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    This was actually the album that started me down the road to Yes fandom — and the song “Homeworld” is what first made me conscious of progressive rock. I had bought the Homeworld game in 2002, and knew that Yes had done a song for it. When I finally heard the song during the game credits, I was intrigued. It took several listens to really grasp it, but once I did I was hooked. It didn’t sound like anything I had heard at that age (18), so naturally it made a big impression. Overall, I think The Ladder is good, and better than most Yes albums after Big Generator (which I really like; heresy in these parts, I know).

    Oh, and Homeworld the game was absolutely wonderful. A revolutionary take on strategy games set in space, and with a compelling story and distinctive art style. Still one of my faves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedunno View Post
    I disliked The Ladder when it came out and got rid of it a few years ago. The only song I liked was homeworld. The rest was incredibly cheesy imho.
    I was so jazzed when I heard Homeworld. They're back, Yes is back, 70's prog rock is back! The rest of the album did nothing for me.
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    The Live From the House of Blues DVD, which came out the next year and documented the tour, has a video for Homeworld in 5.1 sound, and the video is footage from the Homeworld game.

    Pretty cool to watch and listen to this.

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    Yes took us for a rocky ride during the 90's.... Union, Talk, Keys and the totally confused Open Your Eyes...
    The Ladder was a good end to the decade. good songs. a very positive album.
    this was the last Yes album that sounded like a Yes album.

    what about ABWH? that was 30 years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BravadoNJ View Post
    what about ABWH? that was 30 years ago.
    The Ladder > Union > ABWH


    There, I said it.

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    I first heard The Ladder on our local radio station who played the entire album one Saturday evening.. I can't say I ran out and bought it the next day. For me it was a bit crowded.. they could easily have left off a few cuts and made it tighter.. but fully agree the tour that followed was wonderful..
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    I've never listened to it and neither I intend to. But if you think I am missing something important, something essential, step out and let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    I've never listened to it and neither I intend to. But if you think I am missing something important, something essential, step out and let me know.
    I don't think you'd like it but the good news for you is that Brittney Spears just tweeted that she wants you and all of her fans to think of her and that she'll be back!

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    ^ Perhaps you should attempt another Asia-related superjoke instead? Or are those strictly limited to threads on topics about which you know absolutely nothing?
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    “Homeworld” stands up to their best work. Enjoyable album. Average overall.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    I've never listened to it and neither I intend to. But if you think I am missing something important, something essential, step out and let me know.
    Gathering from some of your posts elsewhere, this album probably won’t do much for you. Whether it’s important or essential is a matter of opinion. You KNOW it’s no Civilization Phase III. 🙂 Overall, I like this record.
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    I will say that they were very good on the supporting tour with Igor and Billy on keys and 2nd guitar respectively.

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    I blame it on Greg Lake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    ^ Perhaps you should attempt another Asia-related superjoke instead? Or are those strictly limited to threads on topics about which you know absolutely nothing?
    What are you doing on a Yes thread? Didn't you jump ship from Yes in 1971 when they went too commercial for you?

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    OK. I will do an Asia joke.

    Asia walks into a bar and asks the bartender, "Are we prog?".

    The bartender listens to them, laughs, and says, "Fuck, no!".

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamishogun View Post
    What are you doing on a Yes thread? Didn't you jump ship from Yes in 1971 when they went too commercial for you?
    Yes.


    Got the joke? Now please do one on Asia, 'shogun.

    Shit, that's even a double joke. Albeit not up to usual standards of humour in these threads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post

    Shit, that's even a double joke. Albeit not up to usual standards of humour in these threads.
    4/10 So on par with the standard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamishogun View Post
    4/10 So on par with the standard.
    Only not up to yours, 'shogun.

    But that's no disgrace, I mean - things got so commercial after 1971.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick L. View Post
    OK. I will do an Asia joke.

    Asia walks into a bar and asks the bartender, "Are we prog?".

    The bartender listens to them, laughs, and says, "Fuck, no!".
    That's not a joke, it's a truism.
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    Still enjoy it whenever I pull it off of the shelf. Maybe once or twice a year?

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    I like most of it. I definitely thought it was better than Union, Open Your Eyes, and Talk. For some reason, I skipped over the Keys stuff until just a few years ago. The Keys stuff really didn't resonate at all. So for me it's still kind of the last Yes album.

    I had the game too, but I don't recall getting into it too much. I wonder if I still have a copy somewhere?

    I can't remember if the album had a sticker mentioning the game or vice versa, but there was a marketing connection there somewhere.
    Just sitting at home rocking back and forth and jealously caressing my invisible collection of theoretical assets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plasmatopia View Post
    I can't remember if the album had a sticker mentioning the game or vice versa, but there was a marketing connection there somewhere.
    My sticker said "A return to form."

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamishogun View Post
    My sticker said "A return to form."
    Just sitting at home rocking back and forth and jealously caressing my invisible collection of theoretical assets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plasmatopia View Post
    I like most of it. I definitely thought it was better than Union, Open Your Eyes, and Talk. For some reason, I skipped over the Keys stuff until just a few years ago. The Keys stuff really didn't resonate at all.
    I am not a huge fan of Talk. Some fans love it though.

    I like the epics on the Keys... albums, but the rest isn't that good IMHO. And placing the new material within live albums was a very bad marketing decision IMHO.

    The less said about Open Your Eyes, the better.

    To say The Ladder is better than these is damning with faint praise, admittedly.

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    I love The Ladder. Best YES album since Going For The One.
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