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The Ladder [Enhanced, Import]

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 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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  • Audio CD (October 4, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: October 4, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Beyond
  • ASIN: B00001O2V8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Homeworld (The Ladder)
2. It Will Be A Good Day (The River)
3. Lightning Strikes
4. Can I?
5. Face To Face
6. If Only I Knew
7. To Be Alive (He Yadda)
8. Finally
9. The Messenger
10. New Language
11. Nine Voices (Longwalker)

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Thirty years and a dozen-plus personnel changes after it helped launch the English progressive rock movement, Yes bills The Ladder as a "return to form." The question is: Which form? Though opening with a sound wash and rhythmic sleight-of-hand that suggests Close to the Edge and Tales from Topographic Oceans, it soon becomes apparent that the reunited core of the band's early 70's prime (vocalist Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, augmented by Billy Sherwood and Igor Khoroshev on guitar and keyboard, respectively) has remembered a thing or two from Yes's metamorphosis into a pop hit-maker ("Owner of a Lonely Heart") in the 1980s without sacrificing their willingness to occasionally take their music effortlessly off the wall. (Economic adventure, if you will.) The band takes playful, virtuosic swipes at Afro-Cuban percussion, as well as jazz, funk, and classical, and even concocts an unlikely tribute to Bob Marley that sounds about as reggae-fied as, well, Yes. And if their utopian-counterculture lyrical bent remains unbowed, it now seems like a spit in the face of the overarching cynicism of the age. --Jerry McCulley

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Thirty years and a dozen-plus personnel changes after it helped launch the English progressive rock movement, Yes bills The Ladder as a "return to form." The question is: Which form? Though opening with a sound wash and rhythmic sleight-of-hand that suggests Close to the Edge and Tales from Topographic Oceans, it soon becomes apparent that the reunited core of the band's early 70's prime (vocalist Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, augmented by Billy Sherwood and Igor Khoroshev on guitar and keyboard, respectively) has remembered a thing or two from Yes's metamorphosis into a pop hit-maker ("Owner of a Lonely Heart") in the 1980s without sacrificing their willingness to occasionally take their music effortlessly off the wall. (Economic adventure, if you will.) The band takes playful, virtuosic swipes at Afro-Cuban percussion, as well as jazz, funk, and classical, and even concocts an unlikely tribute to Bob Marley that sounds about as reggae-fied as, well, Yes. And if their utopian-counterculture lyrical bent remains unbowed, it now seems like a spit in the face of the overarching cynicism of the age. --Jerry McCulley

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to get excited about Yes again December 6, 1999
Format:Audio CD
It has been a long time since I have been hardly able to play any other CD for weeks. The Ladder is certainly the best work by Yes since Talk, and among the best work they have ever done. And no, I did not start out as an 80's Yes fan. I have been a fan for 30 years. They and Renaissance have always been my favorite bands. The Ladder has some of everything for everybody: the classic epics, the sweet ballads, the hard-edged stuff, the Asian-sounding chants, and, of course, the always amazing guitar playing of Steve Howe. I think it is this variety that has brought the most criticism of this CD. Most Yes fans want EITHER Close to the Edge OR 91025 OR Anderson's solo works. Relax. Open your mind. Be versatile, like Yes has become. Then you will know why a long-time devout progrocker (me), a lyric/melody lover of Fairport Convention (my wife), and a heavy metal lover (my son) all thoroughly enjoyed the tour and can't get enough of this CD.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alive & Well in 1999 October 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Ladder is most certainly one of their most confident and natural sounding albums in quite some time. Is this a return to the days of Close To The Edge? No, this is Yes in the here and now of 1999. The core of the legendary band that has recorded some of the most amazingly powerful and uplifting rock albums of the 1970's is still here and playing some very inspired music.
It's unfair to hold a band to someting they did some 25 years ago and expect them to recapture that. New songs such as Homeworld, Face To Face, The Messenger, New Language do capture many of the wonderful qualities that the music of Yes is known for. Lightning Strikes is a atypical song for them but they play it with such a upbeat and fun spirit, that they make it a Yes song. Nine Voices is a wonderful acoustic song. If You Only Knew is a simple ballad for them but could be a hit for them on the adult contemporary charts. Overall, The Ladder is very much a Yes album. Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White, Igor Khoroshev & Billy Sherwood have succeeded in creating new and vibrant Yes music on the eve of the new millenium.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! January 24, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It is very telling that 95% of the reviews for "The Ladder" are ecstatic. This is a thrilling album & a return to form. For those confused by the last 4 Yes releases prior to "The Ladder" you MUST read Chris Welch's outstanding book on Yes "Close To The Edge", which explains it all, from 90125 to Union, the confusion-inducing Yes era.
"The Ladder" is truly brilliant. Billy Sherwood & Igor Khoroshev make this a fresh new sounding recording, although Sherwood has been with the band for a while now. The harmonies are really fantastic, Chris's bass playing is finally freed up & can actually be HEARD - so much like the Yes-Album/Fragile era, Steve Howe is all over every song with creative fills & inspiring solos & gobs of incrdible slide work - some breathtaking acoustic work also, reminding me of his acoustic work on the GTR album. Jon is in TOP form, singing soft & tough with heart & soul.
Yes is working hard to get their audience back and get back to doing what they do best - melodic exspansive music with technical flourishes i.e. "prog-rock". Even the short songs have multiple tempo and key changes.
So far faves are: Homeworld [10 mins long & for a Sci-Fi video game - how Prog can you possibly GET?] Can I?/Face To Face If Only You Knew [this is NOT AOR!] Finally [WOW! TFTO synths & guitars] The Messenger [shades of "And You & I!] New Language - best since "Mind Drive"!
If you love Yes run out & get this album.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Pop Influence to the Classic Yes Sound January 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The very first time I heard this CD I didn't care for it. Same for the second time. However, the third time I listened to this CD I suddenly found some of its charm. The fourth time... The point is that if you need to listen to a Yes CD several times before it begins to grow on you, then Yes did exactly what they were supposed to do. A Yes composition is never what you expect. That is the nature of Yes' brand of progressive rock.

