done this, but his great friend explained that by doing it he would get his session musician fee and hence be able to pay the overdue rent!

Excellent episode, with 50 years to cover there will be more sessions and small add-ons to come no doubt.

Good to see Martin join in who is a friend from loooooong ago!

Keep up the good work guys.

Hi fellows,
Yes, you did have me yelling at my screen about Gowan’s track ‘Moonlight Desires” , because here in Canada I bought that album (Great Dirty World ) upon release back in 1987, and recognized Jon Anderson’s voice immediately. What did surprise me is that they did not choose any tune from Lou Reed’s 1972 solo debut, because that record has two Yes alumni on it. See if you can remember who it was.

I bought the Lou Reed record decades ago just to hear Rick & Steve, but don’t recall being very impressed. Rick’s only on piano, Steve on electric guitar, no acoustic. Lou’s next record, though, is a classic.

I had a dream last night that I met up with Kevin and some other Yes fans and explained to you why I was not excited by the release of the new Yes album! How weird is that? Just to get more strange, two of them were from Stuttgart but were geordies yet not related. I suppose the connection was that the first time I saw Yes live was 1975 Relayer tour at Newcastle City Hall. No idea what was the Stuttgart connection I’ve never been to Germany or met anyone from Stuttgart

Sweet dreams can solve the future,
Sweet dreams provide the past.
Sweet things within your makeup;
These things will always last,

Haha excellent!
The daft thing is that I meant to post a comment on last week’s show that having listened to The Ice Bridge I understood why a lot of Yes fans would be excited given its progressive nature.
I thank Mark for the name check as the Yes Skeptic, a title well deserved. My reaction to The Ice Bridge is that it sounds very much like someone creating a song which sounds like Yes, much as you discussed the ELP soundalike. The lyrics are very much in the mould of Anderson but given the time Steve and Jon spent working together it’s not a surprise. I just hope it was arrived at organically rather than an affectation
I’ll not be buying the album but I’ve a feeling that you’ll love it and I hope it gives them the creative boost they’ve lacked since Talk

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