Here was my introduction to Prog Rock thanks in part to one Gary Miller. Yesssongs is a juggernaut 3 album live set which chronicles the first iteration of the band that established the genre. Clocking in at 2 hours and 10 minutes yessongs evokes dazed and confused memories of high school, work and early life in the late 1970s. The party was typically mobile, traveling to and from the city of Chicago in a blue Ford van, perfect for doing ’neutral-drops’, and on an inevitable collision coarse with a brick wall at the Arlington Heights Post Office. On the way, there’s a quick lawn-job while driving the cash letter down to the Federal Reserve Bank, the final round of mail pick up before heading to the postoffice and then hitting Elms to pick up a 12 of Old Style. That of course put a stop to taking the president’s Jaguar for it’s weekend carwash. “Bob Mills, how you doing? Good, Good!” Saturday morning hangover relief comes courtesy of Burger King followed by a game of fast pitch tape ball in the basement of the First Arlington National Bank north side drive-up.
Yes, Yes has invented and reinvented itself several times over the course of almost 50 years and everyone of those renewals were exceptional, but yessongs is a jaunt through baseball, football and corn fields, over highs and lows and close to the edge, in and around the lake, mountains come out of the sky, they stand there…
Tonight Yes is finally being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. If you ask me they are 20 years late. They should have been invited long ago, certainly before bands like ABBA and Green Day. WTF? Anyway, they’re there now, so block off a couple hours and enjoy.
Opening (Excerpt From Firebird Suite)
Heart Of The Sunrise
And You And I
Mood For A Day
Excerpts From “The Six Wives Of Henry VIII”
Your Move/I’ve Seen All Good People
Long Distance Runaround/The Fish
Close To The Edge
Yours Is No Disgrace
Cover art by Roger Dean