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DramaDrama is the tenth studio album from the English rock band Yes, released on 18 August 1980 on Atlantic Records. It is their only album to feature Trevor Horn in the band's line-up as lead vocalist, following the departure of Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman in March 1980 after unsuccessful recording sessions in Paris and London for a new album. Horn was joined by Geoffrey Downes, his partner in the new wave band The Buggles. Drama was recorded in a short amount of time as a tour was already booked prior to the change in personnel. It marked a departure in the band's musical direction with songs more accessible and aggressive that featured the use of modern keyboards and a vocoder.
Drama was released to a mostly positive critical reception, with most welcoming the band's new sound. The album peaked at No. 2 in the UK and No. 18 in the US, their lowest charting album there since 1971 which fell short of reaching Gold certification by the RIAA. Into the Lens was released as the album's sole single. Yes toured the album with a 1980 tour of North America and the UK, and were met with some negative reactions during the latter leg over the new line-up change. They disbanded at its conclusion; Horn ventured into producing, Howe and Downes co-formed Asia, and Squire and White formed Cinema with Trevor Rabin which led to a reformed Yes in 1983.1. Machine Messiah
2. White Car
3. Does It Really Happen?
4. Into The Lens
5. Run Through The Light
6. Tempus Fugit$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Drama1980 was an interesting year for the legendary prog-rockers Yes. While the Close To The Edge line-up was taking a break for a few years, founding member Chris Squire maintained the legendary status of the band along with long-time band mates Steve Howe and Alan White, with new members Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes (both from The Buggles), and created the hard rocking masterpiece Drama.
A bit of a departure from the more classically oriented feel of previous efforts, this album slammed all the way to the top of the rock charts! From the kick off track Machine Messiah, Yes was a new entity with a lot of guts, flair for delivering a hit album, and a darling of the new video medium thanks to the support of outlets like MTV.
New Yes vocalist Trevor Horn and keyboardist Geoff Downes were nothing but first class musicians from the word go, and the writing of the band in total truly generated some of the more enduring tunes in their four decade long catalog. For instance, the entire side two of this album was usually played in its entirety at radio due to the power of each song. With stand outs like Into The Lens with its I Am A Camera refrain, it was easy to hear why this new edgy Yes sound truly resonated in the early '80s. If you need more proof, how about the incredible musicianship on Run Through The Light, and of course the super hit Tempus Fugit, both of which made this album the classic that it is to this day. Steve Howes guitar work was second to none, along with some very heavy bass and drum work throughout from Chris Squire and Alan White, Drama was truly a remarkable team effort for Yes.
Friday Music is once again the proud home of yet another classic Yes masterpiece, with their masterwork Drama. Issued here for the first time in the 180g audiophile vinyl format, the fans have been requesting this and of course, we heard you loud and clear. This limited edition album is mastered from the original Atlantic tapes by Joe Reagoso (Close To The Edge/90120/Relayer) and also includes the limited edition gatefold cover, as you remember it.1. Machine Messiah
2. White Car
3. Does It Really Happen?
4. Into The Lens
5. Run Through The Light
6. Tempus Fugit$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
45th Anniversary Limited Edition!
First Time Audiophile Vinyl And Gatefold Cover Presentation!
Mastered Impeccably From The Original Atlantic Records Tapes By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios And Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA
After four plus decades of recording a staggering catalog of top charting albums, a plethora of successful worldwide
tours and basically being the original architects of the prog-rock genre, Yes have continually given the fans their all and it all
began humbly in 1969 with their first LP simply called Yes.
With an ever interesting line-up of world class musicianship, this highly regarded chapter of Yes consisted of Jon
Anderson (vocals), Chris Squire (bass/vocals), Peter Banks (guitars/vocals), Bill Bruford on drums and keyboardist Tony Kaye.
Yes truly stands as absolutely one of the most intriguing debut albums to begin the dawn of the prog-rock movement.
Yes fans continue to praise Yes as a truly inspiring masterwork. This important piece of music consists of eight amazing
Yes workouts such as the definitive side one opener Beyond and Before, the art rock driven interpretation of The Beatles'
Every Little Thing and of course the international fan favorite Survival. Also featured from the Vincent Gallo film Buffalo '66 is
the classic Sweetness from this incredible first album release.
Yes enthusiasts were superlatively rewarded with even more progressive rock favorites as the brilliant acoustic driven
balladry of Jon Anderson's Yesterday, Chris Squire and Jon Anderson's superb centerpiece Looking Around and the powerful
Bill Bruford, Jon Anderson and Chris Squire Harold Land truly made Yes one of the finest albums of the early classic rock era.
