doesn’t mind synth-heavy, new wave-infused prog and b.) Chris Burkill: I struggled with Yes until this album. Indeed, this album borrows its title from their … Of course, yet with Yes, but with some different perspectives of the band, but especially of the different music careers of the different band's members all over the years. Yes are always mentioned. And you know I'm right, my friend. In a so extensive and somehow very complete voyage through the wonderful world of Yes, it would be a big failure noyt to include the debut solo album of Banks. Oh, and I see you just rated it, so yes. For Topographic Drama – Live Across America, guitarist Steve Howe (who joined the band in 1970) and drummer Alan White (who joined in 1972) are the oldest members from Yes’ glory days. Drama is the tenth studio album by British rock band Yes. It is an interesting “transitional” album—pointing the way to both Asia and (IMHO) the much better Yes of 90125. It was like they’d stopped reading Thomas Hardy and suddenly got into Raymond Chandler. The music was exciting, the playing was spot on, and it did still have some prog elements. Hello, Sign in. You will receive a verification email shortly. Indeed, this album borrows its title from their … Are they worth checking? Eddy Offord [who produced the album with the band] was mad, but a genius. Please refresh the page and try again. I chose... the Tygers. I'm shocked I've never heard the expression Yeggles before. Graham Tarry: Love this album. Initially I thought to include their album "Culture Of Ascent", since Jon Anderson participates on two tracks of the album with his vocals. I do like prog but Rush are the only band I'm really passionate about. Both brought a new sound to Yes. White Car isn't much of anything, but it doesn't hurt anything either. "There was so much tension around. 1. Listening to the album today it still works pretty well. doesn’t mind synth-heavy, new wave-infused prog and b.) Listen to the original by Yes on a online video of the full Drama album and bought it right away. Ian Kingston: The last great Yes album. I prefer it when Yes go long and the lengthier songs are the highlights here. Album Rating: 4.0There are lots of both Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe's solo material from the start. But in hindsight, both myself and Trevor were musicians, not pop guys. Keyboards became an easy picking to direct blame at for all the bad music produced in the 80s, but it is a fact their introduction and evolution led to a lot of those sounds ageing very badly very quickly. It was really an amazing and contradictory thing but I think it helped keep Yes' fans in the fold, indeed. In reality, "Drama" is a very special album for the band because it represents the end of an era and the begining of other. In the great spectrum of Yes-sy stuff, it's an outlier, but it adds a lot to the overall tapestry of all things Yes, or am I mixing metaphors? © Besides, Howe, Squire and White demonstrated that Yes could survive … Decent songs, played well and with more guitar than normal. By the following year Yes had cracked and splintered. I hope more Yes fans will check out this unfairly underrated album, and find out for themselves just how really good it actually is. Needless to say, it’s been a long wacky road for the band. Because you never know. It's classic rock. Then come three pop whoppers in a row, reminding me more than anything of the Police (which is fine by me) both in Sting-like vocal delivery and Andy Sumners-like guitar playing. Machine Messiah has an opening riff that Black Sabbath would be proud of. Label: Rhino. I grow weary of it halfway through. Run Through The Light is my favourite of the three, but Into the Lens is nipping at its heels. Thank goodness for people like John Sinclair! 3. Chris Squire chatting about the new Yes album Drama,Jon and Rick Leaving, Trevor and Geoff joining, playing the bass, the song Don't Kill The Whale, the … I wouldn't rank this album up with masterworks like The Yes Album, Fragile, Close To The Edge and Going For The One, but it's worth giving listens to every now and then. Shane Reho: Is this album underrated or what? They succeeded – and how! Despite Trevor Horn tried too hard to sing like Anderson, and Geoff Downes is miles away from the Wakeman's wisardry, Yes were still alive and kicking. Listening to Drama now, it sounds like what a lot of prog bands (Rush, Genesis, the Moody Blues come to mind) were doing at the time; mainly, incorporating more new wave and pop elements into their music to stay relevant in the increasingly flashy and commercial 1980s. And that left bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White trying to figure out what do do next. But, yes, you’re right, it didn’t happen. Some tracks are reminiscent of what Rush were to become in the mid 80s. As strange and paradoxical as it may seem, an improbable album like "Drama" was able to unite most of the Yes fans. Lol. Thank you for signing up to Classic Rock. 2. Album Rating: 4.0As happened with "Yes" and "Time And A Word", initially, it wasn't my intention to review "Drama" too, because they don't belong to classic era of Yes. Yet two things struck me this week for maybe the first time: the first is how much it was influenced by the new wave and The Police in particular, the second is how much simpler it sounds compared with the previous albums. Looking at all the 4.0, it seems we have come to an album where we almost all agree. Album Rating: 4.0Like happens with Jethro, as you have finished the reviews of the studio albums of Yes, I am also curious about what is coming next. The general acknowledgment is that Yes became a pop band with 90125, but Drama is really where the transformation started, with much better results in my opinion. