YESterdays

Yes, “On the Silent Wings of Freedom” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

Yes, “On the Silent Wings of Freedom” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

I know a lot of fans will disagree with me but I believe “On the Silent Wings of Freedom” is a Yes classic. Re-live it, if you dare.

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

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

If you have written off Yes’ ‘Tormato’ by now, go back and listen to “Onward,” a moment of tranquillity and beauty in the midst of our hectic lives.

Yes, “Circus of Heaven” from Tormato (1978) YESterdays

Yes, “Circus of Heaven” from Tormato (1978) YESterdays

The Jon Anderson-penned “Circus of Heaven” continues a trend of inconsistency which plagued Yes’ ‘Tormato.’

Yes, “Arriving UFO” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

Yes, “Arriving UFO” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

While the earlier “Madrigal” seemed to end too soon, Yes’ “Arriving UFO” instead overstays its welcome.

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

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

I’ve always thought that Yes’ 1978 album cut “Release, Release” harkened back to the days of original guitarist Peter Banks.

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

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

“Madrigal” may be the only track on Yes’ disappointing 1978 album ‘Tormato’ which ends too soon.

Yes, “Don’t Kill The Whale” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

Yes, “Don’t Kill The Whale” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

This second song from Yes’ ‘Tormato’ has a more straight-ahead sensibility than we usually expect from the world’s greatest progressive rock band.

Yes, “Future Times/Rejoice” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

Yes, “Future Times/Rejoice” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

As an opening track, “Future Times/Rejoice” is not a good omen for the rest of Yes’ ‘Tormato.’

Yes, “Awaken” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Yes, “Awaken” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Up until recently, “Awaken” was at the bottom of my list when I thought of Yes’ so-called epic songs.

Yes, “Wonderous Stories” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Yes, “Wonderous Stories” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Over just three verses and one hook-driven chorus, Yes’ “Wonderous Stories” demonstrates prog rock in its direct and most accessible form.