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Old 01-07-2023, 04:47 PM   #121 (permalink)
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Last few clips I've seen of Steve you could tell he was struggling to keep up with his old frantic self.

Recently saw a clip where during a sound check he completely went off on a spot dude who was missing his mark. No yelling, just really demeaning stuff in that snobby British way. Lost a ton of respect for one of my top 5 fiddle heroes that day.

80s Yes. I'm in a big minority in liking the 2nd album by that lineup better than 90210.

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Old 01-07-2023, 05:29 PM   #122 (permalink)
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Last few clips I've seen of Steve you could tell he was struggling to keep up with his old frantic self.

Recently saw a clip where during a sound check he completely went off on a spot dude who was missing his mark. No yelling, just really demeaning stuff in that snobby British way. Lost a ton of respect for one of my top 5 fiddle heroes that day.
Yeah that's an old clip, I saw it years ago, he definitely comes off as a douche but apparently he always had a reputation of being the cranky one of the group.

Jon on the other hand always seems like the chillest guy.
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Old 01-07-2023, 10:05 PM   #123 (permalink)
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90210!!! Oh that's classic!

I'm also a Big Generator guy - first Yes album I heard and started my interest in them, which quickly faded as I travelled backwards in time.

For me (unpopular I guess but hell it's me)
Big Generator
ABWH
(shut up it is)
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That is all.
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Old 01-08-2023, 04:11 AM   #124 (permalink)
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80s Yes is fine if I pretend it's a totally different project and don't compare it to the 70s albums. I think I read once that 90125 was originally meant to be released under a different name, which makes a lot of sense.

Post-80s Yes has its moments, but I'm never going to be super excited about listening to it.
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90125 is a great pop album that only gets the flack it does because it's from Yes, I've always stood by that.

It's funny though that they brought Tony Kaye back, he originally left the band because he didn't want to use synthesizers, only for him to return when their music was at it's synthiest, I think he only played piano and organ which wasn't as prominent in the band's sound as it used to be, Trevor Rabin plays most of the synths on 90125 and Big Generator, he practically took over as the band's leader.

Trevor Horn really was the unofficial sixth member of the band at that point, 90125 was his baby and he co-wrote the two biggest hits. I love Horn's over the top production style, his stuff is overproduced in all the right ways.
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I think I read once that 90125 was originally meant to be released under a different name, which makes a lot of sense.
Was going to be Cinema until Anderson agreed to join in.

All I know is both 90215 and Big Generator are miles better than the garbage Tormato and Drama. Listened to both recently for the first time in years - TERRIBLE.

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Dude what? Drama is great. It's Yes + Buggles, what's not to love?

As for Tormato, it's their worst 70s album without question. I almost never listen to it, but it's not all bad, it has Onward on it and I'm a huge sucker for their sappy ballads I must confess.

And I can't bring myself to hate Don't Kill the Whale. It's a guilty pleasure, a glorious absurd disco-prog environmentalist protest song with the funniest synth solo I've ever heard.
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I love Drama, it’s actually probably my fourth favorite after CTTE, Yes Album and Relayer. Tormato I’m less jazzed about but I do like most of it, even Circus of Heaven can be a fun little singalong if I’m in the mood.
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Same. Drama is a masterpiece and a testament to Howe, Squire, and Whites abilities as musicians, as they were out of their core element. Machine Messiah and Tempus Fugit are two of my favorite Yessongs.
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