I relisten to Asia Minor atm. Horn contributed production, songwriting and even chart success to the next version of Yes, Downes went on to co-create Asia and John "Bluto" Blutarsky married Mandy Pepperidge and became a US senator. "I guess Two Sides of Peter Banks is one of these nexts. BA1 1UA. Besides, Howe, Squire and White demonstrated that Yes could survive … Would be more interesting if this lineup had stuck together, who knows what could've happened. I cant help but think about album Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe which is already reviewed by Divaman. Yes - 'Drama' 4 stars. Then come three pop whoppers in a row, reminding me more than anything of the Police (which is fine by me) both in Sting-like vocal delivery and Andy Sumners-like guitar playing. I would recommend this album to anyone that likes Yes or to anyone that is just getting into them. As strange and paradoxical as it may seem, an improbable album like "Drama" was able to unite most of the Yes fans. Some of the material is the best that Yes ever created but Horn's not quite Jon Anderson soundalike vocals spoils it somewhat. Are they worth checking? Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Drama - Yes on AllMusic - 1980 - For this one album, ex-Buggles Geoffrey Downes… 40. Price:-OK. Free Shipping & Up More. I noticed the latter after listening to the live album Yesshows, which was released after Drama but recorded on previous tours, before the lineup changes. Does It Really Happen? Chris Burkill: I struggled with Yes until this album. I get that the band didn't want to just completely abandon their prog roots so quickly, but this album really shines when it just tries to be a solid rock album. Prime cuts include the doom-laden Machine Messiah and the manic ska inflections of Tempus Fugit. I just can't consider calling a band without Jon Anderson Yes..So coming into this album I took an approach of this album being a band that had members of Yes and the Buggles.and man, was I impressed! Try It seems to me almost a real miracle. Album Rating: 4.0I absolutely agree with you Diva. Chris Squire chatting about the new Yes album Drama,Jon and Rick Leaving, Trevor and Geoff joining, playing the bass, the song Don't Kill The Whale, the … Fortunately (or not) the release date was around my 17th birthday and two mates offered me the choice of the new Yes or Tygers of Pan Tang. I think the list is complete and many of the reviews are finished or almost finished. Howe provides some of the heaviest guitar parts of his career and Squire romps across the mix with a frenzy of loping bass runs. Album Rating: 4.0All those things you mentioned are in my plans, and bit more. Cheers and patience. I still don’t like Yes. 2 in the UK and No. Oh well. Tempus Fugit is the standout track, but Machine Messiah and Does It Really Happen are better than I remember. Billy Master: At the time of release, I was very much in the "No Anderson, No Yes" camp, and refused to even listen to it. "Drama exceeded all expectations and doesn’t become on a true drama. Unfortunately, the following track, Into The Lens is really quite bad. doesn’t mind synth-heavy, new wave-infused prog and b.) This one is as good as any of them up to that point to my ear. The sound of a band with something to prove and they accomplished this with ease. Sign up below to get the latest from Classic Rock, plus exclusive special offers, direct to your inbox! MASTERPIECE Drama is definitely a favorite of mine that I wish others saw to be as good as it really is. Thanks, my friend. But seems that you finally caught me. I like to think in a big scale. But in hindsight, both myself and Trevor were musicians, not pop guys. "There was so much tension around. Heck, I didn't even know who the Buggles were until MTV used Video Killed the Radio Star as its call to action a couple of years after the song came out. Does It Really Happen is my favourite. A guide to Yes: biography, discography, reviews, links. But, I declined that. Of course, yet with Yes, but with some different perspectives of the band, but especially of the different music careers of the different band's members all over the years. A true transitional record, Drama is a hint of what Yes was capable of when ego is kept in check and drama is left out of the studio. 9/10. Enter, The Buggles. The bassline is so killer and groovy when matched with that catchy synth melody. 