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  • Audio CD (1 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Eagle Rock
  • ASIN: B00005UO4J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Calling
2. I Am Waiting
3. Real Love
4. State Of Play
5. Walls
6. Where Will You Be
7. Endless Dream (Silent Spring (Instrumental) / Talk / Endless Dream)
8. The Calling (Special version) (bonus track)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 July 2002
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After the Union tour and that awful album, Yes reconvened in the Travor Rabin lineup and made this essential album.
From the opening bars of The Calling you know that this is going to be good and it doesn't disappoint. Rabin is the key songwriter but Jon Anderson has a hand in all the songs and his enjoyment is reflected in the overall 'feel'of the performances.
Highlights are The Calling, I am Waiting and the absolutely stupendous 'Endless Dream' in which Trevor Rabin brings the Yes epic song into the nineties with a vengeance. If you don't value the sheer 'Yes-ness' of this track you're probably not breathing!
The quality of this album really is all down to Trevor Rabin and it completely justifies his stint as a member of the band - without him the band would never have made it through the 80's and 90's and a lot of great music would have been lost. When he left the band and Steve Howe returned things went backwards for a while and have only really come good with the release of Magnification.
This release from Spitfire records includes an additional slightly longer version of The Calling which was originally only included on the Japanese release - it's interesting but not essential - the middle 8 reminds me of Led Zeppelin circa 1972!
The original release of Talk went pretty well unnoticed by the vast majority of Yes fans and was deleted when Victory Records went broke. If you don't have this album and you are a fan then buy it now! You won't be disappointed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. D. R. MARKS on 16 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
Curiously, this appears to be the Yes album the disappeared off the map almost as soon as it appeared. If you loathe the Rabin-era stuff then you really won't find much here that appeals - although 'Endless Dream' really belongs up there with earlier epics from the Howe/Wakeman era. And yes, I can imagine lots of hippie diehards out there squealing for my blood for making such a suggestion, but have any of you heard this stuff?
Speaking for myself I've always enjoyed Yes in all its many incarnations - including Rabin et al, and the Horn/Downes stuff too. Rabin's influence gave Yes the opportunity to move with the times - surely the very definition of 'progressive rock'? This is a fine record which deserved to be heard far more than it seems to have been thus far. Try it, you may surprise yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Bottle on 5 Dec 2010
Format: Audio CD
To my ears this is real AOR stuff and a considerable shift away from the Prog themes.
Very much the work of Trevor Rabin; he was never afraid to "move" Yes on!
Quite frankly it is amazing how well his voice (Rabin) and Jon Anderson's work together.
This album is full of driving lines powered by Alan White's strong drumming. Allan is such a capable and reliable drummer and here he underpins it all amazingly.
Strangely (perhaps?); Chris Squire trademark bass seems a little lost; indeed he seems almost sidelined!
This is a strong album and was, for some time, very overlooked and vilified by the Yes faithful - it deserves better.
Great rhythms, excellent melodies and harmonies provide some of the best AOR/Soft Rock music I have heard in a long time.
It is a refreshing change from "mainstream" Yes, which began with the wonderful "90125".
For me, the star of this - apart from Rabin's superb arrangements and production; is the driving force of the aforementioned Alan White's drumming.
I am - as you may gather - a great fan of this album!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Organ Boy on 30 Nov 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is simply the best Yes album ever, the songs, production and playing are just out of this world. Many people have written this one off as "contemporary LA pop" - nothing could be further from the truth. Only 1 track is under 5 minutes. Great songs here: "The Calling" - wonderful "one world" creation themed anthem; "I am Waiting" - one to send to a loved one; "State of Play" - incendiary heavy metal with great guitar work from Trevor Rabin; And what about "Where will you Be" - so gentle, beautifull y sung and played; and the last track "Endless Dream" is THE best Yes piece ever, a moving paen through the journey of life and beyond. The last 2 minutes of this record are amongst the most moving musical moments ever recorded by ANYONE! Get this album; it'll blow you away and play it LOUD!
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Talk was very much an album that divided fans on its release. Yet, as is often the case, revaluated 20 years on it stands as a testament to Yes's diversity. With Jon Anderson and Trevor Rabin collaborating very closely on the song writing (something where they had been very much at odds with each other before) the album has a greater coherence in style and there are certainly some memorable tracks. The opening 'The calling' shows Yes that their heaviest and 'I am waiting' is a track that just grows and impresses with each play. 'State of play' is exciting and frantic in its approach and again makes a big impression. In my mind these are probably the standout tracks with the others being in the main interesting rather than spectacular. But the best is left to the last as Anderson and Rabin proved that the era of the Yes epic is not a thing of the past with the magnificent 'Endless dream'. This is a song which has the breadth and scope which I do not believe is seen on the later 'Rites of Ascension' albums where any of the studio tracks over 10 minutes feel a bit disjointed (the same could also be said with 'Fly from here). This album is almost worth five stars as I'd love to give it half a star more if I could. As such, this is a worthy effort which proved that Yes still had plenty of mileage in them.
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