An amazing piece of music, “South Side of the Sky” is a platform for the best of Yes’ compositional, playing and arranging talents.
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Preston Frazier’s Non-Jazz Best of 2015 list also includes Shemekia Copeland, Grupo Fantasma, Luke Reynolds, Public Service Broadcasting, the Westies and others.
Clocking in just over a minute and a half, Yes’ “We Have Heaven’ is essentially a Jon Anderson chant revolving around two themes.
This Best of 2015 list focuses on those revelatory moments, those times when a shard of pristine insight cuts through the clutter of expectation and then memory.
Yes’ ‘Fragile’ is undoubtedly a great album, but “Cans and Brahms” reminds us that it could have been even greater with a Rick Wakeman original.
“Roundabout” gave Yes’ reworked lineup an opportunity to shine, as the newly installed Rick Wakeman makes a lasting impression.
Joni Mitchell, Yes, Mr. Mister, Kevin Gilbert and David Baerwald find a home on Preston Frazier’s Best of 2015 list for reissues and box sets.
Yes’ “Perpetual Change” is a wonder of polyrhythms, poetic lyrics, tight harmonies, elegant keys and sometimes melodic, always innovative guitar.
Billy Sherwood goes in depth with Douglas Harr on his new solo project ‘Citizen,’ and discusses Yes’ surprise setlist addition during Cruise to the Edge.
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.’