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for YES / Drama at Amazon.com. It’s not perfect, but it will get a 9/10 from me. Machine Messiah is the standout track for me. Yes Topographic Drama – Live Across America Rhino Records Formed in 1968, Yes is a band that interestingly has no original members left in the band. Review Summary: Ironic as it is due to the absences of both Wakeman and especially Anderson, Drama is the last truly great Yes album. Machine Messiah Lyrics. A true transitional record, Drama is a hint of what Yes was capable of when ego is kept in check and drama is left out of the studio. Besides, Howe, Squire and White demonstrated that Yes could survive without Anderson. Every week, Album of the Week Club listens to and discusses the album in question, votes on how good it is, and publishes our findings, with the aim of giving people reliable reviews and the wider rock community the chance to contribute. Both brought a new sound to Yes. Bill Griffin: Excellent album. "Drama exceeded all expectations and doesn’t become on a true drama. actually really likes the Buggles, this is not a problem for me. For Topographic Drama – Live Across America, guitarist Steve Howe (who joined the band in 1970) and drummer Alan White (who joined in 1972) are the oldest members from Yes’ glory days. Carl Black: My automatic default setting is Rush when it comes to prog. Unfortunately, the following track, Into The Lens is really quite bad. Even without Jon Anderson, it's still Yes to my ears. Pontus Norshammar: I love this albums. Having previously been a Yes tolerator rather than a fan may have had something to do with this, but I was quite fascinated how the very synthetic, glossy pop sounds the chart-topping Buggles were pedalling would sit next to the epitome of non-commercial Yes’ more natural, rambling 1970s approach. Man in a White Car Lyrics. I think the list is complete and many of the reviews are finished or almost finished. An improbable album from an improbable line up. I'm not a connoisseur of Prog or indeed Yes, but as a stand alone album, it stands up. Includes Album Cover, Release Year, and User Reviews. Chris Squire and Steve Howe upped their game in response to the new arrivals and the whole album sounded fresh (and still does). Short, punchy songs. An easy 10/10. As you know, and this is the reason why I decided to do this project, the members of Yes are so prolific with their solo stuff and other projects that I could be here, on Sputnik, two or three years reviewing all those albums. Can't wait." hot off their successful hit pop single and with a modern synth pop sensibility they did not seem like a natural match for the ethereal, jazzy musical ponderings of Yes. Thanks, my friend. (AllMusic), "Why this album was panned in 1980, I'll never know. I like to think in a big scale. Despite this, a friend coerced me into going to see them live, which I did. Jonathan Novajosky: I love Yes and think Close To The Edge is a masterpiece, but even I can admit they were starting to lose some of their magic in the late 70s. Check out the original Buggles version of I Am A Camera. Features Song Lyrics for Yes's Drama album. Man In A White Car is a nice little interlude, but there really isn't much to be said about it. Sparkling production. But, for the time, Drama took big risks, and I can appreciate that. It's quite funny and clever, and not an insult at all. 7.5/10. (Music Street Journal). Yes Topographic Drama – Live Across America Rhino Records Formed in 1968, Yes is a band that interestingly has no original members left in the band. Elaborate as it is complex, commercial as it is heavy. The channel aired on December 14, 2008 on channel 12 - as part of the latest television shows' channels re-brand by yes. But in the process, "Drama" has been sorely overlooked. "I guess Two Sides of Peter Banks is one of these nexts. Oh, and I see you just rated it, so yes. Got it when it came out 40 years ago, and it doesn’t disappoint. Tempus Fugit is a pretty good rocker with nice guitar riffs and synths. I have to recognize that this is not such a bad effort as one could have expected. I know you already reviewed Journey to the Center of the Earth and Fish Out of Water. The line up only produced one album (until the recent Fly From Here: Return Trip) - after which Howe and Downes left to perform AOR as Asia, while Jon Anderson returned (alongside Tony Kaye on keyboards), joined by Trevor Rabin, to produce a full on AOR Yes album in 90125. Mike Hayes: I really like this album! Directed by Stewart Wade. On Yesshows, the old joke about a prog band releasing 20 minutes songs so that each member could have his solo moment, seems to come alive – albeit in a good way. Yes entered the 1980s with a new lineup and a renewed compositional approach. This song really proves that to me. And although it was derided at the time, it ultimately helped the individual band members reach greater commercial success (90125, Asia, scads of Horn-produced records). Heck, I didn't even know who the Buggles were until MTV used Video Killed the Radio Star as its call to action a couple of years after the song came out. The epic (Machine Messiah) is still there but it has a very sleek and metallic sound. And honestly, my mind has been wondering a lot this week on what could have been if only this album sold a bit better and this lineup continued to release another album. Lol. And if so it's not a bad one to draw a line under. Yes became a much leaner band in the 80s with the influence of Rabin, and has since experienced a high turnover in personal changes. Both brought a new sound to Yes. Great music made around 1980, so good idea to link it here. And many think, as I do think too, that "Drama" is the last true classic album from Yes, despite the great quality of some later works. This was Yes reinvented but still sounding like Yes. One thing