We were very much into Yes and progressive music. But now to the actual songs. “Obviously when we first joined Yes there was a huge outcry from the diehard Yes fans," Downes told us. Drama from Yes released in 1980 is a very big inprovement over Tormato, who was for me a good album but less intristing then before. Thanks my friend, and especially, thanks for your support. Album Rating: 4.0Cheers my friend! Trevor Horn could never match the ethereal tones of Jon Anderson, but he did bring a pop sensibility that Yes had lost along the way. Not having to listen to Anderson’s weird East Lancs rolled ‘r’ pronunciation was a blessing for a start, but what was a real shock was how much I liked this new version of Yes’s brevity. Looking at all the 4.0, it seems we have come to an album where we almost all agree. (AllMusic), "Why this album was panned in 1980, I'll never know. It wasn't. A disastrous tour (whether it was Trevor Horn’s lack of range, confidence and charisma or a hostile Yes audience is a debate to be had, I’m guessing) and it was over. I'm curious to see what's up. Bath Till that moment, I'm going to published several other things about Yes. Because you never know. That's either good or bad depending on your view if that period of Rush. Machine Messiah has an opening riff that Black Sabbath would be proud of. I liken Drama to the Yes catalog as I do Heaven and Hell to Black Sabbath's catalog. Please refresh the page and try again. Sparkling production. Matter of fact, it describes … John Davidson: After the relatively disappointing Tormato, it wasn’t a surprise to discover that Rick Wakeman had once again left the band, but the absence of their iconic singer Jon Anderson was surely going to shake things up. The history of rock, one album at a time. But, meanwhile, my friend, you must be a very bit more patient. And honestly, my mind has been wondering a lot this week on what could have been if only this album sold a bit better and this lineup continued to release another album. "I guess Two Sides of Peter Banks is one of these nexts. Directed by Stewart Wade. Album Rating: 4.0As happened with "Yes" and "Time And A Word", initially, it wasn't my intention to review "Drama" too, because they don't belong to classic era of Yes. Oh well. Perhaps the best compliment I can give Drama is that it's a breath of fresh air. Every week, Album of the Week Club listens to and discusses the album in question, votes on how good it is, and publishes our findings, with the aim of giving people reliable reviews and the wider rock community the chance to contribute. Short, punchy songs. Besides my CD copy, I own my old vinyl copy bought to a classmate in those times. (Music Street Journal). Nigel Lancashire: When the Buggles boys (who contrary to popular belief, aren’t three dog-faced crooks constantly trying to rob Scrooge McDuck) were drafted in to replace Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman, rather than being appalled, I was intrigued. But the classic Yes feel is still there. The band shot music videos for "Into the Lens" and "Tempus Fugit", both of them mimed live performances with minimal visual effects. In the absence of Wakeman, and with Downes providing a more simple keyboard/synth sound, Howe and Squire dominate the music. YES Drama music review by ZowieZiggy. Original closer Tempus Fugit sounds the most like traditional Yes to me and it's terrific, one of these weaving galloping tunes they can apparently knock out in any incarnation. (Sputnik Music), "A newly emboldened Chris Squire lays down aggressive rhythms with Alan White, and Steve Howe eschews his usual acoustic rags and flamenco licks for a more metallic approach, opting for sheets of electric sound. Great music made around 1980, so good idea to link it here. © Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. Trevor Horn does not sound that different from Jon Anderson. Why was Genesis able to continue (and get more popular) after the loss of their original singer? It's classic rock. And many think, as I do think too, that "Drama" is the last true classic album from Yes, despite the great quality of some later works. Features Song Lyrics for Yes's Drama album. But come 1983, Yes roared back to life, with Jon Anderson back in the fold, for the smash album, "90125." Oh, and I see you just rated it, so yes. Thank goodness for people like John Sinclair! I was completely unaware that changes had taken place in the band, yet being a fan of Yes, I bought it right away when it was released. Drama Game Drama Notebook 2020-04-30T19:40:48+00:00 This drama warm-up is part of a collection of 40 classic drama games found on Drama Notebook. Despite all those points mentioned by you, Yes were still alive and kicking very hard. Album Rating: 4.0There are lots of both Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe's solo material from the start. And although it was derided at the time, it ultimately helped the individual band members reach greater commercial success (90125, Asia, scads of Horn-produced records). Vocalist Trevor Horn was on an upward trajectory as a producer. "I feel like I've been at least one album behind for your whole Yes series e21" Can't wait ;) Dynamic guitar. Lol. Run Through the Light "Drama" is a good album to end my reviews about Yes' studio albums, at the moment. SD 16019; Vinyl LP). People often complain about how this is more of a Buggles album than a Yes album, but for someone who a.) Artwork included. But, I listened to this album all the same, as I do all the albums here, just to see. actually really likes the Buggles, this is not a problem for me. 