Fly From Here (CD/DVD)
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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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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.
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
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is my favourite YES album since Relayer. Three years after its release, I still find my self playing this album more than all previous YES albums combined (and I do own all... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Anthony David
Fast shipping, Great packaging, Outstanding product, Highly Recommended! ★★★★★Published 17 months ago by WH Brooks
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 on Dec 24 2013 by Sam M
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 morePublished on May 11 2013 by Paul Robert
"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. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2012 by Canadian Yes fan
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 morePublished on June 23 2012 by Jag
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 morePublished on March 22 2012 by Krazie Sj