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  • 10 From Alan

    Well. Nothing to say, really, except to celebrate Alan's lifetime of performance, ten highlights that I'll always carry with me and for which I'm eternally grateful. Only one non-Yes song, as I never explored Circa:, White or his other appearances too much (naturally this is on me). But what a legacy.
    1. Yours is No Disgrace (Yessongs) - I've said before, inject this into my veins. Just the best version of this classic song for which I will brook no discussion or dissent.
    2. It Can Happen - My favourite song from 90125.
    3. I'm Running - What an overlooked classic that should have been huge, huger, hugest. Hugest.
    4. In the Presence Of - Alan is credited with piano on the album, and this is just a late period masterpiece showing the band could still find new sounds.
    5. The Calling - Just a huge drum sound that shakes my rib cage every time.
    6. Sound Chaser - Naturally.
    7. Be The One - The opening notes, what an announcement that "We're back." The rest of the song is pretty spiff too.
    8. No Warning Lights - From Levin/White/Torn, could have been a Crimson ProjeKct, but isn't. A strange, strange album, but some monster drumming here.
    9. Hour of Need
    10. Where Will You Be - Two from the gentler side, but gorgeous in their execution, their shuffle and rhythm. A side of Yes we could use more of. Slow or mid-temple isn't boring, not at all…
    If I have any conclusions at all, it's that Alan could be showy, he could be subtle, he could be knotty and intricate or (deceptively) straightforward, but he always, *always* served the song.

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    Watchin' number 4 now. Alan front of stage playin' the beautiful melody on piano. Chris and Jon singin'. Steve strummin'. Timeless. Immortal. Truly beautiful.

    What a stunnin' song. So many climaxes. It's almost exhaustin'!

    Now watchin' the Montreaux version with Rick.

    Last edited by Gilly Goodness; 05-26-2022, 03:47 PM.