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Fly From Here (CD/DVD)

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Fly From Here (Overture, pt. 1-5)
2. The Man You Always Wanted Me To Be
3. Life On A Film Set
4. Hour Of Need
5. Solitaire
6. Into The Storm
Disc: 2
1. "Making of" the album [DVD]
2. Live footage [DVD]

Product Description

Deluxe CD/DVD edition includes a bonus DVD. 2011 album from the Progressive Rock legends. Mixing the best elements of their '70s and '80s work, Fly From Here is an excellent return to form for the band. Longtime band members Chris Squire, Steve Howe and Alan White are joined by former keyboardist (and Asia/Buggles member) Geoff Downes and new vocalist Benoit David. Produced by Trevor Horn.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Drama II July 14 2011
Format:Audio CD
I know right away that some hard core fans are going to dislike this album on principle since it doesn't have Jon Anderson. But this CD is still a worthy addition to the Yes discography. It's not their most traditional prog-rock sounding album, nor their most commercial either.

The album features Squire, Howe, White, the return of Geoff Downes, and Benoit David on lead vocals. It was produced by Trevor Horn, who contributes backing vocals (hard to tell where) and additional keyboard bits, as does Oliver Wakeman on some spots. And thus this album while not the "classic" Yes line-up, or the Rabin line-up, is still in effect the reunion of one of Yes's former incarnation, specifically the Drama line up.

Of course, it's not as good as The Ladder or Magnification (which I think are arguably their best albums). Stylistically it is more like a follow up to Drama than to The Ladder or Magnification, which were more symphonic and had more spots for keyboard solos and such. The album is a more subdued style of progressive rock, a bit more like Asia.

In some ways this album feels more like a "potluck" album, in that the material feels like it was drawn from the members past or outside projects rather than created jointly and specifically for this project.

Half the space is devoted to the multi-part Fly From Here opus. Fly From Here was a song (shorter orginally) composed by then Buggle-duo Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes which they had written for Yes just before becoming Yesmen themselves for the Drama album. Fly From Here and Life On A Film Set, also written by Horn-Downes, thus harkens back to Drama period Yes. Downes is a good keyboardist, though his work is style is more texturing than fanciful soloing of a Rick Wakeman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back on form Aug. 15 2012
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For me aging rock bands need to answer two key questions: are you still relevant, and can you still rock? Fly From Here offers a definite yes to both. It's their best effort since Keys to Ascension and far, far superior to the pablum served out on The Ladder or Open Your Eyes. Unannounced, I put it on the player when my son was visiting home a few weeks back and about six bars in he said, "Is this Yes?" The fingerprints are all there, intricate rhythms, counterpoint, imaginative soundscapes, excellent playing, innovation. Unlike some of their recent albums, it bubbles with vitality despite the subject matter. Which is that of getting old and realizing you're mortal, that there's an end to all this an perhaps it isn't too distant.
Not that this is a morbid piece. There are bitter-sweet moments but it's full of love and, as I said before, vitality.
The comparisons with Drama are valid. That was a much underrated work and perhaps this will be too. As with Drama, the change of lead singer doesn't cause them to miss a beat. This sound could only come from one band. As I witness so many of my old favourite performers lose all the qualities that made them great and turn out uninspired, irrelevant misfires it's heart-warming to listen to one that still has it in spades.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yes returns Aug. 8 2012
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"Fly from here by Yes" is a excellent album and the first in ten years. The CD opens with the Fly from Here suite in six parts. Each track links well to the previous one. Yes have included the many elements from previous albums including Steve Howe's distinctive guitar licks. They have paid homage to other artists such as ELP on track 8 and Gentle Giant on track five. Track ten - Solitare is an excellent acoustic number by Steve Howe, very similar to Mood for a Day from the Fragile album. Trevor Horn did an excellent job producing the album. The lyrics are well written and at the same time are easy to understand. Great!
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4.0 out of 5 stars "YES" Spread Their Wings March 29 2012
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One needs only to read a handful of the more than 100 reviews on Amazon.com of the latest studio recording from the legendary progressive rock band, YES, to realize just how divided fans are regarding the merits of "Fly From Here". The majority of reviewers have rated the album at 4 or 5 stars, but there are a significant number who just can't seem to get excited about this disc, whether due to the absence of long-time Yes vocalist Jon Anderson, or to a perception that the compositions and performances just don't compare to the material found on the great albums of the past. I will offer my veiws from the standpoint of an ardent YES fan of almost 40 years duration:

I readily admit that the first time I listened to this album I was not quite sure what to make of it. Like most older fans, I have come to regard Jon Anderson's uniquely ethereal voice as an essential aspect of the overall YES sound. Hearing a new voice in the role of lead singer was indeed somewhat jarring. I thought, "This just doesn't sound like YES." I almost dismissed the album on that basis alone. Yet there was much about "Fly From Here" that was undeniably YES-ish. The vocal and instrumental contributions of Chris Squire and Steve Howe brought an immediate and decidedly positive familiarity that prompted me to spin the CD a few more times. With each listen my appreciation grew until I actually became excited!

Benoit David's vocals will never captivate me to the extent that Jon Anderson's long have, but he is an accomplished singer whose voice fits very well with the current music of YES. This may be due to the fact that, as other reviewers have suggested, his voice has elements of both Trevor Rabin's and Jon Anderson's voices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A long time coming
A fine addition to my YES collection! Drama is one of my favorite albums and it was great to hear more from that era. I look forward to more from this lineup.
Published 10 months ago by Sam M
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic without any overindulgence!
This cd brought me back to my days when I was "Close To The Edge" and a touch more "Fragile" than the stuff more recently. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Paul Robert
3.0 out of 5 stars Change of pace
Interesting to say the lease, not what I was expecting as an album that followed Magnification though a good album but not the powerful yes that we've been accustomed to and also... Read more
Published on June 23 2012 by Jag
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a fan
Excellent product for a progressive rock fan. Nothing is quite the same as putting on a brand new LP from a band that's been releasing them for the past 30+ years. Read more
Published on March 22 2012 by Krazie Sj
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Cet Album est un retour au plaisir que le rock progressif des années 70 pouvait engendré dans le cerveau de ceux qui ont eu la chance de vivre cette belle... Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2011 by Laroucas 357
4.0 out of 5 stars Du très bon Yes
Un très bon album pour tous les fans de Yes. Fly from here (23 ou 25 mn) est digne des longues tounes de Yes. A ajouter a sa collection.
Published on Oct. 4 2011 by Johnny D.
5.0 out of 5 stars YES is an Entity
Hey Folks! I've been listening to YES music since 1972 (I was 16), and it has been quite a ride! YES music changes and morphs throughout the decades.... Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2011 by Richard A. Ware
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of repeat play...
Long time YES fan. Love Topographic Oceans, Drama is cool too...

This is the first new YES music in waaaaay too long. Read more
Published on July 31 2011 by polarsekvenser
4.0 out of 5 stars Il y a pire que ça...
Il y a longtemps que nous avions entendu du matériels d'aussi belles qualités et je suis en partie surpris, surpris entre autre par la qualité sonore. Read more
Published on July 26 2011 by Roger Pion
5.0 out of 5 stars My Definition of YES Music
Since my first YES concert during the Relayer tour, I've been struggling to figure out what sets this group apart. Read more
Published on July 17 2011 by M. Belanger
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