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Postby Bent Fabric » 09 Apr 2018, 20:19

Oh dear.

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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby soundchaser » 10 Apr 2018, 09:34

Dear Father. Bit of an obscurity in the Yes canon, but one well worth shining a light on. I didn't discover this song until the Yesterdays compilation, which came out after Yes had hit the big time Originally a b-side to the Sweet Dreams single. Lovely harmonies on this one, but the highlight for me, is Tony Kaye's keyboard playing, which has a Wurlitzer like effect, giving a fairground feel to me: I can feel myself riding on the Merry-Go-'Round once again. Someone's made a nice video to this one as well. Special mention also to Peter Banks on what is really good song:


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Postby Bent Fabric » 10 Apr 2018, 16:19

The rhythm section does a lot here to anchor the more fanciful elements up top.

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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby soundchaser » 10 Apr 2018, 16:52

Bent Fabric wrote:The rhythm section does a lot here to anchor the more fanciful elements up top.


YES: they were a formidable combination, right from the off.

Did you know Bill Bruford used to have trainers with, “Go Home Moon,” inscribed around this time?

I’m sure he came to see the error of his ways :D.

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Postby soundchaser » 12 Apr 2018, 08:11

No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed. So then, the first track on second album, Time And A Word, and here's some proper progressive rock. Marrying together the theme from one of my favourite Westerns, The Big Country, with a Richie Havens song, what we have here is a big ballsy opener to set the pulse racing. Employing an orchestra was quite the vogue back then, and I think it worked really well for Yes on this track. I saw Yes on the 2001 Symphonic tour, and was disappointed this song wasn't performed: a missed opportunity, indeed. Fantastic video to this song, even if it's Steve Howe featured, rather than Peter Banks:


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Postby gash on ignore » 12 Apr 2018, 12:13

Fabulous video, stinky hippy buggers.

I’m not too fussed about the song though, I could do without the Big Country quote-y bits. I think we’re still hearing a band that hasn’t quite nailed their sound down yet, that happens on the next record.
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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby C » 12 Apr 2018, 22:03

soundchaser wrote:Dear Father. Bit of an obscurity in the Yes canon, but one well worth shining a light on. I didn't discover this song until the Yesterdays compilation, which came out after Yes had hit the big time Originally a b-side to the Sweet Dreams single. Lovely harmonies on this one, but the highlight for me, is Tony Kaye's keyboard playing, which has a Wurlitzer like effect, giving a fairground feel to me: I can feel myself riding on the Merry-Go-'Round once again. Someone's made a nice video to this one as well. Special mention also to Peter Banks on what is really good song:




I love this track

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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby Charlie O. » 13 Apr 2018, 03:45

nev gash wrote:I could do without the Big Country quote-y bits.

I agree with that, but otherwise the song's a good fit for them - even if, on the whole, I'd rather listen to the Havens original.


soundchaser wrote:Bill Bruford used to have trainers with, “Go Home Moon,” inscribed around this time?

His children's book of the same name was not a bestseller.
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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby soundchaser » 13 Apr 2018, 10:44

Charlie O. wrote:
nev gash wrote:I could do without the Big Country quote-y bits.

I agree with that, but otherwise the song's a good fit for them - even if, on the whole, I'd rather listen to the Havens original.



Yes, The Big Country theme is a bit clumsy, but it’s still a lot of fun to me.

The important thing to bear in mind, is this was the learning curve: preparation for the big one.

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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby soundchaser » 13 Apr 2018, 10:47

Charlie O. wrote:
soundchaser wrote:Bill Bruford used to have trainers with, “Go Home Moon,” inscribed around this time?

His children's book of the same name was not a bestseller.


What, Mr. Grumpy? He was no David Williams, that’s for sure.

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Postby Tonto Papadopoulos » 13 Apr 2018, 11:32

I much prefer Time and a Word to the first album. I know Carlsson disagrees with me on that!
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Postby trans-chigley express » 13 Apr 2018, 12:12

German Dave wrote:I much prefer Time and a Word to the first album. I know Carlsson disagrees with me on that!

I disagree too. In fact the first album is my 5th favourite Yes album

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Postby Tonto Papadopoulos » 14 Apr 2018, 10:45

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



"Stares" it with a spoon??

It has always fucking annoyed me that (and it shouldn't really, me being Scouse).
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Postby Tonto Papadopoulos » 14 Apr 2018, 10:50

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


Totally agree. I really don't care much for their "America."
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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby soundchaser » 14 Apr 2018, 12:22

Side 1, track 2: Then. On the Time & A Word album, Jon Anderson began asserting himself, not only as lead songwriter, but also as band leader. For a peace loving hippie, he had quite a ruthless streak, as Peter Banks was soon to find out. And yet, the songs he delivered showed his class. The future direction of Yes, is all wrapped up in Then:


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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby Zombeels » 14 Apr 2018, 16:33

I love the song Sweetness. Spoon or no spoon.
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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby soundchaser » 17 Apr 2018, 09:40

Side 1, track 3: Everydays. Yes cover the Stephen Stills/Buffalo Springfield song.

I do like this, but still see it as a cutting their teeth exercise for greater things to come.

Apparently, guitarist Peter Banks wasn't happy at having to compete with the strings. Little did he know.


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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

Postby soundchaser » 19 Apr 2018, 07:29

Side 1, track 4: Sweet Dreams. I really like this one and you can definitely hear the band finding their identity.

Co-written by Anderson and David Foster, the latter of whom was in Anderson's previous band, The Warriors.


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Re: Yes: Song By Song Thread.

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