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Yes singles part 7 – Solo Album singles – 320

Solo Albums
Solo albums – yes I know there’s one missing.

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

In a detour, we talk about the singles from the Solo albums Yes members produced after Relayer. I couldn’t speak live to Mark this week due to work and family commitments but we still recorded our own thoughts.

  • Did all the solo albums produce a single?
  • Are all of them equally as effective?
  • Does Mark sing in this episode?

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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

2 replies on “Yes singles part 7 – Solo Album singles – 320”

It’s fascinating to follow the thread of these singles releases not least because the 70s rock market (at least here in England) was so completely disassociated from the singles chart. Kids I knew definitely thought less of Queen for having hit records as if it made them slightly ersatz. Which is another argument for another day though Led Zeppelin certainly made a big deal out of their “no singles” policy as a mark of authenticity.

Anyway, point being that I doubt any of the Yes men of that era had any say at all in what was released as a single. In many cases those would have come out without them even hearing or approving the edits.

The chance of any of the singles from Close to the Edge through Relayer and the solo albums charting in the UK Top 40 was virtually zero. Then punk came along and gave the singles charts some credibility in the rock media which in turn definitely stoked a renewed interest amongst the older bands in recording single length songs . Pistols, Clash, Damned, Jam, Stranglers were all having hits while selling albums and getting scads of music press front covers along the way. Ironic given that Punk was supposed to finish the big bands. For Yes to have three top 40 UK hit singles within one year was unheard of and a feat never to be repeated. They didn’t need the Trevors to do it either.

I’m enjoying all the singles coverage. It’s a different slice of the band’s history to focus on, and even though their identity has always come from albums, because they’ve never put out non-album singles or EPs, unlike some more overtly-collectable artists, I really welcome the surrounding context you’re including about the making of each album and the market into which the singles were released.
I’ll be interested in where this series goes when the 7″ single and then its 5″ and 3″ optical successors itself becomes popularly obsolete. Will you discuss the track “Open Your Eyes”, released electronically for free ahead of the release of that album, or “Believe Again”, released on iTunes ahead of the rest of “Heaven and Earth”? I’ll find out I suppose.

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