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    Quote Originally Posted by gojikranz View Post
    agreed on this I was much more interested in his ranking of the lower songs.
    I was interested in this too, and saddened to see that New Language was ranked so lowly. It would probably end up somewhere in my own personal top-20 list, but to each their own.

    That said - the description of it as "a sandwich built with delicious artisanal bread and expired meat" did make me laugh

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich View Post
    Pretty damn good, 10 out of 15 ain't bad!! ! Extremely close to my top 15 although I would adjust the order on some... and... agreed Roundabout should be on anyone's list but I would be stubborn and move it lower (15-20). So I would omit Roundabout, Turn of the century (top 20-25), Wonderous Stories (top 20-25) Endless Dream (top 25-30) and ... I'm an old timer saw them in the mid 70's and damn near very tour since but nothing from Tales ever clicked with me... Revealing Science is out!

    I would add the other 2 tunes from Relayer, I've Seen all Good People, Parallels and The Calling.

    Close to the Edge HAS to be number one!

    The Ladder and Talk have to be the most underrated LP's in the catalogue.
    My top 5-6 are all pretty close, but Awaken is absolutely immovable out of my top spot. That track represents everything that Yes is all about, as Jon A will tell you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supersonic Scientist View Post
    A LIVE set-list to die for.
    Yep. That would be the way to do a 50th anniv show!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    Not bad, but "Face to Face" has no business being in the top 10, especially if you are omitting "Siberian Khatru"!
    "Face to Face" is an absolutely outstanding song. It packs an enormous amount of music into its mere 5 minutes, the vocals, musicianship, performance, and production are superb, and the lyrics are excellent, not counting the "Judar rhythm" part. A definite top ten song!

    The Ladder was the freshest thing Yes had done since Fragile. Bring back Igor!

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    yes' next tour should be called "we get up we get down", and play both the top ten songs off this list and the bottom ten. that would mix up the setlists!

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    The bottom of the list seems to be most of the Talk album. He is obviously not hip on Rabin.

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    My top 7 are their 1970s epics. After over 40 years and thousands of listens to each 70s albums these are the ones that I go back to and enjoy the most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gojikranz View Post
    yes' next tour should be called "we get up we get down", and play both the top ten songs off this list and the bottom ten. that would mix up the setlists!
    Then thank God that "Last Train" is only a very long 2 minutes and 36 seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartellb View Post
    My top 7 are their 1970s epics. After over 40 years and thousands of listens to each 70s albums these are the ones that I go back to and enjoy the most.
    Two points on that. First, the epics stand out. And Tales' epics in particular for me. But part of why other Yes songs don't rate so high for me is that I always listen to Yes music as album sides. I love side 1 of GFTO for example but I don't focus on any of the songs. I focus on the album side as a whole. Anyway, here's mine...

    1. RSOG
    2. The Remembering
    3. Ritual
    4. The Ancient
    5. CTTE (probably not higher just because of so much overplay as a kid)
    6. Awaken
    7. Gates
    8. YinD
    9. South Side
    10. Siberian Khatru
    11. HotS
    12. Perpetual Change
    13. + all the other classics on your lists...

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamishogun View Post
    Then thank God that "Last Train" is only a very long 2 minutes and 36 seconds.
    don't worry the live version will extend it to a 15 minute jam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arturs View Post
    Two points on that. First, the epics stand out. And Tales' epics in particular for me. But part of why other Yes songs don't rate so high for me is that I always listen to Yes music as album sides. I love side 1 of GFTO for example but I don't focus on any of the songs. I focus on the album side as a whole. Anyway, here's mine...

    1. RSOG
    2. The Remembering
    3. Ritual
    4. The Ancient
    ...
    Wow, now that's some Topographic devotion!

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    My personal top 10, not expecting anyone to agree with me. These are the songs that no matter how many times I've hear them, they still excite me.

    On the Silent Wings of Freedom (Wembley 1978 version in particular)
    Awaken
    The Gates of Delirium
    Close to the Edge
    Heart of the Sunrise
    Sound Chaser
    Starship Trooper (again, Wembley 1978 version is my favorite)
    America
    South Side of the Sky
    Everydays (odd choice perhaps, but I really dig the way they do this one and it's cool to hear the band really go for it in the instrumental section)

    I think the full list was interesting, but would have been more useful had he omitted the previously unreleased bonus tracks on the reissues. America and Dear Father are OK because they were on Yesterdays, but there's little point in rating a lot of that other stuff, imo. To me, it just created a lot of clutter. Crazy but interesting exercise.

