For Yes Fans - what happened?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by quarl23, Mar 16, 2019.

  1. quarl23

    quarl23 Queen Crimson Thread Starter

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    This is not meant to upset Yes fans. I am one. I know sometimes bands live past their prime. But what happened to Yes? They started and stayed brilliant for years. I consider Tales them at their best, but they really lost their touch with Tormato. And all that followed. I would like to know what other fans think and if I should give Owner of the Lonely Heart another (or a 10,000th) listen.
     
  2. Johnny Action

    Johnny Action Forum President

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    They had a good run. Nothing lasts forever.
     
  3. Bebstrel

    Bebstrel Forum Resident

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    You should give Going for the One, 90125, Magnification and Fly from Here another listen. The best Yes happened prior to 1975 but not the only valuable Yes.
     
  4. quarl23

    quarl23 Queen Crimson Thread Starter

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    Agreed - and Wondrous Stories is a standout.
     
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  5. quarl23

    quarl23 Queen Crimson Thread Starter

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    And I am fond of the album cover for GFTO.
     
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  6. Bebstrel

    Bebstrel Forum Resident

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    Awaken, Wondrous Stories, and Parallels are worthy, IMHO.
     
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  7. petem1966

    petem1966 Forum Resident

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    Tormato is one of my favorite Yes albums! Give it another try :)

    Although I agree Tales is their best.
     
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  8. Grant

    Grant A Musical Free-Spirit

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    I think they went down soon after Rick Wakeman joined. Not that he isn't a bad keyboardist, in fact he's fantastic. And, I think he was a great fit for yes...for a short time. But I think they lost their way toward the mid-late 70s. "Tormato" and "Drama" had some bright spots I really like, though.

    I love "90125", and seems focused like their earlier albums, even more so because it was in the 80s, and the bite-sized hit single was what it was all about. "Big Generator" was an attempt to repeat that formula with less success, IMO. I think you really should revisit those two albums.

    I had a hard time trying to get into their 90s albums.
     
  9. quarl23

    quarl23 Queen Crimson Thread Starter

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    I think I need to look past the atrocious cover art when I give it another listen. :)
     
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  10. Thievius

    Thievius Blue Öyster Cultist

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    I personally think they peaked in 1972 with Close To The Edge. That's not to say they never made good music again, but I never thought that any of their later stuff matched up to their first few (minus that debut record). Though I'm sure I'm in the minority with that view.
     
  11. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk Forum Resident

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    Their run of albums starting with...
    The Yes Album
    Fragile
    Close To The Edge
    Tales From Topographic Oceans
    Relayer
    Going For The One
    is perhaps the best in Progressive Rock.

    I agree with the OP..........it went downhill fast.
     
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  12. whiskeyvengeance

    whiskeyvengeance Forum Resident

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    Isn't this the case for pretty much any band that's been around for longer than a few years? I can't think of any other bands that stretched their "classic" period beyond a handful of albums early in their career.
     
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  13. erikdavid5000

    erikdavid5000 Forum Resident

    Tormato should be required listening for those who slight Alan White. Much fantastic, and more technical than usual, drumming from him all over that one.
     
  14. quarl23

    quarl23 Queen Crimson Thread Starter

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    Anyone who could take over for Bill Bruford has my admiration and respect.
     
  15. akmonday

    akmonday Forum Resident

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    i recommend GFTO, Drama, 90125, Magnification, and fly From Here (both versions). all excellent. Not hot on the others though.
     
  16. Zach Johnson

    Zach Johnson Forum Resident

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    Drama is a great album. Talk, Magnification, and Fly from Here are good as well.
     
  17. quarl23

    quarl23 Queen Crimson Thread Starter

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    My husband agrees with you completely. I think I have been so in love with Tales from the first time I heard it that it causes a bias on my part. One could argue the band was never the same after Bruford left.
     
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  18. quarl23

    quarl23 Queen Crimson Thread Starter

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    Agreed about the best in progressive rock. And Yes fans are so nice.
     
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  19. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

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    Well, Drama was a surprisingly heavy album and as much of a 180 90125 is, it's still a prime example of mid-80s state of the art pop.
     
  20. quarl23

    quarl23 Queen Crimson Thread Starter

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    So Yes didn't go downhill as much as they shifted genres?
     
  21. Zach Johnson

    Zach Johnson Forum Resident

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    I think the 80s albums are terrible, but I guess I'm in the minority... :shrug:
     
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  22. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

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    I've often enough listed Tormato as my favorite Yes album. There isn't any Yes album that I don't love, so :shrug:
     
  23. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

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    Well, I can't speak for after 90125 as it's where I got off the boat.
     
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  24. Musician95616

    Musician95616 Forum Resident

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    So maybe I'm the lone person here who thinks "Open Your Eyes" is a pretty good album....
     
  25. erikdavid5000

    erikdavid5000 Forum Resident

    I'm not sure anything really "happened" ...... They made three of the most important prog albums in a row (Yes Album, Fragile, Close To The Edge) and then two of the most challenging and "ultimate" prog albums (Tales, Relayer) directly after .... Hard to really keep going up from there... However, Going For The One, Tormato, and Drama were still really strong. Then somehow mutating into a hit making 80's band was a delightfully unexpected left turn. Yes is pretty much success in the music biz personified.
     

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