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    #31
    Originally posted by luna65 View Post
    Nooooooooo!
    Granted, Earth does have one of Grace's best songs but it's gotta be Spitfire, Red Octopus, Earth. Do not trifle with me, mein herr.
    I stay resolutely with the Airplane!
    ​​​​​​After Bathing at Baxter's (a particular favourite), Volunteers and Surrealistic Pillow. Part of that loose, wonderful and fecund SF psychedelic scene with the Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Santana, New Riders of the Purple Sage, et al. Love to have been 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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      #32
      Originally posted by luna65 View Post
      Nooooooooo!
      Granted, Earth does have one of Grace's best songs but it's gotta be Spitfire, Red Octopus, Earth. Do not trifle with me, mein herr.
      My appreciaction for Earth and its subtle and relaxed finesse lasts already for decades and I can't imagine it will falter. But of course I will now listen to Spitfire again (my numer 3) and give it a chance to climb higher, werte Dame.

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        #33
        Originally posted by Ash Armstrong View Post

        I stay resolutely with the Airplane!
        ​​​​​​After Bathing at Baxter's (a particular favourite), Volunteers and Surrealistic Pillow. Part of that loose, wonderful and fecund SF psychedelic scene with the Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Santana, New Riders of the Purple Sage, et al. Love to have been there!
        Jefferson Airplane is something else IMO, I would not compare it with the Starship. Both were fine bands, the one born out of the other.

        But hey, Hot Tuna anyone, that great vibrating live-blues-rock-album Double Dose...?

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          #34
          Originally posted by PeterCologne View Post

          Jefferson Airplane is something else IMO, I would not compare it with the Starship. Both were fine bands, the one born out of the other.

          But hey, Hot Tuna anyone, that great vibrating live-blues-rock-album Double Dose...?
          Very different bands, from different times. I never took to Starship at all. Not my sound. Very produced and polished, like many bands of the period, most of which I don't like or find interesting.
          ​​​​​​Hot Tuna (or Hot Shit as they wanted to call the band) were terrific. I like jam bands and extended instrumental improvs.
          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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            #35
            Originally posted by Ash Armstrong View Post
            I stay resolutely with the Airplane!
            There are definitely things I love about the Airplane, but overall I guess there were a little outre for my particular tastes, although Volunteers is a classic for me.
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              #36
              Originally posted by PeterCologne View Post
              By the way, if we would rank the Jefferson Starship or Starship albums I would put Earth on number 1, followed by Red Octopus...
              Originally posted by luna65 View Post
              Nooooooooo!
              Granted, Earth does have one of Grace's best songs but it's gotta be Spitfire, Red Octopus, Earth. Do not trifle with me, mein herr.
              I have every Jefferson Starship/Starship album from Freedom at Point Zero through Love Among the Cannibals, plus 2013's Loveless Fascination (Which is credited to Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas, and is hard to place lineage wise, because there were a couple of Jefferson Starship revival albums in between Love Among the Cannibals and Loveless Fascination, but Loveless Fascination goes straight back to Love Among the Cannibals lineage wise (Whereas the post-Starship Jefferson Starship albums, which I don't have, lack direct lineage, despite some members in common with the first incarnations of Jefferson Starship, unless one thinks of their first album as the next album in a lineage with Nuclear Furniture, ignoring the non-Jeffersonian Starship entirely, in which case there would be one member in common from the one album to the next. And think about the Jefferson Airplane album released in the late 80s makes my head hurt- no because of the music, just because of how to figure it out continuity wise. Maybe the easiest way is to follow the naming conventions literally and think of them as three separate bands that have had a lot of members in common over the years like Yes and Asia.). See, and some people thought stuff like this only happened with Yes.

              Anyhow, obviously, I tend to like the Mickey Thomas era of Jefferson Starship and Starship. I'm not sure it's so much for what he brings to the table as a musician relative to some of the people the band lost, as that his arrival coincided with a gradual move towards a style of rock I liked better than what the band had been doing prior to his arrival.

              At the same time, though, I do also have Jefferson Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow and Jefferson Starship's Red Octopus. I think those are just albums to own in general if you like 60s psychedelic folk-rock San Francisco scene (In the case of the Jefferson Airplane album, which contains two big hits by the standards of that sub-genre.) or mainstream 70s classic rock (In the case of the Jefferson Starship album.).

