Show #103: Yes’s The Yes Album

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Yes are the definitive British progressive rock band, painting vast musical tapestries filled with gorgeous melodies and virtuosic playing. The Yes Album is just one example; an essential musical touchstone for those curious about the genre’s origins and rock and roll in the 1970s.

Setlist (“Song Name” – Artist – Album)

“The ’59 Sound” – The Gaslight Anthem – The Gaslight Anthem

“Yours Is No Disgrace” – Yes – The Yes Album

“The Clap” – Yes – The Yes Album

“Starship Trooper” – Yes – The Yes Album

“I’ve Seen All Good People” – Yes – The Yes Album

“A Venture” – Yes – The Yes Album

“Perpetual Change” – Yes – The Yes Album

“Fly By Night” – Rush – Fly By Night [by Request]

Rush were influenced by the progressive rock pioneering of Yes.

“Nether Street” – Bodast – Nether Street [by Request]

For the Counselor! Bodast was Steve Howe’s band prior to joining Yes. The ending riff from this song reappears in “Starship Trooper.”

“A Trick Of The Tail” – Genesis – A Trick Of The Tail [by Request]

Genesis were also influenced by the progressive rock pioneering of Yes.

“Toxic Shadow” – Lucifer’s Hand – Lucifer’s Hand [by Request]

The complex organ and guitar interplay on this Lucifer’s Hand track recalls work on The Yes Album.

“One Of These Days” – Pink Floyd – Meddle

Pink Floyd released Meddle in 1971, making it a a contemporary work of progressive rock.

“Jerusalem” – Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery [by Request]

For Haans! Emerson, Lake & Palmer were also influenced by Yes.

“Rat Bat Blue” – Deep Purple – Who Do We Think We Are [by Request]

The sound of John Lord’s organ in Deep Purple recalls sounds heard on The Yes Album.

Bourée” – Jethro Tull – Stand Up [by Request]

Jethro Tull also were progressive rock musical contemporaries of Yes.

“America” – Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends [by Request]

Jon Anderson credits Paul Simon as an influence in forming Yes.

“Here Comes The Feeling” – Asia – Asia

Steve Howe formed the rock supergroup Asia after leaving Yes.

“Pennants” – Steve Howe – Anthology

Solo work from Yes’s guitar player.

“So Long Ago, So Clear” – Jon Anderson & Vangelis – The Best Of…

Jon Anderson worked with electronic group Vangelis throughout his later career.

“Brother Of Mine” – Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe – Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe

Due to a strange happenstance of ownership in which bassist Chris Squire owned the rights to the name Yes, the remaining four members toured under their last names during a period of the 80s.

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