that really stands out to me here (and in 90125) is how great the production is. Like everyone else, I remember the shock when it was announced that Horn and Downes (Buggles!) Verified Purchase. Album Rating: 4.0Patience my friend, patience. Sign up below to get the latest from Classic Rock, plus exclusive special offers, direct to your inbox! Besides, Howe, Squire and White demonstrated that Yes could survive without Anderson. Wakeman returned to Yes for Going For The One (1977), that contains Turn Of The Century, Wonderous Stories and the 15-minute Awaken.Tormato (1978), on the other hand, is flat and bland, despite the hit Don't Kill The Whale.The format of Yes' compositions had changed dramatically, retreating from the super-human suite to the pop song. Good review mate, I'm curious where you will go from here. This early '80's album is one of the best band ever done, even for some purists the Yes is no Yes without Anderson. Try Does It Really Happen? Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. But the classic Yes feel is still there. I still don’t like Yes. I just can't consider calling a band without Jon Anderson Yes..So coming into this album I took an approach of this album being a band that had members of Yes and the Buggles.and man, was I impressed! Album Rating: 4.0I feel like I've been at least one album behind for your whole Yes series e21, and now I've finally caught up with you! This was definitely a 'different' sound for the band, but it was still unmistakably Yes. But come 1983, Yes roared back to life, with Jon Anderson back in the fold, for the smash album, "90125." Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.co.uk. All rights reserved. Even so and against all odds, "Drama", somehow, has become a classic album too. No other Yes album rocks as hard as this album. Fortunately (or not) the release date was around my 17th birthday and two mates offered me the choice of the new Yes or Tygers of Pan Tang. In early 1980, after rehearsing music for the follow-up to the tepidly-received Tormato, both Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman … I got on well with Steve Howe and Alan White. Drama has the different but beautiful voice of Horn and the new keyboard sound of Downes. Machine Messiah holds its own in the realm of Yes epics, with the most guitar dominance on one since Yours Is No Disgrace. SD 16019; Vinyl LP). Not sure what to make of Man in a White Car, with its Wire-like song length, except to wish it were longer and to think that it makes perfect sense that Trevor Horn went into music production full-time (Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Welcome to the Pleasuredome being my favourite). Holy Hammond organ Batman, listen to those keyboards - it is a new decade! Anyway, I know the album since it was released, very well. “Drama” has the different but beautiful voice of Horn and the new keyboard sound of Downes. I get that the band didn't want to just completely abandon their prog roots so quickly, but this album really shines when it just tries to be a solid rock album. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2004 Cinram Pressing CD release of Drama on Discogs. The absence of Rick Wakeman has been experienced before, and the band pulled out one of their best works as a response. Read more. Run Through The Light isn't much better. With Leah McKendrick, Patrick Zeller, Matt Pascua, Shari Belafonte. You know, my really inttention is reviewing albums where the different members of Yes participated as solo or members of other projects as effective members and not as guests. ~ Ralph Greco, Jr. It's so clear and completely avoids sound outdated or "80s overload.". DIY Diamond Painting Cross Stitch Drama Actor Needlework Home Decoration Lady Photo Full Diamond Embroidery F276. About the other projects of each members, you seem to be more knowledgeable than me. But, I declined that. "Drama" is a good album to end my reviews about Yes' studio albums, at the moment. Imagine my surprise when the new record wasn’t anywhere near the unlistenable tosh that Tormato was, or the overblown rambling of... every other Yes record ( I have somewhat softened in my feelings about Yes in subsequent years, don’t hate me). I would recommend this album to anyone that likes Yes or to anyone that is just getting into them. I have to say I’ve never liked Yes. Cheers and patience. YES Drama music review by ZowieZiggy. Billy Master: At the time of release, I was very much in the "No Anderson, No Yes" camp, and refused to even listen to it. Yes Drama Tour 1980 Jim Ladd Innerview Radio Broadcast 1980 21 Minutes. I think you must have more two or three months of waiting. Drama from Yes released in 1980 is a very big inprovement over Tormato, who was for me a good album but less intristing then before. But now to the actual songs. Not having to listen to Anderson’s weird East Lancs rolled ‘r’ pronunciation was a blessing for a start, but what was a real shock was how much I liked this new version of Yes’s brevity. Ain't music ace? Lol. Run Through the Light Drama is an enjoyable album. Drama remains the only Yes album I’ve ever loved. Album Rating: 4.0I absolutely agree with you Diva. Scott Spalding: I love this album! I think Drama suffers a little bit from being a part of the odd transition period into a new sound. Especially because the guitar work of Steve Howe on Drama is so majestic it makes me forget (and forgive in fact) all the keyboard sounds that didn’t age well and the early synthesiser effects which were about to become so prominent in 90125. Great stuff! And that's what Yes were at their best (as on most of Going for the One): Melodic, catchy, pop songs with bells on. 40. It's true. Banks is one of their original singer I 've reviewed a Yes album, 's... 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