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Classic Yes
Classic Yes
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £5.70

9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Yes Yes!!!, 29 Aug. 2001
This review is from: Classic Yes (Audio CD)
Classic - a title perhaps a little grandiose for a compilation album of your own work, however had Anderson etal (insert own most pleasing line up here) ever considered that one could appear too grandiose, nevermind sound it, this album would never be, nor would the albums from which these tracks are taken.
As we are missing a few essential moments here (Soon and Time and a word etc) and some stuff simply to long to put on an album with more than three other tracks (anything from Topo), this collection is far from what one might call comprehensive, rather it's a retrospective. Which, while we could all hand pick our favourite moments, does well as an introduction to Yes - the early years.
The problem with collecting discernible moments from a range of albums spanning a number of years is that you lose the thematic thread, dare I say the concept, of the original pieces. The individual moments are taken slightly out of context, almost as if you were to read an act from Richard the III and then another from Henry V.
Nevertheless it's all wonderful stuff: pompous, bombastic, sanguine, pretentious (lighten up you Progosaur's you know it is) on the one hand and temperate, placid, poignant and charming the next. A few truths persevere about Yes such as Anderson's lyrics are all gibberish and Steve Howe (who's plectrum I own) is truly a master in his field (as are RW, BB, AW,) however I would also assert that the music they created was amazing, dated but amazing and deserves to be listened to and appreciated by generations to come.
I myself am not a Progosaurus Rex, I'm 23, other main influences Gomez, Massive Attack, Supergrass, Smith and Mighty and Underworld. Any forward thinking person who loves music and doesn't have this album try it, there is an important place for it in history. To those who are continually doing an impression of Meg Ryan 'Yes, Yes, Yes!' and all ready own the album - try one of the names above, forward thinking music didn't stop in '79 you know.

Big World Small World
Big World Small World
Price: £17.56

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars We waited so long... and for what?, 28 Jun. 2001
This review is from: Big World Small World (Audio CD)
Some five years after we were wooed back into the womb by the canon which is 'Bass is Maternal' we are again left wishing there was something, anything for us to crawl back into and hide. It's not that 'Big World, Small World' is a bad album, it's not, but the lack of inspiration is tangible, and like a track from days of yore Smith and Mighty have yet to 'Evolve.' The highlight of this album is 'Same' on a par with fellow Bristolian's 'Unfinished Sympathy' yet more precious for it's relative obscurity, however, this is a track we had been waiting for since circa '96 originally appearing as a 'B' side of 'Jungle Man Corner.' The voice of Tammy Payne is sumptuous, filled with morose, maudlin tones little heard since the time of Billie Holiday, but she is sadly under-used. The beats and bass are still there but don't drive the emotions like they used. The album still cleverly inflects dub, reggae, drum and bass with intelligent restraint, in a way say Red Snapper simply couldn't, yet without ever really rousing the soul. Buy this album only for 'Same', not because you loved 'Maternal,' and want more of the same.

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