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Upon its release in 1978, Tormato entered a world changed by punk rock, new wave, and disco. The band's brand of virtuoso progressive rock was all but dead and the 'dinosaur' comments thrived in earnest. However, while the band's time and place may have been come and gone, its compositional power is in surprisingly strong gear. "Release, Release" kicks with extra force. Steve Howe's guitars curl and slash around keyboardist Rick Wakeman's thrilling arpeggiated runs. Jon Anderson's vocals and spaced out lyrical concerns may lose some in the ozone. "Arriving UFO" and "Circus of Heaven" seem to be reaching for the band's past glories. No one, however, will mistake "Future Times/Rejoice," "Don't Kill the Whale," and "On the Silent Wings of Freedom" for anything other than a progressive rock band's look at the world. It is a leaner, meaner machine as bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White churn together in tight collaboration. The expanded edition includes an a cappella version of "Days," "Abilene," and several other cuts that made it onto future solo albums and other projects, such as "High" which was reworked as "Sketches In the Sun" by Steve Howe for album GTR.

Customer Reviews

one of the great yes albums

Tormato really shows some good Yes songs. The guy who wrote the review is an idiot. The bonus tracks are great. I think Tormato is one of the greatest Yes albums (up there with CTTE, Relayer, Yes album, TFTO, and Fragile) If you're a Yes fan, you'll love it!

Don't listen to the so called "Prog Snob" experts

Alan White once remarked: "Whenever I'm in America, the album most people ask me to sign is Tormato." That is very telling. While time has not treated this 1978 offering nicely, or the so called Prog Rock experts, "Tormato" is a wonderful addition to the Yes canon and nice follow up to their previous effort "Going For The One" in 1977. I'll admit, it's not as good as "Going For The One", but it certainly stands up on it's own. Take the opening track "Future Times/Rejoice" - a terrific and hard rocking track with a tremedous snare drum sound. This was used to open the show for the 1978-79 World Tour. Many Yes fans, myself included would like to see this re-appear in the their setlist sometime soon. There is also a few forgotten gems on this one as well. "Madrigal" and "Onward" to be precise. Anderson's lyrics certainly did take a new direction during this era, but I really don't think the music suffered because of it. The closer (on the original release) "On The Silent Wings Of Freedom" is one of the most fast paced furious Yes rockers you'll ever find. Chris Squire's bass dominates this tune in an awesome way. In 2004, "Tormato" along with just about every other "Classic Yes" period album (sans "Yessongs, Yesterdays") were digitally remastered (again!), but were expanded as well. "Tormato" nearly doubles the length of the original LP with the bonus tracks included here. These are from the ill fated "Paris Sessions" from 1979 which ultimately ended the era of "Classic Yes." Which didn't reform until 1996! The "Classic Yes" Line Up (Anderson-Squire-Howe-Wakeman-White) is revered for many reasons, but if you look at their output, they only recorded a grand total of 3 albums together in the 1970's. "Tales From Topographic Oceans," "Going For The One" and "Tormato." In 1996, they did record some new studio material eventually released as "Keystudio" which is brilliant as well. What Yesfans would like to see is this era of music represented better live in concert. Those 3 albums alone are as good as any in Yes' catelouge, in my opinion. If you want to go deeper into the world of Yes, and get past the standard hits ("All Good People/Roundabout/Long Distance Runaround"), give "Tormato" several honest listens. You won't be disappointed. (:


It was 1988 and I decided to venture away from the safe of 1980's Classic Yes and 1983's 90125 and buy a used warped LP of Tormato. I powered up the record player and I thought let's go wild and listen to side 2 first which started off with Arriving UFO. For a listener who only heard the greatest hits of early Yes-London and the modern pop-rock of Yes-West I was confused. I threatened myself to just switch it off. I didn't and I listened to it over and over again. The expanded version is great because you get to hear what Yes-Paris was going to sound like.


Formed: 1968 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Far and away the longest lasting and the most successful of the '70s progressive rock groups, Yes proved to be one of the lingering success stories from that musical genre. The band, founded in 1968, overcame a generational shift in its audience and the departure of its most visible members at key points in its history to reach the end of the century as the definitive progressive rock band. Their audience remained huge because they had always attracted younger...
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