Discussion in 'Progressive Rock' started by Reverend Rock, Dec 9, 2005.
Yes "Drama" Tour 1980 Madison Square Garden NYC (c)Bill O'Leary
Favorite prog rock band by far. Close to the Edge being their magnus opus in every way IMO. Who write lyrics like this anymore?
A seasoned witch could call you from the depths of your disgrace
And rearrange your liver to the solid mental grace
And achieve it all with music that came quickly from afar
Then taste the fruit of man recorded losing all against the hour
And assessing points to nowhere, leading every single one
A dewdrop can exalt us like the music of the sun
And take away the plain in which we move
And choose the course you're running
Right. As a matter of fact Steve Howe and Alan White just joined last week.
Wow a truly impressive cover.
Guitarist of Blue Oyster Cult on bass. Not Buck.
But to cover Close to the edge this perfectly is impressive.
I have been listening to the Drama album a lot lately from 1980 mainly because of the two Buggles guys Trevor Horn and Geoff Downs being in the band at that time and the album is starting to grow on me quite a bit not that I am a Yes fan as such and hardly listening to their other albums normally. Back in the mid 1980s I remember either Trevor Horn or Geoff Downs (probably Trevor Horn?) turning up on the long running BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs where a guest picks about 10 favourite records that they would take with them to a desert island plus a favourite book and one luxury item anyway amongst the 10 records that were chosen were around 3 or 4 Yes records and I vaguely recall the comment of "I was always into Yes" being made.
Also from 1980 I also remember some of the Yes fans reactions in the music press to the news that the two Buggles guys had joined the band which was pretty disparaging with one guy I recall saying something like "How can Trevor Horn sing Wondrous Stories?."
On the reverse side of the coin I watched a 140 minutes Yes concert recorded at the Montreux Jazz festival in 2003 and to be honest it didn't do much for me?. Jon Anderson's singing voice is I presume 'an acquired taste' and Steve Howe's guitar picking was 'very clean' and he also played around 6 different guitars through the whole set and Chris Squires 'bass solo' was certainly 'different' from the normal bass guitar solo to say the least and Rick Wakeman appeared not to have broken sweat and looked fairly bored with the whole proceedings?.
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