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Yes Topographic Drama – Live Across America Rhino Records Formed in 1968, Yes is a band that interestingly has no original members left in the band. actually really likes the Buggles, this is not a problem for me. When you listen to the sound on this album, it's practically a bridge between their early epics and the pop to follow. In the great spectrum of Yes-sy stuff, it's an outlier, but it adds a lot to the overall tapestry of all things Yes, or am I mixing metaphors? It would be a shame not to do that. Very soon you'll see. I've reviewed a Yes record before for this club, and I found it a bit over elaborate. "There was so much tension around. Some tracks are reminiscent of what Rush were to become in the mid 80s. "The idea of a couple of interlopers from the pop world suddenly stepping into this revered band. Imagine my surprise when the new record wasn’t anywhere near the unlistenable tosh that Tormato was, or the overblown rambling of... every other Yes record ( I have somewhat softened in my feelings about Yes in subsequent years, don’t hate me). Verified Purchase. Besides, Howe, Squire and White demonstrated that Yes could survive … I just can't consider calling a band without Jon Anderson Yes..So coming into this album I took an approach of this album being a band that had members of Yes and the Buggles.and man, was I impressed! I also really like the Drama rendition from Topographic - Drama Live Across America with Jon Davison on vocals. It was time for a new sound, and Drama delivers. But it was not easy!”. But, for the time, Drama took big risks, and I can appreciate that. Despite this, a friend coerced me into going to see them live, which I did. Yes Drama Tour 1980 Jim Ladd Innerview Radio Broadcast 1980 21 Minutes. I found it much more accessible. Yes would eventually follow Drama with 90125, which I think is one of the most underrated albums ever and certainly a better collection of songs than this one. More than that, it also played sides one and four from the 1973 double-album Tales From Topographic Oceans.Startling because these are arguably the two most contentious LPs in the band’s entire discography. I think Drama suffers a little bit from being a part of the odd transition period into a new sound. 18 in the US, the band's lowest charting studio release in the US since The Yes Album (1971), which peaked at No. Despite Trevor Horn tried too hard to sing like Anderson, and Geoff Downes is miles away from the Wakeman's wisardry, Yes were still alive and kicking. Rated #316 in the best albums of 1980. In early 1980, after rehearsing music for the follow-up to the tepidly-received Tormato, both Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman … View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2004 Cinram Pressing CD release of Drama on Discogs. BA1 1UA. White Car isn't much of anything, but it doesn't hurt anything either. Even if all of the songs are not too great, I still think it's a successful album. So, I've great expectations with his voice and I'm glad that you are telling me that he has a great voice and he is abble to sing all Yes' songs. Wakeman returned to Yes for Going For The One (1977), that contains Turn Of The Century, Wonderous Stories and the 15-minute Awaken.Tormato (1978), on the other hand, is flat and bland, despite the hit Don't Kill The Whale.The format of Yes' compositions had changed dramatically, retreating from the super-human suite to the pop song. Album Rating: 3.5Nice review again, e. This is an album that's near and dear to my heart. 40. A true transitional record, Drama is a hint of what Yes was capable of when ego is kept in check and drama is left out of the studio. Thank you for signing up to Classic Rock. I guess Two Sides of Peter Banks is one of these nexts. Pontus Norshammar: I love this albums. Label: Rhino. Album Rating: 4.0I absolutely agree with you Diva. And you know I'm right, my friend. The man can sing any Yes songs comfortably. Chris Squire and Steve Howe upped their game in response to the new arrivals and the whole album sounded fresh (and still does). People often complain about how this is more of a Buggles album than a Yes album, but for someone who a.) Machine Messiah starts out heavy and impresses me... at first. Drama has the different but beautiful voice of Horn and the new keyboard sound of Downes. Especially because the guitar work of Steve Howe on Drama is so majestic it makes me forget (and forgive in fact) all the keyboard sounds that didn’t age well and the early synthesiser effects which were about to become so prominent in 90125. Of course, yet with Yes, but with some different perspectives of the band, but especially of the different music careers of the different band's members all over the years. Hello, Sign in. I still enjoy listening to it, and even after trying all the others, it's still the Yes album I turn to. Prime cuts include the doom-laden Machine Messiah and the manic ska inflections of Tempus Fugit. 1. 9/10. Yes entered the 1980s with a new lineup and a renewed compositional approach. Sounds quite dated in aces, definitely has that 80s feel to it, but not at all as bad as I remember it. Trevor Horn's unease was palpable. Tempus Fugit rounds up almost everything heard on the album, all in 5 minutes, which was almost unheard of on a Yes album. And that's what Yes were at their best (as on most of Going for the One): Melodic, catchy, pop songs with bells on. I am glad you covered this album too. Yes are always mentioned. Check out the original Buggles version of I Am A Camera. Album Rating: 4.0I feel like I've been at least one album behind for your whole Yes series e21, and now I've finally caught up with you! Does It Really Happen? I cant help but think about album Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe which is already reviewed by Divaman. But, I declined that. Howe provides some of the heaviest guitar parts of his career and Squire romps across the mix with a frenzy of loping bass runs. Carl Black: My automatic default setting is Rush when it comes to prog. