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Coloring Club Plus — 6/12/19

June 12

June 12a

The Yes Album is the third studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released on February 19,1971. It is their first album with guitarist Steve Howe, who replaced Peter Banks in 1970, and their last in the 1970s to feature keyboardist Tony Kaye. While the album retained close harmony singing, Kaye’s Hammond organ and Chris Squire’s melodic bass, as heard on earlier releases, the new material also covered further styles including jazz piano, funk and acoustic music, with all band members contributing ideas, and tracks were extended in length to allow music to develop. Howe contributed a variety of guitar styles, including a Portuguese guitar, and recorded a solo acoustic guitar piece, “Clap”, live at the Lyceum Theatre, London.

The album was a critical success and a major commercial breakthrough for Yes, who had been at risk of being dropped by Atlantic Records due to the commercial failures of their first two albums. It reached number 4 in the United Kingdom and number 40 in the United States, and was later certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for surpassing one million copies.

Yes had started their career as a covers band, performing radical re-arrangements of hit songs, and their first two albums included covers in this vein. The Yes Album was the first to feature group-written material in its entirety.

The spacey, electronic-sounding effect in “Starship Trooper” was achieved by running the guitar backing track through a flanger. Anderson wrote the bulk of the song, while Squire wrote the “Disillusion” section in the middle. The closing section, “Würm” is a continuous cadenza of chords (G-E♭-C) played ad lib. It evolved from a song called “Nether Street” by Howe’s earlier group, Bodast.

Sister bluebird flying high above
Shine your wings forward to the sun
Hide the mysteries of life on your way
Though you’ve seen them, please don’t say a word
What you don’t know, I have never heard

Starship trooper, go sailing on by
Catch my soul, catch the very night
Hide the moment from my eager eyes
Though you’ve seen them, please don’t tell a soul
What you can’t see, can’t be very whole

Speak to me of summer
Long winters longer than time can remember
Setting up of other roads
To travel on in old accustomed ways
I still remember the talks by the water
The proud sons and daughters
That in the knowledge of the land
Spoke to me in sweet accustomed ways

Mother life, hold firmly on to me
Catch my knowledge higher than the day
Lose as much as only you can show
Though you’ve seen me, please don’t say a word
What I don’t know, I have never shared

Loneliness is a power that we possess to give or take away forever
All I know can be shown by your acceptance of the fact there shown before you
Take what I say in a different way and it’s easy to say that this is all confusion
As I see a new day in me, I can also show if you and you may follow

Speak to me of summer
Long winters longer than time can remember
Setting up of other roads
To travel on in old accustomed ways
I still remember the talks by the water
The proud sons and daughters
That in the knowledge of the land
Spoke to me in sweet accustomed ways

Songwriters: Jon Anderson / Chris Squire / Steve James Howe

Here’s another video, this one of them performing, “Yours is No Disgrace” LIVE.  If this jam session doesn’t knock your socks off, nothing will.  “Yours Is No Disgrace” originated from some lyrics written by Anderson with his friend David Foster. This was combined with other short segments of music written by the band in rehearsals. Howe worked out the opening guitar riff on his own while the rest of the band took a day’s holiday. The backing track was recorded by the group in sections, then edited together to make up the final piece.

Yesterday a morning came, a smile upon your face
Caesar’s palace, morning glory, silly human race,
On a sailing ship to nowhere, leaving any place,
If the summer change to winter, yours is no disgrace

Battleships confide in me and tell me where you are,
Shining, flying, purple wolfhound, show me where you are,
Lost in summer, morning, winter, travel very far,
Lost in musing circumstances, that’s just where you are

Yesterday a morning came, a smile upon your face
Caesar’s palace, morning glory, silly human, silly human race,
On a sailing ship to nowhere, leaving any place,
If the summer change to winter, yours is no,
Yours is no disgrace
Yours is no disgrace
Yours is no disgrace

Death defying, mutilated armies scatter the earth,
Crawling out of dirty holes, their morals,
Their morals disappear

Yesterday a morning came, a smile upon your face
Caesar’s palace, morning glory, silly human, silly human, silly human race,
On a sailing ship to nowhere, leaving any place,
If the summer change to winter, yours is no,
Yours is no disgrace
Yours is no disgrace
Yours is no disgrace

Battleships confide in me and tell me where you are,
Shining, flying, purple wolfhound, show me where you are,
Lost in summer, morning, winter, travel very far,
Lost in musing circumstances, that’s just where you are

Songwriters: Chris Squire / Jon Anderson / Steve James Howe / Tony Kaye / William Scott Bruford

13 thoughts on “Coloring Club Plus — 6/12/19

  1. I respect them a lot for being great musicians because they are…Hard for me to relate to progressive rock though (Chris Squire is one of my favorite bass players though)…I do like the vibe of the live video. I love the Beat Club videos I’ve seen…The Grateful Dead has a great one also at the Beat Club.

    I like the cacti coloring! Or is it cactuses?

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  2. Thanks for explaining. I was hooked on yes from the first time hearing them on the radio. I love those long songs with lots of changes. What’s the Beat Club? I don’t know about plural of cactus…

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  3. The Beat Club was a German music show that featured rock groups… I like searching youtube with “Beat Club” and you will see some classic performances. It lasted until around 72.

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  4. Yes? NO!!! Just kidding. I never cared for them myself- as Max said I respect them as musicians -but don’t care for the music they create. Not a fan of prog rock.. I did buy a Yes album a few weeks ago for $1 just for kicks and giggles.

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  5. I always liked Yes and I even went to see them in concert once, They had a lot of good songs and they were very popular. I like those lyrics, “On a sailing ship to nowhere, leaving any place”.

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  6. I will happily take any of your castoffs! I never realized that Yes was one of those love ’em or hate ’em bands. I know you don’t like Rush, which now that I think about it, sounds somewhat similar to them, but Yes has wonderful vocals and Rush has that evil singer.

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  7. Wow, to see Yes live would be a dream come true. Yes they did make a lot of excellent music. Steve Howe on the guitar is like magic before my eyes. How he’s able to make the guitar do what it does is a mystery. And yes, their lyrics are heavy duty. No fluff in sight, except for the beauty of it all.

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  8. I’d take Yes over Rush due to Geddy’s vocals. Again I have always wanted to like Rush- they seem like good guys- but I just can’t… also looking at my albums I listen to- a couple categories that you will rarely if ever see- Prog Rock- and Heavy Metal. I could probably count the Prog rock albums/ Cd’s I have on one hand and not use my thumb.

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