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Yes singles part 3 – The Yes Album – 316

£2 for original gatefold The Yes Album from a narrow boat seller in Stratford
The Yes Album with Tony Kaye in plaster

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

This week we discuss The Yes Album and its single, Your Move. It has plenty of variations around the world. We also manage to speak to Dave Watkinson about the #YES50 Fan Convention.

  • Does this single suit the album?
  • What is on the B side and what should be?
  • How successful are the edits?

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25 replies on “Yes singles part 3 – The Yes Album – 316”

Wow nice job Kevin you absolutely nailed it nice very nice …
Wow I never knew that Mark about the mono and I’m old…lol
This was indeed my very first Yes album
Wow very interesting list for sure times they were very strange indeed
I don’t remember them playing any Yes at this time on AM or FM radio but again it could have been but since I grew up in the Detroit area it was more Motown then any thing else.
The 50th sounds like its going to be awesome! I would hope someone would be filming some of this stuff taking place to share with all the Yes fan’s around the world. Well that will be a book to have very interesting to hear that about Jon very cool.
Great Show and would like to add that I indeed pre-ordered the Fish out of water only because I’m such a huge fan of that album and of course its Chris Squire can’t wait for April.

Greetings Paul,

Great to hear from you. haha well the mono thing is something i found out about as i collected more 45’s. I think you are right, living in the Detroit area its possible at that point there wasn’t much Yes being played but a lot of Mototown…of course that changed after Fragile.
Very cool about the Chris Squire Boxset…im still debating about it…mainly because i have quite a bit of it already..the videos..the interview..the vinyl (original press) but of course the remix and the 5.1 make it tempting.

Mark Anthony K

Kevin & Mark, another good show. Very much appreciated.

Per the discussion about the upcoming Chris Squire, Fish Out Of Water special edition, and to help Kevin decide whether to purchase the new package (hint: yes, do it!), I’ve bumped up my Patreon level for February, and will see if I can get a couple other fans onboard!

Thanks so much Robert! I’ll try to pronounce your name properly in future… Your generosity really helps to keep the show running and, as for that Chris Squire special edition, watch this space!

Hi Kevin and Mark – I grew up just outside of New York City and at the beginning of the 70s (as a 16 year odd) I only listened to AM radio in the car (because FM was not an option yet in cars – at least not in mine!) Whenever I had a choice I listened to the much cooler FM stations. FM radio was playing long versions of things and it was mostly through FM radio that I think people found out about Yes in the US. I don’t think I ever heard the edit of “Roundabout” until years later when I actually sought it out. But it was, indeed, “Roundabout” that caught my attention and made me buy the Fragile album when it was the new release from the band. So, even though I’ve been enjoying your singles discussion, Yes came to my attention through full-length songs played by FM DJs who had the freedom to play whatever they wanted for a few years there in the early 70s.

WNEW-FM in New York City was definitely a home for Yes for, as Bob noted above, they could and did play many longer songs of all types–so a lot of Yes! Similarly in Philly, but I think that has been mentioned. I think most people I know heard Yes on these kinds of FM stations, not from singles on AM.

Kevin, I think that single edit of Your Move works fine. I don’t mind it ending on A (the 5th of E).

Another excellent show, as always. Hope to see some of you on the cruise in 2 weeks! Always good to meet my old friends in Yes (since ’75), Roger Dean (since ’76) and Jon Kirkman. You can keep up with my many music posts on my FB page and many Yes and prog FB pages. A short version of my resume is at

HA! Welcome to YMCH – The Yes Music Comedy Hour! Kevin, your intro this week was LOL funny – right when I needed a good laugh, as well. Can’t wait to start tracking down those King Crimson covers!

Never was much of a singles collector… we had a pretty good album rock station (KKFM, Steve Roehr) in Las Vegas back in the day, until one day I woke up, headed out to work and discovered they had – overnight – gone to Top 40 Country music!

My first experience with Yes wasn’t even on the radio, and wasn’t a single, either – it was the intro to side three of Topographic Oceans, “The Ancient,” used by our local independent TV station on a home-made promo for “Star Trek” reruns. My Prog and Sci-Fi geekdoms are forever intertwined.

We aim to please. Ah sci-fi. I have a few connections to the grandfather of British sci-fi, Doctor Who.

As do I, although it’s a fair bit more tenuous than yours (which isn’t tenuous at all). There’s a British author by the name of Frank Cottrell-Boyce who’s written two episodes for the Doctor, both during Peter Capaldi’s tenure.

I lived in the LA area, and I don’t think I ever heard “Your Move” on any AM “pop” stations when the song was new. It did get a lot of play on the “deep cut” FM stations, though; and they played the album version.

Kevin, I loved your musical geek out regarding the end of All Good People. There’s no proper resolution to the home key.

Hello Jeremy and Kevin.

Yes, there is no resolution to the “home key” but neither is there a resolution to the home key (E major) when “All Good People” does follow.

In fact, in the last progression of “Your Move” (I, ii, iii, IV) is a tonicization to A Major, where the IV becomes the new one, not through standard techniques (e.g. pivot chord or secondary dominants) but because the A major itself lasts long enough to be perceived as the “new” home key so the harmony can be considered to have modulated to A major.

My first exposure to Yes was the “Your Move” single, which was played a reasonable amount on AM radio in Australia, although it doesn’t seem to have made the charts. Knowing only that version, I thought the ending was perfect! When I finally heard the album version years later, the transition into “All Good People” seemed almost too obvious. There are other songs that leave one hanging in a similar way. “For No One” by The Beatles is a gorgeous example, and just like “Your Move” it doesn’t leave me feeling unsatisfied in the way the Kevin felt. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” also ends on an unresolved chord, and it’s a startlingly abrupt ending as well, but it’s perfect for the song.

A bit late to the game, I intended to post this when the episode first aired (but it would have been dangerous to try to do so whilst driving)…
The (probably apocryphal) story of the composer who had to resolve his wife’s hanging V7 chord was attributed to Mozart in one of the versions I recall hearing. This was in one of several BBC Documentary series written and presented (brilliantly) by composer Howard Goodall so it must be true 😉

Ha! Yes! Thanks for that. I once performed a version of Dido and Aeneas which Goodall did, with him in the audience. Nice bloke by all accounts.

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