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    I really don't care what Anderson says anymore. Yes are the current line up, they have plans and contracts for next year, Jon A's not coming back period. That's it. Finished. Done. The End.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve983 View Post
    I really don't care what Anderson says anymore. Yes are the current line up, they have plans and contracts for next year, Jon A's not coming back period. That's it. Finished. Done. The End.
    Agreed. He clearly wants to be in a band that is called Yes, though. I know he is just answering the question (over and over), but one would think he would move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve983 View Post
    I really don't care what Anderson says anymore. Yes are the current line up, they have plans and contracts for next year, Jon A's not coming back period. That's it. Finished. Done. The End.
    I switched the video off after hearing him say the things that got this conversation rolling. I love the guy, but he has nothing new to add to what he's already said again and again over the years, and really, I don't need to hear him talk ever again. On the other hand, I'll always love to hear him sing. Regarding who he plays with, he'll just have to make do with all the other extremely talented musicians out there who are also much younger (and certainly less constrained by internal band politics) than some of the current Yes members are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunRunner2 View Post
    Uh, didn't you mean to state: "He rose to that level on all of the YES albums through and up to Tormato, then skipping ahead to 1983 for 90125 and then beyond..."
    No, I meant what I said. Tormato IMO is sub-standard, and the magical classic YES was dying. 90125 to me was lack-luster, as well as anything after. YES was still semi-prog, but Trevor Rabin brought a more pop element into the band. And IMO the real classic YES was the Anderson, Howe, Wakeman, Squire, Bruford line-up, although they still were great in concert. The energy and performances were outstanding. But after 1977 the energy and magic seemed to fade. I know I'll get heat for my opinions, but I'm confident in my convictions. But in hindsight Tormato is great compared to trash like Fly From Here. I prefer to remember YES in their heyday as one of the great pioneering prog bands. I do think that Drama was a great album, even though Jon was absent.
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    I'll take another Anderson/Stolt album over another Yes album any day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AncientChord View Post
    No, I meant what I said. Tormato IMO is sub-standard, and the magical classic YES was dying. 90125 to me was lack-luster, as well as anything after. YES was still semi-prog, but Trevor Rabin brought a more pop element into the band. And IMO the real classic YES was the Anderson, Howe, Wakeman, Squire, Bruford line-up, although they still were great in concert. The energy and performances were outstanding. But after 1977 the energy and magic seemed to fade. I know I'll get heat for my opinions, but I'm confident in my convictions. But in hindsight Tormato is great compared to trash like Fly From Here. I prefer to remember YES in their heyday as one of the great pioneering prog bands. I do think that Drama was a great album, even though Jon was absent.
    Both '78 and '79 tours showed the band in fine form..

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    Quote Originally Posted by AncientChord View Post
    No, I meant what I said. Tormato IMO is sub-standard...
    Yet, if they released another album like that, this place would be jumping for joy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    Yet, if they released another album like that, this place would be jumping for joy.
    Maybe some people here, but not myself really.

    If they did something like Drama, or even Fly From Here (which is not "trash", btw), I'd be happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AncientChord View Post
    ... But in hindsight Tormato is great compared to trash like Fly From Here. I prefer to remember YES in their heyday as one of the great pioneering prog bands. I do think that Drama was a great album, even though Jon was absent.
    I also agreed with everything you said, and I think even "The Ladder" is much better than "Fly from here"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    Yet, if they released another album like that, this place would be jumping for joy.
    Not me!
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    I think the current Yes should do an album loosely modeled after late 70s-early 80s Talking Heads. Maybe get Tony Levin to play bass.

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    Some folks act like Yes is their plaything to assemble whatever way they please. Don't they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Some folks act like Yes is their plaything to assemble whatever way they please. Don't they?
    Yep, especially on Yesfans! The speculation and fantasy never stops over there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Some folks act like Yes is their plaything to assemble whatever way they please. Don't they?
    Yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve983 View Post
    Yep, especially on Yesfans! The speculation and fantasy never stops over there.
    And in Jon A's world as well, it seems. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Some folks act like Yes is their plaything to assemble whatever way they please. Don't they?
    You can't stop Yes...


    ...fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Some folks act like Yes is their plaything to assemble whatever way they please. Don't they?
    Are we talking fans or band members?

    To be honest, there is sooooo much more music out there that I don't need to hang on every note issued by an entity calling itself Yes. And thank all that is good and holy for that, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plasmatopia View Post
    Are we talking fans or band members?

    To be honest, there is sooooo much more music out there that I don't need to hang on every note issued by an entity calling itself Yes. And thank all that is good and holy for that, lol.
    This is true, I think we all know Yes of whatever line up is never going to produce anything much better than Heaven & Earth, or worthy of the name ever again anyway and yet some people still think they are going to come up with another Close To The Edge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve983 View Post
    This is true, I think we all know Yes of whatever line up is never going to produce anything much better than Heaven & Earth, or worthy of the name ever again anyway and yet some people still think they are going to come up with another Close To The Edge!
    Part of the problem is no other band has come up with another Close to the Edge either, so it's natural to look to the old farts who created it in the first place to come up with something like it!
    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
    Part of the problem is no other band has come up with another Close to the Edge either, so it's natural to look to the old farts who created it in the first place to come up with something like it!
    QFT 100%

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Some folks act like Yes is their plaything to assemble whatever way they please. Don't they?
    IMO it's the same kind of entitlement that leads to fans "re-editing" other people's movies or changing the endings of TV series.

    It's the prog-rock equivalent of fan fiction. As if, having heard the music, we now have a proprietary interest not only in it, but also in the people who made it.

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    Part of the problem is no other band has come up with another Close to the Edge either, so it's natural to look to the old farts who created it in the first place to come up with something like it!
    They came out with five side-long pieces in a row right afterwards and didn't come up with something like CTTE. Now, I like the Topographic songs and Gates of Delirium but they are their own thing. If they wanted to or were capable of doing more lengthy pieces they would have. I mean, they did long tracks on the Keys to Ascension albums but frankly they were not very memorable or anything I'm ever clamoring to listen to.
    No matter what anyone says, you are the decider of how you will listen to music.

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    The current version of Yes isn’t even “that good” compared to the In The Present band. It has zero hope of holding a candle to any of the assorted versions of Yes that featured Anderson between 1968 and 2004.
    "It was a cruel song, but fair."-Roger Waters

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    I've already had 35+ years to realize (particularly since 90125, etc.) that the old Yes ain't coming back, at least in terms of studio albums. Not that there weren't a few things here and there that I learned to accept/like on their own terms in the years since.
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