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Album Review

For this one album, ex-Buggles Geoffrey Downes and Trevor Horn were drafted in to replace Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman. It rocks harder than other Yes albums, and for classically inclined fans, it was a jarring departure; but it was a harbinger of Yes and Asia albums to come. A newly emboldened Chris Squire lays down aggressive rhythms with Alan White, and Steve Howe eschews his usual acoustic rags and flamenco licks for a more metallic approach, opting for sheets of electric sound. Prime cuts include the doom-laden "Machine Messiah" and the manic ska inflections of "Tempus Fugit." Despite the promise of this new material, the band soon fell apart; Horn went into production, Howe and Downes joined Asia, and Squire and White toyed and then gave up on a pair-up with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, which was to be titled XYZ (i.e., Ex-Yes and Zeppelin). [Drama was reissued by Rhino in 2004 with a whopping ten bonus tracks, including single versions of "Into the Lens" and "Run Through the Light," tracking sessions for "Tempus Fugit" and "White Car," and six previously unreleased songs.]

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In response to "Uhhhhhhh...."

Yes, Jon Anderson was a large part of Yes' sound, but I think if you examine their career, the one CONSTANT is Chris Squire. No Chris Squire, no Yes. And Squire is all OVER this album! He is truly one of the geniuses and innovators of the bass guitar, and almost any Yes album has great examples of his brilliant playing. Much like John Entwistle with The Who, Yes would not have sounded like Yes with a different bass player.

very underrated lp from yes

I hear a LOT of complaints that Jon Anderson isn't on this lp, but so what? It's still a great piece of work. YES has never exactly been known for their unity as a band, there have been MANY people in and out of this band over the years....look at it as a great piece of pop/rock and prog, it's worth getting for at least 3 songs-'machine messiah', the brilliantly infectious 'into the lens', and the incredible 'tempus fugit'. The bass and drums are amazing on this lp, and if anything, their collaboration w/ Trevor Horn led to bigger and better things-he ended up producing their most successful lp ever, 1983's '90125'. My fave of the bonus tracks is 'HAVE WE REALLY GOT TO GO THROUGH THIS', an instrumental that is actually kind of funky, it sounds like a lost classic tv theme or something. Brilliant stuff, with or without Jon Anderson!

One of Yes's best

This album is probably the most consistent Yes album. Squire, Howe, and White are an excellent trio, and new members Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn don't fail to impress. Although this is the only Yes album made without Jon Anderson on vocals, it is just as amazing as the others before it. Trevor Horn actually sounds a lot like Jon Anderson! I think all the band members outdid themselves on this one. Highlights include Machine Messiah, Does it Really Happen, and Tempus Fugit. Get it!


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 listeners drawn to their mix of daunting...
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