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    #16
    Saw Benoit twice with Yes. He was great both times. Loved his tenure in the band.

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      #17
      Originally posted by pianozach View Post
      Benoit, as a one-off album vocalist, never really worked WITH Sherwood in Yes did he?
      That's correct to the best of my knowledge, and I alluded to it in the post you're replying to. However, I don't think that Billy necessarily has pre-existing working relationships with everyone he asks to contribute to a song on the Prog Collective albums or some of the other albums where he has a lot of guest contributors.

      I'm sure Billy or his agent could get ahold of Benoit's contact information if they wanted to. I'm not sure they want to or that Benoit would agree to do something, but I'd love to hear him singing lead on a Billy Sherwood song with a rock band type sound backing him up.
      "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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        #18
        Originally posted by Kevin W View Post
        Saw Benoit twice with Yes. He was great both times. Loved his tenure in the band.
        Agree wholeheartedly. I like (or liked) him better than JD. Was a shame his voice couldn’t handle the strain.

        I also think the band did him a great disservice by re-recording FFH. Felt that was disrespectful. Although I understand business is business.

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          #19
          Contrary to a lot of people here (apparently) I can say I was more than a little relieved when Benoit's tenure with the band ended.

          His presence and unstability and unreliability during concerts actually prevented me from going to Yes concerts when he was in the band. I did listen to quite a few bootlegs from the concerts in those days, also at the time, and to my memory and ears there wasn't a single one where he didn't either crack a couple of times or his pitching was off or both. In my view he really wasn't up to the task. When, in 2012, I heard the recordings of the first concerts (Australian tour) with Jon Davison, I remember breathing sighs of relief. Not only because of the vocals, singing, but also because I thought the instability of Benoit and the worries, certainly on that last Euro tour in 2011, influenced both Chris' and Steve's performances in a negative way. It was as if they couldn't fully focus on their own performances, because they were trying to keep the whole thing on track as much as possible. Those first concerts with Davison, to me it felt and sounded like Chris and Steve were finally freed from those chains, that they could finally move and play free again.

          I'm sure, from all the accounts, that Benoit David is a wonderful and lovely person and I do love his singing in Mystery, and feel he was great there. But to me he was an ill fit for Yes.

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            #20
            Originally posted by Gtkgasman View Post

            I also think the band did him a great disservice by re-recording FFH. Felt that was disrespectful. Although I understand business is business.
            Me too. Not only was it a disservice, but in general I think FFH is better than Return Trip anyway. Forgetting the vocals for a moment, even the musical changes don't work for me. Trevor Horn is smart, but he's not infallible. The only songs I like better on Return Trip are Sad Night at the Airfield and Madman at the Screen.

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              #21
              I wrote Benoit after listening to the From a Page tracks. I told him how great I thought they were. He said credit should go to Oliver. I told him it must be bittersweet with how things turned out but he should be proud of his contributions to the band. He said that comment went right to his heart. He's a nice guy...

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                #22
                I saw Yes with Benoit three times, Newcastle in 2009 and Sheffield and Glasgow in 2011. He was great on all three occasions. My biggest beef in 2009 was that Oliver was too low in the mix. Check out the Fly from Here tour set list from 2011 if you've any doubt of how much of a new album the band might play. They were corkers!

                I know he had voice issues, but Benoit's tenure in the band was nothing but positive from where I stand, recorded music and tours attended.

                Bravo, my wee Canuck!

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by Davy View Post
                  Me too. Not only was it a disservice, but in general I think FFH is better than Return Trip anyway. Forgetting the vocals for a moment, even the musical changes don't work for me. Trevor Horn is smart, but he's not infallible.
                  To this day, I can't understand why anyone thought Return Trip was worth doing. To me, it's a straight downgrade in every possible way. Inferior vocals, questionable mixing decisions, an additional track that ought to have stayed on the cutting room floor, and a horribly over-compressed mastering job that sucks all life and dynamic range out of the music. The Benoit version will always be definitive in my view.

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by OnwardToSunhillow View Post

                    To this day, I can't understand why anyone thought Return Trip was worth doing. To me, it's a straight downgrade in every possible way. Inferior vocals, questionable mixing decisions, an additional track that ought to have stayed on the cutting room floor, and a horribly over-compressed mastering job that sucks all life and dynamic range out of the music. The Benoit version will always be definitive in my view.
                    I agree, the original version with Benoit is definitive for me as well, and I like his performance just fine. I do see maybe some of the personal reasons Trevor H may have had to make Return Trip, and I don't mind kicking a few buck his/their way for RT, even if I don't listen to it often, and don't consider any of its changes to be improvements (in most cases, detriments). But hey, he wrote most of the words, he can do what he wants.

                    What I really didn't like are the insulting comments he made about Benoit, likely not intended as harshly as they seem, regarding him, being French Canadian, not understanding the intricacy of Yes lyrics… My dude, "And we can fly from here, and we can fly from here", T.S. Eliot it ain't. Giving him shit for not grokking the words is probably no different from listeners giving him shit for not grokking Anderson's purple fucking wolfhounds back in the day, either, and it was wrong then as now. We'd have some pretty fucking short setlists if this was the case…

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