The Ladder
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The Ladder

11 Jun 2009

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Song Title
Homeworld (The Ladder)
It Will Be A Good Day (The River)
Lightning Strikes
Can I?
Face To Face
If Only You Knew
To Be Alive (Hep Yadda)
The Messenger
New Language
Nine Voices (Longwalker)

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  • Original Release Date: 11 Jun 2009
  • Release Date: 11 Jun 2009
  • Label: Eagle Rock
  • Copyright: 1999 Eagle Rock Entertainment Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:00:20
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  • ASIN: B0040JBXWG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,061 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
There seems to be very few chances to read a review of an album by Yes that doesn't start by slagging off the band, followed by two lines skimming over the music only to conclude with a closing paragraph repeating what a lost cause this band and this type of music is! If that's what you're looking for, best buy one of the so called 'serious music' publications. The album opens with 'Homeworld', nine and a half minutes of classic Yes. Why the band started producing short pieces of music is beyond me! 'Homeworld' is, quite simply, a class act!.... music at its best. I am not without a degree of critiscism for the album, I have to admit, that I'm not a great fan of 'Lightning Strikes', with its Caribbean rhythms and possibly even touches of Ska! However, this track is easily listenable and should not spoil your enjoyment of the album. 'Can I?' is a short track during which among the many rhythms and multi-track vocals, an excerpt from, 'We Have Heaven', from the classic, 'Fragile' album makes an appearance. From here, each track flows beautifully to the next and the album builds in intensity towards the penultimate track, 'New Language', (another 9 minute epic), during which, each band member has an opportunity to demonstrate their skills. The final track, 'Nine Voices', brings the listener back down to earth, ready to return to track one and start listening to the album all over again. This album is definitely not back to the classic days of 'Fragile', 'Close To The Edge', 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' and 'Going For The One', ( which contains the best piece of music I have ever had the pleasure to listen to......... 'Awaken'!), but after all the recent personnel changes, 'musical differences', and general silliness, I think we're getting there! A fine album from one of the finest bands ever to grace this planet!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes: Back to the top of the Ladder 4 April 2001
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There's no doubt at all that the much loved Yes band has really hit new heights with their latest studio album "The Ladder", a great improvement on anything released since "90125" in the mid eighties. Great credit for this achievement must be given to producer Bruce Fairbairn, for successfully keeping in reign Anderson's tendency for occasional tweeness and the whole band's tendency for OTT "flash" at times. Witness "If Only You Knew" - a stately ballad which could easily have descended into mush but which actually is as polished and well defined a song as Yes have ever put out - beautifully emotional yet controlled three part harmonies throughout and a really strong vocal from Anderson whose vocal powers seem not to have declined one jot. For tight guitar riffs laced over with exhilarating Hammond, look no further than "Face To Face" which showcases Steve Howe at his most precise for many albums. In fact the playing of Howe and Chris Squire alone make the investment worthwhile. All in all, a record of great variety and absolutely impeccable standards from all concerned. Don't miss this one!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Late Period Classic 28 May 2007
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After a few-too-many overpolished AOR outings, and the directionless "Ascension" studio tracks, this almost-classic Yes lineup came closest to recapturing the spirit of their best recordings on this, some 25 years after Close to the Edge. It didn't strike a chord immediately, but the standard of musicianship and writing make this a fine addition to the catalogue.

