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YES - The Yes Album Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Fragile Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Close To The Edge Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Yessongs Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Tales From Topographic Oceans Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Relayer Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Going For The One Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Drama Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - And You And I / Roundabout Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Time And A Word Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Yesterdays Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Tormato Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Classic Yes Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Yes Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Rhino Hi-Hive: Yes Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - We Can Fly Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Release, Release / Don't Kill The Whale Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Run Through the Light Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Looking Around / Everydays Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Sweetness / Something's Coming Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Looking Around / Every Little Thing Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YES - Sweetness / Every Little Thing Jazz Related Rock | review permalink

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YES Run Through the Light

Single · 1980 · Jazz Related Rock
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Review - #22 (Yes - Run Through The Light)

This single came out the same year the Drama album was released, 1980. There is a "Official Version" and a "Promo Version" of this single. Firstly, we will address the official version. It contains both Run Through The Light and White Car. Run Through the Light has always been a wonderful song in my eyes and seems to be generally under appreciated by the majority of the Yes fanbase. I believe this is one of Trevor Horn's best vocal performances on the entire Drama album, not to mention featuring some truly great melodies throughout. It features Steve Howe playing a Les Paul guitar "in the background being very melancholy" with Chris Squire playing piano and Trevor Horn playing bass, something which Trevor Horn did not particularly want to do, but Chris Squire was able to convince him to do it. Overall, this is a terrific song with an excellent rhythm section all the way through. Next, we have White Car which is one of the shortest Yes songs to date clocking in at just over a minute. Geoff Downes played a Fairlight CMI synthesizer on the recording, to test its sampling capabilities. Geoff Downes once said that he "tried to simulate an orchestra using these samples, but it was very early days of digital sampling." This song fits somewhat well as a single when compared to the album, it is nothing incredible but a pleasant song that has some interesting keyboard arrangements/sounds throughout. The promo version is similar to the official version but instead of containing White Car it merely contains a mono and stereo version of Run Through The Light. Overall, I would rather obtain the official version of this release due to it containing an extra song. However, if you are someone who prefers mono versions of music this would surely be an interesting listen. In general, this is a pretty solid single that would be a good addition to any prog collection!

- π˜›π˜©π˜ͺ𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘷π˜ͺ𝘦𝘸 𝘸𝘒𝘴 𝘰𝘳π˜ͺ𝘨π˜ͺ𝘯𝘒𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘳π˜ͺ𝘡𝘡𝘦𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 π˜—π˜³π˜°π˜¨ 𝘈𝘳𝘀𝘩π˜ͺ𝘷𝘦𝘴 (http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=2538060)

YES Release, Release / Don't Kill The Whale

Single · 1978 · Jazz Related Rock
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Review - #21 (Yes - Release, Release)

In 1978 Yes put out this single in support of their most recent studio album, Tormato. It contains both Release, Release and Don't Kill the Whale. Release, Release was developed by Jon Anderson and Alan White, and showcases automatic double tracking applied onto Alan White's drum tracks to achieve a bigger sound. This song has a great energy to it that I always enjoyed. The instrumental section includes a crowd cheering with the guitar and drum solo, which Wakeman reasoned was added because it "sounded a bit dry" on its own. He recalled the crowd was taken from an English football match. In addition, Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegun visited Yes in the studio and heard "Release, Release", which he liked and suggested the whole album sound like it. However, the song was slightly difficult for Jon Anderson to sing on stage as the many high notes in the song strained his voice, and it was dropped early into the tour. Overall, a solid song with a truly uplifting chorus! Next up, is Don't Kill the Whale which contains the best keyboard work from Rick Wakeman found throughout the entire Tormato album. Rick Wakeman once said that the keyboard solo involved him adapting a sound that he had configured on his Polymoog which produced "weird sounds" that resembled a whale, interesting. Overall, this is a terrific single containing two of the better tracks found off of the Tormato album. A good, but non-essential addition to any prog collection!

- π˜›π˜©π˜ͺ𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘷π˜ͺ𝘦𝘸 𝘸𝘒𝘴 𝘰𝘳π˜ͺ𝘨π˜ͺ𝘯𝘒𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘳π˜ͺ𝘡𝘡𝘦𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 π˜—π˜³π˜°π˜¨ 𝘈𝘳𝘀𝘩π˜ͺ𝘷𝘦𝘴 (http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=2538058)

YES And You And I / Roundabout

Single · 1974 · Jazz Related Rock
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Review - #20 (Yes - And You And I)

What an incredible combination of songs released on a single! Strangely enough, this single was released in 1974 a few years after both of these songs were already put on their retrospective albums. It contains both And You And I which was on the album Close to the Edge, and Roundabout which was on the album Fragile. And You And I is a truly incredible track that remains to be one of the best songs throughout their entire career. It truly demonstrates Jon Anderson's incredible vocals in addition to showing his ability to perform in different styles and ranges. The song starts with a beautiful guitar section which continues to build into a majestic keyboard section found halfway through the song. The guitar from the beginning of the song has a reprise after this but played with a bit more urgency. After a couple more minutes of breathtaking music, the song transfers to a retrospective guitar and vocal duet which ends the song very nicely. Fantastic song! When flipping the single, the listener is introduced to the Yes classic, Roundabout. What can I say about this song that hasn't been said already? Even though the amount of play this song receives in comparison to the bands entire discography can sometimes be irritating, I believe this song is truly fantastic despite it's enormous popularity. If anything, it's popularity somewhat supports the song's strength. Not to mention, the first minute of the song played on acoustic guitar is one of the most iconic openings within all of music. The rest of the song is also great, containing extraordinary instrumentation from the entire band, especially Chris Squire. Interestingly enough, Steve Howe once recalled the track was originally "a guitar instrumental suite" that he wrote. These two tracks are absolutely classics and would constitute an excellent addition to any prog collection, especially if you don't already own the two studio albums these tracks are found on.