As we continue our exclusive and extensive Yes 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, Friday Music is very honored to announce their 1969 masterpiece Yes. Issued for the first time on premium sound 180 gram high grade audiophile vinyl, this
exceptional work is now mastered impeccably from the original Atlantic Records tapes by Joe Reagoso (Close to the Edge,
Drama, Tales From Topographic Oceans, 90125, Relayer).
To celebrate the 45th Anniversary of this amazing album, this limited edition masterpiece is housed in a beautiful first
time gatefold cover and includes the original stunning U.S. artwork by Haig Adishian, featuring the rare lyrics which are now
inside the inside gatefold art.
So, let us celebrate the audiophile dream recording from Yes with the exclusive Friday Music presentation of their debut
masterwork Yes. Another definitive treasure awaits you from the Yes 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series exclusively from
your friends at Friday Music. Look for more Yes 45th Anniversary releases this year from Friday Music as we continue to
celebrate the wonderful music of this incredible superstar act. Looking Around You!1. Beyond and Before
2. I See You
3. Yesterday and Today
4. Looking Around
5. Harold Land
6. Every Little Thing
8. Survival$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Topographic Drama - Live Across AmericaIn the Summer of 2016, YES embarked upon an ambitious tour. At each show, the band performed its 1980 album 'Drama' in its entirety - for the first time ever - plus sides one and four from YES' 1973 double-album 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' (their first number one album), together with fan favourites like 'Roundabout' and 'Starship Trooper'.
Rhino salutes the influential progressive rockers - who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year - with the new live album, TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA - LIVE ACROSS AMERICA. The music will be available as a Triple-LP. The release features detailed cover art designed by the band's longtime collaborator Roger Dean.
The new collection features live performances from 12 dates recorded on the tour in February 2017, by the current Yes line-up: Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Billy Sherwood (bass), Jon Davison (vocals), and additional drummer for this tour Jay Schellen.
TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA - LIVE ACROSS AMERICA highlights the best performances from the 2017 leg of the 12-show tour and mirrors the set list from those concerts. Each night, Yes opened with all six songs from Drama (1980), the band's tenth studio album, which peaked at No.2 on the U.K. Album Chart. Standouts include 'Machine Messiah', 'Tempus Fugit' and the album's only single 'Into The Lens'.
After 'Drama', the band shifted gears for songs from two of its best-selling albums: 'And You And I' from 1972's 'Close To The Edge' (UK Platinum) and 'Heart Of The Sunrise' from 1971's 'Fragile' (UK Platinum).
Next, the group played the opening and closing tracks of its concept album, 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' (1973). Howe's exceptional guitar work on 'The Revealing Science Of God' and White's propulsive drumming on 'Ritual' have always been regarded as ground-breaking. The album concludes with two live staples: 'Roundabout' from 'Fragile' (1971) and 'Starship Trooper' from 'The Yes Album' (1971).
Among the world's most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES was founded in 1968. The Grammy-Award® winning recording artists have sold more than 50 million records in a career that has so far spanned six decades.LP 1
1. Machine Messiah
2. White Car
3. Does It Really Happen?
4. Into The Lens
5. Run Through The Light
6. Tempus Fugit
1. And You And I
2. Heart Of The Sunrise
3. The Revealing Science Of God
4. Leaves Of Green
3. Starship Trooper$59.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Yes Album (Box Set)
The Yes/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!
45th Anniversary Limited Edition!
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Mastered Impeccably From The Original Atlantic Records Tapes By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios
And Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA
After four decades of recording a staggering catalog of top charting albums, a plethora of successful
worldwide tours and basically the original architects of the prog-rock genre, the makings of their superstar reign
began during the recording sessions for masterpiece The Yes Album.
With an ever interesting line-up of world class musicianship, this highly regarded chapter of Yes consisted
of Jon Anderson (vocals), Chris Squire (bass/vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), Tony Kaye (keyboards) and the
introduction of Steve Howe (guitars/vocals), The Yes Album truly stands as absolutely one of the finest and most
revered rock albums of all time.
Yes fans continue to praise The Yes Album as a truly inspiring masterwork. This important piece of music
consists of six amazing Yes workouts such as the definitive album opener Yours Is No Disgrace, the hard rocking
Starship Trooper, and the brilliant I've Seen All Good People which featured the massive hit single Your Move.
From this moment on, there was no looking back for this superstar quintet.
