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Yes singles part 1 – 314

Yes singles
Yes singles

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Michel Arsenault, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier.

For our first episode of 2018 – #YES50! – we start a new series about Yes singles from the first album to the last. This week we consider the two 45s released from the debut album.

Also, there’s the chance to win a copy of the Downes Braide Association album, Skyscraper Souls and a show-and-tell session featuring our Christmas hauls – all great fun!

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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

7 replies on “Yes singles part 1 – 314”

It was my understanding that “Sweetness” became Yes’ first A side because they were aware that Leonard Bernstein did not like the Nice’s cover of “America” and had threatened legal action against the Nice. Rather than scrap the single, Yes or the label chose to designate “Something’s Coming” as the B side. This was a common practice in the late 60’s; another famous example is a song by Dionne Warwicke called “Any Old Time of the Day,” which flopped because the public confused it with “Call Me” by Della Reese. Scepter Records salvaged the single by re-assigning the A and B sides, and as a result “Walk on By” became one of Warwicke’s greatest hits.

So that means it was going to be Something’s Coming which is still an odd choice I think. Not on the album and a cover of a musical song…

Very true, but it was a pretty good representation of their style and approach at the time. If I remember correctly, the threat of a negative response from Bernstein also prompted a decision to leave the song off the album as well. I think the reasoning was that as a B side of a single the song would be out there for the fans, but it would be unlikely to attract Bernstein’s attention- or it would be less likely to than if it were on an album. Please bear in mind it’s been many years since I read this, and I may not have all the details quite right. I think it was in Yesstories or the booklet that accompanies Yesyears. But the Bernstein threat was quite real. In spite of all the press he got about being a modern musical genius, he was very reactionary about rock music and even urged his friend Aaron Copland to sue ELP over their cover of “Hoedown.”

Interesting show this week I know their were many singles around of Yes however I was more of the album type person I wanted the full version of Yes having grown up on AM radio which really in my mind just butchered records every day as far as length. My first album was the Yes album then quickly went out and bought the first two albums. However the first song I ever remember being played on FM was And you and I. Funny today with so many different ways to listen to music I still hear the same songs they have over played for years all good people and roundabout. So with that I always have to take a deep breath and say to myself they have over 21 albums and really this is all they can play?
This is being played on Sirius which I have heard other songs played on they call deep tracks however I still don’t think Yes gets there due.

Sorry did not mean to go off …

Sounds like you guys had some nice Christmas haul, Kevin now I really want to go get Magnification on vinyl for sure. Thanks to Mark I’m now on a mission to start reclaiming all my old vinyl and even some new vinyl

Great show as always

Paul Tomei

Hi Kevin and Mark
Great show as ever
Never bought a Yes single in 46 years – they were always an album band and only Owner of a lonely heart changed this, despite Wonderous Stories mini success.
Christmas haul:
Topographic Oceans and The Yes Album Blu-ray
CD of Topographic Oceans – I have been round the vinyl route before and I am not going back!! -plus I have an attic full of original Yes Vinyl which was in general so poorly pressed that I am convinced that is why vinyl went south in the first place
Finally I got a ticket for the Yes Convention!
See you there with any luck

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