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move forward was my friend's only cry

roundabout
cans & brahms
we have heaven
south side of the sky
5% for nothing
long distance runaround
the fish (schindleria præmaturus)
mood for a day
heart of the sunrise


reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 13 April 2018 00:44 (one week ago) Permalink

for shame that this hasn't been polled yet

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 13 April 2018 00:45 (one week ago) Permalink

Heart of the Sunrise or go home.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 13 April 2018 00:46 (one week ago) Permalink

Great album, but not a hard choice: "Heart of the Sunrise"

JRN, Friday, 13 April 2018 00:46 (one week ago) Permalink

South Side, baby!

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 13 April 2018 00:54 (one week ago) Permalink

heart of the sunrise

ciderpress, Friday, 13 April 2018 01:00 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm probably going to go with the one that I named an email address after in the end but there are some strong contenders.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 13 April 2018 01:18 (one week ago) Permalink

Roundabout is one of the best songs ever made

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Friday, 13 April 2018 01:21 (one week ago) Permalink

heart of the Sund4rise

mookieproof, Friday, 13 April 2018 01:21 (one week ago) Permalink

you haven't scaled the summits of existence until you've played 'roundabout' on a football field in a marching band

j., Friday, 13 April 2018 01:23 (one week ago) Permalink

Heart
But South Side in 2nd, so propulsive, so determined, the perfect tune for walking in wind and snow

calstars, Friday, 13 April 2018 01:34 (one week ago) Permalink

tell the moon don't tell the marcher

mookieproof, Friday, 13 April 2018 01:43 (one week ago) Permalink

Howe’s chromatic runs

calstars, Friday, 13 April 2018 02:15 (one week ago) Permalink

Roundabout is a pretty close second for me. Definitely one of the most breathtaking radio singles ever.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 13 April 2018 02:25 (one week ago) Permalink

haha

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KUmPPAQu58

pplains, Friday, 13 April 2018 02:39 (one week ago) Permalink

"Long Distance Runaround" for me, because of the e m p t y s p a c e so graciously left for us (aided by ridiculous bass-drum work by Bill Bruford), as we're waiting to feel the sound, like mountains coming out of the sky and standing there (was it ever colder on that day? I feel lost in the city)

The double bass drum in the first verse when Jon sings "Cold summer" and the Chris Squire bass run when Jon sings "One... Hun...dred"; which he follows with this rad downward bass slide during the second verse when Jon sings "...Sou---ou--ou--ound".

Steve and Rick harmonizing in that awesomely-Bach-esque riff ain't so bad, either.

Prefecture, Friday, 13 April 2018 03:15 (one week ago) Permalink

it's going to be tough to choose between roundabout and south side

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 13 April 2018 03:19 (one week ago) Permalink

long distance runaround!!!

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 13 April 2018 04:17 (one week ago) Permalink

Voting for South Side because it is such a great song, but so often overshadowed by the bigger hit tracks. Love all of Howe's interjections in the verses, and Bruford's drumming is totally badass. A real gritty, chugging song for Yes.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 13 April 2018 04:38 (one week ago) Permalink

I probably mentioned it in the classic rock poll thread a few years back but I didn't realize just how heroic Steve Howe's performance on Roundabout was until I watched a live video. The man also has A+++ guitar faces.

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Friday, 13 April 2018 13:37 (one week ago) Permalink

I remember trying to learn "Roundabout" on guitar and struggling mightily. Howe must have some really long fingers.

frogbs, Friday, 13 April 2018 13:41 (one week ago) Permalink

'South Side of the Sky' is the one that gets stuck in my head the most from this, so that.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 13 April 2018 13:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Not that I know a lot of their work, but I still love "Roundabout" 46 years after I loved it on Top 40. Gone, gone, gone--couldn't get a song like that anywhere near the radio/charts/whatever today.

clemenza, Friday, 13 April 2018 13:52 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, it seems almost surreal that Close to the Edge was a top 5 album.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 13 April 2018 13:57 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm not sure if I have ever listened to the single edit of "Roundabout"! Classic rock stations always play the album version ime.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 13 April 2018 13:59 (one week ago) Permalink

