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Drama (Deluxe Version)

Yes
September 13, 2010 | Format: MP3

$12.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 28, 2008
  • Release Date: September 13, 2010
  • Label: Rhino/Elektra
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  • Total Length: 1:18:33
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  • ASIN: B0018AZWTA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 237 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,368 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Alan Caylow on June 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
For most fans, Yes without lead singer Jon Anderson is a horror thought. But as history has shown, Anderson did leave the band after the tour for the "Tormato" album, with keyboard wiz Rick Wakeman in tow, and they were replaced by the duo known as The Buggles---vocalist Trevor Horn, and keyboardist Geoff Downes. Their only album with Yes, 1980's "Drama," is a surprisingly good album. While no one on God's given Earth can sing like Jon Anderson, Trevor Horn sings close enough (albeit in a *slightly* lower register), and he takes Anderson's place at the mic just fine. These days, Trevor Horn may be to Yes what George Lazenby is to the James Bond movies (i.e. he only made one, *and* he was filling a very large pair of shoes), but give the guy some credit: he was good! Geoff Downes, meanwhile, is a more than capable keyboardist for this classic English rock outfit, and he & Horn slot in alongside Chris Squire, Steve Howe, & Alan White very well."Drama" is a very short album---just 35 minutes---but in those 35 minutes is some great Yes music, the highlights for me being "Does It Really Happen?," "Into The Lens," and "Tempus Fugit," all top-notch, first-rate Yes rockers. Seriously, with all due respect to the great Jon Anderson, I would've been quite happy if the "Drama" line-up of Yes had decided to continue. And they might have---by all accounts, they were received quite well by U.S. audiences on the tour for the album. Unfortunately, British & European audiences were not so kind, and, subsequently, Trevor Horn got cold feet about continuing on as the group's frontman. Well, I can't really blame him.Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
The "Drama" album will always be somewhat of an oddity in the Yes catalogue, for no other reason that it is the only album in Yes' 35 years that does not feature leadsinger Jon Anderson. If, however, you can get beyond this, you will discover that "Drama", much like its predecessor "Tormato" is actually a lot better than belies its reputation.
The "Expanded and Remastered" version of Drama (16 tracks; 79 min.) starts of with the original 6 tracks of the album. Among the best tracks: "Machine Massiah" is a return to the 10 min. epic tracks of earlier in their career, albeit with the guitars much more upfront. "Into the Lens" is an 8. min. romper (and later was redone as "I Am a Camera" by the Buggles). "Run Through the Light", a minor hit, is a super-catchy power-ballad.
The bonus tracks go from the unnecessary (single versions of "Into the Lens" and "Run Through the Light") to the mildy interesting (instrumentals "Have We Really Got to Go Trough With This" and "Song No.4 (Satellite)", to the fascinating last 4 tracks. Those tracks are from the Roy Thomas Baker (famed for producing Queen era-"Bohemian Rhapsody") sessions with Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman from the Fall of 1979 that eventually were abandoned. It gives a nice insight to what might have been the "logical" successor to "Tormato", but assuming that these tracks in fact were the best from those sessions, it's easy to see why the band didn't pursue them. "Golden Age" is the standout song of the four.
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First off, this album has well over a hundred reviews on Amazon already, so I realize that there is not a great chance that this review will be read. But, being a huge Yes fan, and a huge Drama fan in particular, I felt compelled to throw my two cents into the bottomless well anyway.

Progressive rock band Yes, formed in 1968, endured many lineup changes by 1980, when Drama was released. Bassist Chris Squire was the sole original member, and with him were Yes veterans guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Alan White. Famously, this album also features the duo known as The Buggles, vocalist Trevor Horn and keyboardist Geoff Downes. Because of the (at the time) ludicrous notion that Yes were continuing without founding vocalist Jon Anderson, many fans wouldn't give Drama a second look. Many still don't, as a matter of fact. Yet this is my favorite Yes album.

Now, I should qualify this by stating that I don't believe Drama to be the best Yes album. Such a title is reserved for five-star releases such as 1972's Close To The Edge, or perhaps The Yes Album from 1971 (some would argue Fragile, but I disagree). But it turns out the lineup change associated with this album was crucial. 1980 saw a changing landscape in the music world. New wave bands were all the rage, and progressive rock was supposedly dead (it wasn't, yet, but more on that later). Yes' previous album, 1978's Tormato, had some good moments, but it was clear that the members were out of modern musical ideas, and clearly out of their element trying to stay relevant- kind of like your best friend's dad trying to act "hip" in front of you and the other kids. It was kind of embarrassing.

With the arrival of Horn and Downes came Yes' new wave credibility.
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