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Fly From Here [VINYL]

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Far and away the longest lasting and the most successful of the '70s progressive rock groups, Yes proved to be one of the lingering success stories from that musical genre. The band, founded in 1968, overcame a generational shift in its audience and the departure of its most visible members at key points in its history to reach the end of the century as the definitive progressive rock ... Read more in Amazon's Yes Store

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  • Vinyl (4 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frontiers
  • ASIN: B004Y1USRG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fly from Here - Overture
2. Fly from Here - Pt. I - We Can Fly
3. Fly from Here - Pt. II - Sad Night at the Airfield
4. Fly from Here - Pt. III - Madman at the Screens
5. Fly from Here - Pt. IV - Bumpy Ride
6. Fly from Here - Pt. V - We Can Fly
7. The Man You Always Wanted Me to Be
8. Life On a Film Set
9. Hour of Need
10. Solitaire
11. Into the Storm

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Grammy Award winners YES, one of the most influential and ground-breaking progressive rock `n' roll bands ever, are back with their first all original new album in 10 years. As a dominant force for more than four decades, YES has sold more than 33 million albums worldwide. Their symphonic use of sound and innovative musical style has made each of the group's players virtuosos in their own right.

"Fly From Here" encompasses YES' signature brand of mysticism and grand-scale compositions. Maintaining a complex, symphonic sound that features the beautiful harmonies and strong heavy riffs they are known for.

"Fly From Here" sees YES teaming up again with legendary, 2-time Grammy Award winning producer, Trevor Horn (Buggles, Tina Turner, Pet Shop Boys, Paul MCCartney, Simple Minds etc). Horn also collaborated with the songwriting and brought in the sessions his former Buggles and Yes partner Geoff Downes (of Asia) on keyboards, thus recreating the creative environment of the "Drama" album. The legendary designed Roger Dean painted once again the cover art.

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YES' powerful compositions influenced a generation of musicians with a hugely successful and indelible catalogue of music with hit albums such as DRAMA, FRAGILE, CLOSE TO THE EDGE and 90125. Classics such as "Roundabout," a seminal hit which consistently appears on "the best songs of all-time" lists, and the group's #1 hit "Owner of a Lonely Heart," which Horn is responsible for. Taken from the YES album 90125, this single would form part of a unique double, which would see YES and Horn top both the UK and US charts simultaneously.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A comforable YES! 10 July 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a different YES, not so frantic, fewer battling guitars, fewer intricate winding melodies and no Jon Anderson.

On first listening I was struck by the simplicity of the tracks. In past times we've had agressive albums such as Relayer, long mixed epics such as Topographic Oceans (still one of my favourites) and classic YES in the form of Close to the Edge.

This album is YES in a comfortable mindset, nothing to prove, happy with where they've come from and now able to be creative without proving anything. There are some brilliant classic moments and some others that will take time to grow.

It felt that everyone was playing and singing the same melodies, there were few harmonies and it was clean and uncluttered. In past days, Jon Anderson's vocals would have cut a different path in this type of scenario, but Benoit David doesn't challenge the melody in quiet the same way, which gives the songs a simpler sound.

Chris Squire's Rickenbacker has been tamed and doesn't growl to the same extent, Steve Howes guitar races up and down the scale now focus on quality rather than quantity, and the keyboards stay safe and simple while concentraing on the initial and title track 'Fly from here' hook.

I'm not sure it will go down as a classic, but if you move on from the classic YES sound and accept the fact they've been there and done it, then you'll probably like it.

I did, I listened to it three or four times on a motorway journey, and even the tracks that I first thought were slightly bland have grown on me. They work together to complement each other and create a single album rather than just a collection of songs.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I could imagine 11 July 2011
By Marmach
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Fly From Here has already been sentenced to death by many fans, so it's very good they were completely wrong.
There are some weak points of course - personally I would point "Bumpy Ride" and "Into the Storm" - and the album sounds a bit like Horn/Downes-Yes ressurection, but still this album is better than the Ladder (as a whole) and only a bit weaker than Magnification.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes's most melodic album 5 July 2011
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Had a good listen on the day of release, and Fly From Here is a curious beast. It is less rocky and more melodic than any previous Yes album, I think.

The nearest I can define it, it is a mix of Drama, recent Asia albums (on which Downes and Howe played) and some Buggles. The influence of Trevor Horn, as writer and producer, is very strong. It mostly sounds like Yes playing somebody else's material, which it mostly is! I suspect that when Horn and then Downes arrived, Yes didn't have an album - just three or four tracks. So we can thank Horn/Downes for this album.

