••• YES albums poll ••• 3 votes •••

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Dave Gilmour's Cat, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. abzach

    abzach Forum Resident

    Tales from Topographic Oceans
    Close to the Edge
  2. adriatikfan

    adriatikfan Forum Resident

    The Yes Album
    Close To The Edge

    Best Wishes,
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  3. Vdigital

    Vdigital Well-Known Member

    The first 3 are my favourites
    There is imo a certain freshness with the hammond which got lost during the wakeman synthesizer years
    But ofcourse fragile is also a very good album
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  4. Yufri

    Yufri Forum Resident

    Hamburg, Germany
    1. Going For The One
    2. Big Generator
    3. Close To The Edge
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  5. milco

    milco Forum Resident

    Really interesting poll:

    1) The lack of love for 'Tormato', although not totally unexpected, is quite striking. It polls just 16 votes -- half the number of 'Talk' and fewer than 'Big generator'. What an artistic dip in form from the band such a short time after their 'classic' period.

    2) No album released in the last 23 years scores more than a meagre 10 votes. The poll virtually flat-lines for the last quarter of a century! Again, no great surprise, but I suppose I wasn't expecting the extent of the drop-off in values.

    3) Nice to see 'Drama' hold its head up with a respectable 75 votes. It's not an album I personally play much these days, but it was perfect for 1980 and it only finally came off my turntable when 'Moving pictures' was released some nine months later!
  6. Dodoz

    Dodoz Forum Resident

    Wow, I found someone else who likes "Big Generator". I think I posted my thoughts on this album earlier :)
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  7. Mbe

    Mbe Forum Resident

    As the Circus finally changed its invisible course,
    a new world to be found.

    “Oh, It was OK,
    but there were no Clowns or Lions or Tigers,
    no Bears no Candy Floss, Toffee Apples,
    no Clowns”.

    CIRKUS :)
  8. AidanB

    AidanB Forum Resident

    Indiana, USA
    I have to say, I’m somewhat surprised to see 90125 get so many votes. Now, I really like 90125, but it was my impression that people didn’t, and if they did they wouldn’t put it anywhere near the top.
  9. Ostinato

    Ostinato Old and wise

    Tales from Topographic Oceans
    Going for the One
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  10. SteveS1

    SteveS1 Forum Resident

    Weald, England, UK
    For me, there is a gulf between these and the rest.
  11. yesstiles

    yesstiles Senior Member

    I can't believe "Yesshows" has so few votes. Is it not one of the greatest live album ever? The 50 minutes of "Gates" and "Ritual" are spellbinding and Yes at their very peak.
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  12. AidanB

    AidanB Forum Resident

    Indiana, USA
    No, it isn’t, because A) It’s only a double album, B) Every other problem with it stems from this. They tried to cover too many fantastic tours on one album, so as a result we didn’t get the real highlights, like a whole Big Medley, Awaken, Sweet Dreams, and as a result we only get most of the shorter songs such as GftO (great song, so not complaining, even though the transition from Time and a Word is awkward), Don’t Kill the Whale (eww, at least it’s better than the studio version), and Wonderous Stories (fine, but weirdly placed at the end). And that brings us to point C) The flow is awful. It opens fine with Parallels, the set opener for the GftO tour, and then we have the beginning of the Big Medley from the Tormato tour, Time and a Word, which then transitioned very awkwardly into Going for the One, whereas before it transitioned naturally into Long Distance Runaround. And that’s the end of side 1, a very strange side closer. And then we have Gates of Delirium, which is fine as a second side. Then for some reason we have Don’t Kill the Whale of all things to open side 3. In my opinion I think it should’ve opened with Turn of the Century or something, a far better song, and the album is sorely in need of a ballad. Then we have Ritual, which is split across two sides. I get that time constraints and sound quality are a thing on an LP side, but that doesn’t make it any less of an awkward thing. At least ELP did it right. All in all, the performances of course are mostly great, but it’s too mindlessly cobbled together imo. If it had had 4 LPs at least, then it may have very well been the greatest live album, but as it is, no, not by a long shot.
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  13. Tristero

    Tristero Touching from a distance

    Ahh, only Yes fans would hear a double live album with sprawling 20+ minute opuses and say, "It's not nearly enough!" :laugh:
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  14. AidanB

    AidanB Forum Resident

    Indiana, USA
    Can’t help it if there’s so much great material out there.
  15. Tristero

    Tristero Touching from a distance

    Well, they had already done a triple live album and this was before the era of extended, multi-disc archival sets. I reckon that they did they best they could given the limitations of the format at the time, though I'm glad that we eventually got the Big Medley on The Word Is Live set.
  16. AidanB

    AidanB Forum Resident

    Indiana, USA
    Look at Return to Forever and Chicago for example with their 4 LP sets, 4 and 8 years before Yesshows respectively. Yes were very big in 1980, they could’ve pulled it off. It’s a fine album, it just could’ve been a lot better imo.
  17. anth67

    anth67 Purveyor of Hogwash

    Going For the One
    Close To the Edge
    Time and a Word

    And Fragile, but it didn't need my vote as much as Time and a Word did (which I play more often, even if Fragile is stronger).
  18. HotHere

    HotHere Forum Resident

    The Yes Album
  19. fishcane

    fishcane Dirt Farmer

    Finger Lakes,NY
    Id vote for Tales 3 times if I could.... But the trifecta is CTTE>Yessongs>Tales.

    I know Fragile gets a lot of love but its a very disjointed effort, imho. Individual songs indeed, but as an album, nah
  20. Folknik

    Folknik Forum Resident

    Tales From Topographic Oceans

    I've never heard Union. Is it that bad? I really like Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe.
  21. anth67

    anth67 Purveyor of Hogwash

    If you're not opposed to Rabin, he contributes a pair of his strongest efforts (IMO) in "Lift Me Up" and "Miracle of Life." Most of the album was indeed supposed to be the ABWH follow up, but sadly they only played one of that lineup's songs live ("Shock To the System"), so their momentum got short shrift with the whole Union thing. Honestly, I can't remember the rest of the songs, it's been too long...but if you like ABWH, you'd probably enjoy it.
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  22. classicrocker

    classicrocker Life is good!

    Worcester, MA, USA
    Would have picked Progeny live over Yessongs but that was not a choice
  23. fretbuzzed

    fretbuzzed Forum Resident

    M16 0RA
    very tough to name just three.

    The Yes Album
    Close to the Edge

    quite a few bubbling under, even if there were five to chose it would still be a wrench to leave something out.
    Love pretty much all of their releases from' the First Lp to Yesshows, not a great fan of 90125 or that '80's sampling,
    though I really like the 'Talk' album. Think they got back on track with 'Keys' and 'The Ladder.

    'Prog-on' - folks
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  24. BarryChicago

    BarryChicago A Flower


    Honorable Mention - Tales

    ...and those are all the Yes albums I have (alongside Yessongs).
  25. Jimbino

    Jimbino Goad Kicker, Music Lover

    San Jose, CA, USA
    I don’t think a more predictable poll ever existed on SHF.


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