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    We need more Yes, and we need it now!

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    Poll result: 40 greatest Yes songs

    https://www.loudersound.com/amp/feat...s-songs-ever/3
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    "Five Per Cent for Nothing" plus those other 39. Not kidding.
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    This is a cover of the Jim Pepper tune by 'Legs' Larry Smith of the Bonzo Dog Band - the first-ever release by Charisma Records, November 1969.
    Rest of the line-up unknown but said to feature Keith Moon (dubious) and members of Yes.
    COULD be Chris Squire, and possibly Tony Kaye in there.
    Any comments ?
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    That could be Squire. The rest, who knows? One thing is for sure: that vocal melody is really annoying. He's mostly just singing a single note all the way through.

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    The artist name used for that was "Topo D. Bil", as I recall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koreabruce View Post
    That could be Squire. The rest, who knows? One thing is for sure: that vocal melody is really annoying. He's mostly just singing a single note all the way through.
    It's based on a Native American chant, and very similar to the original.


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    Acc. to this page http://www.relayer35.com/Yescography/LetsMakeUp.htm Keith Moon participated in the B side, entitled "Jam". (Nothing particularly Moon-sounding, though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5knhTnFDOoQ )

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    Thanks Dave!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave (in MA) View Post
    Acc. to this page http://www.relayer35.com/Yescography/LetsMakeUp.htm Keith Moon participated in the B side, entitled "Jam". (Nothing particularly Moon-sounding, though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5knhTnFDOoQ )
    Ah, Henry's discography - of course !
    Note that this also claims that Kaye (and no one else from Yes, apparently) plays on "Witchi Tai To" - there you go.
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    That drumming (on "Witchy Tai To") is not Moon-y at all. Too disciplined.
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    I'd say 100% Chris Squire, and possibly Tony Kaye. According to the Chris Welch Yes book, they toured with the Bonzos in Ireland in '69 so they definitely knew each other.
    I'm holding out for the Wilson-mixed 5.1 super-duper walletbuster special anniversary extra adjectives edition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulrus View Post
    I'd say 100% Chris Squire, and possibly Tony Kaye. According to the Chris Welch Yes book, they toured with the Bonzos in Ireland in '69 so they definitely knew each other.
    There is also a collaboration between Legs Larry Smith and Tony Kaye--written and produced by the pair--on the Bonzo Dog Band's contractual obligation album Let's Make Up and Be Friendly. I never heard of any Chris Squire involvement with the Bonzos, but it sure does sound like him on that single. Pretty rare for Squire to do a session.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    Doing this on my phone, hopefully it works.

    Poll result: 40 greatest Yes songs

    https://www.loudersound.com/amp/feat...s-songs-ever/3
    Thanks for sharing this! I agree with the poll results of the 40 Greatest Yes Songs from Prog Magazine. Also, learned from reading the entry for "And You And I" that director Joss Whedon is a lifelong fan the band and named his production company Mutant Enemy in honor of a line in that song.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starless and bible black View Post
    ... Joss Whedon is a lifelong fan of the band and named his production company Mutant Enemy in honor of a line in that song.
    Was the company certified?

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    definitely a Squire-style bass sound in that song but nothing there that makes it sound like it's DEFINITELY Squire and couldn't be someone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koreabruce View Post
    Was the company certified?
    *applause*

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    Quote Originally Posted by auxfnx View Post
    definitely a Squire-style bass sound in that song but nothing there that makes it sound like it's DEFINITELY Squire and couldn't be someone else.
    Lots of Bonzos fans seem to be convinced that it;'s their regular bass player, Dennis Cowan.

    The drumming could still be Keith Moon despite the lack of flourishes. The ride cymbal sounds like him...and it speeds up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koreabruce View Post
    Was the company certified?
    Not sure if the company was certified, however, Mutant Enemy Productions has been in business since 1996. Here's more from Wikipedia.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutant_Enemy_Productions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave (in MA) View Post
    It's based on a Native American chant, and very similar to the original.

    TRIVIA: Larry Coryell did this song as an encore in the late 70’s. He did a great version generally (if he wasn’t too drunk).

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    contractual obligation album
    Wasn't that a Python album title? They had one something like that.

    I'd so go see Yes and the Bonzo's circa that time period. That would be so much fun.

    I have a quibble but maybe it's just me. #16 Going for the One. I don't like the chorus(in Terry Jones I don't like spam voice). It just seems like that was the first thing that came to mind and they stuck with it. Rushed, disjointed, whatever word you want to use but that's that only thing I don't like about the album.

    So, yeah, it's just a quibble. The album still rocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmotron View Post
    TRIVIA: Larry Coryell did this song as an encore in the late 70’s. He did a great version generally (if he wasn’t too drunk).
    Coryell was the guitarist on the tune's composer's first album: https://www.discogs.com/Jim-Pepper-P...elease/8825176

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave (in MA) View Post
    Coryell was the guitarist on the tune's composer's first album: https://www.discogs.com/Jim-Pepper-P...elease/8825176
    Oh that’s right! Good catch.

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    Always liked this fun tune!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koreabruce View Post
    Was the company certified?
    No, and thus the sad remains will die.
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    The 'net is full of curiosa. "South Side" was always one of my personal faves of Yes' so then it goes:

    "Improvisation is not an excuse for musical laziness" - Fred Frith
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