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  • Audio CD (23 Feb 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00009Z576
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,626 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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YES Drama CD

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Damn Good Show!!! 6 Aug 2007
By Stotty
Format:Audio CD
While writing the follow up to 1978's Tormato, singer Jon Anderson and keyboardist, Rick Wakeman left the group.
This lineup of Yes is definitely the most controversial in the bands history. Combining the musical talents of Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White with those of The Buggles (video killed the radio star anyone?) seemed a disasterous one. However, they got away with it and Drama stands for me as one of Yes' best efforts, despite being a somewhat neglected record.
OK Trevor Horn could never replace Jon Anderson on vocals, and most of the songs are crying out for his angelic tones. But there's a charm and sincerity about Horn's vocal style, and with Chris Squires distinctive backing vocal to supplement him, as well as Steve Howe mucking in, the vocal side of Drama is quite alright.
Geoff Downes is a revelation on keyboards, and he handles the 'widdly widdly' stuff excellently while throwing his own keyboarding style into the mix. It's no surprise that he would continue to work with Steve Howe on this type of music in the incredibly successful Asia.
As for Steve Howe, he plays some of his heaviest, most aggressive sounding guitar since 1974's Relayer, and the Chris Squire/Alan White rhythm section seems re energised and more driving than before.
The songs on Drama are first class. 'Machine Messiah' is a huge, moody behemoth of an opener with some superb melodies, great vocal harmonies, swirling keyboards and heavy metal guitar, hammered home with some great rolling bass, and thumping drums.
'White Car' is a beautifully sung track, but suffers from being a short song which ends almost as soon as it's begun.
'Does It Really Happen' is a pointer to the more commercial sounding music Yes would make in the 1980s.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNFAIRLY NEGLECTED 25 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Reading again and again how this recording is derided by comparing it to Anderson-era-Yes is particularly depressing, since this is a hell of a record in its own terms. Nobody seemed to like it when it appeared, while now more and more people realize how unjustly Drama was treated at the time. "Machine Messiah" and "Tempus Fugit" are sensational tracks. The rest is simply very good. Chris Squire's bass playing and Alan White's drumming in this CD are simply astounding. Yes, Jon Anderson is not there, but just listen to this music for what it is, without prejudice, and what you get is one of the prog-classics of all time.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kick up the 80's! 3 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
Drama is a surprising album. Surprising because it unites one half of the "classic" Yes line up (Steve Howe, Alan White, Chris Squire) with 80's pop duo, "The Buggles" (Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes). On the face of it not the most likely of partnerships and one that for Yes fans would seem doomed to fail since this particular inacrnation of the band was less its principle songwriter and singer, Jon Anderson.
In their 70's heyday, Yes produced sprawling Prog-Rock epics that went under ungainly titles such as "The Revealing Science of God" or "The Gates of Delerium". But by the early 80's, Yes and other bands of their ilk were a spent force in musical terms; having the metaphoricals kicked out of them by the aggression and nihilism of Punk.
The Buggles at the time, however, were flush with the success of their Top 5 hit "Video Killed the Radio Star" a song which seemed to signal a fresh and succesful decade for pop and the new art form of the music video.
So in some ways The Buggles had more to lose than the remaining members of Yes by chancing their arms on this collabrative venture. But Sqiure et al still had their reputations as superlative musicians to think about and there was no way that this album was ever going to be compromise on that front. The resulting album was not therefore a curious pop-rock record but still an unashamedly prog one.
Hovever, the playing is less frilly and the presentation less wayward, benefting from the directness Horn and Downes were giving them. Although Horn's vocals don't come anywhere near to Jon Anderson's range and delicacy he manages to more than hold his own in what must been a very daunting situation to find himself in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Let the Drama unfold... 7 May 2008
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Haha Yes with the Buggles ? "You cannot be serious !" most people said at the time of the release of Drama. Closer inspection reveals that far from being a ritual or a roundabout effort, it's really quite good. The opening track `Machine Messiah' is an extended workout. I still remember the trepidation waiting for the first burst of Trevors vocals to sound. I needn't have worried as although it wasn't Jon it wasn't too far off the Yes sound we know and love. The song has a middle section that goes all quiet and then it starts up again afresh. Some great instrumentation there with Squires bass much to the fore. The next track `White Car' is frankly a waste of time. Far too short and unremarkable. `Does it really happen' follows next and is quite striking with some Yes-like nonsensical lyrics. `Into the lens' is another extended song with very Buggles like lyrics about cameras and being "taken so easily". A pun no doubt. `Run through the Night's is a wonderful song but the final (original track) `Tempus Fugit' is the albums high point. Great riff, great bass and guitar and features the "Yes, Yes" refrain. It's still included in Squire and Whites instrumental `White Fish' piece.

So that's the album as was. What you get here are a mixed bag of extras. High points for me are the single remix of `Run through the Night' which is not just a dodgy edit of the original track unlike the single mix of `Into the Lens' (this should never have been a single anyway - why not `Tempus Fugit' ?). An instrumental outing entitled `Have we really got to go through this' is barnstorming. Lowpoints are `Song no.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Yes, but not quite as we know it!
This was very unfairly written off by a great many Yes fans when it was first released (even now it's hard to comprehend the Buggles joining forces with Yes), but considering that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keith Plant.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
If You Like YES Buy The CD..
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Bunn
4.0 out of 5 stars Is it Yes? Is it Buggles? No, it must be Yuggles!!
The departures of vocalist Jon Anderson and keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman seemed to have sounded the death knell for Yes, especially after the poor critical reception afforded to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Prog Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Not up to the classic standards of early 70s yes and no Jon Anderson of course. Probably the more poppier album by yes but still good especially at the price I paid.
Published 10 months ago by sjd parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Drama by Yes
The Tenth studio album by the group YES is DRAMA from 1980. Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman have left the group and for some people this was the loss too far since it lost an... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Marcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential part of the Yes story
When this was released 30 (?) years ago I let it pass me by as Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman were replaced by the Buggles. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Robin Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Amateur Dramatics
Back in the day I avoided this. Like the Plague.
Just goes to show how youth is wasted on the young, this is much better than it could have been, Mind Bugglingly better. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Pesto Fingeration
5.0 out of 5 stars present
In an attempt to educate our sons about "old fashioned Prog Rock" this was bought as a present and worked as they are planning to buy more !
Published 20 months ago by mustbmad
5.0 out of 5 stars Drama Revisited
I originally purchased Drama when it came out on vinyl. This is me converting it to CD as its years since I have listened to Drama. I have been a Yes fan since my school days. Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2012 by I. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Please.
I bought this as a 12-inch vinyl long ago after hearing a couple of tracks reviewed on some late radio show. And even today it's an earful: no question. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2012 by Seatinthestalls
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