4. I think you must have more two or three months of waiting. Yes would eventually follow Drama with 90125, which I think is one of the most underrated albums ever and certainly a better collection of songs than this one. “Drama” has the different but beautiful voice of Horn and the new keyboard sound of Downes. Trevor Horn's unease was palpable. Yes Drama Tour 1980 Jim Ladd Innerview Radio Broadcast 1980 21 Minutes. I'm shocked I've never heard the expression Yeggles before. "I feel like I've been at least one album behind for your whole Yes series e21" 1. In conclusion, Drama is a transition album for both Yes and prog rock in general. Besides, Howe, Squire and White demonstrated that Yes could survive without Anderson. Lol. I also really like the Drama rendition from Topographic - Drama Live Across America with Jon Davison on vocals. The history of rock, one album at a time. Pontus Norshammar: I love this albums. Indeed, this album borrows its title from their … Into the Lens probably could've been a little shorter, but it works. You're absolutely right. Holy Hammond organ Batman, listen to those keyboards - it is a new decade! But, this is what I am. It displays a lot of the same influences and aspirations of other great prog albums released at the time, and contains some of the best guitar and bass lines Steve Howe and Chris Squire ever recorded. But, yes, you’re right, it didn’t happen. Bath The man can sing any Yes songs comfortably. But, they don't belong to my plans about Yes. Even without Jon Anderson, it's still Yes to my ears. Does It Really Happen may be the hidden gem on an album full of them, probably the album's defining track. Marco LG: I like Drama a lot, it’s an album I have been familiar with for many years now. But, for the time, Drama took big risks, and I can appreciate that. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.co.uk. It was time for a new sound, and Drama delivers. Not sure what to make of Man in a White Car, with its Wire-like song length, except to wish it were longer and to think that it makes perfect sense that Trevor Horn went into music production full-time (Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Welcome to the Pleasuredome being my favourite). There was a problem. Especially because the guitar work of Steve Howe on Drama is so majestic it makes me forget (and forgive in fact) all the keyboard sounds that didn’t age well and the early synthesiser effects which were about to become so prominent in 90125. No other Yes album rocks as hard as this album. Artwork included. This was definitely a 'different' sound for the band, but it was still unmistakably Yes. Home > reviews > Men's Clothing > "yes drama" 1,046 Results . Got it when it came out 40 years ago, and it doesn’t disappoint. Label: Rhino. It being 1980s England though, I certainly wasn’t going to get to hear this record on the radio, and my few Yes-loving friends had all outright refused to buy this sacrilege. I'm amazed that this album is more controversial than 90125 though, you'd figure prog purists would have had more issues with that? 4.0 out of 5 stars Yes making a Drama out of a crisis. Yes weren't for me, but this, for me, is a beaut. Tempus Fugit. Listen to the original by Yes on a online video of the full Drama album and bought it right away. This is a classic improv game that teaches the value of accepting each others ideas and cooperating with one another. Album Rating: 4.0I feel like I've been at least one album behind for your whole Yes series e21, and now I've finally caught up with you! Oh, and I see you just rated it, so yes. An improbable album from an improbable line up. Album Rating: 4.0There are lots of both Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe's solo material from the start. You'll see. So there is an argument that Drama is the last ‘proper’ prog album from Yes. I found it much more accessible. The line up only produced one album (until the recent Fly From Here: Return Trip) - after which Howe and Downes left to perform AOR as Asia, while Jon Anderson returned (alongside Tony Kaye on keyboards), joined by Trevor Rabin, to produce a full on AOR Yes album in 90125. It's true. Read more. They skip between commercial and rock and you're never far from either. Geoff Downes and Steve Howe became founding members of Asia and enjoyed huge success in their own right. They were awful. The general acknowledgment is that Yes became a pop band with 90125, but Drama is really where the transformation started, with much better results in my opinion. Verified Purchase. Machine Messiah holds its own in the realm of Yes epics, with the most guitar dominance on one since Yours Is No Disgrace. Chris Squire and Steve Howe upped their game in response to the new arrivals and the whole album sounded fresh (and still does). Maybe that is evidence that a change in a simpler direction was needed, but what's striking is how perfectly balanced Drama is between the simplicity of pop and the refinement of prog. But in the process, "Drama" has been sorely overlooked. It is the first Yes album without vocalist Jon Anderson. I was completely unaware that changes had taken place in the band, yet being a fan of Yes, I bought it right away when it was released. Drama is the best studio album without one of their classic lines up. Thank you for signing up to Classic Rock. Quality A. Genres: Progressive Rock, Symphonic Prog. Initially I thought to include their album "Culture Of Ascent", since Jon Anderson participates on two tracks of the album with his vocals. Good review mate, I'm curious where you will go from here. It was really an amazing and contradictory thing but I think it helped keep Yes' fans in the fold, indeed. (Music Street Journal). The band shot music