Mike Tiano remembers Keith Emerson, the legendary Emerson Lake and Palmer keyboardist who died on March 10, 2016.
A high water mark for Yes, the title track from 1972’s ‘Close to the Edge’ was the result of a slightly different approach.
Is “Heart of the Sunrise” about the power of the sun – or being lost in a city? Whatever the concept, this represents Yes at the peak of their powers.
“I got back to England, after a very successful tour – and my phone rings at 11:30 at night,” Keith Emerson remembered. “It was their then-manager Brian Lane.”
“The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus),” from Yes’ 1971 album Fragile, is a fitting contribution from the late, great Chris Squire.
“Long Distance Runaround” is stuffed with progressive elements from Jon Anderson, producer Eddy Offord and Yes, only adding to its stature in the canon.
Daevid Allen’s final recording is as he’s always sounded: like he’s still frolicking in 1970 trying to imagine what music might be like in 2020 if we had lost our minds along the way,
Bill Bruford frequently calls this Yes song, originally titled “Suddenly It’s Wednesday,” a starting point of his journey as a composer.
An amazing piece of music, “South Side of the Sky” is a platform for the best of Yes’ compositional, playing and arranging talents.
The upshot of ‘4 ½’ is that Steven Wilson’s chaff still beats most of contemporaries’ wheat because his creative zeal doesn’t ever seem to take days off, even for songs he sets aside.