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Open Your Eyes [Import]

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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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Yes are an English rock band who achieved worldwide success with their progressive, art, and symphonic style of rock music. Regarded as one of the pioneers of the progressive genre, Yes are known for their lengthy songs, mystical lyrics, elaborate album art, and live stage sets. No fewer than 18 musicians have been a part of the band's line-up, with its current form comprising singer Jon ... Read more in Amazon's Yes Store

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  • Vinyl (July 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: SIREENA RECORDS
  • ASIN: B007XJ5DRG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In 1997 Rick Wakeman had left VES and was replaced by Billy Sherwood. YES was planning a tour and decided to record a new album to promote while they were on the road. Chris Squire and Billy Sherwood had been working on a project together. Jon Anderson became interested and the music became a full-fledged YES project. The result was ""Open Your Eyes"", one of the best, and perhaps the most sophisticated of the YES albums - a selection of catchy tunes and interesting themes. Now on 180 gram vinyl for the very first time! Double album in gatefold cover. A world premiere!

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NEW STATE OF MIND 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Open Your Eyes, Close Your Ears October 27, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
I've been about as big a Yes fan as there has ever been. I don't know the member's middle names or birthdates but I have always appreciated their music. Open Your Eyes is not "Yes" music. It is Yes with the very talented Billie Sherwood. Anderson, Squire, Howe, Wakeman, Bruford and/or White is Yes. Ten and twenty minute compositions are Yes although the short pieces are great too. There was synergy there not created with other line-ups or during attemps at more mainstream rock oriented albums like Open. It's good, it can't help but be good with this talent but it isn't great, which is what I always hope for and usually get with Yes. If you like Union or Talk you will probably like this album. If you think Fragile, Tales and Close To The Edge were the best rock albums ever made you'll be very disappointed.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open Your Eyes & Ears To This Fine Yes Disc! 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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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHY ARE YOU A YESFAN? October 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Why does it seem to me that most YESFANS hate half of their music? YES continues to polarize their fan base again with this recording. Maybe it's because they were once Prog Rock Gods and have evolved into a more mainstream sound that doesn't put out 20 minute musical Epics anymore. Why are people are always shocked by what YES does next? Why isn't Wakeman on this? Why does it sound like Squire's music? Why doesn't it sound like CLOSE TO THE EDGE? Trevor Rabin isn't Steve Howe. Why are you listening to this band at all? Do you even understand the changing nature of your own life? A fundamental flaw in human beings is fear of change. Why does this band change all the time? Why doesn't this sound like TALES or 90125? I guess some fans have not been listening to CHANGES from 90125. Life is about change. Nothing lasts forever and nothing stays the same. Someday you will die. Someday I will die. And someday the members of YES will die. Enjoy them while you can as they continue to evolve and put out new recordings. And be grateful that they may have touched your life at all. Someday, 500 thousand years into the future, people on this planet may never know that a band called YES even existed. For the moment we, in this time, have YES!! Thank God!! I don't know what I'd do without my YES music.

The reason I listen to YES is that their music is always majestic and uplifting. The three constants of this band are the great musicianship, the great singing and harmonies, and the positive spiritual lyrics in the form of Jon's wonderful poetry. And I take umbrage to the quote by one fan in his Spotlight review: "Jon's new-age cosmic jive lyrics." And he compares YES to The Beatles. Huh? What the...? C'mon, how do you draw that comparison? Because there are harmonies?
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5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say, but YES! Awesome Album!
This is a very hard to find YES album. If you can get it, grab it while you can. I looked for several years before I lucked up and found this on amazon. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Derek S.
5.0 out of 5 stars yes fan
I enjoy there albums and box set for years. this one is a great one to get if you like there music.
Published 1 month ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm a big Yes fan
This is a CD that I was not aware of by YES......I have all the rest so I was excited to find "new" YES songs for myself. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ron Nail
2.0 out of 5 stars An insider's back story...
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... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anthony David
3.0 out of 5 stars A Jewel or Two in the Lotus but Not Much Else
I defer to the critic from Allmusic.com who pretty much nailed this one. If you were compiling a Yes boxed set there's two or three tracks that are good enough to include; in fact... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Captain K
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome start...
dull in the middle and good at the end. The first 3 songs are very dynamic, powerful and a real sonic pleasure. Read more
Published 12 months ago by oortcloud
5.0 out of 5 stars TEN STARS - Maybe more
A superior civilization may someday spare our solar system from some interstellar bypass construction because it produced Open Your Eyes. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Fred Mrozek
3.0 out of 5 stars A Clear Miss By Yes
As someone who absolutely loves Yes, and loves almost their entire catalog of music, I was hoping reviews I'd read online were wrong. They were not! Read more
Published on August 9, 2011 by Gary A. Lucero
3.0 out of 5 stars A good Yes album, but not a masterpiece
'Open Your Eyes' is a late 90's album from 70's progressive rock masters 'Yes'. It's not a prog-rock record as such, at least, in the vein of 'Relayer' or 'Fragile'. Read more
Published on March 6, 2011 by Tnahpellee
5.0 out of 5 stars FRESH NEW YES
FOR MYSELF...I WILL ALWAYS ENJOY CLASSIC YES LINEUP.........ALSO RELAYER....BEST OF ALL............IF YOU WANTED AN UPDATED SOUND OF YES ... Read more
Published on January 19, 2011 by G. Newton
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