Yes, “Clear Days” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

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Jon Anderson has written a few classic Yes songs by himself. A couple that immediately come to mind include “Astral Traveler” — from later in this sophomore 1970 release, Time and a Word — and, much later, the title track from 1977’s Going For The One.

Sadly, “Clear Days” is not a high point for the world’s greatest progressive rock band.

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In fact, there is nothing progressive about the track, which is weighed down by a dirge like orchestral arrangement, flower-power lyrics, and a sappy vocal arrangement. “Clear Days” underscores just how much Yes was still struggling with its identity.

Actually, there are very few Yes-type elements, with just Tony Kaye’s piano making an appearance with Jon Anderson’s vocals. As such, “Clear Days” may be an interesting signpost for Yes, but little else.

Perhaps this is what drove the late guitarist Peter Banks from the band.

Preston Frazier’s YESterdays is a song-by-song feature that explores the unforgettable musical legacy of Yes. The series runs every other Tuesday.

Preston Frazier

Preston Frazier

Preston Frazier is a bass-playing lawyer living in Atlanta. His first Steely Dan exposure was with an eight-track cassette of 'Pretzel Logic.' He can be reached at slangofages@icloud.com; follow him on Twitter: @slangofages. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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