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Bill Bruford's opinion on TFTO and Relayer?

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    Bill Bruford's opinion on TFTO and Relayer?

    When Bill left the band for King Crimson to go jazzier and darker, Yes did a couple of their most experimental albums themselves. Does anyone know what Bill has said about these two albums in particular?
    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-

    If I take a guess then he dislikes Tales and considers it a watered down double version of CTTE.
    He probably likes Relayer better, due to its jazzy leanings.

    But I’m just guessing. I know that he likes 90125, who would have guessed that?

    Btw I thought the main reason he left was because of the laborious recording methods.


      All I could find was this quote from 1980:

      Q: Since you've left Yes and other bands, have you continued to listen to their music, and could you make any comment on how it's turned out? Such as, let's say, the Relayer album that Yes has done.

      BB: I don't know that one, actually. I've heard a bit of Drama, which sounds like what it is -- an effort to get back to how it used to be -- which I always think is a very dangerous thing. It's the sort of thing you do in marriages [laughter], and it goes very badly, usually, when you try and grasp something that you thought you once had.

      As far as I know, he didn't always keep up with the albums Yes made after his departure. I remember him saying that he hadn't heard Going for the One until he had to learn Awaken (which he praised highly) for the Union tour.


        Having moved on to King Crimson, I doubt he looked back much at his former berth, or what they did after his departure. He's never struck me as someone who does that. As a serious-minded and professional chap I suspect his attention was wholly on the job in hand.
        He's said in an interview since his retirement that he doesn't like going to concerts: if it's not good he wants to leave soon after arriving, and if it's good he wants to join in. The same is likely true of listening to records.
        Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
        Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.


          He's a jazzer, and never got stuck in one musical situation for too long. Not the nostalgic type, I gather from interviews and his autobiography. He moved on quickly from job to job and didn't look back at it often except maybe for reference. The job at hand was always his interest. I would say he didn't follow what his old band were doing at the time of Tales/Relayer, probably out of sheer disinterest as well as being busy with Crimson and other work, rather avoiding it. He probably by now heard something from those albums but maybe doesn't have a major opinion on them. It's like, nobody is checking out what their old girlfriend is up to when you're in a better relationship. Artists can be a little either cagey or diplomatic when talking about an album their former band did after the artist left - "Oh, I've never heard it...".

          I wonder if Bruford had heard any Yes material since he left where he said "hmm, I could have played that this way or done that on this bit or that if I was the drummer".


            I recall once reading that Chris Squire was asked about Olias. "Never heard it!" he replied.