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Let the Drama unfold...,
This review is from: Drama [Expanded & Remastered] (Audio CD)
Haha Yes with the Buggles ? "You cannot be serious !" most people said at the time of the release of Drama. Closer inspection reveals that far from being a ritual or a roundabout effort, it's really quite good. The opening track `Machine Messiah' is an extended workout. I still remember the trepidation waiting for the first burst of Trevors vocals to sound. I needn't have worried as although it wasn't Jon it wasn't too far off the Yes sound we know and love. The song has a middle section that goes all quiet and then it starts up again afresh. Some great instrumentation there with Squires bass much to the fore. The next track `White Car' is frankly a waste of time. Far too short and unremarkable. `Does it really happen' follows next and is quite striking with some Yes-like nonsensical lyrics. `Into the lens' is another extended song with very Buggles like lyrics about cameras and being "taken so easily". A pun no doubt. `Run through the Night's is a wonderful song but the final (original track) `Tempus Fugit' is the albums high point. Great riff, great bass and guitar and features the "Yes, Yes" refrain. It's still included in Squire and Whites instrumental `White Fish' piece.
So that's the album as was. What you get here are a mixed bag of extras. High points for me are the single remix of `Run through the Night' which is not just a dodgy edit of the original track unlike the single mix of `Into the Lens' (this should never have been a single anyway - why not `Tempus Fugit' ?). An instrumental outing entitled `Have we really got to go through this' is barnstorming. Lowpoints are `Song no. 4' which goes on a bit and the final four tracks are unremarkable, unfinished efforts from the abandoned Paris sessions with Roy Thomas Baker producing and Anderson and Wakeman still in the band but about to leave.
I guess you shouldn't moan about extra tracks as there are a lot here. The only gripe for me is why not include all the Paris session tracks (i.e. the ones that were on the `In a Word' box set) and why not include the Buggles version of `Into the Lens' (which was re-titled `I am a Camera') ? This makes much better listening than the single edit.
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Initial post: 12 Sep 2009 14:55:31 BDT
Rain Man says:
In fact the instrumental 'Have we really got to go through this' was played live by the Drama line-up of Yes on the tour following the album's release. If you purchase the 'The Word is Live' 3 disc box set, it is presented as 'Go through this' and introduced as "a song you won't have heard as we haven't recorded it". Trevor sings a great vocal which counters Steve's guitar work and it goes down a storm with the Madison Square Garden audience.
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