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Drama [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

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  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B00009Z576
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Machine Messiah
2. White Car
3. Does It Really Happen?
4. Into The Lens
5. Run Through The Light
6. Tempus Fugit
7. Into The Lens (I Am A Camera) (Single Version)
8. Run Through The Light (Single Version)
9. Have We Really Got To Go Throught This
10. Song No.4 (Satellite)
11. Tempus Fugit (Tracking Session)
12. White Car (Tracking Session)
13. Dancing Through The Light
14. Golden Age
15. In The Tower
16. Friend Of A Friend

Editorial Reviews

No Wakeman or Anderson on this 1980 LP, which still hit #18! This hard-rocker featuring Tempus Fugit now has 10 bonus cuts including unissued single versions and tracking sessions.

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119 of 123 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Still Yes To Me June 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
For most fans, Yes without lead singer Jon Anderson is a horror thought. But as history has shown, Anderson did leave the band after the tour for the "Tormato" album, with keyboard wiz Rick Wakeman in tow, and they were replaced by the duo known as The Buggles---vocalist Trevor Horn, and keyboardist Geoff Downes. Their only album with Yes, 1980's "Drama," is a surprisingly good album. While no one on God's given Earth can sing like Jon Anderson, Trevor Horn sings close enough (albeit in a *slightly* lower register), and he takes Anderson's place at the mic just fine. These days, Trevor Horn may be to Yes what George Lazenby is to the James Bond movies (i.e. he only made one, *and* he was filling a very large pair of shoes), but give the guy some credit: he was good! Geoff Downes, meanwhile, is a more than capable keyboardist for this classic English rock outfit, and he & Horn slot in alongside Chris Squire, Steve Howe, & Alan White very well."Drama" is a very short album---just 35 minutes---but in those 35 minutes is some great Yes music, the highlights for me being "Does It Really Happen?," "Into The Lens," and "Tempus Fugit," all top-notch, first-rate Yes rockers. Seriously, with all due respect to the great Jon Anderson, I would've been quite happy if the "Drama" line-up of Yes had decided to continue. And they might have---by all accounts, they were received quite well by U.S. audiences on the tour for the album. Unfortunately, British & European audiences were not so kind, and, subsequently, Trevor Horn got cold feet about continuing on as the group's frontman. Well, I can't really blame him. Read more ›
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Job in "Expanding and Remastering" March 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The "Drama" album will always be somewhat of an oddity in the Yes catalogue, for no other reason that it is the only album in Yes' 35 years that does not feature leadsinger Jon Anderson. If, however, you can get beyond this, you will discover that "Drama", much like its predecessor "Tormato" is actually a lot better than belies its reputation.
The "Expanded and Remastered" version of Drama (16 tracks; 79 min.) starts of with the original 6 tracks of the album. Among the best tracks: "Machine Massiah" is a return to the 10 min. epic tracks of earlier in their career, albeit with the guitars much more upfront. "Into the Lens" is an 8. min. romper (and later was redone as "I Am a Camera" by the Buggles). "Run Through the Light", a minor hit, is a super-catchy power-ballad.
The bonus tracks go from the unnecessary (single versions of "Into the Lens" and "Run Through the Light") to the mildy interesting (instrumentals "Have We Really Got to Go Trough With This" and "Song No.4 (Satellite)", to the fascinating last 4 tracks. Those tracks are from the Roy Thomas Baker (famed for producing Queen era-"Bohemian Rhapsody") sessions with Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman from the Fall of 1979 that eventually were abandoned. It gives a nice insight to what might have been the "logical" successor to "Tormato", but assuming that these tracks in fact were the best from those sessions, it's easy to see why the band didn't pursue them. "Golden Age" is the standout song of the four.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A better album than Yes itself will admit August 2, 2004
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After the lackluster "Tormato" went splat and Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman left the band, Yes made the unlikely move of adding singer Trevor Horn and keyboardist Geoff Downes from the two-man new wave band the Buggles (of "Video Killed the Radio Star" fame) for this 1980 album. And while Chris Squire has referred to the Horn/Downes era as one of the low moments in the band's history, the one album that came out of it is actually very good. Horn makes an endearing attempt at Anderson's vocal style (though he strains at the high notes) and contributes his excellent production abilities, while Downes makes a credible keyboard wizard. Their new-wave sensibility helped perk up the beats back to rock tempo after the laziness of "Tormato", and by throwing a touch of pop back into the Yes mix, set the stage for the band's "90125" success. "Tempus Fugit", keyed by a tremendous Squire bass line, is one of the great Yes songs of all time, up-tempo and up-mood; in the Boston area, this song got Yes its most radio play since "Roundabout". By rights, it should be on any Yes "best-of" album. "Into the Lens" takes a core pop song (later simplified as "I Am a Camera" on the Buggles' "Adventures in Modern Recording" album) and surrounds it with a repeated, soaring Steve Howe guitar melody over a stutter-stepping rhythm section. "Machine Messiah" is another strong piece that allows both Howe and Downes to shine. "Run Through the Light", a relatively straightforward rocker, and the proggish "Does This Really Happen?" are weaker cuts. "Does This Really Happen?" gives Alan White a chance to play vibes. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Yes outside of the classic three
The classic three being The Yes Album, Fragile and Close To the Edge.
This album shouldn't be as good as it is, with Jon Anderson gone and two Buggles imported, but it... Read more
Published 18 days ago by gogiggs
4.0 out of 5 stars Yep. An old Yes fan who enjoys this album.
I originally stated this as a response to someone's condescending response to a positive reviewer. Yeah, he got Alan White's name wrong, but don't assume that all 'old yes fans'... Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspired
Bringing Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes on-board for Drama was an inspired decision on so many levels. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mons
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes making a Drama out of a crisis
In retrospect this odd-ball 1980 album with Jon Anderson (uniquely) and Rick Wakeman (yet again) absent stayed faithful to the classic Yes sound and has worn the years well. Read more
Published 3 months ago by The Guardian
1.0 out of 5 stars Yes for musical idiots.
The album Tormato was bad. This is really bad. Anyone who has been a Yes fan for any length of time recognizes this as a throw away album which indeed it probably was. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes fan
I enjoyed there other albums of theres. this one is a good to get if you like yes.this is for any fan.
Published 5 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I love this album! A great purchase with many bonus tracks, the remastering on this cd also sounds amazing! YEAH
Published 6 months ago by Ryan Cassidy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums to date.
This album was awesome when I heard it when it came out and still is today (10/16/13). Very atmospheric. Progressive with great layered melodies. Read more
Published 6 months ago by charles
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Yes album; points to 90125
I have always been a classic yes fan as I was hooked on them by albums such as Relayer, Fragile and Close to the Edge. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jason, Professional Chef
5.0 out of 5 stars Discovered this album after three decades
Yes' Drama, or Yes Meets the Buggles, has been getting a lot of play by me lately. I was into Yes back in the 80s after 90125 came out and I discovered their earlier catalog like... Read more
Published 9 months ago by David S. Markowitz
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