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  • Chrisklenox
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    1- Drama - perfect
    2- The Quest - fresh, nice production. Feels good
    3- Fly From Here - brilliant, but side b lacks focus
    4- Tormato - Circus of Heaven sank this one to 4 for me even though I love the rest
    Last edited by Chrisklenox; 05-06-2022, 06:29 PM.

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  • Soundchaser413
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    The op had it right imo:

    Tormato
    Drama
    FFH
    The Quest

    Tormato because I like the vibe and it has Jon Anderson on it. Drama is great because of the musicianship and rhythm section. Also, Geoff and Trevor H. add something fresh to the Yes sound. FFH is very good and I enjoy the FFH suite in particular. The Quest has yet to grow on me (I've only heard it a few times so far though).
    Last edited by Soundchaser413; 05-05-2022, 06:01 PM.

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  • Yesed
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    Originally posted by A Venture View Post
    Tormato - for me, a strong album at the end of the classic period , production is 'busy' , but it is Yes and it always reminds me of wonderful Wembley '78. If Roger had designed the cover, the fans would give it more love !
    Drama - clean, strong album, well produced, punchy and , boy, what drama when it came out ! Real determination to stay relevant and be Yes. Touring with Trevor and Geoff just the week before Jon's solo tour - a very weird time for us fans, but wonderful looking back
    FFH - strong suite and other songs /ideas from the Drama period - great production , always liked Benoit's vocals
    The Quest - patchy - a step up from H&E, but a step down from FFH
    Thats my order as well, pretty much my reasoning. I think Tormato and Drama were taken for granted for a long time and are much more appreciated now. Imagine getting albums of that quality now?
    If I were to rank them with Sam I Am's type of illustration, I think..

    Tormato
    Drama

    FFH



    The Quest

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  • Oldie on the Goldie
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    I find FFH to be the best overall album of these, however there are songs such as OTSWOF on Tormato and MM on Drama that I enjoy far more than anything on FFH, so I find it very hard to rank them in any meaningful way. I can't get into TQ so it would be ranked last in any case.

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  • A Venture
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    Tormato - for me, a strong album at the end of the classic period , production is 'busy' , but it is Yes and it always reminds me of wonderful Wembley '78. If Roger had designed the cover, the fans would give it more love !
    Drama - clean, strong album, well produced, punchy and , boy, what drama when it came out ! Real determination to stay relevant and be Yes. Touring with Trevor and Geoff just the week before Jon's solo tour - a very weird time for us fans, but wonderful looking back
    FFH - strong suite and other songs /ideas from the Drama period - great production , always liked Benoit's vocals
    The Quest - patchy - a step up from H&E, but a step down from FFH
    Last edited by A Venture; 05-05-2022, 03:17 PM.

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  • Yesed
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    Originally posted by Sam I Am View Post
    Tormato - first side pretty good
    FFH - couple of good songs





    Drama - Machine Messiah pretty OK




    The Quest - no thanks
    Clever, ...though I would adjust the order a bit.

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  • Yesed
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    Originally posted by Mr. Holland View Post

    OTSWOF is a strange song, in that for me it both shows what makes/made Yes great, as well as why Yes was falling apart at the time. The intro from Chris and Alan is brilliant, some great vocals as well and good melody, as the best Yes music. But also, certainly towards the end, a manifestation of ego's with Steve and Rick seemingly trying to outplay each other speed wise, with the rhythm section also trying to get on top, resulting in a cacophony of sound, almost as if the imploding that was about to happen was put to music.

    Drama to me feels like real team work, an effort where everyone gives each other room to shine and bring his best. It's tight, and in contrast to OTSWOF, there's not a note too much, every note counts.
    Well, Rick does seem to have to get his last licks in there on Silent Wings, ahead of Steve's, doesnt he. lol. Ill say its a nice segue going into The Lens. It could have happened, it seems, with Jon, as evidenced.

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  • Somis Sound
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    1. Drama- I love it from start to finish
    2. FFH- I can listen to the whole album and absolutely love the FFH suite
    3. Tormato- Some Yes classics and a few songs I always skip
    4. The Quest- Don't love any of it

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  • Chris2210
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    Originally posted by yamishogun View Post

    So CTTE is a very short, thick album?
    CttE is not one of my absolute favourites, but yes it’s thick in the sense the content is pretty dense and very widely acknowledged as a groundbreaking classic. The ‘lightest’ track on there does interesting and innovative things (for a rock band) with rhythm.

    Drama is unique and innovative in its way, blending metal and Buggles style gimmickry. I think of it as a cheese grater. While I’m partial to all sorts of mouse-bait, that’s on the plate rather than the platter.

    That sounds too self-satisfied for its own good.

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  • yamishogun
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    Originally posted by Chris2210 View Post
    Key here is short, thin album. MM and odd bits of ItL aside it’s pretty light fare. Tempus Fugit has never struck me as much more than thrusting pop and MiaWC aside I can’t even think what else is on it. That means it’s just really forgettable. For me of course. If others find depths I can’t hear that’s my loss I suppose. My POV is that the depth just isn't there.
    So CTTE is a very short, thick album?

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  • Chris2210
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    Key here is short, thin album. MM and odd bits of ItL aside it’s pretty light fare. Tempus Fugit has never struck me as much more than thrusting pop and MiaWC aside I can’t even think what else is on it. That means it’s just really forgettable. For me of course. If others find depths I can’t hear that’s my loss I suppose. My POV is that the depth just isn't there.

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  • rabin105
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    now From a page is a nice short but fun album


    It's crazy to think Aliens Credit Carnival and Second initial would of push that album above Drama's length

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  • yamishogun
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    Originally posted by pianozach View Post

    OMG. You're right.


    36:30 Drama
    37:45 CttE
    38:43 GFtO
    39:08 TaaW
    40:09 Relayer
    40:56 TYA
    40:57 Tormato
    Ain't time strange? heh. Until a few years ago when I looked it up, I would have said Drama is a short but great album.

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  • pianozach
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    Originally posted by yamishogun View Post

    Close to the Edge is only a minute longer than Drama and Going For the One is only two minutes longer.
    Relayer is three minutes longer than the very short Drama.

    TFTO is a mere 44 minutes longer.
    OMG. You're right.


    36:30 Drama
    37:45 CttE
    38:43 GFtO
    39:08 TaaW
    40:09 Relayer
    40:56 TYA
    40:57 Tormato

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  • yamishogun
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    Originally posted by Chris2210 View Post
    Tormato.
    Drama. A very short, thin album.
    Close to the Edge is only a minute longer than Drama and Going For the One is only two minutes longer.
    Relayer is three minutes longer than the very short Drama.

    TFTO is a mere 44 minutes longer.

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