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    Garden from the living tree a yes song

    recently listening to an oliver wakeman interview from last month and he said "On the Close to the edge and back tour Jon wanted to do Garden which came out ion the living tree...


    so for fans of this song would you have wanted that to be a yes song?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V10SsI_R_Fs

    the song in question
    Last edited by rabin105; 05-05-2022, 12:05 PM.

    #2
    ugh i always found that track to be weak, the living tree was a bit disappointing overall tbh... Morning Star was quite good
    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
      I’ve listened to that album maybe 3 times, just to make sure I wasn’t missing anything.
      That was enough.

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        #4
        Very dull tune and insipid lyrics, completely forgettable. There, I've already forgotten it.

        There's a running gag in Four Weddings and a Funeral with a folk singer, played by Nicola Walker, appearing at the weddings and being excruciatingly awful. Garden is about at that level.
        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.

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          #5
          That's interesting. It reminds me of the last tour or two they did with Anderson and he wanted to play Show Me, which I also can imagine might have fit well on something like The Living Tree. It was a nice bathroom break tune.

          I know Anderson went out of his way to push for some quieter tunes on those last couple of tours and was pushing for softer material on what would have been the Close to the Edge and back tour. But I would have been OK with him throwing in Madrigal or something from the Jon and Vangelis catalogue as a fan-pleasing soft selection, as opposed to Show Me or Garden.

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            #6
            IMO it makes a very nice song while preparing in the waiting room for your 1st colonoscopy

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              #7
              Originally posted by True View Post
              That's interesting. It reminds me of the last tour or two they did with Anderson and he wanted to play Show Me, which I also can imagine might have fit well on something like The Living Tree. It was a nice bathroom break tune.

              I know Anderson went out of his way to push for some quieter tunes on those last couple of tours and was pushing for softer material on what would have been the Close to the Edge and back tour. But I would have been OK with him throwing in Madrigal or something from the Jon and Vangelis catalogue as a fan-pleasing soft selection, as opposed to Show Me or Garden.
              Madrigal shows what an Anderson/Wakeman combo can be at its very best. The Meeting wasn’t bad either. Nothing like that on The Living Tree.

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                #8
                Maudlin crap. No, not a yes song at all.

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                  #9
                  I don’t think it’s a bad song. It sounds bad because of Wakeman’s rinky dink plastic keyboards and Anderson’s voice was still recovering. Now imagine it built out and arranged like some of the tracks on From A Page with Squire adding some vocal counterpoint and seesaw bass.
                  “Well ain’t life grand when you finally hit it?”-David Lee Roth

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Frumious B View Post
                    I don’t think it’s a bad song. It sounds bad because of Wakeman’s rinky dink plastic keyboards and Anderson’s voice was still recovering. Now imagine it built out and arranged like some of the tracks on From A Page with Squire adding some vocal counterpoint and seesaw bass.
                    The only song from the living tree I can imagine that is Morning Star and one of two songs I wish were yes songs the other being Fragile/Be the touch

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                      #11
                      I was a bit disappointed in Living Tree and found it a bit yawnable. I probably need to revisit it, maybe it might sound better to me now. Anderson's voice was very frail and Wakeman was in full piano bore-mode. I haven't heard it in years. Maybe I need to give it another chance. Might need to pull up a pillow though.

                      The Garden by Rush is more like it.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Soundwaveseeker View Post
                        I was a bit disappointed in Living Tree and found it a bit yawnable. I probably need to revisit it, maybe it might sound better to me now. Anderson's voice was very frail and Wakeman was in full piano bore-mode. I haven't heard it in years. Maybe I need to give it another chance. Might need to pull up a pillow though.

                        The Garden by Rush is more like it.
                        Outside of that vinyl sourced CD of Animation, The Living Tree is the worst sounding Yes related official release I have ever heard. Anderson’s vocals have this tinny, shrill, mp3 like quality that doesn’t do them any favors and Wakeman sounds like he is playing a consumer grade Casio keyboard from the mid 1980s for pretty much the whole record. It’s such a difficult listen for me that it is hard for me to “hear” the songs.
                        “Well ain’t life grand when you finally hit it?”-David Lee Roth

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                          #13
                          This Garden might be a better shout :

                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5akYnlwubDo

                          I actually think that there is a JA (solo) quality to some of the songs by this lady

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