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Heaven & Earth

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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
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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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  • Audio CD (21 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frontiers
  • ASIN: B00JQHON74
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Among the world s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, Grammy Award winning, YES, is proud to announce its new album, Heaven and Earth. Contains eight new tracks, each of which boasts the unique musicianship and craftsmanship that have come to be known as the YES sound. Heaven and Earth sees YES continuing with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative. Produced and Mixed by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Guns N Roses, Foreigner, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice Cooper, etc.) Also on board is long-time YES artist, the world-renowned Roger Dean, who again brings his masterful artistic creativity to the albums cover art and packaging.

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2014 album from prog-rock giants! Produced by Roy Thomas Baker with cover art by Roger Dean, it features 8 new songs including 'Believe Again' & 'Step Beyond'.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye 'Sound Chaser', Hello Melody.... 31 July 2014
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It's a grower.

How often have I said that over the years about albums that didn't grab me when I first listened to them but which I now adore? Hell, some of my favourite ever albums left me totally old for the first few listens. Not that I expect 'heaven and Earth' to become an all-time favourite but the more I listen to it the more I'm hearing in it and the more the tunes are lodging themselves in my brain.

As others have observed this isn't 'Close to the Edge 2'. Nor is is '90125 Pt 2'. I guess what it is is the sort of music that the members of yes want to write in their late 60's. It's mostly much more direct than many of their older songs, more instantly tuneful, more traditionally structured, but is it therefore by definition worse? I don't think so. Taken at face value as a collection of songs what I hear are mostly well-crafted pieces with strong melodies played with impeccable precision by musicians who know what they want. It's certainly easy on the ear, (there's no 'Sound Chaser' here, thank God!), and whilst it may not end up in my top 10 best Yes albums of all time it's enjoyable listening, comfortable listening, un-challenging listening maybe, but sometimes you know that's exactly what I want.

I am simply pleased to have new music from this band and I'll give it time and space. Is it 'classic' Yes? No of course it isn't. Is it still Yes though? Just listen the arrangements, the lyrical nonsense, and that voice.... Of course it's Yes. And it wouldn't be any better with a certain Mr Anderson....

Actually, you know what 'Heaven and Earth' most reminds me of? It sounds like a Jon Anderson solo album! And there's nothing wrong with that.....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Yes ... 31 July 2014
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Don't really understand the almost indignant negativity displayed by some reviews here. Ok, it's not Close to the Edge, or Relayer, but by no means is this album poor or lacking in musical enjoyment. In fact, it really is a good album. The songs display a spirituality, musicality and cohesion that is mature and well delivered. It's meant to be listened to in depth, not simply excite on a first listen with raw bass energy or long moog solos. In some respects it has an echo of 'Lamb lies down' Genesis to it, in that it's probably the most collective, ensemble, orientated sound for a long time - no long, complex solos, but each member contributing fully to the whole, resulting in layered sound which envelopes the listerner. Some great and distinctive melodies, Davison has a superb and well suited voice, classic harmonies, Howe's guitar is fluid and Downes provides sheets of layering. Some complain that Squire and White are not playing with power, or the production is vague - but listen to the vinyl copy - crisp separation of instruments and voices, with depth and definition. Honestly, this is a good Yes album, which reveals much of what you expect from a Yes sound, with a new dimension that is (I agree) distinct from the '70s music, but nevertheless well connected with the past. I really like it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moments of magic - but lifeless production 28 July 2014
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I have some shock news for some Yes fans - it may not be easy to take but here it is... It's not 1972. What's more it's not 1977 either. There's no point pining for Close to the Edge 2 or Going for the One (again). It's 2014. The band is not going to sound like it did in the 1970s, these are not guys in their 20's - with the exception of Jon Davison - they are all in their late 60's.

Personally, I would rather Yes create new music than continually live on past glories as a live act. I don't want to hear Siberian Khatru yet again - but I can accept that many fans do and ticket sales don't lie. So given that today's Yes is mainly a 1970s back catalogue touring act - the promise of new material is intriguing. You might wonder 'why bother' as new Yes material never seems to survive in a live set-list for more than one tour. Perhaps, as musicians they want to show that they can still cut it, haven't run out of ideas and are not, despite their live shows, a band stuck in a time warp. But is the new material any good?

The reviews of Heaven and Earth have been far more mixed than for Fly From Here which was generally well received - despite the re-cycling of Drama era material. Although only three years later, Heaven and Earth has a very different feel for two main reasons - the input of new vocalist Jon Davison who co-wrote almost every track and, the absence of Trevor Horn behind the desk - replaced by Roy Thomas Baker. So, let's discuss the songs, and then the production.

I won't go through every song - there are many other reviews that do that perfectly well. The key thing for me is, does this new album sound like a Yes album? Does it, even without Jon Anderson, capture the 'spirit of Yes'? It definitely does.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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No, it's not prog rock - certainly not in the sense of the main sequence of albums. But it is definitely Yes, in that it is positive and uplifting and extremely well crafted (even if the lyrics do leave something to be desired at times). In my opinion tracks that are closer to what one might call "prog" are less successful than those that are much more straightforward pop/rock, such at the opening two tracks. I really like it - which surprises me as I'm very much a "main sequence" person. Forget the history, stick it on nice and loud whilst driving along on a sunny morning and enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A future Yes classic at least deserving of 4 stars.
Published 17 hours ago by PHILIP J ORD
1.0 out of 5 stars Close Your Eyes and it might go away
I wish this did not exist. So sad and depressing to think that this is what YES have become. I have tried to listen to this twice but found it impossible not to keep pressing the... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mark A. Bowman
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Stop!!! Stop Now!!!
Please stop! You have been for several albums been trampling over my youth and influential heritage with consecutively awful albums, and this one is pretty much the last straw in... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Worried that Jon Anderson wasn't around. But no worries as this is a great album. Get well soon Jon A and get some solo stuff out!
Published 7 days ago by P. Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Felt sick listening to this
Please stop now. The bands reputation is being desecrated.
The spirit of the band has gone.
This is not YES.
Please stop.
Published 8 days ago by Pull me Under
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
OK
Published 9 days ago by Chris Tredwell
2.0 out of 5 stars Not yes ... more maybe
Sounds tired and one paced all the way through. This is the first yes album I can't find something to love.

It's not that it's horrible , it's like they phoned it in.
Published 9 days ago by R. Armour
3.0 out of 5 stars And while I love Owner of a Lonely Heart
Not classic Yes. Heaven & Earth finds Yes in decidedly AOR territories. And while I love Owner of a Lonely Heart, I think it was one of the few tracks Yes managed to pull off when... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Alaric Pether
5.0 out of 5 stars Respect Yes 2014 and buy this album
Let's get it straight from the off... this is not son of Close to the Edge, Tales, Fragile, Going for the One etc etc!!!! Read more
Published 12 days ago by David HILLING
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