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  • Yesed
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    The great Bob Marley, according to JA.

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  • Yesed
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    My Rastafarian brother in arms, the great Bob Marley.

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  • Yesed
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    Originally posted by bondegezou View Post

    I agree with everyone else: Yes had lots of influences and they'd all get mixed up. Howe doing some Atkins style picking, Bruford doing some jazz drumming, Anderson and Squire doing Everly Bros harmonies, Squire playing like McCartney, Anderson reading Hermann Hesse... But "Heart of the Sunrise" stands out for me as a piece that has a very clear influence: it's Yes trying to do a "21st Century Schizoid Man" or "In the Court of the Crimson King".
    When you hear it, you cant unhear it, in the best possible way. Its a healthy, yet subtle influence. HOTS was one of the top 5 first Yes songs I really got into as a young fan.

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  • bondegezou
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    Originally posted by Yesed View Post
    The first time JA saw King Crimson live he was rather impressed, and thought Yes needed to sound as good, at least technically. I've always thought Heart of the Sunrise sounded influenced by KC.
    I agree with everyone else: Yes had lots of influences and they'd all get mixed up. Howe doing some Atkins style picking, Bruford doing some jazz drumming, Anderson and Squire doing Everly Bros harmonies, Squire playing like McCartney, Anderson reading Hermann Hesse... But "Heart of the Sunrise" stands out for me as a piece that has a very clear influence: it's Yes trying to do a "21st Century Schizoid Man" or "In the Court of the Crimson King".

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  • Ash Armstrong
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    Originally posted by Sam I Am View Post
    Bonanza, certainly.
    If you're thinking of Yours is no Disgrace and Bruford's comment from YesYears about it, he was mistaken: the opening riff was inspired from The High Chaparral, not Bonanza, though both feature imposing white-haired men in the lead role, Leif Ericson in The High Chaparral, Lorne Green in Bonanza.

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  • Sam I Am
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    Bonanza, certainly.

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  • micpoc
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    Anderson has spoken about The 5th Dimension as being very influential on him, particularly the concept album The Magic Garden. I don't really "hear it" hear it, but I take his word for it.

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  • Soundwaveseeker
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    Actually I did forget Vanilla Fudge, and also 'new age' as a genre. I suppose I can throw in Kinks as well as Floyd.

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  • Yesed
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    Originally posted by Ceasar’s Palace View Post

    Wow, I thought you had it covered there, but I don’t see Vanilla Fudge in your list. (Unless they belong with psychedelia or West Coast/San Francisco?)
    Ill seconded, that is a great list. But I don't see the Kinks.

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  • Ceasar’s Palace
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    Originally posted by Soundwaveseeker View Post
    Yes influences are many, some blatant and some subliminal. Throughout the band 's history you can hear traces of:

    Beatles,
    Beach Boys,
    King Crimson,
    Sibelius,
    R&B/Stax/Motown,
    Lonnie Donegan,
    TV themes,
    psychedelia,
    cowboy music,
    AOR/hard rock,
    Stravinsky,
    Everly Brothers,
    Mahavishnu Orchestra,
    Kosmiche musik,
    Chuck Berry,
    The Association,
    film/soundtrack music,
    Chet Atkins,
    Elton John,
    Zappa,
    music concrete,
    hillbilly music,
    The Who,
    Simon & Garfunkel,
    electronic music,
    Bob Dylan,
    world music/ Native American music,
    Romantic period classical music,
    20th century period classical music,
    Santo & Johnny,
    new wave/post-punk,
    spiritual/church music,
    children's music/nursery rhymes,
    60's spy music,
    jazz/funk/fusion,
    Les Paul,
    minimalism,
    heavy metal,
    Eastern/mystical,
    The Nice,
    West Coast/San Francisco,
    nature sounds,
    and even a trace of hip-hop on 'State Of Play'.

    and probably more.

    All of this absorbed into the collective known as Yes, where it becomes part of the very fabric of its being.
    Wow, I thought you had it covered there, but I don’t see Vanilla Fudge in your list. (Unless they belong with psychedelia or West Coast/San Francisco?)

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  • alex peters
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    For JA the 1970's was his Ravi Shankar period

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  • Yesed
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    Originally posted by Gilly Goodness View Post
    Hillbilly music?

    Oh, wait.


    There was a hoedown section in the middle of Sound Chaser. Appalachian. Possibly Northern Kentucky.


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    I think your being Disillusional, that aint no Chet Atkins.

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  • Gilly Goodness
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    Hillbilly music?

    Oh, wait.


    There was a hoedown section in the middle of Sound Chaser. Appalachian. Possibly Northern Kentucky.


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  • Soundwaveseeker
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    Yes influences are many, some blatant and some subliminal. Throughout the band 's history you can hear traces of:

    Beatles,
    Beach Boys,
    King Crimson,
    Sibelius,
    R&B/Stax/Motown,
    Lonnie Donegan,
    TV themes,
    psychedelia,
    cowboy music,
    AOR/hard rock,
    Stravinsky,
    Everly Brothers,
    Mahavishnu Orchestra,
    Kosmiche musik,
    Chuck Berry,
    The Association,
    film/soundtrack music,
    Chet Atkins,
    Elton John,
    Zappa,
    music concrete,
    hillbilly music,
    The Who,
    Simon & Garfunkel,
    electronic music,
    Bob Dylan,
    world music/ Native American music,
    Romantic period classical music,
    20th century period classical music,
    Santo & Johnny,
    new wave/post-punk,
    spiritual/church music,
    children's music/nursery rhymes,
    60's spy music,
    jazz/funk/fusion,
    Les Paul,
    minimalism,
    heavy metal,
    Eastern/mystical,
    The Nice,
    West Coast/San Francisco,
    nature sounds,
    and even a trace of hip-hop on 'State Of Play'.

    and probably more.

    All of this absorbed into the collective known as Yes, where it becomes part of the very fabric of its being.

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  • Gilly Goodness
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    Playin' TIB as I type. A mighty,juicy slab of highly marbled prime Prog. A mighty beast. It is unrelentin'!

    Elsewhere on TQ I hear Local Hero by Knoppfler in the intro to Minus the Man. Christopher Cross in early parts of ALI and then Queen in the final minutes. Floyd in the languorous beauty that is DTK. Beatles in MT. As well as an Aussie band called Mental as Anything. ATOTT Genesis in intro to MTME.

    Quite a lot really. More influences than most YES albums. But that may come down to the fact that there are now more writers in the band than ever before. 4. Count 'em. 4. All with diverse interests. Oh. And Juano has been influenced by Lodge.

    She's got him dressin' and eatin' better 😋
    Last edited by Gilly Goodness; 04-15-2022, 02:33 PM.

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