videos for "Into the Lens" and "Tempus Fugit", both of them mimed live performances with minimal visual effects. Take the classic Yes sound, and update it for the new wave era, this is what you get. And many think, as I do think too, that "Drama" is the last true classic album from Yes, despite the great quality of some later works. Temps Fugit rocks! Machine Messiah rocks hard, and Tempus Fugit is one of my favourite Yes songs. I still enjoy listening to it, and even after trying all the others, it's still the Yes album I turn to. Once the very proggy intro is done, Into the Lens is closer to pure pop but it least it’s good pop, embellished occasionally by Steve Howe and Chris Squire. White Car isn't much of anything, but it doesn't hurt anything either. A disastrous tour (whether it was Trevor Horn’s lack of range, confidence and charisma or a hostile Yes audience is a debate to be had, I’m guessing) and it was over. By the following year Yes had cracked and splintered. Tempis Fugit was great, I’ll give you that, but the rest, as they say up here in Scotland, was ‘keech.’ And before anyone goes on about the musical prowess and technicality of the arrangements, which is in no doubt, I would much rather listen to Weather Report, John McLaughlin and Zappa before I listen to Yes again. That is the idea behind "Yes or No" to make it understand if it impacts, introduce an opinion without being invasive, the protagonists are incredible, the chemistry in the cameras freight was the best. Despite all those points mentioned by you, Yes were still alive and kicking very hard. Run Through the Light hardly sounds like Yes, but it's good. Drama remains the only Yes album I’ve ever loved. And that left bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White trying to figure out what do do next. I prefer it when Yes go long and the lengthier songs are the highlights here. – but that's another story. We can't say the same about Trevor Horn who apparently vocally ruined the classic Yes songs during the Drama tour. About Glass Hammer, I like the band very much. Sounds quite dated in aces, definitely has that 80s feel to it, but not at all as bad as I remember it. And that's what Yes were at their best (as on most of Going for the One): Melodic, catchy, pop songs with bells on. Lol. It wasn't. SD 16019; Vinyl LP). Having previously been a Yes tolerator rather than a fan may have had something to do with this, but I was quite fascinated how the very synthetic, glossy pop sounds the chart-topping Buggles were pedalling would sit next to the epitome of non-commercial Yes’ more natural, rambling 1970s approach. Drama has the different but beautiful voice of Horn and the new keyboard sound of Downes. Even so and against all odds, "Drama", somehow, has become a classic album too. Review Summary: Ironic as it is due to the absences of both Wakeman and especially Anderson, Drama is the last truly great Yes album. Vocalist Trevor Horn was on an upward trajectory as a producer. Lol. Man in a White Car Lyrics. Anyway, I know the album since it was released, very well. 8/10. I’d done a Buggles session, and it was Trevor Horn who roped me into the Yes camp to help out. This was Yes reinvented but still sounding like Yes. Into the Lens Yes Topographic Drama – Live Across America Rhino Records Formed in 1968, Yes is a band that interestingly has no original members left in the band. I chose... the Tygers. Maybe a bit megalomaniac, perhaps. Despite this, a friend coerced me into going to see them live, which I did. Album Rating: 3.5Nice review again, e. This is an album that's near and dear to my heart. Join the Album Of The Week Club on Facebook to join in. Rated #316 in the best albums of 1980. Man In A White Car is a nice little interlude, but there really isn't much to be said about it. The epic (Machine Messiah) is still there but it has a very sleek and metallic sound. Yes became a much leaner band in the 80s with the influence of Rabin, and has since experienced a high turnover in personal changes. (AllMusic), "Why this album was panned in 1980, I'll never know. Album Rating: 4.0Nice review dude. MASTERPIECE Drama is definitely a favorite of mine that I wish others saw to be as good as it really is. And if so it's not a bad one to draw a line under. (Sputnik Music), "A newly emboldened Chris Squire lays down aggressive rhythms with Alan White, and Steve Howe eschews his usual acoustic rags and flamenco licks for a more metallic approach, opting for sheets of electric sound. A bit of Police influence (Sting has got a lot to answer for) on some of the shorter songs, I get the feeling they always had an eye on the charts. I think Trevor Horn sounds great here, and it's the first time throughout Drama where I don't ever think of Jon Anderson. Mike Hayes: I really like this album! Both brought a new sound to Yes. Machine Messiah starts out heavy and impresses me... at first. Sorry guys, not a classic to me. The music was exciting, the playing was spot on, and it did still have some prog elements. Run Through the Light Deluxe remastered edition of this