Yes enthusiasts were superlatively rewarded with even more progressive rock favorites as the brilliant
acoustic driven guitar work of Steve Howe's Clap, Chris Squire and Jon Anderson's superb Perpetual Change
and the jazz-rock fusion of A Venture truly made The Yes Album one of the finest albums of the classic rock era.
As we continue our exclusive and extensive Yes 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, Friday Music is very
honored to announce their 1971 masterpiece The Yes Album. Issued for the first time on 2 LP 180 gram 45 rpm
audiophile vinyl, this exceptional work is now mastered impeccably from the original Atlantic Records tapes by
Joe Reagoso (Close to the Edge, Drama, Tales From Topographic Oceans, 90125, Relayer).
To celebrate the 45th Anniversary of this amazing album, this limited edition masterpiece is housed in a
beautiful box set and features a stunning gatefold cover inside, which includes the historic photography of Phil
Franks and Jon Goodchild's cover design.
So, let us celebrate the audiophile dream recording from Yes with the exclusive Friday Music Deluxe 45 rpm
2 LP Box Set presentation of their masterwork The Yes Album exclusively from your friends at Friday Music.
Look for more Yes 45th Anniversary releases this year from Friday Music as we continue to celebrate the wonderful
music of our incredible superstar act. I've Seen All Good People!LP 1
1. Yours Is No Disgrace
3. Starship Trooper
a. Life Seeker
1. I've Seen All Good People
a. Your Move
b. All Good People
2. A Venture
3. Perpetual Change$59.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM Box Set - 2 LPs Buy Now
DawningMight the time finally be right for Mouth of the Architect? For a decade, the Ohio band has largely been ghettoized to cult status, familiar to Midwestern kids or those paying more than casual attention to what's clumsily called "post-metal," at least post-Isis. Between 2004 and 2008, Mouth of the Architect released three rather convincing-- if sometimes haphazardly indulgent-- records of unified doom and grace. Dependent upon extreme dynamics and grand composition, with track lengths that ticked into the teens and albums that stretched past the hour mark, Mouth of the Architect seemed like a natural recipient of the same "brainy metal" laurels then distributed by outlets as illustrious as The New York Times.
But the ascendance never came, and since 2008's teetering Quietly, the band instead lingered at the threshold of self-destruction. They released an EP in 2010, but, as a revealing Invisible Oranges look into the band's last half-decade suggests, they mostly tried not to die-- as a group, really, or as people. "Some of us were convinced that the end was coming, either the big picture or individually," drummer Dave Mann told Brad Sanders. "Some of us, me in particular, were in a downward spiral in a lot of ways."
The appropriately titled new album Dawning is their first in five years and their first featuring bassist Evan Danielson. It's also their best work to date, a fully realized resurrection. Dawning showcases a band that now moves with an intricacy and immediacy that indicate just what Mouth of the Architect is: a veteran group comprising members with long rÉsumÉs, who've now gotten a chance to begin again and know what to do with it. A wonder of tension and release, Dawning is designed to throw listeners into tailspins and, then, to lift them above the mess. That drama not only reflects the survival of the band that stuck around long enough to make this album but also of a group that's now pushed past the cloister of post-metal: Despite the hardened visage of tough-guy screams, burly guitar tones, and Mann's aggressive drumming, Dawning is a compulsively likable record, full of anthems meant for memorizing and environments meant for immersion. (Hell, "Sharpen Your Axes" could pass for millennial Incubus.) If you've ever liked Isis there's plenty for you here; on the other hand, if you like, say, Abbey Road-- or any music that tries to outstrip the structure of a single song while not abandoning its magnetism-- Dawning deserves your time, too.
Should the metal prefixes "progressive" or even "post-" suggest long-winded, self-invested excursions nestled within songs that require an almanac, scrap the notion for Dawning. Yes, these songs stretch between seven and 11 minutes each, but even the longest, centerpiece "How This Will End, hinges upon narrative thrust and musical selflessness. If there are any guitar solos here at all, they come toward the start and the finish of "How This Will End, when a neon electric tone arches over a mounting cavalcade of drums and bass. Rather than serve as breaks in the momentum, though, both passages lead tremendous swells that rise to meet the troika of vocalists in another instance of triumph. Not one moment among these 11 minutes seems squandered or lost, as the quintet keeps rising and falling, churning and rebuilding.
