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Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe

Anderson/Bruford/Wakemanhowe Audio CD
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1. Themes I. Sound II. Second Attention III. Soul Warrior
2. Fist Of Fire
3. Brother Of Mine I. The Big Dream II. Nothing Can Come Between Us III. Long Lost Brother Of Mine
4. Birthright
5. The Meeting
6. Quartet I. I Wanna Learn II. She Gives Me Love III. Who Was The First IV. I'm Alive
7. Teakbois
8. Order Of The Universe I. Order Theme II. Rock Gives Courage III. It's So Hard To Grow IV. The Universe
9. Let's Pretend

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a forgotten album Dec 4 1999
Format:Audio CD
Brother of Mine is one of the most beautiful songs these men ever performed. You should buy the album for this song alone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This is *not* Yes May 20 2001
By solaris
Format:Audio CD
Jon Anderson left Yes (for the second time) in 1989 and recruited three former members of the band as a sort of coup attempt to get the name back. After a lawsuit decided that Chris Squire owned the name (he being the only member present from the group's inception), this faction used their last names as the band name. Ultimately this lineup was the first step in Jon's plan to get Trevor Rabin out of Yes and Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman back in, which finally succeeded in 1995, six years later.
(Catching breath...) Okay. Having said that, let me say that this album is pretty half-and-half as far as quality goes. Similar in that respect to Tormato--half the songs are interesting and enjoyable (Themes, Fist of Fire, Brother of Mine, Birthright, Order of the Universe), the rest either mediocre (The Meeting, Quartet, Let's Pretend) or bizarre (Teakbois--and before anybody gives me any grief on that, Steve Howe himself said the BWH part of ABWH didn't know what this song was all about). The quality issue here seems to boil down to: the good tracks are when all four guys were in the studio together being a band, and the so-so tracks are when Howe and Wakeman were somewhere else and Jon was making what amounts to solo tracks. Plain and simple. It was a Jon project anyhow.
Nice things about the album are it's nod to Yes' past. Geoff Downes co-wrote Brother of Mine, for instance. But that is kind of deceiving--he wrote it in the Asia days with Steve, and its presence here might appear to fans who don't know that to put Downes in the ABWH camp in the feud. Vangelis appears on Let's Pretend, I think. In addition to the Jon & Vangelis albums, there was also talk Vangelis was considered to replace Wakeman after he left the first time (Moraz was the actual choice).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for public consumption March 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'm not surprised this effort didn't please the majority of it's listeners. I suppose the earlier Yes works and some of the solo works are just too hard of an act to follow. However, I was fortunate that I bought the original cassette in the .99 bin, so I had nothing invested and no expectations beyond getting a buck's worth of music. Instead I found a strange mixture of tunes I will always love (Order of the Universe, Brother of Mine) and some that are OK but nothing to get excited about. It did make an impression, though, and I have to say that if you approach it with an open mind you won't be too dissapointed. I would have to define it as mostly experimental. And, as some the other reviews here state, it does leave you scratching your head a bit. For my part, I can only wonder why it can bo so great and so mundane! I suppose a lot of the older groups have trouble meshing after a while, but if that is due to too much familiarity or the fact that they have diverged too much during solo projects is anybody's guess. I think of Yes and any project they get involved in much like a do ELP's- it may not be art, but I do love to see them together again, and I will support anything that allows them to do so in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Close To The...Yes Sept. 14 2003
By Frankly
Format:Audio CD
One of the better modern efforts of the then former Yes men.
Released in 1989, this CD holds up well in listen ability. Also included is wonderful Roger Dean cover art. Tony Levin, a great musician in his own right,is playing the bass. As far as I'm concerned, his name should have been a part of the group name too.
Highlights from the disc are "Fist of Fire", a steady rock grove with exceptional keyboard work from Rick Wakeman; "Brother of Mine", a very catchy ten minute tune in three parts with Geoff Downes given a writing credit in "iii) Long Lost Brother of Mine"; "The Meeting", a love ballad (would Yes ever do that?) just Anderson and Wakeman here, thoughtful lyrics with a piano and light "mood" keyboards, "Quartet", interesting Steve Howe acoustic guitar work, another love themed song, a lot of Yes references were worked into the lyrics; "Teakbois", a song with a Jamaican flavor, steel drum type keyboard work, very different from any previous Yes work; "Order of the Universe", A rockin' Yes heyday type song, big keyboards, drums, electric guitar, and a big delivery with Jon Anderson's vocals; "Let's Pretend, wonderful acoustic work by Steve Howe, and soft accompaniment by Rick Wakeman, gives a good feel to the song.
