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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B000VZQR5G
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 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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I think that Tormato is one of Yes' best albums that they had ever spun out.
Jason Zagar
The problem is that a lot of fans take the album too seriously instead of just liking Tormato for what it is.
M. B. Link
None of the other songs are really bad, they're just not good ENOUGH to make for a satisfying Yes album.

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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on May 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Let's now do justice to one of the most undervalued albums in Yes' catalog, "Tormato." Why this album continues to get a bad rap is a mystery to me. I like this album very much, and consider it to be one of Yes' best, certainly somewhere in their Top 10 best. Honestly, what's so bad about "Tormato"? Absolutely nothing! Say what you want about the splattered tomato on the album cover, but the "Tormato" album itself is excellent. After several albums of lengthy, complex prog-rock (albeit great prog-rock), "Tormato" showed Yes loosening up a bit. The hallmark Yes sound is still there, but for "Tormato," the band channeled their sound into shorter, simpler, more-direct kinds of songs. There's eight songs (which, for an early Yes album, is a wide variety!), Jon Anderson finally wrote some lyrics that you could actually *understand*, and there was certainly a more radio-friendly feel to this album than previous ones. This decision by the band to streamline their sound was partially inspired by the punk movement happening at the time, but I truly believe that it was to Yes' benefit. They couldn't do "Fragile Part II" or "Close To The Edge Part II"---they'd done those albums already. I'm certainly not going to knock the classic early Yes stuff, which I love, but when I play "Tormato," I hear the band doing something fresh & different from their previous records. It's GOOD.The band's songwriting, playing, and Jon Anderson's majestic singing on "Tormato" are all in peak performance. "Don't Kill The Whale" is a great, catchy number that could've easily been a hit for the band. "Madrigal" is a lovely tune with Rick Wakeman playing some truly beautiful harpsichord.Read more ›
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Mike Sobocinski on March 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you play electric, bass, keyboards, or drums in rock, or compose songs, then you MUST hear this album!!!! It has some of the most innovative musicianship ever heard on a rock album. Steve Howe on electric guitar, Chris Squire on bass, Rick Wakeman on keyboards, and Alan White on drums. The bass has a remarkable "phat", fat sound throughout. The various guitars (electric and acoustic) do many remarkable and amazing things in counterpoint to the other band members. The keyboards (electric, harpsichord, etc.) also show excellent interplay with the overall sound. The drumming is innovative and extremely impressive at times. Singing and harmonics are fine but I warn you that this is echt-Jon Anderson and thus is very high pitched, sometimes almost shrill. I think this album has been overlooked and underrated for several reasons: 1. The band turned away from the "bigger is better" style of composition. Longest track here is 7:45. This shouldn't be held against them. The compositions are tight and loaded with ideas. 2. This is definitely the upbeat and comical side of the band. Most people are looking for something to shut themselves away with for 2 hours. Instead, this is progressive rock with a sense of humor. Prog rock people are often too serious to acknowledge humor and fun in their bands' music. 3. The singing turns some people off. I can also imagine the embarrassment felt by many at hearing a voice even higher than Jon's in track 6 - it's his young son! 4. Normal lay listeners will be mystified by the enormous complexities of a good deal of the music. (Stick with it, you'll figure it out and it'll grow on you. You'll wonder why you'd ever settled for less.)
This is a brilliant album! Great innovation.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Evil Lincoln on February 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Tormato has a reputation as one of the worst Yes albums, but if you ask individual Yes fans their opinion of it, they're likely to say it's not that bad.
And it's not. "Don't Kill The Whale," "Release, Release," and "Onward" are all very good songs. And "On The Silent Wings Of Freedom" is pretty much the epitome of "classic Yes."
But unfortunately, there's also some really bad stuff here. The ear-grating "Madrigal" is Yes self-parody that is mercifully short, "Arriving UFO" is just plain weird (and not in a good way), and of course, there's the infamous "Circus Of Heaven," heavyweight contender for the title of "Worst Yes Song Ever."
Another weak point is Rick Wakeman's shrill keyboards. Why on earth he went for this sound is beyond me- it sounds like a combination of a string section and Alvin and the Chipmunks.
But the good far outweighs the bad on Tormato. "Don't Kill The Whale" has some pretty cheesy lyrics, but it rocks hard and is enjoyable. "Release, Release" is a tongue-in-cheek rocker with some great vocal performances, along with an Alan White drum solo (!) and an Asia-ready solo from guitarist Steve Howe. "Onward" is a simple, mellow love ballad that sounds oddly out of place here. "On The Silent Wings Of Freedom," however, is the reason to purchase Tormato if you don't have it. Squire and White are an incredible rhythm section, and no song better exemplifies that than "Freedom." Jon Anderson gives a great vocal on the song as well.
And the bonus tracks? Well, there's not much to get excited about, unlike some of the Rhino Yes remasters. "Abilene" is as good as it gets, although it would sound much better as an instrumental. "Picasso" is a forgettable sequel to "Turn Of The Century," and "Money" will give you a chuckle but not much else.
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