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1997 album by popular progressive rockers YES.

After some extremely confusing personnel shakeups, the 1997 Yes configuration--including classic members Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, and Alan White, plus new keyboardist Billy Sherwood--emerged with this surprisingly strong effort that manages to maintain Yes's familiar prog-rock sound without making the band sound like a museum piece. New numbers like "New State of Mind," "Open Your Eyes," and "Fortune Seller" blend the band's progressive inclinations with solidly crafted melodies that place them among the band's catchiest creations. --Scott Schinder

1. New State Of Mind
2. Open Your Eyes
3. Universal Garden
4. No Way We Can Lose
5. Fortune Seller
6. Man In The Moon
7. Wonderlove
8. From The Balcony
9. Love Shine
10. Somehow, Someday
11. The Solution

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 25, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: November 25, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beyond Records
  • ASIN: B000005CG0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jason M. Carzon on February 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This 1997 effort by proggo-giants Yes has got to be the most despised album they have released. Could it be the lack of direction, the absence of keyboard virtuoso Rick Wakeman, the stripped-down simpler aproach, the addition of new members Billy Sherwood and Igor Khoroshev, the lack of some mega-epic 20 minute rock symphony ala 'Close To The Edge', Jon's new-age cosmic jive lyrics? The above characteristics only partly define this album.

Here's what happened: Yes were to release 'Keys To Ascension 2' as the next official album back in 1997. Workoholic Wakeman was reluctant to tour due to prior commitments. Since the tour was up in the air, the label decided to postpone the release of 'Keys' as well. Rick then left. Itching to tour, and with new management, Yes decided to wash their hands of the whole 'Keys' debacle and whip out a new album quickly to take on the road with them. And what quicker way than to raid the backlog of solo material Chris Squire was working on with longtime Yes associate Billy Sherwood. So what you have here mimics what happened with the 90125 album- in that it was a Trevor Rabin solo album which morphed into a Yes album. Kudos must be given to Yes for making good of a bad situation, and as lazy and slapped-together easy way out albums go, this isn't as bad as has been made out to be. It was a Squire/Sherwood 'Conspiracy' album and the other members had to wedge their bits in, and it often shows. Problem is, two weeks before OYE was released, the old record company opportunistically released the retro-prog rock 'Keys To Ascension 2' to capitalise on the 1997 tour. The two albums released just weeks apart were like night and day: 'Keys' being a blatant return to epic material of old- a new 'Relayer'- and OYE being something the complete opposite.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Anthony David on December 18, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps and insider's (Nic Caciappo's) backstory to this album is reflective of the outcome:

May 1995
Rabin + Kaye jump Yes

July 1995
Howe + Wakeman join the other three for meetings in L.A. and agree to "a plan" to reunite. I was there, so was Mike Tiano, Wakeman was very upbeat and happy with everything that was decided upon. I recall him telling me "If everyone had an attitude like this in the 70's there never would have been any line-up changes!"

Summer-Autumn 1995
Music was being worked out by Jon, Chris and Steve. Plans were being made for a big concert to film and record for release. At one point they thought about NYC or Philadelphia.

November 1995
Steve Howe spends a great deal of time in SLO, meeting with Jon and writing new music.

February 1996
Yes rehearse at "The Bank" in SLO. Recording also takes place for That That Is + Be The One. It is also decided at the last minute to do TWO concerts in SLO at The Fremont (movie) Theater. Fan clubs were contacted to sell tickets to club members for two shows with about a ten day notice. Also at this time Atlantic Records exec's were visiting Yes at rehearsal and making offers to the group, which were being turned down.

March 1996
Rehearsals wind down for the concerts and everyone sounded sharp and upbeat. The two concerts were to take place on a Tuesday and Wednesday night with a full stage rehearsal to take place on the Monday night before. Some of the fan clubs were going to be allowed in on the Monday night concert rehearsal with some friends. But then someone thought about opening it up to the public and charge for it. This was met with displeasure by both Howe + Wakeman, because it defeated the purpose.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on October 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
There seems to be a school of thought somewhere in Yes' fanbase that *only* the band's long, extended pieces of music matter. Whenever the band simplify things a bit and do a whole album of shorter pieces, some Yes fans actually cry foul. Personally, I think this is just plain silly. Although I love "Close To The Edge," "Gates Of Delerium," "The Revealing Science Of God" and other Yes epics, I can greatly appreciate the band's shorter tunes as well. There's plenty of great songs to be had on Yes' very first pair of albums, as well as 1978's "Tormato" (I remain defiant that that's a great album), 1980's "Drama," all of the Trevor Rabin-era albums (even the much-maligned "Union" has a few gems on it), and this album, 1997's "Open Your Eyes," which I think is one of the group's very best albums."Open Your Eyes" started out life as a solo album for bassist Chris Squire, but it quickly evolved into a full-fledged Yes album, with all the other members getting into the act & contributing parts. Keyboard wiz Rick Wakeman had left the group AGAIN, so the band brought newcomer Billy Sherwood into the fold. The end result is a joyous, upbeat Yes album that sounds uncannily like a Trevor Rabin production, only without Trevor Rabin. ALL of the songs, from "New State Of Mind" to "The Solution," are catchy, uplifting, and memorable. Jon Anderson & the gang's heavenly choir vocals are all perfectly intact, as well as their expert musical chops. The production on "Eyes" is clean & polished, the sound is big and booming. "Open Your Eyes" is also a GREAT Yes album to cruise in your car to. I dare you not to hum along & tap your feet with this music as you head down the highway!"Open Your Eyes" is a very underrated Yes album.Read more ›
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