Post Tagged with: "Jon Anderson"

Yes, “We Have Heaven” from Fragile (1971): YESterdays

Yes, “We Have Heaven” from Fragile (1971): YESterdays

Clocking in just over a minute and a half, Yes’ “We Have Heaven’ is essentially a Jon Anderson chant revolving around two themes.

Yes, “Roundabout” from Fragile (1971): YESterdays

Yes, “Roundabout” from Fragile (1971): YESterdays

“Roundabout” gave Yes’ reworked lineup an opportunity to shine, as the newly installed Rick Wakeman makes a lasting impression.

Yes, “Perpetual Change” from The Yes Album (1971): YESterdays

Yes, “Perpetual Change” from The Yes Album (1971): YESterdays

Yes’ “Perpetual Change” is a wonder of polyrhythms, poetic lyrics, tight harmonies, elegant keys and sometimes melodic, always innovative guitar.

Yes, “A Venture” from The Yes Album (1971): YESterdays

Yes, “A Venture” from The Yes Album (1971): YESterdays

Jon Anderson’s often-forgotten “A Venture” likely would have been a favorite on most prog projects, and that speaks to the strength of ‘The Yes Album.’

Yes, “Starship Trooper” from The Yes Album (1971): YESterdays

Yes, “Starship Trooper” from The Yes Album (1971): YESterdays

Yes’ first epic triumph arrives, as contributions by Jon Anderson, Steve Howe and Chris Squire are stitched together to make “Starship Trooper.”

AndersonPonty Band, “I See You Messenger” (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

AndersonPonty Band, “I See You Messenger” (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

AndersonPonty Band’s “I See You Messenger” is a meeting of the minds between two still-vibrant and visionary musicians from the ’70s.

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

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

This Yes ballad has displayed a striking durability since becoming the unlikely but quite effective closer on 1970’s ‘Time and a Word.’

Yes, “Astral Traveller” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

Yes, “Astral Traveller” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

In direct contrast to the prior Jon Anderson-penned track, “Astral Traveller” rocks as hard as anything on Yes’ ‘Time and a Word.’

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

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

Jon Anderson has written a few classic Yes songs by himself. Sadly, “Clear Days” from the 1970 release ‘Time and a Word’ is not one of them.

Yes, “The Prophet” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

Yes, “The Prophet” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

Yes’ “The Prophet,” the lone Jon Anderson/Chris Squire collaboration on ‘Time and a Word,’ is a strong track hampered by heavy-handed production.