- π˜›π˜©π˜ͺ𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘷π˜ͺ𝘦𝘸 𝘸𝘒𝘴 𝘰𝘳π˜ͺ𝘨π˜ͺ𝘯𝘒𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘳π˜ͺ𝘡𝘡𝘦𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 π˜—π˜³π˜°π˜¨ 𝘈𝘳𝘀𝘩π˜ͺ𝘷𝘦𝘴 (http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=2538055)

YES Sweetness / Every Little Thing

Single · 1969 · Jazz Related Rock
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Review - #19 (Yes - Sweetness / Every Little Thing)

Originally released as a promo in the early 1970's, this single is able to capture the sound of Yes before the 70s. It consists of two songs, one being Sweetness (an edited version) and Every Little Thing. Sweetness was the first song that Anderson and Squire collaborated on following their initial meeting. However, the edited down version found on this single unfortunately doesn't hit the same high points as the album version does. Not to mention, it feels somewhat pointless to cut it down since the original song isn't that long in the first place. Despite that, I still believe it is an overall good song but not essential by any means. The second song, Every Little Thing, is only shortened by a few seconds for the single release. Thus, it can be said to be almost identical to the version found on the album. It is a cover version of "Every Little Thing" by the Beatles. Chris Squire once said, he didn't realize how much he liked the band's version until he turned on the radio after performing at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1984 and heard the instrumentation. He believed that it was almost a new song being played until Jon Anderson's lyrics was heard, making it a cover. Despite the cover being an improvement to the original Beatles song, due to its more interesting and complex arrangement, I still don't believe it is a great song. My favorite version of Every Little Thing can be found on the Songs From Tsongas - Yes 35th Anniversary Concert live album which features a wonderful rendition of the track! Nevertheless, the version found here is best suited for fans/collectors of Yes. Still, if you are able to get your hands on this single, it will be a nice addition to your collection. But it becomes somewhat pointless if you already own their debut album.

- π˜›π˜©π˜ͺ𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘷π˜ͺ𝘦𝘸 𝘸𝘒𝘴 𝘰𝘳π˜ͺ𝘨π˜ͺ𝘯𝘒𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘳π˜ͺ𝘡𝘡𝘦𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 π˜—π˜³π˜°π˜¨ 𝘈𝘳𝘀𝘩π˜ͺ𝘷𝘦𝘴 (http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=2538053)

YES Sweetness / Something's Coming

Single · 1969 · Jazz Related Rock
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Review - #18 (Yes - Sweetness / Something's Coming)

Even if their early days, Yes were putting out some great pieces of music! Released in 1969, this would be one of the band's earliest singles featuring the band's written and composed song Sweetness and a rendition of Something's Coming from West Side Story. The band's line-up consisted of Jon Anderson on vocals, Peter Banks on guitars, Chris Squire on bass, Bill Bruford on drums, and Tony Kaye on Hammond organ. Side A of the single, Sweetness, was the first song that Jon Anderson and Chris Squire (including former Mabel Greer's Toyshop guitarist Clive Bailey) collaborated on following their initial meeting. The song contains some interesting vocal harmonies but is drenched with the feel of a 60s love ballad with some progressive rock touches. Overall, it is still a good song that has a great build-up near the end. The next song, Something's Coming is a different story. This is probably the most progressive song Yes released in 1969. With all of the band members playing at their heights at the time, this song is truly a highlight of their early career. With a special mention of Bill Bruford's superb jazz infused drumming found throughout the entire track. I sometimes wonder why they decided to not include this song on their debut album and instead restrict it to a B-side single. When deliberating on the rating for this album, I believe that it is best suited for fans/collectors of Yes. The main attraction here is the cover track Something's Coming. If you are interested in owning this track on physical format, I'd recommend searching out for the 2003 Remaster of the band's debut album with features Something's Coming as a bonus track. Furthermore, it was also added on the Yesyears compilation boxset. Therefore, if you own any of those this single might become somewhat pointless.

- π˜›π˜©π˜ͺ𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘷π˜ͺ𝘦𝘸 𝘸𝘒𝘴 𝘰𝘳π˜ͺ𝘨π˜ͺ𝘯𝘒𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘳π˜ͺ𝘡𝘡𝘦𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 π˜—π˜³π˜°π˜¨ 𝘈𝘳𝘀𝘩π˜ͺ𝘷𝘦𝘴 (http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=2538047)

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