- Audio CD (4 July 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Frontiers
- ASIN: B004Y1USJE
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Fly From Here CD
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2011 album from the Progressive Rock legends. Mixing the best elements of their '70s and '80s work, Fly From Here is an excellent return to form for the band. Longtime band members Chris Squire, Steve Howe and Alan White are joined by former keyboardist (and Asia/Buggles member) Geoff Downes and new vocalist Benoit David. Produced by Trevor Horn.
About the Artist
YES' powerful compositions influenced a generation of musicians with a hugely successful and indelible catalogue of music with hit albums such as DRAMA, FRAGILE, CLOSE TO THE EDGE and 90125. Classics such as "Roundabout," a seminal hit which consistently appears on "the best songs of all-time" lists, and the group's #1 hit "Owner of a Lonely Heart," which Horn is responsible for. Taken from the YES album 90125, this single would form part of a unique double, which would see YES and Horn top both the UK and US charts simultaneously.
Top Customer Reviews
On first listening I was struck by the simplicity of the tracks. In past times we've had agressive albums such as Relayer, long mixed epics such as Topographic Oceans (still one of my favourites) and classic YES in the form of Close to the Edge.
This album is YES in a comfortable mindset, nothing to prove, happy with where they've come from and now able to be creative without proving anything. There are some brilliant classic moments and some others that will take time to grow.
It felt that everyone was playing and singing the same melodies, there were few harmonies and it was clean and uncluttered. In past days, Jon Anderson's vocals would have cut a different path in this type of scenario, but Benoit David doesn't challenge the melody in quiet the same way, which gives the songs a simpler sound.
Chris Squire's Rickenbacker has been tamed and doesn't growl to the same extent, Steve Howes guitar races up and down the scale now focus on quality rather than quantity, and the keyboards stay safe and simple while concentraing on the initial and title track 'Fly from here' hook.
I'm not sure it will go down as a classic, but if you move on from the classic YES sound and accept the fact they've been there and done it, then you'll probably like it.
I did, I listened to it three or four times on a motorway journey, and even the tracks that I first thought were slightly bland have grown on me. They work together to complement each other and create a single album rather than just a collection of songs.Read more ›
The nearest I can define it, it is a mix of Drama, recent Asia albums (on which Downes and Howe played) and some Buggles. The influence of Trevor Horn, as writer and producer, is very strong. It mostly sounds like Yes playing somebody else's material, which it mostly is! I suspect that when Horn and then Downes arrived, Yes didn't have an album - just three or four tracks. So we can thank Horn/Downes for this album.
Steve Howe contributes three tracks including a replacement, Solitaire, for the solos he's been playing at Yes gigs since 1972. His little interlude in Fly From Here (Bumpy Ride) is one of the most typically Yes bits. The final track is a co-write by the whole band including O Wakeman, and sounds like it could have come off Tormato. Squire's song (which he sings, with Benoit harmonising and sounding quite like Anderson) is a good track but doesn't sound much like a Yes song.
I expected the Fly From Here suite to be more complex but it's actually pretty simple. The main themes are introduced then reused over the whole piece. There are three "songs" in it - all good - and it's wrapped up in an Overture and a Reprise. Lyrically it hardly says anything - there's an empty airfield that we can probably fly from. I might have been happy with this when I was 19 but I was left wanting (a lot) more from it. It certainly can't compare with recent prog suites such as Transatlantic's The Whirlwind.
I think Benoit does really well as the singer. The vocal parts sound most like Horn's vocals on Drama - all the phrasing and pitch - and a bit like Anderson at times.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well-produced album but it doesn't give anything new. Everybody plays their usual stuff that they have been doing in the last 20 years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by kpingvin
Great album and incredible production (on CD, but not on vinyl which is very disappointing). Played it to death! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Uncle Alf
This is the Japanese version with an extra track - a full length version of "Hour of need" with intro and solo.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer