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Talk Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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From Spitfire Records, the 10th lineup of Yes features Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Tony Kaye, Chris Squire, and Alan White. Talk makes some effort to get away from the group's indulgent art rock pretensions, at least to the extent of using a spare, spacio

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Calling
  2. I Am Waiting
  3. Real Love
  4. State Of Play
  5. Walls
  6. Where Will You Be
  7. Endless Dream: Silent Spring (Instumental)/Talk/Endless Dream
  8. Bonus Track: The Calling (Special Version)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 19, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Spitfire
  • ASIN: B00005R8CH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Alan Caylow on April 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD
After Yes' 8-man "football team" line-up finished their successful tour for their 1991 hastily glued-together album, "Union," Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman and Bill Bruford once again left Yes, leaving the "90125" quintet of singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Trevor Rabin, keyboardist Tony Kaye & drummer Alan White. With Rabin once again taking the helm of the group (as he did on "Big Generator"), this Yes line-up recorded 1994's "Talk," which these days is a rather overlooked Yes album, as it didn't sell all that well (and is currently out-of-print). But "Talk" is an incredible album---very powerful & upbeat, with first-rate performances from the band, and boasting great production values too. I think "Talk" also rivals "90125" as the best Yes album from the Trevor Rabin era, it really is that good. Whatever creative differences existed between Rabin & singer Jon Anderson (which really came to a head on "Big Generator"), the two men were able to put their working problems aside for one more album, as "Talk" from start to finish is co-written by Rabin & Anderson, with a couple of contributions from Squire, and even a co-writing credit from former Supertramp singer Roger Hodgson! "The Calling" and "I Am Waiting" are both terrific, uplifting songs. And don't let the title "Real Love" fool you---this ain't no ballad! It's a sinister-sounding rocker, and one of Yes' most distinctive-sounding songs ever, a real gem. "State Of Play" is a solid tune. "Walls", co-written by Roger Hodgson, is a fine song (with obvious shades of Supertramp in it). "Where Will You Be" is very lovely-sounding, and the epic-piece, "Endless Dream," is a stunner, a fine finale to a fine album.Read more ›
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I know I will rile other Yes fans sorely with this assertion in my headline, but I stand by my position; "TALK" is my favorite Yes album, and as a Yes fan for decades, I have no problem recommending "Talk" as the ONE Yes recording to purchase if you want the best of this pioneering and underappreciated band.

By all means, let's give their early work its due. "Close to the Edge", "Fragile", "The Yes Album" and yes, "Relayer" and "Tales of Topographic Oceans" defined the band and the emergent genre of Progressive Rock and deserve their historical stature as milestones of the era. I don't want to recount all the backstory that led to "Talk's" creation--so many other reviewers provide that--but let me just note that this was the third and final recording by the "West Coast Yes" band that spearheaded their late '80's-early '90's revival with guitarist/singer Trevor Rabin in the drivers' seat as unofficial bandleader.

To my ears, "Talk" is the ultimate statement of what the band was capable of; this is their masterpiece. My guess is that the commercial viability Rabin helped to bring to the band with "Owner of a Lonely Heart"--their first and only #1 hit--banked him a great deal of sway when the time came to record "Talk", and eager to build on their early success, the rest of the band was willing to cede much creative power to Rabin in the creation of this project.

Creatively they certainly made the right choice. Every track of "Talk" bristles with lyrical and instrumental power that the preceding two West Coast Yes records (90125 & Big Generator) hinted at but couldn't sustain. EVERYTHING converged in "Talk", and for me certainly, its force still shimmers like the background radiance of the big bang.
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As a fan of Yes for over ten years now, I'm more partial to Yes' output in the 70s than I am to their output in the 80s. However, _Talk_ (their last album with guitarist Trevor Rabin holding the reigns), was a fitting way to end this phase of Yes' career.
Probably a deliberate attempt to be a little more progressive than their previous studio albums (_90125_, _Big Generator_, and the Rabin tracks on _Union_), Yes harkens back to the long/short mix of songs found on _The Yes Album_ and _Fragile_. While nothing on _Talk_ matches the progressive punch of songs like "Starship Trooper" or "South Side of the Sky", "Endless Dream" comes pretty damn close. A sprawling epic, it combines the guitar rock of 80s Yes with the emotions of Yes' best work in the 70s. Elsewhere, "The Calling" features some excellent Hammond licks by Tony Kaye, a vibrant guitar sound, and great harmonies. "I Am Waiting" features a guitar lead that could probably pass for a Steve Howe-written piece. "State of Play" is also a good example of Yes when they merge their natural sense of harmony with heavy guitars and quasi-dance beats. Even the lesser tracks such as "Walls" (kinda generic) and "Real Love" (goes on a tad too long) are salvaged by excellent performances and production.
_Talk_ is a great album. It was the first time that Jon Anderson and Trevor Rabin sat down and wrote together and you can truly hear the energy and love the two have for this material. Notably, _Talk_ contains some of Anderson's best vocals. It also is simply a fun album. It sounds like the members of Yes are having fun - and it's contagious. It's great that it has been re-released because sadly it has been out of print for the last few years. Don't pass this one up - you'll probably be pleasantly surprised.
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