In a nutshell, this CD sounds just like it's titled. They are not trying to be Yes. Their names and body of work were big enough to carry this disc, and they put forth a wonderful effort. Highly recomended. I only gave 4 of 5 stars because of the way it was marketed. It has the buyer thinking it's Yes music, when it's clearly the first ABWH CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 14 years later, this holds up rather well.... Aug. 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
I don't remember liking this especially, or having thought that it could have been better, given this was the core of what was the most creative Yes lineup. But having re-purchased it and set it in the player, I was amazed at how much of this music I really like, and how lyrically, what seemed like Anderson platitudes disconnected from real life, now in the wake of Afghanistan and Iraq, actually come off as quite prescient.
What still disconcerts me is Wakeman's wheedling synthesizers. There is a particularly nasal quality they sound that is entirely distracting from what Anderson, Bruford, Levin and Howe are up to. I wonder if it would not have been better to mix him further down and perhaps add some real strings.....
The extra texture provided by Tony Levin is what gives this disc a punch unlike any other Yes disc. I intend no slight toward Chris Squire, but in Levin, especially with his rhythm buddy Bruford, an entirely different dialectic is at play. And that dialectic is what makes this CD so alive in the 21st Century. Yes, like King Crimson, was never quite the same when Bruford left. Alan White and Pat Mastellotto are terrific percussionists in their own right, but that isn't the same as Bruford. Bruford's own aesthetic is never more heighthened than when playing against, in the midst of, and in step with Tony Levin. They are God's rhythm section.
This was absolutely an Anderson Bruford driven disc. Thank God they did it. It was a glimpse into what might have been, and for that, the disc is a worthy addition to any Yes, Anderson or Bruford fan's collection. Howe must have been in a state of flux with this disc, a state that would not resolve itself until the end of the millenium with MAGNIFICATION. But there are moments....
14 years later, I am impressed with this disc. Somethings age better than others.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness this technically can't be called Yes
The ABWH album, I guess, is a mea culpa from Jon Anderson, fresh from 90125 and Big Generator, two Yes albums which were surprisingly good and sold surprisingly well, to "classic... Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2004 by Evil Lincoln
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
Ok, I'm no Yes afficianodo and I'm not going to pretend to be. About all I've heard from the band is this, 90125... Read more
Published on June 22 2003 by "thereaintnonefree"
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly Yes Fans
This is a great recording. WITH OR WITHOUT CHRIS SQUIRE and sans any negative comments from Bill Bruford about this or that. NOTHING EVER HAPPENS THE WAY BB WANTS IT. Read more
Published on June 17 2003 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars ABWH
I bought this when it came out. I don't have it anymore, but I remember it well. NOW, I have no illusions thinking YES is defined by who is in it, or who isn't. Read more
Published on March 13 2003 by Mr. S. St Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Fusion
This is quintessential YES, despite the fact the Chris Squire is not present. As the only band member to appear on every YES album, Chris Squire had kept the name YES, and had... Read more
Published on July 23 2002 by Thomas
1.0 out of 5 stars I wanna learn...........
.............more about why just about everyone who reviewed this album thinks of it as 'good' although I (fortunately) haven't heard it....in quite awhile. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2002 by topographicOcean
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Yes... nearly 5 stars.
The only piece it lacks to be an authentic Yes album is the presence of the enormous composer/bassist Chris Squire. A real star. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2001 by Marcelo A. Soto Quiroga
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes but not Yes
I bought this album when it first came out and was very excited by it. The songs chilled my spine like the best Yes material does and indeed I rated it as one of the five best YES... Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2001 by TMI
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Yes album
ABWH is the best YES album ever! It signaled, at the time, that YES was indeed alive again. They had survived the 80's and marked the beginnings of the next stage of development... Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Energetic 'Yes' Release
This album holds a special place in my heart as it was one of the first few 'Yes' releases I bought when I first started getting into Yes in 1991. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2001 by Kevin Caffrey
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