FlashBack Friday with Yes

Yes is one of my favorite progressive rock bands. The Yes Album, my first and favorite of their LP’s in 1971, got more spins than a presidential candidate in an election year. The band’s virtuosity on “Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Starship Trooper” and “I’ve Seen All Good People” is simply amazing.

Fragile’s “Roundabout” and “Long Distance Runaround” also top my classic rock hit list. The band’s extraordinary melodies, incredible time signatures, intricate instrumentation and soaring vocals have always captivated me. The Yes concerts I’ve witnessed were an awesome experience in sight and sound.

Over the years Yes has changed personnel, musical direction and record labels, but have always surprised and stunned fans with their brilliant and imaginative song compositions and arrangements. They will always be at the top of the progressive family rock tree. Just think of the fabulous groups that came into being from their various members…Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Asia, Badger, Cinema, Flash, Jon & Vangelis, King Crimson, XYZ, CIRCA, UK, White.

Earlier this summer Yes canceled their 40th Anniversary Tour after it was announced in June that Jon Anderson had suffered a severe asthma attack and was diagnosed with acute respiratory failure. The band had been scheduled to perform at Quebec’s 400th Anniversary Celebration. So it was decided to put the tour on hold until further notice.

However, there’s a multitude of DVDs available for us to enjoy.

I recently enjoyed watching the Classic Artist’s Yes DVD. It presents “their definitive fully authorized story in a 2-Disc Deluxe Set.” There are some archival performances featured, such as “Roundabout,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Siberian Khatru” and “Owner Of A Lonely Heart,” but the package mainly presents the story of the band, often told by band members past and present. You will see interviews with Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Bill Bruford, Rick Wakeman, Alan White, Peter Banks, Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes, Keith Emerson and many others. Any Yes fan will want to own these “wonderous stories.”

Also, Classic Studios have released a new limited edition director’s cut DVD of Yes’ 35th Anniversary World Tour. This package features behind-the-scenes footage and previously unreleased live performances at the N.I.A, Birmingham and The Glastonbury Festival that didn’t make it into the original DVD of ‘Yes – The Director’s Cut.’

More info at www.classic-media-group.com

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Friday, August 29th, 2008
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