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Drama (Expanded) [Original recording remastered]

Yes Audio CD
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1. Machine Messiah
2. Man In A White Car
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
9. Have We Rally Go To Go Through This
10. Song No. 4 (Satellite)
11. Tempus Fugit
12. Man In A White Car
13. Dancing Through The Light
14. Golden Age
15. In The Tower
16. Friend Of A Friend

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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.


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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked and Underappreciated Jan. 15 2009
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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. Indeed, the departure of Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman in early 1980 left the remaining band members in a quandary, and the solution to their problem led to one of the more unlikely 'mergers' in rock history. Replacing the departed members were vocalist Trevor Horn and keyboardist Geoff Downes, who as a duo called The Buggles had enjoyed a huge hit with '"Video Killed the Radio Star"' (later the first video ever aired on MTV). Unlikely as that merger may seem, the new members provided a shot in the arm that Yes sorely needed, and the results on Drama are actually quite impressive. Rather than being a radical departure from the earlier Yes, the album takes the best qualities of that earlier prog-rock version of the band (while doing away with some of its more self-indulgent aspects) and infuses them with a brighter, fresher sound, no doubt brought to the mix by Downe's' and Horn''s more pop-oriented sensibilities. Although the merger itself was short-lived, and Anderson later rejoined the fold, Drama marks an important turning point in the history of Yes. Rather than an aberration, the album should be seen as a vital link between the old Yes and the new, as it paved the way for the band''s triumphant 1984 return with the album 90125.
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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
Format:Audio CD
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 Five Stars
Awesome album from Yes. Great songs, great musicians.
Published 1 month ago by Evan Stellar
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Drama really is my fav Yes album!
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. Read more
Published on May 13 2004 by Kelly Minnis
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
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