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    Well, this is cool news. I'm going to remain hopeful.

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    I look forward to listening to the album.
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    In some cases, the tracks on the second CD simply match the fourth side of the vinyl version. I assume this will be the case here, but will the fourth side of the vinyl release be presented as a "bonus LP side" ? In any case, as some have said, this doesn't exactly raise the level anticipation for those particular songs. When I first read the announcement (on Prog), no track lengths were given and I thought maybe one of the three tracks would be longer than average because I expected the three to amount to an LP side's worth, but 5 minutes is only "long" by Asia standards... That's probably the shortest bonus CD I've seen on those types of releases. I won't even go into the topic of why so much plastic is being wasted to manufacture that extra CD for no good reason, or why the vinyl format again dictates the contents/length of the CD which I would expect still outsells vinyl by a factor of 50 or 100... This is all very silly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeFrog View Post
    To make things more complicated, in the last few years they have started to separate the bonus tracks on a second disc. The intention is surely to mark a clear separation between the main album and the bonus tracks but this often results in a very short second disc with very little substance.
    As long as the bonus tracks are separated from the original album as a result of artistic ideas from the artist I think separating the real album from the bonus tracks are excellent. However as I read your text I agree that this seems more like a regular marketing tool from Inside Out/Sony.

    But in the case of reissues I always applaud those who separate bonus material from the original album. Now in my case as I do my listening from vinyl 99% of the time the thing I hate the most is the tendency to fit a 45 minute album over twos LP:s. Annoying to say the least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunlight Caller View Post
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    Thanks for posting this Henry.
    Any speculation on your part when we might get treated to a sample trailer?
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    low expectations, but I hope for the best... just hope they add a bit more pepper to the tracks... That last CD was pretty bland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    Any speculation on your part when we might get treated to a sample trailer?
    I'm sure we'll get the usual sorts of things. I presume there will be a "single" with a video of some sort. Maybe that will come when pre-orders open (23 Jul)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondegezou View Post
    In all seriousness, I think they should do a joint tour, Hackett's band doing Genesis Revisited and Yes, with a GTR mini-set. It would sell fantastically!

    Hackett and Howe do seem to have been in touch in recent years and it's rumoured a GTR reunion of sorts was mooted, but Howe said no. Howe did release some post-GTR sessions on Anthology 2 and Hackett, of course, did his new version of "When the Heart Rules the Mind".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunlight Caller View Post
    I’m also a little hesitant about the added orchestrations. This will be the third time we have been there, after TAAW and Magnification, and both are albums I like a lot. It just strikes a note of caution, in that they felt the need to improve what was initially recorded. I may be wrong, only time will tell.
    I wouldn't be too worried. Magnification was billed as "Yes with a Symphony Orchestra," or "Symphonic Yes," whereas this is just "added orchestrations." That could mean just a string quartet on a few tracks.
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    Well, with Steve Howe actually producing the album this time, I'm guessing he won't let those orchestrations interfere too much with the melodic lines he's playing on guitar. If I recall, that was his main gripe with Magnification.
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    It's strange to me that the second disc has so few songs on it. Why not fill up the rest with an epic?
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    I'm not at all surprised Steve Howe produced the album, given his control over Yes since Chris's passing. Very curious to hear the new record, hoping for the best they can bring together. I know I'm in the minority but I still rather enjoy Heaven and Earth though RTB's production does leave one's ears wanting. Has Howe ever produced a band project by himself other than his solo material? Are you ready Eddie Offord assisted with Beginnings and Howe solo produced his excellent second solo record but beyond that I've not paid that much attention to his solo output.

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    I'm cautiously looking forward to this one.

    I've been on the Yes ride for so many years, I couldn't possibly just ignore the new album even if I'm not particularly optimistic about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Roth View Post
    Maybe. But the Royal Affair was definitely not released through Sony. The BGU/BMG Rights Management releases come out through Warner/ADA, as that is a separate company from the BMG that merged with Sony some time ago.
    OK, update, Jon Kirkman has said on Facebook that the BMG deal was just for The Royal Affair Tour. There was a rumour of a 3-album deal, but looks as though that was wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquatarkus View Post
    Has Howe ever produced a band project by himself other than his solo material? Are you ready Eddie Offord assisted with Beginnings and Howe solo produced his excellent second solo record but beyond that I've not paid that much attention to his solo output.
    He's produced nearly all of his solo albums (a few were co-productions). He's also produced the collaboration with Martin Taylor (Masterpiece Guitars), the Steve Howe's Remedy band release, and all the Steve Howe Trio releases, but the collaboration with Virgil was produced by Virgil and one of the collaborations with Paul Sutin was produced by Sutin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondegezou View Post
    OK, update, Jon Kirkman has said on Facebook that the BMG deal was just for The Royal Affair Tour. There was a rumour of a 3-album deal, but looks as though that was wrong.
    Yeah, that "3-album deal" was tossed around a lot as if it were fact. Ah well, in the end, it doesn't matter all that much to me what label they are on.

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    That's a great record^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondegezou View Post
    He's produced nearly all of his solo albums (a few were co-productions). He's also produced the collaboration with Martin Taylor (Masterpiece Guitars), the Steve Howe's Remedy band release, and all the Steve Howe Trio releases, but the collaboration with Virgil was produced by Virgil and one of the collaborations with Paul Sutin was produced by Sutin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
    Well, with Steve Howe actually producing the album this time, I'm guessing he won't let those orchestrations interfere too much with the melodic lines he's playing on guitar. If I recall, that was his main gripe with Magnification.
    I remember being concerned about the lack of proper keyboardist after Igor's departure following the Ladder and being pleasantly surprised at how good Magnification turned out. I especially enjoy the longer tracks on that one. They were excellent live as I recall, both with orchestra and on the tour following Wakeman's rejoining in 2002.

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    I've got mixed feelings about this one like many of you do. I like the cover art more than some recent Deans. Though his fixation with the color blue is bordering on wack. I swear, 80% of his art these days is blue. I can list several Yes albums (live and studio) that sport that look. This is a little different though and one of the better looking recent covers. The thought of a new Yes album to look forward to was always a fun thing. Though their inconsistencies in writing since the outsing of Mr Anderson have proven to make us all pause and lower our expectations. Their last album, Heaven & Earth, really did come off as tired and half baked, save for a song or two. Some of that team helped write this one too so we can only wonder. They were quite aware that most fans didn't like H & E and even the band did some backpedaling on it. So I suspect they know what needs to be done to correct that. It's just tough to imagine a Yes album with no Chris Squire. Though his playing on H & E was pretty laid back and by the numbers, so maybe Billy Sherwood will inject some youthful energy into this one, along with second drummer Jay Schellen. Only time will tell....

    As for the logo. I wish they would quit messing with it. It's not a big enough area to do all this modification. Granted, this looks better than the harlequin looking black and white crap on Heaven and Earth, but it would look better and "pop" from a distance if it was just solid. The bird in the glass is sort of cool. It wouldn't surprise me to see someone actually making real stained glass versions of it before long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital_Man View Post
    It's strange to me that the second disc has so few songs on it. While not fill up the rest with an epic?
    ah yeah, why couldn't they just throw together a quick little 20-30 minute song for a bonus CD? it's not like they had already made a full album or anything.

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    PS "Leave Well Alone" sounds like another "Don't Take No For an Answer".

    Hope it's better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    PS "Leave Well Alone" sounds like another "Don't Take No For an Answer".

    Hope it's better!

    Hey, "Don't Take No for an Answer" may well be the Tom Robinson Band's greatest song!

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