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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby Charlie O. » 28 Mar 2018, 22:13

soundchaser wrote:I was thinking ahead to the cover of America, which has similar dynamics, but to my mind the band then really nailed it.

See, that's the one I would say is a mess. It sounds like an exercise rather than an inspiration.

"Every Little Thing" is fine by me. Not my favorite track on the album (and not a patch on the original, which is one of my favorite "early Beatles" songs), but it works well in context.
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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby soundchaser » 28 Mar 2018, 22:19

Charlie O. wrote:
soundchaser wrote:I was thinking ahead to the cover of America, which has similar dynamics, but to my mind the band then really nailed it.

See, that's the one I would say is a mess. It sounds like an exercise rather than an inspiration.

"Every Little Thing" is fine by me. Not my favorite track on the album (and not a patch on the original, which is one of my favorite "early Beatles" songs), but it works well in context.


Funny how we all hear things differently.

And we’re still only on the first album!

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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby Quaco » 28 Mar 2018, 22:20

Bent Fabric wrote:There's a slightly impressionistic quality to his playing - possibly less nimble or fluid than Howe, but...a lot of "splashes of color" (middle/neck pickup, volume swells, blue notes) that are crucial to the sound of pre 1971 Yes.

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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby Bent Fabric » 28 Mar 2018, 22:21

Quaco wrote:
Bent Fabric wrote:There's a slightly impressionistic quality to his playing - possibly less nimble or fluid than Howe, but...a lot of "splashes of color" (middle/neck pickup, volume swells, blue notes) that are crucial to the sound of pre 1971 Yes.

Yes.


Shit, even playing the Rickenbacker with overdrive...

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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby Quaco » 28 Mar 2018, 22:22

Charlie O. wrote:
soundchaser wrote:I was thinking ahead to the cover of America, which has similar dynamics, but to my mind the band then really nailed it.

See, that's the one I would say is a mess. It sounds like an exercise rather than an inspiration.

"Every Little Thing" is fine by me. Not my favorite track on the album (and not a patch on the original, which is one of my favorite "early Beatles" songs), but it works well in context.

Agree. I tire of the version of "America". Maybe it's also because the original is so much better. "Every Little Thing" is one thing and The Beatles are common cover-ees; "America" is on another level.
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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby Bent Fabric » 28 Mar 2018, 22:40

I knew the Yes version of "America" long before I knew the S&G version. To me, it's just about as great as a cover gets (ala Hendrix "Watchtower") - there's a lot of wonderful ideas in there, some incredible playing and sounds, and...yeah, I'd say (to my ears) the "expansiveness" of the arrangement evokes the seemingly endless geography hinted at in the lyrics.

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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby soundchaser » 06 Apr 2018, 07:50

I'm not the biggest fan of this song, but it is pointing the way towards the beautiful ballads to come.


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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby Bent Fabric » 06 Apr 2018, 11:43

It's probably the beta version of something they developed more fully, but I love its simplicity, innocence and, sure, drippiness.

Used to magnificent effect in Buffalo 66.

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Postby kalowski II: The Revenge » 06 Apr 2018, 12:05

^^^^
I think that’s where I am for most of the pre-Yes Album work, hearing an out-of-focus version of what I know is coming and treating it kindly.
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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby soundchaser » 06 Apr 2018, 14:15

Bent Fabric wrote:It's probably the beta version of something they developed more fully, but I love its simplicity, innocence and, sure, drippiness.

Used to magnificent effect in Buffalo 66.


Sure, I take your point, there is a fragile innocence to the song which is endearing.

I'm not sure I've even seen Buffalo 66. I'll look out for it.

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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby ConnyOlivetti » 06 Apr 2018, 15:36

never/ever wrote:the BCB-universe...may it continue to piss Coan off ad infinitum.


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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby soundchaser » 06 Apr 2018, 16:15

ConnyOlivetti wrote:


Ah, thanks.

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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby soundchaser » 08 Apr 2018, 10:06

Survival. And so we get to the final song on the album: saving the best to last, in my opinion.

Interestingly, the album begins with one foot in psychedelia and ends with the other in progressive rock.

Survival, is the band playing fantastically well and YES, it bodes well for the future.


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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby never/ever » 08 Apr 2018, 10:20

It is terrific and by far my fave track of this album.
The serenity after that fade-out is glorious....nice build up to the end too.
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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby Bent Fabric » 08 Apr 2018, 12:33

Such a good one. A wonderful blend of delicate humanity and extremely deft heaviness.

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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby soundchaser » 08 Apr 2018, 14:01

Bent Fabric wrote:Such a good one. A wonderful blend of delicate humanity and extremely deft heaviness.


Yes, I ended up playing this one a few times today.

A very good song.

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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby kalowski II: The Revenge » 09 Apr 2018, 14:15

Another one where the first 30 secs promise so much.
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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby robertff » 09 Apr 2018, 19:11

Sweetness, Survival, both excellent I think.


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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby Quaco » 09 Apr 2018, 19:54

ConnyOlivetti wrote:

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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby kalowski II: The Revenge » 09 Apr 2018, 20:02

It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man.

Kal ‘Roger Cock’ Hodgson wrote:I have just discovered that the fake Markus account was not John...I would like to apologise for suggesting it was him.