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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.
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.Read more ›
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...
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!