South Side of the Sky

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 13 April 2018 14:00 (one week ago) Permalink

first time I heard "Roundabout" I wondered why they'd borrowed the intro of "From the Beginning" even though it was definitely the other way around

still weird to have two radio hits begin the exact same way

frogbs, Friday, 13 April 2018 14:02 (one week ago) Permalink

I've been faked out by that too.

pplains, Friday, 13 April 2018 14:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Had to be Roundabout, that bassline is so fun to play. But for the most part I don't think this album stacks up against their other albums from their good era, Yes don't really work in short-form for me. But The Fish is pretty cool, it sounds surprisingly ahead of its time I think, you can almost hear Tool being invented.

obnoxious pun (ultros ultros-ghali), Friday, 13 April 2018 15:43 (one week ago) Permalink

first time I heard "Roundabout" I wondered why they'd borrowed the intro of "From the Beginning" even though it was definitely the other way around

The only ELP I know is radio ELP, but I've never heard that song!

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 13 April 2018 16:02 (one week ago) Permalink

Love all of Howe's interjections in the verses

otm but still voted Heart

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 13 April 2018 16:21 (one week ago) Permalink

This album would be a perfect 10 if it lost the solo crap

The Fish is OK but the others are such a drag

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 13 April 2018 16:22 (one week ago) Permalink

True, the Wakeman and Brufors ones are my least favorite, others are fine.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 13 April 2018 16:28 (one week ago) Permalink

Fine but unnecessary

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 13 April 2018 16:28 (one week ago) Permalink

the definition of filler

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 13 April 2018 16:55 (one week ago) Permalink

Heart of the Sunrise over South Side of the Sky because of the cheesy light entertainment section in the latter.

Three Word Username, Friday, 13 April 2018 16:59 (one week ago) Permalink

"We Have Heaven" is one of my favorites

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 13 April 2018 17:22 (one week ago) Permalink

I actually like how those short solo bits work to break up the longer compositions.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 13 April 2018 17:24 (one week ago) Permalink

heart of the sunrise without a second's hesitation.

Louis Jägermeister (jim in vancouver), Friday, 13 April 2018 17:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Going from Roundabout to Cans & Brahms as to be about the shittiest, biggest letdown first to second track transition ever.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 13 April 2018 18:20 (one week ago) Permalink

*has to be

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 13 April 2018 18:20 (one week ago) Permalink

Definitely gonna put on either this or Close to the Edge on the way home now. Getting excited.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 13 April 2018 18:21 (one week ago) Permalink

SHARP
DISTANCE

calstars, Friday, 13 April 2018 18:22 (one week ago) Permalink

Dreamer easy in the chair that really fits you

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 13 April 2018 18:29 (one week ago) Permalink

thought it was “dream more”

calstars, Friday, 13 April 2018 23:34 (one week ago) Permalink

Dreamoire

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 13 April 2018 23:42 (one week ago) Permalink

that works

calstars, Friday, 13 April 2018 23:46 (one week ago) Permalink

SHARP
DISTANCE


otm

when worlds collide I'll see you again (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 14 April 2018 01:18 (one week ago) Permalink

SHORP

j., Saturday, 14 April 2018 02:22 (one week ago) Permalink

Trevor Horn is Aragorn

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 19 April 2018 02:23 (three days ago) Permalink

Tolkien described Wakeman at the time of The Lord of the Rings as having a long face and a high forehead, "...he had deep darkling eyes ... His hair and beard were white, but strands of black still showed around his lips and ears."[24] His hair is elsewhere described as having been black when he first arrived in Middle-earth. He is referred to as 'Wakeman the White' and is said to have originally worn white robes, but on his first entry in The Fellowship of the Ring they instead appear to be "woven from all colours [, they] shimmered and changed hue so that the eye was bewildered" and he names himself 'Wakeman of Many Colours'.[25]

calstars, Thursday, 19 April 2018 02:44 (three days ago) Permalink

Thinking Squire is more of a Boromir

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 19 April 2018 02:50 (three days ago) Permalink

Idk considering Wakeman did a whole album isnpried by Lord of the Rings, he prob wouldn’t be too picky about his character

bhad bhabie...you gon' hurt your bhack (voodoo chili), Thursday, 19 April 2018 04:02 (three days ago) Permalink

Which of the eight wives would he be?

pplains, Thursday, 19 April 2018 04:07 (three days ago) Permalink

The LOTR album seems to be a scam.

AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston
Thanks to the timely release of the massive Lord of the Rings movie cycle and perhaps seeing a potentially new and untapped fan market, BMG appropriated material from Rick Wakeman's Heritage Suite and Seven Wonders of the World recordings, retitled the songs based on various names and places in Tolkien's novels, and repackaged this CD to appear as if Wakeman spent time toiling away in his studio to work on a tribute album. This illusion is passed off successfully for casual listeners, but die-hard fans may already own most of this material. Nevertheless, the production here is exactly what you would expect from a Wakeman record: crisp, clean production with technical wizardry and musical acrobatics abound. While Tolkien fans may find this a curious release to pick up, loyalists might want to consider sitting this one out.

jmm, Thursday, 19 April 2018 04:18 (three days ago) Permalink

seriously, I'm listening to Roundabout right now, and I cannot even remotely see the point in any of this

imago, Thursday, 19 April 2018 11:29 (three days ago) Permalink

There's no drama, no movement, no variation. I don't care how funky it is

imago, Thursday, 19 April 2018 11:30 (three days ago) Permalink

Like, this is the Heart Of The Sunrise EP as far as I'm concerned. Makes total sense that these were CTTE castoffs

imago, Thursday, 19 April 2018 11:34 (three days ago) Permalink

Was about to say 'Long Distance Runaround just got awesome' but then I realised that I was 2 minutes into The Fish. They're both great though, and excellently-sequenced

imago, Thursday, 19 April 2018 11:46 (three days ago) Permalink

Oh man it is an actual segue! Imagine how great it would be if they did it as one song and then brought back the LDR theme except with all the layered (sea) bass. IMAGINE

imago, Thursday, 19 April 2018 11:47 (three days ago) Permalink

Even the vaunted Heart Of The Sunrise gets lost in that keyboard interplay bit and has to be saved by its last two minutes. I'm voting The Fish

you may now FP away

imago, Thursday, 19 April 2018 11:58 (three days ago) Permalink

shame

calstars, Thursday, 19 April 2018 11:59 (three days ago) Permalink

the point of "roundabout" is that it fuckin rocks

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:11 (three days ago) Permalink

I don't care how funky it is

Now there’s a board description

bhad bhabie...you gon' hurt your bhack (voodoo chili), Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:28 (three days ago) Permalink

lol

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:33 (three days ago) Permalink

Was about to say 'Long Distance Runaround just got awesome' but then I realised that I was 2 minutes into The Fish.

I love LDR, but I've had that reaction too.

pplains, Thursday, 19 April 2018 13:12 (three days ago) Permalink

the point of "roundabout" is that it fuckin rocks

― flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 19 April 2018 13:11 (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

obnoxious pun (ultros ultros-ghali), Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:28 (three days ago) Permalink

LJ, sometimes (a lot of times) I just don't get you

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:32 (three days ago) Permalink

*cut to imago at a Parliament concert, standing perfectly still*

bhad bhabie...you gon' hurt your bhack (voodoo chili), Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:35 (three days ago) Permalink

What is the point of this funk?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:40 (three days ago) Permalink

smdh

j., Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:46 (three days ago) Permalink

am I Geir now

imago, Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:50 (three days ago) Permalink

Yeah, I don't really agree with "no movement, no variation" when we're talking about example 11 here. (Whole article analysing scalar relationships in Yes songs here.) It begins with a beatless passage based on backwards piano and fingerpicked guitar, moves into a light funky groove for the verses, switches up to a choppy rock riff in the relative major for the choruses, passes through contrasting interludes and solos and gives you a polyphonic layered vocal coda before closing with more folky fingerpicking - and yet, it all flows so smoothly and never feels like it actually takes up 8 and a half minutes to me. xps

