Tormato (Deluxe Version)
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Tormato (Deluxe Version)

12 Jun 2007

9.49 (VAT included if applicable)
  Song Title
Future Times/Rejoice
Don't Kill The Whale
Release, Release
Arriving UFO
Circus Of Heaven
On The Silent Wings Of Freedom
Abilene (Single Version)
Picasso (Previously Unissued)
Some Are Born (Previously Unissued)
You Can Be Saved (Previously Unissued)
High (Previously Unissued)
Days (Demo)
Countryside (Previously Unissued)
Everybody's Song (Previously Unissued)

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  • Original Release Date: 12 Jun 2007
  • Release Date: 12 Jun 2007
  • Label: Rhino Atlantic
  • Copyright: 2004 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group company.
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  • Total Length: 1:15:57
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  • ASIN: B001F0SMK4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,262 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as you remember! 25 Mar 2004
By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
After a string of classic progressive rock releases, stretching from “The Yes Album” to “Going for the One”, “Tormato” was seen at the time as highly disappointing. There were no long form epics here, just short tight rock songs and simple ballads, with Yes struggling to counter the on-going onslaught from Punk. The title of the album may be trite and the cover justified the pummelling by tomatoes reproduced therein. But on reflection musically there is much to enjoy here. The band are actually in good form, in particular Chris Squires “bug-bug” harmonised bass propels proceedings along at a cracking pace. This bass sound is used extensively and is particularly effective on the closing “On the Silent Wings of Freedom” which is classic Yes. Squire’s bass opens up the track, taking lead with Howe’s guitar and Wakeman’s synths shimmering in and out of the mix pushing things on till Andersons opening vocal. “Release Release” is another rousing, driving rock number in the style of the title track from “Going for the One”. The single “Don’t Kill the Whale” has a wonderful whale-song polymoog solo from Wakeman and “Arriving UFO” again has layers of Wakemans carnivalesque keyboards throughout, with Howe’s distorted guitar giving an edge to the song. It’s all good fun. Squire’s “Onward” is beautiful and even “Circus of Heaven” which I found so twee at the time is now quite charming.
This is another great remastered and expanded release from Rhino. The sound is clear and crisp, some good liner notes and the extra tracks are actually worth inclusion too.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not their best; not nadir either 20 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
For Rob Frampton to call Tormato "the nadir of their career" - ahead of Union or Open Your Eyes - is, frankly, nonsense. True it isn't their best work by any stretch of the imagination, but given the circumstances surrounding the recording that really isn't so surprising.
There is some good stuff on here: Future Times/Rejoice, Madrigal, On The Silent Wings and, yes, Don't Kill The Whale, which isn't "cringe-inducing" but carries an important message which is just as relevant today as it was in 1978.
I've given this an extra star due to the bonus material which is a Yes collector's dream. Well worth a purchase at under a tenner for the Yes-familiar, but if you're considering introducing yourself to this wonderful band, I would suggest starting with The Yes Album or Fragile.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I must be the odd one out... 27 Feb 2004
By Paul Ferguson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Am I the only guy who actually enjoys this album? Sure the songs are shorter, and they don't all develop into anything, and there's lots of cheesyness... But hey, I love some of the experiments on show here. "Arriving UFO" took several dozen listens before I finally started to enjoy it, but tracks like "Future Times/Rejoice" and "On the Silent Wings of Freedom" are pretty much as good as anything Yes ever did from then onward. Speaking of which "Onward" is a lovely little number in the vein of "Wonderous Stories" from Going for the One, "Circus of Heaven" is pleasant (and one of the more interesting Anderson vocal pieces), "Madrigal" is a not bad Wakeman/Anderson duet...
One sting in the tail with this album seems to be best exemplified by Rick Wakeman's truly nails-on-blackboard solo on "Don't Kill the Whale": there are a lot of unneccesary cheesy hooks and knobs inserted for no real musical reason. Take "Release, Release" for another example; one of the most energetic Yes tracks (excluding examples from Drama)... Often when I listen to it, I seems to be nothing more than a cacophony with it's 1950s guitar loops and Anderson's unusually annoying and unrelenting vocals. Other times it's a refreshingly lighthearted version of Yes, something that you don't normally associate with the band.
Wow, I seem to be giving mixed messages... That's because that's exactly what this album gives to me.
If I'm in a bad mood, Tormato grates my brain into a mush. However, albeit in small doses, there is some first class material here. I would definetly recommend it to Yes fans, but not to anyone else really. So while some of the songs on Tormato are excellent, as a Yes album it's not quite a classic to rival their previous six releases.
Oh and come on... Open Your Eyes must surely be the Yes stinker by a long margin? Or as a fellow reviewer also suggested, Union? By comparison, Tormato is a masterpiece...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated album before late 70's fall-out. 14 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
Always the poor relation to Going for the One, in most people's opinion, I always feel that this album gets a raw deal for the post-Relayer line-up.
Okay, some of the lyrics are a bit wishy-washy, but overall the tracks are powerful and snappy. The shorter tracks also give more variety to the album.
"Future Times/Rejoice" is a joy - try standing on Yes Tor and singing these. It can blow you away.
"Release, Release", "On the Silent Wings of Freedom" and "Don't Kill the Whale" all have an immediacy, but contain enough light and shade to warrant many listens.
"Madrigal" and "Onward" both shimmer - tingles up the old spine!
"Arriving UFO" and "Circus of Heaven" - different to say the least! My least favourite tracks on the album.
But if you just buy a compilation just to get DKTW, as suggested by one reviewer, you're missing out on some beautiful music.
A definite buy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes starting to flag?
By 1978, Yes seemed to be struggling - the material on 'Tormato' is certainly not as good as that on 'Going For The One' (1977) - and, unsurprisingly, there were line-up and... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Prog Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars Tormato remaster by Yes
The ninth studio album by the group Yes TORMATO is from 1978. The album did feature a hit single "don't kill the whale" but suffered much criticism from both the public and some of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Miss M. Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars petestoke
A complete return to my miss spent youth. I was a big fan of yes years ago and I had forgotten just how good the music was, takes me back to loon pants and long hair, not bald head... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Peter Dale
1.0 out of 5 stars The music is good -the vinyl isn't!
Please bear in mind this is a review of the product as a whole, and not a comment on the music.
I have had 2 copies of this vinyl pressing - jokingly referred to as audiophile... Read more
Published 7 months ago by andy17
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, I think it's their second best album!
Sorry, but I love this album (I know it was critically panned by fans and some of the band itself!).... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr Michael J Lock
1.0 out of 5 stars This LP is Poorly pressed and unplayable
The music on this LP is superb, but compressed, the musicianship and songs are excellent.
The recording is compressed and lifeless, read Rick Wakemans own assessment of the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr C C Peach
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes's Indian Summer
I can't see why this is classed as one of Yes's weaker albums. I much prefer it to the previous year's highly successful comeback 'Going for the One'. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John F
3.0 out of 5 stars Rotten tormatos close the epic 1970s era for Yes
`Tormato' was by general consent the weakest album from Yes in the 1970s, part-redeemed by a few OK songs. Read more
Published 10 months ago by The Guardian
2.0 out of 5 stars Friday Music 2013 180g Vinyl Release
This is a review of the Friday Music 2013 180g Vinyl release of this album. My rating is not for the musical content because it is a pretty good album although not Yes' best (In my... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Paul Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars This is where it started for me - It's brilliant.
This was the first Yes album I ever heard. I had no idea what Prog rock was, had never heard of Close to the edge, all I knew was this album. A mate had picked it up. Read more
Published 12 months ago by R. Armour
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