              I do sometimes think about getting Jefferson Starship's Earth, which would link up my my Thomas-era albums to Red Octopus. The other one I've sometimes thought about getting was Jefferson Airplane's Crown of Creation. I remember discovering that streaming one day like ten years ago and being surprised that I liked it, because it isn't normally quite my style of music.
              "A lot of the heavier conversations I was having with Chris toward the end were about his desire for this thing to go forward. He kept reiterating that to me. [...] He kept telling me, 'No matter what happens, Yes needs to continue moving forward and make great music. So promise me that that's something you want to do.'. And I have to keep making music. It's just what I do. [...] I'm a fan of the band and I want to see it thrive and that means new music." -Billy Sherwood

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                #37
                Best to Worst Yes Album rankings? Tall Order

                MASTERWORKS

                Relayer
                Talk
                Tales from Topographic Oceans
                Drama
                CttE
                90125
                Olias of Sunhillow
                Fish Out of Water

                STILL KEYS TO AURAL ASCENSION

                Fragile
                The Yes Album
                Magnification
                Yessongs
                Yesshows
                ABWH
                Union

                THE WORD IS STILL . . . YES

                Yes
                Time & a Word
                Yesterdays
                Going For the One
                Tormato
                The Ladder
                Heaven & Earth
                Heaven & Earth Return Trip
                Big Generator


                WELL

                Open Your Eyes
                KTA
                KTA2
                Symphonic Yes

                UNRANKED [DUE TO UNFAMILIARITY]

                The Quest

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                  #38
                  Originally posted by Homemade Parachute View Post

                  This is what Yes really needed, c. 1974/76: face paint. Would Moraz have inherited Wakeman’s, or got his own? Anderson was clearly a star child of some kind, but what kind, exactly?

                  Man, they coulda been big, they coulda been contenders…
                  They did do this. ABWH in the video for Brother of Mine from memory. Bruford looked the most ridiculous. At least no tongues were displayed. Icky.
                  Someone please show a photo.

                  Ok just seen it has been addressed already in thread. Definately not Australian face paint. Bruford looks more like Japanese Noh theater. Kabuki? Or is that NW native American culture?.
                  Definitely not PC nowadays. Hahahha


                  ELECTRIFY EVERYTHING
                  Last edited by Gilly Goodness; 11-29-2021, 07:24 PM.

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                    #39
                    Originally posted by soundchaser09 View Post
                    It has to be done! To mark the beginning of this new forum, let's rank the albums once again
                    1. Going for the One (1977) 10/10
                    2. Close to the Edge (1972) 10/10
                    3. Relayer (1974) 10/10
                    4. The Yes Album (1971) 10/10
                    5. Fragile (1971) 10/10
                    6. Drama (1980) 9/10
                    7. 90125 (1983) 9/10
                    8. Magnification (2001) 9/10
                    9. Fly From Here (2011) 9/10
                    10. Big Generator (1987) 9/10
                    11. The Ladder (1999) 8/10
                    12. The Quest (2021) 8/10
                    13. Union (1991) 8/10
                    14. Tales From Topographic Oceans (1973) 8/10
                    15. Talk (1994) 7/10
                    16. Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe (1989) 7/10
                    17. Time and a Word (1970) 7/10
                    18. Tormato (1978) 7/10
                    19. Keys to Ascension 2 (1997) 7/10
                    20. Open Your Eyes (1997) 6/10
                    21. From a Page (2019) 6/10
                    22. Yes (1969) 5/10
                    23. Heaven and Earth (2014) 5/10
                    24. Keys to Ascension 1 (1996) 5/10
                    Funny enough, I listen to Yes - my old vinyl copy - which I hadn't listened to for some twenty plus years and it and they sounded great. I then listened to Time & A Word which sounded too busy, confused etc. So I would definitely put Yes above T&AW and a few others including the last two & newest albums

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                      #40
                      Originally posted by Gilly Goodness View Post
                      Relayer
                      CTTE
                      Tales
                      Fragile
                      Yessongs
                      G4T1

                      Drama
                      FFH
                      TQ

                      Mag
                      The Ladder
                      Keys 1+2

                      The rest

                      ______________


                      So a Trooper with Panther tendencies.



                      ELECTRIFY EVERYTHING
                      So I guess you aren't a fan of Rabin then :-)

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                        #41
                        Originally posted by highfell View Post

                        So I guess you aren't a fan of Rabin then :-)
                        Can say, hand on heart, thoroughly thrilled to BG when it came out. Dig most of the others, but not a fan of TR as much as I froth over Jon, Steve,Chris, Bill and now Juano. SKD's recent Yes ranking the songs,on the old Yesfans, found most of the songs when in isolation. Fantastic. Even the OYE ones.


                        ELECTRIFY EVERYTHING

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                          #42
                          1. The Yes Album
                          2. Fragile
                          3. Close To The Edge
                          4. Tormato
                          5. Drama
                          6. ABWH
                          7. Going for The One
                          8. Talk
                          9. Fly From Here
                          10. Yes
                          11. Relayer
                          12. Tales From Topographic Oceans
                          13. Big Generator
                          14. 90210
                          The rest......

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                            #43
                            Originally posted by pianozach View Post

                            Heaven & Earth Return Trip
                            What is that?

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                              #44
                              Originally posted by Old Frothingslosh View Post

                              90210
                              The rest......
                              YES - The American Teenage Years... 🙄

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                                #45
                                Originally posted by Khatrooper View Post

                                What is that?
                                Old age, insanity or possibly both... 😆

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