Steve Howe contributes three tracks including a replacement, Solitaire, for the solos he's been playing at Yes gigs since 1972. His little interlude in Fly From Here (Bumpy Ride) is one of the most typically Yes bits. The final track is a co-write by the whole band including O Wakeman, and sounds like it could have come off Tormato. Squire's song (which he sings, with Benoit harmonising and sounding quite like Anderson) is a good track but doesn't sound much like a Yes song.

I expected the Fly From Here suite to be more complex but it's actually pretty simple. The main themes are introduced then reused over the whole piece. There are three "songs" in it - all good - and it's wrapped up in an Overture and a Reprise. Lyrically it hardly says anything - there's an empty airfield that we can probably fly from. I might have been happy with this when I was 19 but I was left wanting (a lot) more from it. It certainly can't compare with recent prog suites such as Transatlantic's The Whirlwind.

I think Benoit does really well as the singer. The vocal parts sound most like Horn's vocals on Drama - all the phrasing and pitch - and a bit like Anderson at times.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but is it Yes? 6 July 2011
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I will say right from the start that when Drama was released under the Yes banner I was both thrilled and perplexed. Thrilled as I actually liked the music on offer. Perplexed because my favourite Yes members weren't on it. I was younger in those days, life was simpler and I felt a traitor liking this bastard child of an album without Jon Anderson or Rick Wakeman. That said when I bought Drama I was heavily into 35mm photography and "I am a Camera" became a personal favourite of mine having just come back from a photographic sojourn to Cornwall. Fly from here does have overtones of Drama and several other Yes albums as you would expect but I'm still not sure if it really constitutes a Yes album in its own right. The songs are pleasant enough and although "Fly from Here" is in several parts I would still have liked at least one long powerful track like "Awaken" or even "Turn of the Century" which I find a moving powerful tear jerker of a ride. Apart from the title track "The Man You Always Wanted Me to be" and "Into the Storm" stand out to me, flashes of past Yes greatness hear and there. One last thing, I have always loved Chris Squires bass playing, that big surging bass line at the forefront of the music and I don't think it's quite as strong here. It's an interesting offering, enjoyable and I think we should be grateful that Yes are still going strong whatever the line up. Worth purchasing and perhaps we shouldn't really always look to the past as the music we play is also of its time and what we as individuals are doing or involved in at that time as it becomes personal to each and every one of us. Onward through the night!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Is that it?
Put this album on.....it's ok - not great. All the reviews giving it 5 stars or even 4 stars listen, forget the pretence of new beginnings that many make. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Nick C
1.0 out of 5 stars oh god just don't bother
so---yes light dont go near it so light its vapour frank has a title of what sort
one track i listen to the man you always wanted me to be and thats light sugar pop... Read more
Published 2 months ago by hait-an-koris
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Those who poo-poo this album must be turning a deaf ear to what their listening to. Fly From Here takes me both back in time and sets me off on another journey as I listen to it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by PeterKaye406
1.0 out of 5 stars Really Disappointing
There's nothing wrong with the performances on this album - new singer Benoit does a great job, even if he copying Trevor Horns vocal lines for a good part of the album. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Relayer
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surpised
I was ready to hate this, but actually love this album - it's great driving music in the car. As much as I think Jon Anderson is a league of his own, I do like the new vocalist. Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. Bateman
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes 2011
At first, I was worried. Just reading some of the reviews and comments; the discussion about the understudy etc. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Vaclav Smerda
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not classic Yes
I purchased this album, as I have most of the studio recordings of Yes. The music on this album is skillful and competent, but not like the classic Yes sound of Close To The Edge... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr C C Peach
5.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't sure about this album but its a grower
To start with I wasn't sure about this album as there is a new singer Steve Howes Guitar is just magic and the recording is excellent
you can't go far wrong with musician of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by mary
4.0 out of 5 stars 'What No Anderson'
I quite like this album really but NO JON ?? well they got away with it back in 1980 without Jon on Drama, not there best but I do like the 'Fly From Here' epic, but whats happened... Read more
Published 14 months ago by mitchy59
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Yes buy this!
I am a Jon Anderson fan, but I must say this album takes me back to the days of yes at their prime even without JA! srry Jon!
Published 15 months ago by M J CAREY
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