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocProgger View Post
    Wow, now that's some Topographic devotion!
    Yes, TFTO has become a spiritual experience for me over the years, up there with Coltrane's Love Supreme or Miles' Bitches Brew. I'm careful not to overplay it. 2-3 full plays every few months. I don't want the effect to be ruined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SongForAmerica View Post
    Bring back Igor!
    #metoo
    "Of course you are allowed to trumpet your profound ignorance by disagreeing with me." -- Facelift

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    Really enjoyed reading the Yes Songs Ranking list. Here's my favorites by the band:
    1. "Heart Of The Sunrise"
    2. "Close To The Edge"
    3. "Siberian Khatru"
    4. "Roundabout"
    5. "Yours Is No Disgrace"
    6. "Starship Trooper"
    7. "South Side Of The Sky"
    8. "Awaken"
    9. "The Gates Of Delirium"
    10. "Wonderous Stories"
    11. "And You And I"
    12. "Ritual"
    13. "The Revealing Science Of God"
    14. "Something's Coming"
    15. "America"

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    I am a Topographic junkie myself.

    The ones I still enjoy with the same force as ever:

    South Side of the Sky
    Close to the Edge - the track
    Topo - all of it
    Gates of Delirium
    Awaken

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    Quote Originally Posted by SongForAmerica View Post
    "Face to Face" is an absolutely outstanding song. It packs an enormous amount of music into its mere 5 minutes, the vocals, musicianship, performance, and production are superb, and the lyrics are excellent, not counting the "Judar rhythm" part. A definite top ten song!
    Good song. Not top 10. Really. Over "Siberian Khatru"?!

    Quote Originally Posted by SongForAmerica View Post
    The Ladder was the freshest thing Yes had done since Fragile. Bring back Igor!
    Agreed. I very much enjoy "The Ladder."
    Chad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    I am a Topographic junkie myself.

    The ones I still enjoy with the same force as ever:

    South Side of the Sky
    Close to the Edge - the track
    Topo - all of it
    Gates of Delirium
    Awaken

    Ditto for me. Rounding to my top are To be Over and I can't leave out The Yes Album a toss up between Yours is No Disgrace and Perpetual Change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gojikranz View Post
    been awhile since we had a good yes thread this oughta inspire some talk, all 183 yessongs ranked:

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/yes-s...letter_4572276
    Where's "Si"? "For Everyone"? "It's Love"? "Eleanor Rigby"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SongForAmerica View Post
    Bring back Igor!
    "That's Eye-gor."
    "If you want to see the true nature of humanity, just look at the internet."

    http://www.discogs.com/user/moecurlythanu/collection

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondegezou View Post
    Where's "Si"? "For Everyone"? "It's Love"? "Eleanor Rigby"?

    Henry
    ya I was wondering about I'm down. Also It's Love would actually rank kinda high in my personal list, I love that performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gojikranz View Post
    ya I was wondering about I'm down. Also It's Love would actually rank kinda high in my personal list, I love that performance.
    No "Solly's Beard," no Triscuits. (Obviously the list is studio only.)

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    What if you started to rank from 1980?

    1. Fly From Here
    2. Machine Messiah
    3. Does It Really Happen
    4. Into The Lens
    5. Shoot High Aim Low/I'm Running/Final Eyes
    6. Run Though the Light
    7. Tempus Fugit
    8. Owner Of A Lonely Heart
    9. Hearts
    10. Cinema/Leave It
    11. Hold On
    12. In The Presence Of
    13. Face to Face
    14. Homeworld
    15. Changes
    16. Endless Dream
    17. Madrigal/Lift Me Up/Miracle of Life/The More We Live - Let Go
    18. Brother Of Mine
    19. The Calling
    20. Mind Drive
    21. Into The Storm
    22. New Language
    23. It Will Be A Good Day
    24. Magnification
    25. Open Your Eyes

    No real order apart songs I like more are in the upper end but like all of these. I could add another 15 or 20, and I'm sure I'm leaving something obvious out.
    Last edited by yamishogun; 1 Week Ago at 05:05 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    Good song. Not top 10. Really. Over "Siberian Khatru"?!
    No, GREAT song. Yes, top 10. Yes, really. Yes, over "Siberian Khatru."

    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    I very much enjoy "The Ladder."
    Well I'm glad we agree on something! Other fine points on that album include "It Will Be a Good Day," "Lightning Strikes," "Can I?", "To Be Alive," and "Nine Voices." But "Face to Face" is the best Yes song since 1980!

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    I've Seen All Good People is over rated.

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