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:50 (three days ago) Permalink

I love loads of funky Yes and Chris Squire is some kind of insane music hero but the notes, chords and modulations used in Roundabout don't excite me and it doesn't exude the party-jam hedonism of Parliament so my poor aspie brain doesn't know how to interpret it and here we all are

imago, Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:55 (three days ago) Permalink

look closer, louis, hold the land

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:55 (three days ago) Permalink

otoh I listened to loads of Yes today and now I like the GFTO title track about 10% more

imago, Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:56 (three days ago) Permalink

have you tried playing roundabout louder

j., Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:01 (three days ago) Permalink

Yeah, "Roundabout" is more straightforward than other Yes epics in harmonic and melodic terms and it's more about putting a groove behind Beatlesque prettiness than about party-jam hedonism so, yeah, maybe not your thing. xp

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:01 (three days ago) Permalink

have you tried playing roundabout louder

― j., Thursday, April 19, 2018 8:01 AM (one minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:03 (three days ago) Permalink

i listened to 'roundabout' the other day and was surprised at how much it reminded me of jefferson airplane

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:04 (three days ago) Permalink

i'd suggest looking up a live video, that way even if the song still doesn't appeal to you, you can still appreciate steve howe and his incredible facial expressions (also pretty good guitar playing)

bhad bhabie...you gon' hurt your bhack (voodoo chili), Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:05 (three days ago) Permalink

I thought a bit of Yes when I first heard Red Octopus. xp

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:06 (three days ago) Permalink

guys "Long Distance Runaround" and "The Fish" are the same track, this is canon

frogbs, Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:08 (three days ago) Permalink

i listened to 'roundabout' the other day and was surprised at how much it reminded me of jefferson airplane

also i just had the funny thought that Yes and JA kind of have the same name, but i am a bit high on meds right now

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:22 (three days ago) Permalink

the jon anderson airplane -- sherman "mr. jefferson" hemsley's favorite band

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:26 (three days ago) Permalink

“Funky”...”straightforward”...this is not why I put on Yes

calstars, Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:56 (three days ago) Permalink

guys "Long Distance Runaround" and "The Fish" are the same track, this is canon

One of very few examples where I edited the two files together in my iTunes so that they always come up together, as was intended.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:05 (three days ago) Permalink

yeah it's disorienting on the radio when LDR ends and The Fish doesn't pop up next

bhad bhabie...you gon' hurt your bhack (voodoo chili), Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:07 (three days ago) Permalink

classic rock radio blew it imho by never much playing the live "fish" on yessongs

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:18 (three days ago) Permalink

"Roundabout" is only straightforward in comparison to other Yes epics!

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:34 (three days ago) Permalink

And it wasn't a contender for my vote tbc; I just think of it as a classic. Part of it is probably just growing up with it as a classic rock staple (at least on my local station) and it being the first Yes song I ever heard.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:36 (three days ago) Permalink

I never heard Runaround/The Fish together on FM radio. Maybe the program directors were like, "Look, we already played one Yes song, all right?"

pplains, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:39 (three days ago) Permalink

"Roundabout" is only straightforward in comparison to other Yes epics!

― No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:34 AM (ten minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

seriously

bhad bhabie...you gon' hurt your bhack (voodoo chili), Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:45 (three days ago) Permalink

it's an 8 and a half minute jam that managed to worm its way onto regular radio rotation cause of the sheer undeniability of its plentiful hooks

bhad bhabie...you gon' hurt your bhack (voodoo chili), Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:47 (three days ago) Permalink

Hey everyone. So this is a thing I do with my life now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ospDSOyjuC4

pplains, Friday, 20 April 2018 13:47 (two days ago) Permalink

perfect!

jmm, Friday, 20 April 2018 13:53 (two days ago) Permalink

all clear

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKI0d6TMlhM

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 20 April 2018 15:28 (two days ago) Permalink


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