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 11, 2015. I'm shocked I've never heard the expression Yeggles before. Featured peformers: Trevor Horn (vocals, songwriting), Steve Howe (guitar, backing vocals, songwriting), Geoffrey Downes (keyboard, vocoder, songwriting), Chris Squire (bass, backing vocals, songwriting), Alan … Indeed, this album borrows its title from their … Many Yes fans gave their grudging approval to 1980’s highly consistent Drama, even though the introduction to the lineup of Buggles hitmakers Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes caused consternation in such a tribalistic era. Album Rating: 4.0Thanks pal. It's true. In reality, "Drama" is a very special album for the band because it represents the end of an era and the begining of other. were replacing Anderson and Wakeman, but the change really worked. “Drama” has the different but beautiful voice of Horn and the new keyboard sound of Downes. But seems that you finally caught me. Maybe a bit megalomaniac, perhaps. It displays a lot of the same influences and aspirations of other great prog albums released at the time, and contains some of the best guitar and bass lines Steve Howe and Chris Squire ever recorded. This was definitely a 'different' sound for the band, but it was still unmistakably Yes. Even so and against all odds, "Drama", somehow, has become a classic album too. Released 18 August 1980 on Atlantic (catalog no. Besides, 40 reviews is a very impressive and a big number, don't you think? Drama is the best studio album without one of their classic lines up. Machine Messiah Lyrics. In retrospect this odd-ball 1980 album with Jon Anderson (uniquely) and Rick Wakeman (yet again) absent stayed faithful to the classic Yes sound and has worn the years well. This was Yes reinvented but still sounding like Yes. Shane Reho: Is this album underrated or what? Quality A. I get that the band didn't want to just completely abandon their prog roots so quickly, but this album really shines when it just tries to be a solid rock album. For Topographic Drama – Live Across America, guitarist Steve Howe (who joined the band in 1970) and drummer Alan White (who joined in 1972) are the oldest members from Yes’ glory days. During it’s 2016 tour, Yes played its 1980 album Drama in its entirety. Sign up below to get the latest from Classic Rock, plus exclusive special offers, direct to your inbox! Maybe the more accessible sound of the band tricks me into thinking Drama doesn't need a ten minute epic. It seems to me almost a real miracle. – but that's another story. It is an interesting “transitional” album—pointing the way to both Asia and (IMHO) the much better Yes of 90125. In a so extensive and somehow very complete voyage through the wonderful world of Yes, it would be a big failure noyt to include the debut solo album of Banks. Take the classic Yes sound, and update it for the new wave era, this is what you get. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.co.uk. Cheers and patience. Mike Hayes: I really like this album! Album Rating: 4.0@ Twig As strange and paradoxical as it may seem, an improbable album like "Drama" was able to unite most of the Yes fans. As you know, and this is the reason why I decided to do this project, the members of Yes are so prolific with their solo stuff and other projects that I could be here, on Sputnik, two or three years reviewing all those albums. Of course, it couldn’t last. Does It Really Happen is my favourite. Released August 18, 1980. Both brought a new sound to Yes. 3. Holy Hammond organ Batman, listen to those keyboards - it is a new decade! I have to recognize that this is not such a bad effort as one could have expected. Very clever, very clever indeed! This is a classic improv game that teaches the value of accepting each others ideas and cooperating with one another. This song really proves that to me. I still don’t like Yes. Good review mate, I'm curious where you will go from here. Having previously been a Yes tolerator rather than a fan may have had something to do with this, but I was quite fascinated how the very synthetic, glossy pop sounds the chart-topping Buggles were pedalling would sit next to the epitome of non-commercial Yes’ more natural, rambling 1970s approach. MASTERPIECE Drama is definitely a favorite of mine that I wish others saw to be as good as it really is. Not sure what to make of Man in a White Car, with its Wire-like song length, except to wish it were longer and to think that it makes perfect sense that Trevor Horn went into music production full-time (Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Welcome to the Pleasuredome being my favourite). It was really an amazing and contradictory thing but I think it helped keep Yes' fans in the fold, indeed. Machine Messiah Home > reviews > Men's Clothing > "yes drama" 1,046 Results . Geoff Downes and Steve Howe became founding members of Asia and enjoyed huge success in their own right. Yes became a much leaner band in the 80s with the influence of Rabin, and has since experienced a high turnover in personal changes. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Visit our corporate site. ... but I only discovered they were part of Yes ages after the release of "Drama" (in 1999 to be precise). The sound of a band with something to prove and they accomplished this with ease. Album Rating: 4.0Nice review dude. Run Through the Light hardly sounds like Yes, but it's good. Yes - 'Drama' 4 stars. And that left bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White trying to figure out what do do next. You will receive a verification email shortly. Man in a White Car Lyrics. 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