Yes, “Madrigal” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

The Jon Anderson / Rick Wakeman composition “Madrigal” from 1978’s Tormato initially seems to be an oddity among oddities.

Musically, the song is built on Wakeman’s harpsichord-like synthesizer. Anderson’s lyrics are mystical, yet combine noticeable outer space themes. Steve Howe provides a solid foundation with his always-tasteful electric and acoustic guitar, but it’s Wakeman who moves the song along.

Just when the song builds, however, it’s over. “Madrigal” may be the only track by the world’s greatest progressive rock band on Tormato which ends too soon.


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.
Preston Frazier