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    Yes solo albums ranked worst to best

    Interesting take on these but Moraz not included based on guideline: we looked at music from "classic" '70s members — Anderson, Howe, Wakeman, Bruford, Squire, Alan White, Tony Kaye and Peter Banks — who played on multiple Yes LPs.

    https://ultimateclassicrock.com/yes-solo-albums-ranked/

    #2
    It seems to be the only sort of thing they can think of to fill these magazines with. Complete waste of time and everything else.
    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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      #3
      Originally posted by Ash Armstrong View Post
      It seems to be the only sort of thing they can think of to fill these magazines with. Complete waste of time and everything else.
      Indeed.

      I have an awful lot of those albums though !

      For what it's worth Fish Out Of Water wouldn't get in my top twenty, let alone get top place.

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        #4
        Well FOOW would definitely get in my top twenty, in fact it would get into my top ten, maybe even my top five.

        How Rhapsodies got so high up in the list goodness only knows, but that's the nature of these lists - they are almost designed to provoke a reaction!

        The decisions made to reduce the number of albums down were a bit curious. Don't think you can really ignore Wakeman's piano albums for example, seems a bit arbitrary to me. Also some of his best work too - check out Preludes To A Century for example - that's a great album.

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          #5
          I'm a massive fan of Rick's but not many of his solo albums would get onto my favourites list which would almost exclusively be Steve and Jon material.

          Olias at one, Steve's first couple and Six Wives close behind.


          One question - how the hell did Squackett get on that list ? Squire and Hackett both deserved a slap for that one !
          Last edited by RelayerI; 07-09-2022, 03:09 PM.

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            #6
            Fish Out of Water would be in my TOP TWO.

            FOOW
            Olias
            6 Wives
            Story of i
            One Live Badger

            Problem is that there might be a hundred albums from Wakeman. How could you possibly assess them all, let alone listen to them, and remember each one?

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              #7
              Just listen to the ones you like, and don't bother about the rest. I don't see the point in ranking them. Preferences change, quite plausibly from one day to the next, I couldn't possibly order my listening preferences in that way. It makes no sense to me.
              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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                #8
                There were quite a lot more albums on this list that I am not particularly familiar with, than that I know quite well. But especially surprising to me were the negative perspectives on Jon and Vangelis' Short Stories, and White's White. I like those albums a lot! In contrast, I still don't fully understand Chris' Fish Out of Water. I do like it, but I wouldn't have put it above all the others.

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                  #9
                  FOOW and Olias at the top always for me. Big fan of Squackett, the Conspiracy albums, some of Circa too if we extend to band efforts outside the main group. Of course many other great albums elsewhere too.
                  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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                    #10
                    Originally posted by RelayerI View Post
                    I'm a massive fan of Rick's but not many of his solo albums would get onto my favourites list which would almost exclusively be Steve and Jon material.

                    Olias at one, Steve's first couple and Six Wives close behind.


                    One question - how the hell did Squackett get on that list ? Squire and Hackett both deserved a slap for that one !
                    No, no, no, no , no!! The title track, Tall Ships and the tandem of Can't Stop the Rain/Perfect Love Song are great! Love those.

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                      #11
                      One thing I agreed very much on is the high ranking of Steve's albums Elements and Spectrum, which are actually my two favourite Steve Howe albums by quite a stretch.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Mr. Holland View Post

                        No, no, no, no , no!! The title track, Tall Ships and the tandem of Can't Stop the Rain/Perfect Love Song are great! Love those.
                        I agree there is a lot to like on Squackett.

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                          #13
                          For me FOOW is number one by a country mile. Having said that there is a fair amount on this list I haven't heard.

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                            #14
                            Of course they aren't listing every Rick solo album otherwise the list would have about 500 albums on it.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Ash Armstrong View Post
                              It seems to be the only sort of thing they can think of to fill these magazines with. Complete waste of time and everything else.
                              That's the problem with old music, there's only so many things to talk about before you run out of ideas. We do the same thing on here, really.

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