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    Rename the Yes albums!

    Let’s get trivial, trivial...

    Rename the Yes albums: the ones without a title song get a title song, and (more challenging) the ones with a title song get some other name.
    Like this:

    Beyond And Before
    For Every One (or Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark?)
    Perpetual Change
    Long Distance Runaround
    Triptych
    We Are Of The Sun
    Gates Of Delirium
    Ageless
    Future Times
    Does it Really Happen?
    It Can Happen
    Harmonic Convergence
    The Meeting (ABWH)
    Masquerade
    Silent Spring
    Minddrive
    Indeed
    Homeworld
    Sacred Ground
    Lingering
    Believe Again
    A Living Island

    Notes: For CTTE I went with Triptych, because I like the idea of those old medieval paintings with a centre piece and two side panels. There is also a great, strange Roxy Music song with that title (and subject).
    Tales is very tricky, because the idea was for the four songs to be equal...
    Indeed for OYE, because I think they wanted to call it Yes, to state they were reinventing themselves. Yes Indeed. Maybe a bit corny...
    Last edited by Ceasar’s Palace; 02-03-2022, 01:42 AM.

    #2
    Originally posted by Ceasar’s Palace View Post
    Let’s get trivial, trivial...

    Rename the Yes albums: the ones without a title song get a title song, and (more challenging) the ones with a title song get some other name.
    Like this:

    Beyond And Before
    For Every One (or Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark?)
    Perpetual Change
    Long Distance Runaround
    Triptych
    We Are Of The Sun
    Gates Of Delirium
    Ageless
    Future Times
    Does it Really Happen?
    It Can Happen
    Harmonic Convergence
    The Meeting (ABWH)
    Masquerade
    Silent Spring
    Minddrive
    Indeed
    Homeworld
    Sacred Ground
    Lingering
    Believe Again
    A Living Island

    Notes: For CTTE I went with Triptych, because I like the idea of those old medieval paintings with a centre piece and two side panels. There is also a great, strange Roxy Music song with that title (and subject).
    Tales is very tricky, because the idea was for the four songs to be equal...
    Indeed for OYE, because I think they wanted to call it Yes, to state they were reinventing themselves. Yes Indeed. Maybe a bit corny...
    I can imagine this in a parallel universe...

    Damn! Just can't help almost quoting Yes songs there...
    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
      Beyond and Before
      Everydays
      All Good People
      Mountains come out of the sky
      I Get Up, I Get Down
      Dance of the Dawn
      A Meaning to be Here
      Awaken
      No Clowns
      Singular Eye
      Changes
      The Blue Fields
      Birthright
      We Hold the Answer
      Endless Dream
      Be the One
      Ascend and Create
      Universal Garden
      Homeworld
      Can you Imagine?
      Heart of the Storm
      The Light of the Ages
      To the Moment
      Future Memories

      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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        #4
        Wow, that's a good one, too bad I didn't come up with that idea! Here's mine:

        Yes = Yes
        Time & A Word = Yes II
        Yes Album = Perpetual Changes
        Fragile = Long Distance Roundabout
        Close To The Edge = Edges
        Tales = Sun Tales
        Relayer = Serpent Tales
        Going For The One = Turn Of The Century
        Tormato = Six The Tears That Separate. (And using the back cover band photo with the tomato splattered pic on the inside gatefold instead)
        Paris = Golden Age. (in the Yes cinematic Multiverse where the Paris album was released, that would be the title. I think the unofficial album was called that anyway.)
        Drama = Panthereon. (A fusion of the words panther and Pantheon, 'cause it sounds cool.)
        90125 = 90124 or Cinema
        Big Generator = Songs For Harmonic Convergence
        ABWH = Quartet
        Union = Taking The Water To The Mountains
        Talk = Dialogue. (I think this may have been the original title).
        Keys To Ascension = Power. (And both 1 & 2 studio discs released together as one in 1997).
        Open Your Eyes = Yes/self titled. (A lot of bands were going for self titled releases mid way through their careers, even if they already have a self titled debut album just to be modern and to add confusion. I could see OYE as being just called 'Yes' and released in early 1998).
        The Ladder = Homeworld
        Magnification = In The Presence Of
        Fly From Here = Riding The Tiger. (Which would be odd, because there's no tiger on the album cover. Can't call it Ride The Turkey though).
        Heaven & Earth = Light Of The Ages
        From A Page = To The Moment
        The Quest = The Western Edge or Living Islands

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          #5
          I would probably only rename Tormato to Tor or Yes Tor which i think was the original title and get rid of the cover- and ( tongue in check) rename Heaven and Earth to Hell- given its such a hellishly poor album! Doh! And I think its time to officially redesignate ABWH as a Yes album

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            #6
            Yes please to whole names spelled out, or said out loud.

            Never been good with acronyms, and it's more embarrassing being a huge YES fan when I sometimes have to think what album ( not Close to the Edge; that is a given ;-) ) or song folks are talking it typing about. It's bad enough I don't know all of the so-called correct lyrics. :-)

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              #7
              I’ve just recalled a funny moment when I played the newly-released OYE when I had some friends over one night. After several songs one of my guests, while looking at the CD cover, placed it down on a table and said “they should have named it Close Your Ears”, and it was soon removed from the CD player.