curious version of Yes that featured the two members of The Buggles - Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn. "Into the Lens" was released as the album's sole single in 1980. But this album hits a nice sweet Spot. Looking at all the 4.0, it seems we have come to an album where we almost all agree. I'm only familiar with Glass Hammer albums till their tenth studio album "Three Cheers From The Broken-Hearted" and Davison only appears on their eleventh "If". I got on well with Steve Howe and Alan White. One of the interesting things is that on "Drama", they seem to have speeded up Horn's vocals to make him sound more like Anderson, and I think it helped keep Yes fans in the fold. Lol. Scott Spalding: I love this album! But, meanwhile, my friend, you must be a very bit more patient. Nigel Lancashire: When the Buggles boys (who contrary to popular belief, aren’t three dog-faced crooks constantly trying to rob Scrooge McDuck) were drafted in to replace Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman, rather than being appalled, I was intrigued. My intention was to bring some really nice or even great prog music which were still being made in the same year of "Drama", 1980, the begining of the worst decade to prog. Very clever, very clever indeed! I confess I'm not very accustomed with the voice of Jon Davison. Adam Ranger: Not heard this for so long. Of course, it couldn’t last. It is an interesting “transitional” album—pointing the way to both Asia and (IMHO) the much better Yes of 90125. Louder is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Hello, Sign in. Ian Kingston: The last great Yes album. In a so extensive and somehow very complete voyage through the wonderful world of Yes, it would be a big failure noyt to include the debut solo album of Banks. It would be a shame not to do that. Machine Messiah, Into The Lens, Does It Really Happen and Tempus Fugit are all faves in my Yes book. Till that moment, I'm going to published several other things about Yes. Yes entered the 1980s with a new lineup and a renewed compositional approach. Album Rating: 4.0Patience my friend, patience. Visit our corporate site. Even if all of the songs are not too great, I still think it's a successful album. © Features Song Lyrics for Yes's Drama album. I'm very glad that you could see my intention with my choices on the recomendation section. Despite Trevor Horn tried too hard to sing like Anderson, and Geoff Downes is miles away from the Wakeman's wisardry, Yes were still alive and kicking. On Yesshows, the old joke about a prog band releasing 20 minutes songs so that each member could have his solo moment, seems to come alive – albeit in a good way. Drama is not only an interesting sample of 'progressive' rock, but features a bit of ironic wit as well. Can't wait." Oh, and I see you just rated it, so yes. Not at all sure that the "Yeggles" tag is  fair: this is definitely a Yes Album. Buy Drama. It's still a good balance between the new direction and their old days of prog, but I think it still feels a little lost in direction. Unsurprisingly, my friends being dicks, I got Yes. In early 1980, after rehearsing music for the follow-up to the tepidly-received Tormato, both Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman … Mike Knoop: I didn't listen to this album until twenty years after it was released, so all the *ahem* drama regarding personnel changes was long over. The film is subtle, has an unmistakable lightness, no nudity and sex scenes, just a few kisses and hugs. Listening to all those heavy prog albums in a row can be a little exhausting. Album Rating: 4.0Thanks pal. What can I do? Tempus Fugit is a pretty good rocker with nice guitar riffs and synths. Featured peformers: Trevor Horn (vocals, songwriting), Steve Howe (guitar, backing vocals, songwriting), Geoffrey Downes (keyboard, vocoder, songwriting), Chris Squire (bass, backing vocals, songwriting), Alan … Iain Macaulay: In the interests of a having a balanced set of comments here. Can't wait ;) England and Wales company registration number 2008885. Besides, 40 reviews is a very impressive and a big number, don't you think? I wouldn't rank this album up with masterworks like The Yes Album, Fragile, Close To The Edge and Going For The One, but it's worth giving listens to every now and then. You know, my really inttention is reviewing albums where the different members of Yes participated as solo or members of other projects as effective members and not as guests. As could be said about many, if not all of their progressive rock kin, things weren’t running quite so smoothly for Yes towards the end of the 70’s. Great stuff! 7.5/10. Because you never know. Does It Really Happen? Please refresh the page and try again. Album Rating: 4.0it was really unexpected that the remained Yes members merged with a pop formation would give another clever prog effort. Tempus Fugit rounds up almost everything heard on the album, all in 5 minutes, which was almost unheard of on a Yes album. Elaborate as it is complex, commercial as it is heavy. But the classic Yes feel is still there. Very soon you'll see. YES Drama music review by ZowieZiggy. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. For Topographic Drama – Live Across America, guitarist Steve Howe (who joined the band in 1970) and drummer Alan White (who joined in 1972) are the oldest members from Yes’ glory days. Besides, Howe, Squire and White demonstrated that Yes could survive without Anderson. Some tracks are reminiscent of what Rush were to become in the mid 80s. Their classic era began with "The Yes Album" and ended with "Tormato", the era of their two classic lines up. Besides my CD copy, I own my old vinyl copy bought to a classmate in those times. And what about Glass Hammer? doesn’t mind synth-heavy, new wave-infused prog and b.) 2. Have a pos. Drama has the different but beautiful voice of Horn and the new keyboard sound of Downes. Wakeman returned to Yes for Going For The One (1977), that contains Turn Of The Century, Wonderous Stories and the 15-minute Awaken.Tormato (1978), on the other hand, is flat and bland, despite the hit Don't Kill The Whale.The format of Yes' compositions had changed dramatically, retreating from the super-human suite to the pop song. This early '80's album is one of the best band ever done, even for some purists the Yes is no Yes without Anderson. It’s just that our opportunity came to make pop music and we took it.”, “It was full of dramas, engineer Hugh Padgam said. So, I've great expectations with his voice and I'm glad that you are telling me that he has a great voice and he is abble to sing all Yes' songs. I do like prog but Rush are the only band I'm really passionate about. Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. Listening to Drama now, it sounds like what a lot of prog bands (Rush, Genesis, the Moody Blues come to mind) were doing at the time; mainly, incorporating more new wave and pop elements into their music to stay relevant in the increasingly flashy and commercial 1980s. Drama was released on 18 August 1980. You're absolutely right. Yeah, it seems I'm a too bit fast for you. Sure, there were pop elements mixed in with the progressive stuff but back in 1980, this was unique and exciting." were replacing Anderson and Wakeman, but the change really worked. White Car Album Rating: 4.0Like happens with Jethro, as you have finished the reviews of the studio albums of Yes, I am also curious about what is coming next. John Edgar: This one came as quite a surprise when first released. Apparently, they just weren't meant to do it together. John Davidson: After the relatively disappointing Tormato, it wasn’t a surprise to discover that Rick Wakeman had once again left the band, but the absence of their iconic singer Jon Anderson was surely going to shake things up. “Obviously when we first joined Yes there was a huge outcry from the diehard Yes fans," Downes told us. Yes Drama (styled as yes Drama and formerly called yes stars Drama) is an Israeli television channel carried by the Israeli satellite television provider - yes, which broadcasts American, British, Canadian and Israeli TV shows of the dramas, lifestyle and reality genres. "The idea of a couple of interlopers from the pop world suddenly stepping into this revered band. Bill Griffin: Excellent album. Shane Reho: Is this album underrated or what? I know you already reviewed Journey to the Center of the Earth and Fish Out of Water. Check out the original Buggles version of I Am A Camera. That was that for 20 years. I grow weary of it halfway through. Both brought a new sound to Yes. Decent songs, played well and with more guitar than normal. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer, Ritchie Blackmore summoned Baal, the pagan god of war, during a Rainbow studio session, and it didn’t end well, Listen to Guns N’ Roses play Sweet Child O’ Mine for the very first time, Dave Grohl edits the new issue of Classic Rock - and it's out now, The battle for Van Halen: how Sammy Hagar triumphed over Dave Lee Roth, No One Knows by Queens Of The Stone Age: The story behind the song, The Michael Schenker Group - The Michael Schenker Group, Doc at the Radar Station - Captain Beefheart, Reach for the Sky - The Allman Brothers Band, Xanadu - Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra. You did some good choice in the recommended section. It’s far heavier than other Yes albums. During it’s 2016 tour, Yes played its 1980 album Drama in its entirety. And damn is it good. Check out Drama by Yes on Amazon Music. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2004 Cinram Pressing CD release of Drama on Discogs. In reality, "Drama" is a very special album for the band because it represents the end of an era and the begining of other. It's classic rock. Not having to listen to Anderson’s weird East Lancs rolled ‘r’ pronunciation was a blessing for a start, but what was a real shock was how much I liked this new version of Yes’s brevity. Though neither were the classic line up, nor the classic sound of the peak years, Drama is my favorite Yes album.

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