Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe
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|6. Quartet I. I Wanna Learn II. She Gives Me Love III. Who Was The First IV. I'm Alive|
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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.
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.
Chris Squire. I wish he was on this recording, but did anyone listen to the BIG GENERATOR bass work that CS did? Barely bass on that recording. So, the absent bass player wanted to keep on NOT playing bass in the Trevor Rabin configuration of YES. I love Chris Squire (and if you check out the Bass Playing on the new YES release MAGNIFICATION, you really can see how he can still play) but he was absent in the 80's. No wonder JA went out to find some folks to play with.
Most of the negative reviews are pretty amusing... people will say... 'this is not a YES recording' or the classic statement... 'This cd has a couple of good tracks like 'birthright Fist of Fire and Brother of Mine but the other tracks are horrid.'
Look folks. If indeed the only three good tracks were BIRTHRIGHT FIST OF FIRE AND BROTHER OF MINE this album would be great anyway. Rick Wakeman getting bashed about for the wonderful recording of THE MEETING is totally baffling.
Yes fans are neurotic, but the inability to enjoy a good recording because someone is not in it that you like or you think it is not CLOSE TO THE EDGE PART SIX is pretty interesting.
Yes is a soap opera, every line up is a new season. Watching people getting booted out of this band has provided me with a lifetime of enjoyment, music aside.
Most recent customer reviews
Nice album from Yes memebers. Here Bruford is behind the drums instead of White which is why it was probably not named as a ''Yes'' album.Published 17 months ago by Pierre Coach
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 morePublished on Feb. 25 2004 by Evil Lincoln
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 morePublished on June 22 2003
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 morePublished on March 13 2003 by Mr. S. St Thomas
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 morePublished on July 23 2002 by Thomas
.............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 morePublished on Feb. 4 2002 by topographicOcean
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 morePublished on Dec 29 2001 by Marcelo A. Soto Quiroga
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 morePublished on Nov. 15 2001 by TMI