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Yes Singles Part 10 – Drama – 325

Into The Lens single
Into The Lens single

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

It’s Drama this week which fits in well with the forthcoming launch of Fly From Here – Return Trip at the #YES50 Fan Convention in London next week. Mark and I also get to bang on about the set list for the first two concerts of the #YES50 tour and there is a huge amount of news!

  • How does Into the Lens works as a single?
  • Was it the only single from Drama?
  • What was the B side?

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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

4 replies on “Yes Singles Part 10 – Drama – 325”

Awesome show gentleman … I really thought this album was a great Yes album as a huge fan of Yes all of us were so waiting for a new Yes album at the time,and when it finally was out I was blown away by the whole thing
Never had any of the singles from this album however many copies were purchased along with the tour very nice indeed .
I believe that Chris really showed his pipes in this album and the work that Steve and Alan did along with the new members was very fitting indeed

Eddie Offord’s departure from Drama was due to his substance problem at the time. I was told this by the band on the US tour in the fall of 1980, and it has been written about in various books and magazines since. And FYI, his last name is pronounced as Off-ord, as in “off” not “ofe.”

I initially had some feelings of disappointment about the UK set list, having built up my expectations based on last summer’s shows and the cruise. But having seen and loved the show in Glasgow on Friday, it all makes sense to me now . With the second set being the most wilfully eclectic imaginable it’s right to parenthesise it the the secure tentposts of the Yes repertoire. So the opening Yours Is No Disgrace, at a deliberate steady tempo, sure, rather than the frenetic Yessongs encore pace, was a grand and graceful way to declare the fiftieth anniversary. None of the standards sounded tired, and I think that’s because there was barely any overlap with the repertoire from last time the band played in the UK with Drama and Fragile.
Another thing I noticed about this set list was that it covered the same range of albums as the San Luis Obispo concerts in 1996 released on Keys to Ascension. Nothing from before Time and a Word, nothing from Relayer, and nothing from after Tormato.
Ritual was the highlight for me, performed with energy and love, taking me back to discovering the piece on Yesshows back in 1981. And the real surprise was Alan. As Jay nailed the job during the show I was starting to feel concerned that Alan would seem less confident when he took the seat. But not only did he play Roundabout and Starship Troooper effortlessly, reminding me of the clean economic style of Charlie Watts, but his entrance in the maelstrom at the heart of Ritual was a spectacular taking of the reigns, repeatedly counting in the rest of the band for the tricky stabs in the storm. His evident current frailty evaporates when the sticks are in his hands.
Based on this performance, I think the band is in very good shape. And I came away without the burden of any “what if” or “if only” thoughts. A great night.

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