Anderson's lyrics take their third or fourth turn around the new-age lexicon - "power", "truth", "One", "mystery", "reason", you know the sort of thing - but the music is fresh (with a couple of deliberate nods to the past - is that Roundabout's bassline here? The "diddit diddit" refrain from Your Move there?). Standouts are the lovely ballad If Only You Knew, and the 9-minute New Language. This latter contains a masterclass in drumming from the estimable Alan White. From the sterling tom work and rolls in the pomp opening, to the spot-on main groove underpinning the song, to the driving support work under the solos, the drumming is immaculate. Finally, after 30-odd years, I've got used to the idea that Alan, not Bill, is Yes's drummer!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes - back on form - at last! 21 Jan 2001
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I have to admit that orignally this CD left me cold. After the opening track, Home World it seemed to drift into endless vocals and unnecessary ethnic influences. But I should have remembered never to write off a Yes album. This CD is a grower! Now, over a year after I first heard it, I can't get enough of it. After Lightning Strikes it just gets better and better. The penultimate track New Languages is Yes at their absolute best. Surely more than we could expect from chaps this old. Their enthusiasm just jumps out of the speakers and really grabs you. The new boy on the keyboards does a superb Wakeman and his mix of old and new sounds is spot on. If you're new to Yes, give this CD a try, if you're an old timer stick with it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere in between commercial and classic-Yes 13 Jan 2000
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During the last years, Yes have released the brilliant, very Yes'ish »Keys To Ascension« albums, followed by the semi-commercial »Open Your Eyes« album. So, putting the band's newest release »The Ladder« into my CD player, I did not know what to expect. The opening song »Homeworld (The Ladder)« - which is also the album's longest track - is promising, though. The well-known and unique Yes sound, yet with something new to it. Something kind of modern, a little more rock'ish. But still unmistakably Yes. Although Trevor Rabin left Yes many years ago, several of the songs on the album makes you think he is back. Perhaps because he influenced the band towards more commercial, more catchy, more simple music. And as »The Ladder« is somewhere in between commercial and classic-Yes, his influence still stands. However, songs like »Lightning Strikes« and »Can I?« make you think about some of lead singer Jon Anderson's solo album stuff. As it is with most Yes albums, this one gains points the more you listen to it. For the Yes fan, »The Ladder« will not be a classic in 10 or 20 years. But so far, it is the band's most successful attempt to create more popular music, without really compromising what the Yes fan knows the band for. »Homeworld (The Ladder)« remains the album's clearly best song. My other two favourites are the two last tracks, »New Language« which like »Homeworld (The Ladder)« plays over more than nine minutes, and »Nine Voices (Longwalker)«. Concerning the different versions of the album: The poster included in the »European Strictly Limited Edition« is a good example why the items included in good ol' vinyl editions cannot be used in CD's just like that. The format is simply too small. Another edition, the »Enhanced Compact Disc«, contains a demo of »Homeworld«... Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars great CD & good service as normal but case damaged 1st problem i have...
CD arrived promptly & in perfect condition but inside case the plastic section that holds CD was brokenwhich was disappointing
Published 2 months ago by david appleby
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to their best form
Bought this as a replacement for one that had gone missing so knew what I was getting: Yes's finest album since Going for the One about 20 years earlier: full of rich powerful... Read more
Published 5 months ago by MR ANDREW A MORRIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I just love Yes and this line-up have a great sound, Everyone loves the Anderson, White - Bruford, Wakeman, Howe and Squire lineup, But these push them close.
Published 5 months ago by alan hickey
3.0 out of 5 stars A few rungs short
Jon Anderson has been the driving force of Yes. He has some great things within him but has some quirky things that border on childish or just religion or Love. Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by Mr. Michael Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Just bland music dressed like Yes.
I remember that by the time The Ladder was about to be released, the band promoted it saying that it was their return to the "Classic Yes" sound. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2010 by Beowulf
5.0 out of 5 stars YES AT TOP TOP FORM
Despite Some lines changes in the band in recent years this has to be by far the best for a very long time much better than the Union album 1991, well anything is better than that... Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2004 by Marc Davis
1.0 out of 5 stars What went wrong????
This is twee-ness taken to the extreme!! Other than it being the best produced YES album I have heard in terms of sound quality, I cannot say anything good about it. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! Is this the beginning of a new classic Yes era ?
"The Ladder" IS a classic Yes album. Any true fan will rank this alongside (if not above) the likes of "Fragile", "Close To The Edge", "Going For... Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album since Fragile
Having been a devoted fan of YES since Fragile I think that The Ladder is one of their best albums so far. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2000 by
1.0 out of 5 stars I am sorry but no!
Whilst I was a great fan of Yes music during the Wakeman/Bruford period I feel the band has lost the way these days. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2000
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