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  • Audio CD (July 12 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B004Y1USV2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 21 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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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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Since my first YES concert during the Relayer tour, I've been struggling to figure out what sets this group apart. After almost 40 years of listening to all of their records I've found that you have to let the music find its place. That requires many listens. I've listened to Fly From Here frequently since I got it on July 13th. Here's what I think of it and this applies to all YES music.

Every listen yields a new surprise. This is very complex music (the source of many criticism of the band) and each listen is never like the previous one. There is one thing that is the same though. Very very stong melodies. Try and say that about any other band from the past or present.

I won't deconstruct the whole disk here, but the title track is wonderful with strong melodic segments mixed in with rhytmic sections and a variety of atmosphere.

There are some really nice acoustic parts. Steve Howe is the BEST guitarist/musician on earth. There are a few who may be better technicians, but they lack his inate feel for musicality. He also doesn't shy away from effect pedals and the like. FANTASTIC.

Chris Squires bass playing is unique and stunning. Alan White always manages to make the drums interesting. Geoff Downes adds his interesting style with less of the whinny synthesizer parts Wakeman always seemed to toss in. Trevor Horn has produced another masterpiece.

And Benoit David, fellow Canadian deserves so much credit for just having the nerve to fill what some call unfillable shoes. He does an admirable job here if not spectacular. He gets help from Squire and Horn on vocals and the whole mix is just so refreshing.

If you don't like this album I feel sorry for you. Give it a really good chance, like any other YES creation and you will be a fan for life. MB
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One needs only to read a handful of the more than 100 reviews on 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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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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