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    Top 3 Alan White Yes albums

    So, what do you consider Alan's best three studio albums with Yes, which three albums carry his best drum performances in your view?

    #2
    hmm good question. I think purely from the perspective of his playing:

    1. Relayer
    2. Drama
    3. Tormato/Talk
    The Definitive YES Albums

    -The Yes Album-Fragile-Close to the Edge-Tales From Topographic Oceans-
    -Relayer-Going for the One-Drama-90125-Big Generator-Union-Talk-
    -The Ladder-Magnification-Fly From Here-The Quest-

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      #3
      Relayer, Topographic Oceans, Drama.
      (Going for the One would be fourth)

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        #4
        TFTO, Relayer, Drama

        Tormato would be my fourth, but Alan just fit in perfectly on TFTO, his debut. Monumental, on a monumental Yes album.
        Last edited by Yesed; 10-02-2022, 07:22 AM.

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          #5
          For me:

          01) Relayer
          02) Drama
          03) Big Generator

          I feel on Big Generator he had this combination of hitting big and hard, while also playing very intricate stuff. He is a real anchor on that album and to the music on it, moreso even than on some of the 70s albums.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Mr. Holland View Post
            For me:

            01) Relayer
            02) Drama
            03) Big Generator

            I feel on Big Generator he had this combination of hitting big and hard, while also playing very intricate stuff. He is a real anchor on that album and to the music on it, moreso even than on some of the 70s albums.
            Le bingo. I was thinking 90125 myself, but that might be more for the album itself, rather than focussing on Alan's playing/contributions (although I think I still like the songs Alan's contributed to writing on 90125 more). But an impeccably ordered list.

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              #7
              Nice thread to honor Alan on the day of his tribute concert, Arno.

              I would say Drama, Relayer and GFTO.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Homemade Parachute View Post

                Le bingo. I was thinking 90125 myself, but that might be more for the album itself, rather than focussing on Alan's playing/contributions (although I think I still like the songs Alan's contributed to writing on 90125 more). But an impeccably ordered list.
                Yes, 90125 certainly crossed my mind and I agree about the songs on there Alan contributed to. But indeed I waa looking for an answer from a playing point of view and BG just edges 90125 out in that respect IMO.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by madbear View Post
                  Relayer, Topographic Oceans, Drama.
                  (Going for the One would be fourth)
                  Exactly the same for me

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                    #10
                    I'll say:

                    1) Tales - good stuff to come into the Yes picture with. You don't really miss Bruford. Good rock/world drumming that feels right.
                    Check out: Ritual, The Ancient

                    2) Relayer - fusion chops, just great playing throughout. Love Relayer.
                    Check out: Sound Chaser

                    3) Drama, 90125 or Big Generator - pick one for me for my 3rd album, any one will do. Good rock drumming where he plays heavier in places like Neil Peart or Bonham but still has the nimble touch as well.
                    Check out: Big Generator, Does It Really Happen?, Changes, Shoot High Aim Low

                    Great Alan moments from all of these.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Mr. Holland View Post
                      For me:

                      01) Relayer
                      02) Drama
                      03) Big Generator

                      I feel on Big Generator he had this combination of hitting big and hard, while also playing very intricate stuff. He is a real anchor on that album and to the music on it, moreso even than on some of the 70s albums.
                      BG is my favorite Yes west album. The most underrated Yes album, Id say over the entire discography. Whether that's because of Alan, not sure. But maybe, it's such an innovative Yes album. I love the whole album, but Almost like Love is such fun Yes, you know they were in great form then.

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                        #12
                        After a little thought...I'm going with:

                        Relayer
                        Drama
                        Going For The One/Tormato

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                          #13
                          Drama, 90125, and Big Generator- any order.

                          "A lot of the heavier conversations I was having with Chris toward the end were about his desire for this thing to go forward. He kept reiterating that to me. [...] He kept telling me, 'No matter what happens, Yes needs to continue moving forward and make great music. So promise me that that's something you want to do.'. And I have to keep making music. It's just what I do. [...] I'm a fan of the band and I want to see it thrive and that means new music." -Billy Sherwood

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                            #14
                            Tales, Relayer, Yessongs
                            Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
                            Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip itโ€™s been.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Ash Armstrong View Post
                              Tales, Relayer, Yessongs
                              Ah, but I asked studio albums ๐Ÿ˜‰

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