Opener "Lullabye" establishes that principle from the jump, or as soon as traipsing acoustic guitar and twinkling piano concede to a heroic riff wrapped within three-part, gang-style harmonies. Mouth of the Architect move constantly between parts; at various points, they leap from near-silence to a quake viscous enough to make plenty of stoner metal sound thin, from guitar leads that suggest Chicago blues moan to math-rock redirection. Behind the kit, Mann serves as the expert rudder, keeping the songs steady even as he navigates the transfers. This constant swivel also depends upon the split vocal duties of Steve Brooks, Kevin Schindel, and Jason Watkins. They trade verses, flip-flopping between pristine radio rock leads and malevolent growls, sometimes only for a line at the time. They often share choruses, delivering them the sort of group-vocal abandon that hints at a darkened Danielson Family. Their singing-- here, more charged and urgent than it's ever been-- gives all of the band's moving pieces a through-line from one side to the other.
Talk of the tide of intelligent or somehow otherwise-elevated heavy music hasn't faded during Mouth of the Architect's temporary absence. Though both Sunn O))) and the late Isis have only released one album since MotA's last one, the acceptance of and debate over nominally black metal acts such as Liturgy, Wolves in the Throne Room, Krallice and Deafheaven has kept that conversation current. Mouth of the Architect only nods to that au courant talking point during Dawning, most notably with the blizzard of tremolo guitars that open "It Swarms" and the clattering way the band emerges from an instrumental break during "Sharpen Your Axes". But at the very least, Dawning deserves mention alongside Deafheaven's Sunbather, a record that's most notable for its holistic approach to drama and romance and the complete cinema of itself. Mouth of the Architect has long written from a vantage of imminent apocalypse, a perspective Dawning does not forego. There's talk of collapsing systems and prevailing darkness, spent luck and idolized disrepair. But at record's end, when Mouth of the Architect's three singers trade and share lines about risking it all even if they come up short, it's hard not to hear a core of redemption and potential hope within the music itself. And after returning from the brink to make one of the year's most rapturous records, metal or post-metal or whatever, there had better be.
- Grayson Currin (Pitchfork)1. Lullabye
2. It Swarms
3. Sharpen Your Eyes
4. How Will This End
6. The Other Son$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
IterationRepetition is a form of change, reads one of Brian Eno's Oblique
Strategies. Seth Haley knows the concept well, and his style of
technicolour synth-wave takes the mantra as a challenge. Six
years after Galactic Melt introduced the cosmic story of Com
Truise, Iteration now concludes his sprawling saga. True to its
name, the album is built on Com Truise hallmarks: neon-streaked
melodies, big drums, robotic grooves, bleary nostalgia. But
Iteration is also the most elegant and streamlined that Haley's
singular music has ever sounded.
At the album's heart is an elaborate narrative, one full of longing,
hope, anxiety, and triumph. Iteration illustrates the last moments
Com Truise spends on the perilous planet Wave 1, before he and
his alien love escape its clutches to live in peace. ...Of Your Fake
Dimension launches the interstellar drama with its anthemic
swells and widescreen sound design, before lovesick songs like
Dryswch and Propagation outline scenes wrought with
cybernetic pathos. Later, the frantic rhythms of Syrthio conjure
images of panicked flight as Haley's gorgeous synth melodies gild
the action in quiet heartbreak. Then comes the resounding When
Will You Find The Limit , when Iteration's pain and sadness finds
liberation in the vast unknown. The closing title track ends it all in
a gush of majestic revelry.
So goes the winding story that Iteration tells, and yet there's more
behind its telling. I try hard not to write from my personal life, but
it's inevitably going to seep into the music, Haley explains. It's
basically like I'm scoring this film in my head, but that film I'm
scoring is also somehow my life. There are glimpses of the
difficult time the East Coast native spent adjusting to a new life in
Los Angeles, fighting homesickness and burnout while also
touring the world. It was a time full of uncertainty, transition, and
self-realization. After a year and a half of living in California,
Hayley finally recaptured his creativity by finding new excitement
in his work. I put more air, more breathing room in the
music-that was the big change, he says. And once that clicked,
the album just poured out of him. It was like an information
dump. I feel like I finished the record in two weeks.
Such a clear refinement of the Com Truise sound took time to
develop, but Iteration is well worth the patience and persever- ance it cost. Some of Haley's smartest, catchiest work is here,
from the weightless pop of Isostasy to Ternary's lush
synth-funk. A song like Vacuume somehow balances massive
bass drops and smashing drums with angelic gasps, and
Usurper gracefully pairs subtle poignancy and uplifting dance
beats. For me, it feels like change, Hayley says of his second
album, and yes, this is Com Truise like never before. By embracing
the music's inherent nature and peerless qualities, Iteration finds
new avenues of expression in its vivid, familiar surroundings.1. ... Of Your Fake Dimension
11. When Will You Find The Limit...
12. Iteration$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now