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                #8
                The should do the same methods as Peter Gabriel albums. First 4 albums all the same names then some albums with 4 or fewer letter titles.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by josuev80 View Post
                  The should do the same methods as Peter Gabriel albums. First 4 albums all the same names then some albums with 4 or fewer letter titles.
                  It always makes me chuckle that the record company in the US had to give those first four albums "names" as presumably their customers couldn't differentiate them otherwise. 😆

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                    #10
                    In a slightly different vein to the OP's approach:

                    Reaching Out
                    Glasses Held High
                    Upon Your Face
                    Sharp Distance
                    White Lace
                    Du Soliel
                    One Journey
                    Ever Opening Flower
                    Ten True Summers
                    Shelter
                    Move Yourself
                    It's Almost
                    This Gift of Love
                    Push and Shove
                    Wish I Knew
                    Speak to Me
                    The Other Side
                    Armies of Angels
                    Electric Revelation
                    The Moment of Awakening
                    Humanity

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                      #11
                      It always makes me chuckle that the record company in the US had to give those first four albums "names" as presumably their customers couldn't differentiate them otherwise. 😆


                      I believe the only Peter Gabriel album given a 'name' by Geffen in the US out of the first four albums was the fourth one - which was called 'Security'. Did Gabriel come up with 'Security' as a title or did someone from the label push it on him, and I wonder who? 'Security' isn't actually a bad title, but Gabriel probably would have been more likely to call it 'Insecurity'. That sounds more Gabriel. I think I read that Gabriel didn't want titles on any of them because he wanted them to be seen as serial, like issues of a magazine. Didn't help that they all had the same logo font. And I think the titles they are unofficially known as - 'Car', 'Scratch', 'Melt' - didn't become unofficial titles until way later. I used to refer to them as 'The One Where His Face Is Melting On The Front Cover', etc.

                      I think I read later in some interview that the record company insisted on a regular face photo for 1986's SO because they said that the previous albums with artsy pictures of his face manipulated or obscured 'alienated women'.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Soundwaveseeker View Post
                        It always makes me chuckle that the record company in the US had to give those first four albums "names" as presumably their customers couldn't differentiate them otherwise. 😆


                        I believe the only Peter Gabriel album given a 'name' by Geffen in the US out of the first four albums was the fourth one - which was called 'Security'. Did Gabriel come up with 'Security' as a title or did someone from the label push it on him, and I wonder who? 'Security' isn't actually a bad title, but Gabriel probably would have been more likely to call it 'Insecurity'. That sounds more Gabriel. I think I read that Gabriel didn't want titles on any of them because he wanted them to be seen as serial, like issues of a magazine. Didn't help that they all had the same logo font. And I think the titles they are unofficially known as - 'Car', 'Scratch', 'Melt' - didn't become unofficial titles until way later. I used to refer to them as 'The One Where His Face Is Melting On The Front Cover', etc.

                        I think I read later in some interview that the record company insisted on a regular face photo for 1986's SO because they said that the previous albums with artsy pictures of his face manipulated or obscured 'alienated women'.
                        They were known as the first, second, third, and fourth Peter Gabriel albums, which seems to differentiate them reasonably well.

                        Saw him on the tour for the third one in 1980. Did his backward fall into the audience during Games Without Frontiers, so had a chance to join in singing it. I also had the dubious privilege of placing both hands on his bum to help get him back onto the stage. Yes, these hands have groped the arse of Peter Gabriel..!
                        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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                          #13
                          Very cool. I didn't get to see him until Secret World live in 1993, but still a magical show. I used to tell people all the time, if Peter Gabriel comes your way on tour, go see him. Whether someone even likes him or not, or prefers old Genesis or whatever, you'll walk away with a smile. The 1980 tour you saw, was that the tour where he had a shaved head and the band all wore orange safety/construction vests or was that the Scratch/second album tour?

                          Wouldn't mind a new Peter Gabriel album, waaaaaay overdue for one.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Soundwaveseeker View Post
                            Very cool. I didn't get to see him until Secret World live in 1993, but still a magical show. I used to tell people all the time, if Peter Gabriel comes your way on tour, go see him. Whether someone even likes him or not, or prefers old Genesis or whatever, you'll walk away with a smile. The 1980 tour you saw, was that the tour where he had a shaved head and the band all wore orange safety/construction vests or was that the Scratch/second album tour?

                            Wouldn't mind a new Peter Gabriel album, waaaaaay overdue for one.
                            They all wore one-piece boiler-suits I think. I don't remember the colour. The 1980 UK tour was in city concert halls, 2000 approx capacity. All very low key, informal set up, just the band on stage playing.
                            I was less interested in what he was doing with So and after. Daniel Lanois, of whose own music I'm a big fan, did a great job at the desk on that album, but the music wasn't much to my liking: I loathed Sledgehammer, still can't stand it.
                            My personal favourites are the third album and Passion. I don't think I've even heard any of the albums after So.

                            Coincidentally, I listened to Daniel Lanois's Acadie earlier today. Came out in 1989. Beautiful album. His first I think. First time I heard it was late one night at a friend's house back then, while partaking of some very fine Nepalese Temple Ball hashish.
                            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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                              #15
                              Sledgehammer and So were Gabriel at his most commercial sounding, I believe he wanted to make a more R&B styled album. Yeah, Sledgehammer - I don't really hate it, but it was played to death on the radio and to this day the muzak system of many a shopping plaza rings with its sound. Reminds me of 'Higher Love' by Steve Winwood - a song I actually do dislike - which I don't really need to hear again any time soon.

                              So was as far as he goes in that poppier direction, but his very few albums after that (Us & Up) were a little more experimental in places - like Passion with vocals. It's like he got scared off by the success of So and went into a more atmospheric direction, especially 'Up' which is his last 'rock/pop/vocal' album-with-tour kinda thing. People wanted him to repeat that formula, but he never was as commercial again. He's done stuff of value since So, but it is hard to beat that third album.

                              Daniel Lanois, oddly enough I don't think I own any of his other than his appearances on other's albums and Brian Eno and things like that. I know he's an excellent artist and I would probably like a lot of his work, just never got around to taking the plunge. Acadie and Passion, both the same year - 1989.

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