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    Into the Storm vs Subway Walls vs A Living Island

    Hi all, I was wondering what people thought in a comparison of the closers on the last three albums. They are all great Yes songs to me, even Subway Walls shines on a record that has few other great moments. A very difficult choice, but I always have a slight FFH bias so I'll go with Into the Storm, I love the bass.

    26
    Into the Storm
    73.08%
    19
    Subway Walls
    15.38%
    4
    A Living Island
    11.54%
    3
    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-

    #2
    Originally posted by soundchaser09 View Post
    I'll go with Into the Storm, I love the bass.
    As in so many things, if you're wrong, I don't wanna be right… Into the Storm it is, in part, and I know I harp on this a lot, but it's credited to the whole band, and sounds like it, with a lot of interplay between everyone. A rich stew indeed…

    Follow up would be A Living Island, which is my favourite song on TQ. Subway Walls, boy, I do not get the love for: it's an average song on that album, but with truly terrible lyrics, so it almost feels like a prog rock parody to me.

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    • PeterCologne
      PeterCologne commented
      Editing a comment
      Absolutely agree on Subway Walls. To me it is even the worst song on a poor album. It is an awkward and sterile sounding try to create a prog-composition. Easy choice for me here, I voted Into The Storm from the somewhat growing Fly From Here album. I prefer the Return-Trip, but the original is fine as well. And ITS is one of Yes' straightest rockers, but with a good portion of finesse.

    #3
    Originally posted by Homemade Parachute View Post

    As in so many things, if you're wrong, I don't wanna be right… Into the Storm it is, in part, and I know I harp on this a lot, but it's credited to the whole band, and sounds like it, with a lot of interplay between everyone. A rich stew indeed…

    Follow up would be A Living Island, which is my favourite song on TQ. Subway Walls, boy, I do not get the love for: it's an average song on that album, but with truly terrible lyrics, so it almost feels like a prog rock parody to me.
    When it comes to Subway Walls I have to give Heaven and Earth some credit, I really enjoy what Geoff brings to the table here. The sentiments of the song are not bad in my opinion a search for the meaning of life in all corners of the universe. Its a groovy piece as well. But I would probably place it third as well.
    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
      I love Into The Storm but I have to go with A Living Island
      "We all gotta climb mountains!" - Jon Anderson 2003

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        #5
        They're all great closers. Pushed to pick, I went with Subway Walls, but it's so darned close.

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          #6
          Subway Walls starts awkward but closes with a bang, the band ramping it up like a freight train in a final glorious moment for Mr. Squire.

          Regardless, Into the Storm might be might be my favorite Yes song of the 21st Century.

          A Living Island is gorgeous, but a very different type of thing for Yes. I just listened to the album again today, and I find it a moving close to the main album. On a single disc version, I might still close with "Damaged World", as that closes on a brighter note (for me).

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            #7
            For me, I really do love all of these tracks. But I would order my preference: Into The Storm > Subway Walls > A Living Island. Into The Storm is a super solid track, Subway Walls has some flaws but I love it's more progressive (and borderline fusion) qualities with that amazing outro too. And A Living Island is a great DBA-like track that's very moving and warm but just doesn't tick quite as many boxes as the other two for me.

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              #8
              1. Into the Storm
              2. Subway Walls
              3. Living Island

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                #9
                1. Into the Storm (Benoit)
                2. Subway Walls
                3. Into the Storm (Horn)
                4. A Living Island

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                  #10
                  Originally posted by YESOLA View Post
                  1. Into the Storm
                  2. Subway Walls
                  3. Living Island
                  This......

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                    #11
                    I went for Into The Storm - I am a real Benoit can so it was quite an easy choice for me. However, it's a point well made - all 3 songs are strong closers.
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                      #12
                      Into the Storm (Benoit) for me. I don’t have anything bad to say about the other two, but I think Into The Storm is kind of a perfect Yes song. The lyrics during the verses always make me smile and make me feel like a weight is lifting off of me. A very Zen feeling… these Yes guys are alright. Haha

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