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  • Audio CD (17 Mar. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Caroline International S&D
  • ASIN: B00JQHON74
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
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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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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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I am huge Yes fan, I was going to say that i am not a long standing Yes fan but I did really like Fragile, which my mate Donald bought and enthused about: "...there's a great acoustic guitar here..." etc, So when I thought of buying a yes album or two that was where I started and I still love that album and listen to other albums from their heyday.

The difficulty with a band like this is that fans get very precious about the era that they like the most and albums become sacrosanct. Woe betide the artist who records a new version of a much loved song from their past. This band are always going to attract a loyal and fanatical following so it is understandable that expectation should be high. The problem is when we let our expectations get in the way of listening to the merits of what actually gets released. We cannot expect the band to record exactly that album we want them to. After all none of the previous, highly regarded albums is no longer available; we can still listed to Close to the Edge, Fragile etc, if that is the version of Yes we want.

If you think that Yes has gone through dramatic changes then think of the poor Genesis fans that saw them change from Progressive Rock band into a Pop group. King Crimson, whilst maintaining much of the sound and aesthetic of the original band have changed beyond recognition in terms of line up. Lastly think on the conflict of remaining a Soft Machine fan from 1967 -1982: no original members and compare their debut album The Soft Machine with their last album Land of Cockayne and it is like two different bands, but I can still enjoy both.

It is all a matter of expectation. If you want a new Yes album then in my opinion this is a good as you could ever have reasonably expected at this stage in their career.
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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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