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Drama (Expanded) [Original recording remastered]

Yes Audio CD
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1. Machine Messiah
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3. Does It Really Happen
4. Into The Lens
5. Run Through The Light
6. Tempus Fugit
7. Into The Lens
8. Run Through The Light
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11. Tempus Fugit
12. Man In A White Car
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Shorn of Jon Anderson's touchy-feely New Age sensibilities and Rick Wakeman's camp, operatic flourishes, this incarnation of Yes were a leaner, meaner machine altogether. Drama (1980) was the last Yes album and last line-up change before their split and subsequent resurrection as a bland transatlantic MOR outfit (remember 90125 and "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"?). New singer Trevor Horn brings to the party both fellow ex-Buggle Geoff Downes on keyboards and--equally important--his extraordinary talent as a producer. The album remains a model of recording clarity: every note, every carefully honed nuance is captured in clinical detail. And that's exactly why Drama has sometimes been written off as uninvolving. In truth, it's a muso's album par excellence: marvel at the shifting time signatures, gasp at the dizzying key changes, thrill as intertwining instruments weave ever more complex tapestries of sound. It's that kind of album. Maybe emotionally it leaves many listeners high and dry, but as a masterclass in virtuoso rock musicianship it's thrilling. --Mark Walker

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No Wakeman or Anderson on this 1980 LP, which still hit #18! This hard-rocker featuring Tempus Fugit now has 10 bonus cuts including unissued single versions and tracking sessions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone notice...? July 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
A change: the coda to "Does It Really Happen" no longer comes with the quiet swell, but just starts right in at full volume. And what's with putting in those Paris session tracks yet leaving out the best one -- i.e., where's "Tango"?!?!? God help us, what more understanding is required of me today... And they put in a couple of sucky track-throughs but also leave out "Flower Girl" from those same sessions. The main album: Not a big improvement on the 1994 remmie but such a fantastic record all the same. Five stars in my eyes for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Still Yes To Me June 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
For most fans, Yes without lead singer Jon Anderson is a horror thought. But as history has shown, Anderson did leave the band after the tour for the "Tormato" album, with keyboard wiz Rick Wakeman in tow, and they were replaced by the duo known as The Buggles---vocalist Trevor Horn, and keyboardist Geoff Downes. Their only album with Yes, 1980's "Drama," is a surprisingly good album. While no one on God's given Earth can sing like Jon Anderson, Trevor Horn sings close enough (albeit in a *slightly* lower register), and he takes Anderson's place at the mic just fine. These days, Trevor Horn may be to Yes what George Lazenby is to the James Bond movies (i.e. he only made one, *and* he was filling a very large pair of shoes), but give the guy some credit: he was good! Geoff Downes, meanwhile, is a more than capable keyboardist for this classic English rock outfit, and he & Horn slot in alongside Chris Squire, Steve Howe, & Alan White very well."Drama" is a very short album---just 35 minutes---but in those 35 minutes is some great Yes music, the highlights for me being "Does It Really Happen?," "Into The Lens," and "Tempus Fugit," all top-notch, first-rate Yes rockers. Seriously, with all due respect to the great Jon Anderson, I would've been quite happy if the "Drama" line-up of Yes had decided to continue. And they might have---by all accounts, they were received quite well by U.S. audiences on the tour for the album. Unfortunately, British & European audiences were not so kind, and, subsequently, Trevor Horn got cold feet about continuing on as the group's frontman. Well, I can't really blame him. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars An EXTREMELY underrated Yes album - Outstanding June 9 2004
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Drama(1980). Yes's tenth studio album.
Prior to 1980, Yes saw times of great success in the 70s, their main key points being the early 70s with Fragile(1972) and Close To The Edge(1973), and the late 70s with Going For The One(1977). Afterwards, the band recorded Tormato(1978) which although an interesting album, wasn't nearly as inspired and didn't fare quite as well as previous outings. The recording process created such high tension among the band that when they went back into the studio in 1979, the band was separated into two opposing sides: The Squire/White/Howe side, and the Anderson/Wakeman side. This caused Anderson and Wakeman to both leave the band, leaving the others to look for replacements. It wasn't as big of a deal losing Wakeman because he had jumped the ship at an earlier point in the band. The real problem was replacing Jon Anderon, THE VOICE of Yes and one of the two most Yes-like bandmembers.
