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YES for TPK

…there, by the waterside
here, where the lens is wide
You and Me, by the sea
taken in tranquility.

I am a camera…

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yessongs


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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.

yessongs

Opening (Excerpt From Firebird Suite)
Siberian Khatru
Heart Of The Sunrise
Perpetual Change
And You And I
Mood For A Day
Excerpts From “The Six Wives Of Henry VIII”
Roundabout

Your Move/I’ve Seen All Good People
Long Distance Runaround/The Fish
Close To The Edge
Yours Is No Disgrace
Starship Trooper

Cover art by Roger Dean

 

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Fragile Yes


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YES-fragile

 

Yesterday the music industry lost one of the greatest bass players to ever pick up the ax. Chris Squire founding member and cornerstone of the band Yes died of a rare form of leukemia in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday.

“It’s with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire,” said a statement on the band’s official website.

Squire was born in Kingsbury, north-west London and was the only member of the group to feature on every studio album. The band is currently touring North America and has continued to put out great albums well into the 2000’s.

Today’s Runner is Fragile…

Fragile
Roundabout
Cans and Brahms
We Have Heaven
South Side of the Sky
Five Per Cent For Nothing
Long Distance Runaround
The Fish
Mood For a Day
Heart of the Sunrise

You may also enjoy Going for the One and Yesterdays

Chris_Squire
Chris Squire plays at a Yes concert in Champaign, Illinois, in 1979

 

fish

 

1975
Fish Out of Water
Hold Out Your Hand
You BY MY Side
Silently Falling
Lucky Seven
Safe (Canon Song)
Lucky Seven (US Single Edit)

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Going for the One


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yes-goingfortheone

 

There is a reason why Yes is considered the undisputed king of prog rock. Even their lesser known, relatively obscure releases like Tormato and Going for the One are significant, beautifully composed slices of orchestral ear candy with angelic, cascading concertos and hard rocking moments followed by soft, often poignant ballades.

I remember my cousin played and danced to Wondrous Stories at his wedding back in the 90’s. I thought it weird, unique, funny, and very cool all at the same time.

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Yesterdays


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The 1975 release of Yesterdays is a fine compilation of early cuts by the band showcasing the talents of founding members Tony Kaye and Peter Banks who left the group shortly after the release of The Yes Album. Kaye and Banks would briefly regroup in a band called Flash that rivaled the signature Yes sound of the early 70s. Highlights here are Time and a Word and some brilliant guitar work on the remake of Paul Simon’s America, “and Howe!”

The music is drawn from the first two Yes albums and various early singles. It’s one of my faves, and a nice set for and early morning run. Enjoy.

In the morning when you rise, do you open up your eyes, see what I see?  Do you see the same things ev’ry day?
Do you think of a way to start the day, getting things in proportion?  Spread the news and help the world go ’round.

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