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Preston Frazier’s Best Concerts of 2016: Stevie Nicks, Yes, Hiromi, Dolly Parton + others

Preston Frazier’s Best Concerts of 2016: Stevie Nicks, Yes, Hiromi, Dolly Parton + others

Preston Frazier lists his five Best Concerts of 2016, with two special honorable mentions.

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.

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

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

Despite the fact that “Parallels” is a solo contribution from the late Chris Squire, there is no doubt this is a Yes song.

Yes, “Turn of the Century” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Yes, “Turn of the Century” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Despite some pre-session turmoil, “Turn of the Century” finds Yes focused, inspired and acting as one cohesive unit.

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

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

The meaning of “Going For the One” doesn’t matter, as Yes does more with this abstract gem than their contemporaries were striving for at the time.

Yes, Aug. 21, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Yes, Aug. 21, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

The night was a success. The concert had been enthusiastically received. But was it Yes?

Yes, “To Be Over” from Relayer (1974):  YESterdays

Yes, “To Be Over” from Relayer (1974): YESterdays

“To Be Over,” the closing track on ‘Relayer,’ demonstrates the creative high that Yes was on in 1974.