Enter vocalist Trevor Horn and keyboardist Geoff Downes, two goofy looking guys that formed the Buggles, a new wave band that previously created the smash hit 'Video Killed The Radio Star'. All five formed the lineup for 1980's Drama album. The main consensus I've gathered from the fans was that this album was bad because of the lack of Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman, so I avoided getting the album for a while. I was worried that Drama would never be as great as other Yes albums. While it's no Relayer(1974) or Close To The Edge in terms of progressiveness, at the same time it's actually quite good on it's own terms. No, make that INCREDIBLY GOOD! While Horne and Downes aren't exactly the best bandmembers to circulate in and out of Yes, they offered a much needed outside contribution that was absent on Tormato.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Drama really is my fav Yes album! May 13 2004
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I remember defending Drama as my choice of Yes albums to a friend in college 10 years ago. He couldn't believe I could like a Yes album that wasn't really Yes. Well, Drama outperforms the post Tales From Topographic Oceans albums and I believe is on-par with my second fav Yes album Close To the Edge. Here's why:
1. Yes are much more aggressive on this album than they've ever been before or since (though parts of Close To the Edge are, well, edgy.) the drums have a lot of room ambience to them, Chris Squire's bass is at its trebly, overdriven Rickenbacker best and Steve Howe is just slaying with his larger-than-life hard rock guitars (a far-cry from his chicken pickin' from the earlier albums.) The band have never rocked so hard and frenetic than they did on Tempus Fugit and the opening 90 seconds of Machine Messiah.
2. The songs are super-catchy and not bogged-down in prog-minutiae. The arrangements are just as tight as the musicianship.
3. Trevor Horn does a pretty-good job of stretching himself towards Jon anderson territory without sounding like a pale imitation. And I can't believe he doesn't get more recognition for his jaw-dropping fretless basslines on "Run Through the Light." I love Chris Squire's bass playing, but Horn's fluid lines just really make that song (as do Alan White's Jerry Marotta-esque cymbal-less drumming.) Geoff Downes, well, I don't know that he really adds anything but doesn't take anything away either.
The bonus tracks on this deluxe edition are good and insightful, but I'd rather Rhino had dug up some of the live tracks from the Drama tour. One of the Madison Square Garden shows from that tour was broadcast on the radio so I know tapes exist somewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'll take it over 'Union' or 'Tormato' any day
A much better recording than many fans and critics thought. Lots of off-time arrangements and extended workouts. Read more
Published on March 2 2010 by Francis King
3.0 out of 5 stars Drama
Yes on this album seems to stick to the same formula. For true collectors only. Others should look at Close to the Edge or their first live CD.
Published on Jan. 8 2010 by Donald Francis Sweete
4.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked and Underappreciated
Drama is an anomaly of sorts, and the only Yes album not to feature vocalist Jon Anderson. For this reason some Yes fans are quick to dismiss the album outright. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2009 by Keith Solomon
4.0 out of 5 stars Suprise, surprise
I had to be reminded that I like this album, the whole album, but it "really happened," thankfully. Read more
Published on May 7 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars utter rubbish
There are bits of songs that actually sound good, but you have to dig into the songs deeply to find them. Into the Lens has got to be one of the worst songs ever written. Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Different but great Yes album
This is definitely a unique album for Yes. Compared to previous Yes records, its simultaneously much more heavy and new wave. Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by Mike Young
5.0 out of 5 stars "I am a camera.."
I must admit I've been a yes-fan for years, never wanting to hear this album that surely must be one of yes' sadest moments of all time. I thought. This album is GREAT!! Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by Haakon-M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good remastering. Bad bonus (Jeffrey W. Richman is my hero.)
Pop this CD in, hold on to something grounded, and get ready to be blown away ...for the first 50 minutes. The remastering is impressive. Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by myxoplik
4.0 out of 5 stars Drama-o-rama, 10 bonus tracks!
When the liner notes of a CD begin with "uh-oh...", you get the feeling that the disc you've bought is going to be a disappointment. Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by Matt Poole
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