There is always the temptation to compare the works of a long-established group against itself. Those who think that a group hit a particular formula that they should have kept and didn't will be disappointed. Those who think a group should continually evolve and instead seem to repeat the same formula over and over are disappointed. Thus we have the quandary of art and music. Fortunately, Yes has the ability to do what they want to do, and if their current incarnation matches your taste, then great; if not, then that's also great. "The Ladder" is one of those releases that is guaranteed to polarize Yes fans.

The nine selections on this CD have a wide range of variation. The songs that are more along the lines of classic Yes are "Homeworld (The Ladder)", "Finally", "It Will Be a Good Day (The River)", "The Messenger", "New Language" and "Nine Voices (Longwalker)".

Each of these songs is worthy of being a Yes progressive rock song. There are clearly some pop influences, but each is recognizably Yes. "It Will Be a Good Day (The River)" sounds similar to some of the music from "Union". "The Messenger" starts with a very blues-sounding bass guitar. The lyrics are Jon Anderson's typical new age mysticism (what would a Yes album be without such songs!). The song reminds me of "Talk" and "Union", and perhaps "90125".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Uplifting Song, Witty Lyrics
Very catchy songs, Jon Anderson is still lead singer. in this album if that matters to you. Many songs on thie CD could have been hits, would recommend to all YES Fans or new to be... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephen John Sponsler
4.0 out of 5 stars WITH "THE LADDER" YES HEARKENS BACK TO ITS BETTER DAYS
"The Ladder" was released in 1999, when it was assumed Yes had turned to dinosaurs and been forgotten. It is hard not to like this album. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Captain K
4.0 out of 5 stars I LIKE IT!
I'm a long time Yes fan. Since the line-up changes and reunions, ABWH, etc. I've kinda ignored many of the new releases. Read more
Published 13 months ago by michael mueller
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent YES album, marred by shaky mix
I've listened to this CD for years and never could put my finger on why I usually don't enjoy it that much. Read more
Published 15 months ago by charlie bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast & Perfect
Fast & Perfect. What could one ask for more? Perfect conditions and nice music. You can count on me. Read more
Published on November 4, 2011 by Rui Barros
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ladder is awesosme!
I was skeptical about this album before I heard it. Some critics gave Igor Khoroshev less credit than he is due. Read more
Published on October 27, 2011 by Clara
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Yes, you'll like this one!
I've been a fan since the mid 70's. Tales from Topographic Oceans was the first - vinyl - album set that I purchased. Read more
Published on October 14, 2011 by M. B. Kauffman
1.0 out of 5 stars Tormato Part II
The only Yes album worse than this is Tormato.

There is nothing here to hold me. Only one decent, Yes-sounding moment in the entire album: "so, ascending to the future"... Read more
Published on July 12, 2011 by Tomas
5.0 out of 5 stars The pinnacle of progressive music
Having been a YES fan since 1970 (The YES Album).....There have been high and low points.....This would be the highest point..

The sound quality .. Read more
Published on October 10, 2010 by Lee J. Davito
5.0 out of 5 stars YES - THE LADDER
EXCELLENT SERVICE & PRODUCT RECEIVED PROMPTLY AND IN PERFECT CONDITION. 5 STAR SERVICE!!! WILL ORDER AGAIN. THANK YOU.
Published on August 5, 2010 by Eric A. Rappley
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