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  • Audio CD (August 9, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: DBN
  • ASIN: B005E8L0IO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (375 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,637,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What does Fly From Here sound like? Does it sound like Close to the Edge, Relayer, Going for the One, Drama, or 90125? Does it matter? To fans of Jon Anderson and/or Rick Wakeman and/or the "classic line-up of the such and such era" it probably does matter, however these fans will most likely not be swayed no matter what. Due to the time wasting arguments and squabbling between the members of Yes and the even more nasty squabbling between the fans about the viability of a Jon Anderson and/or Rick Wakeman-less Yes on fan sites and message boards, not to mention cancelled tours such as the More Drama or the Close to the Edge and Back tour, I was becoming weary of being a Yes fan. I just did not think they had it in them for another recording no matter who was playing on it and even if they did, I doubted they would ever get it together to make it a reality or even moreso that I would want to listen to it.

And now we have Fly From Here. As stated above, when asked "What does FFH sound like?", well, it sounds like Yes in 2011! People will hear snippets of various line-ups and recordings (I hear snippets of Drama, a bit of 90125 and Big Generator, with some of the pop sensibilities of Asia). Once you listen to FFH, you will come up with your own ideas of what era/line-up it reminds you of.

Although FFH does not achieve the musical or popular heights of either the Fragile/CTTE or 90125 era, it delivers a sturdy set of quality songs that comprise a thoughtful, consistent offering that I had no reason to expect to be as good as it is. The FFH suite (based on the Drama-era song Fly From Here) is cohesive if a bit lacking in instrumental virtuosity as the instrumental fireworks of the 70s era (remember 'Soundchaser'?) are not as present on this cd.
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"You'll see perpetual change..."

In 2008, Yes vocalist Jon Anderson found himself ill and unable to tour for quite some time. The remaining band members decided to continue onward, hiring Yes tribute singer (with some prog cred in Canadian band Mystery) Benoit David. Able to capture Anderson's high-vocaled tenor quite well in concert, things went as well as could be hoped for as Yes toured for the next few years. Rick Wakeman had also departed again during this period (for the, um, 5th time), and his son Oliver took over on keyboards.

Yes has always been, from the very first departure of Peter Banks in 1970, a revolving door of players. We all have our favorite albums and lineups, but what always baffled me was seeing/hearing comments by various fans who
cannot seem to ever accept what is right in front of them, here and now.

Maybe I am just less biased, having discovered Yes as recently as 1998, and I wasn't overexposed towards one particular band member or sound. My first Yes albums that I purchased that summer covered the span from the late 60s to the 90s, so I became a pluralist early on.

One of my early favorites was Drama. I paid $ 1.99 for an old beat up cassette of it at a used record store, and I'll never forget the first time I heard "Into The Lens" as I played it in the car. There was so much darkness, sadness, and emotion in the song. At the time, I had no idea who was singing or playing...to me it was just amazing prog music, and I accepted it at face value.

I quickly formed an emotional connection to Drama, and while I also loved 90125, Close To The Edge, Talk, and countless other albums, I never understood the absolute rancor and negativity towards it.
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When I heard Yes was coming out with a new album I was excited and couldn't wait to get it. They are, in my opinion, one of the most influential rock bands of all time. But then I heard Jon Anderson, their vocalist for much of their career, would not be singing, and I was disappointed... Almost reluctant to listen. Though I was very skeptical at first, I'm so glad that I gave it shot. The band, consisting of Benoit David on vocals, along with Chris Squire (bass), Steve Howe (guitar), Alan White (drums) and Geoff Downes (keyboards) sounds amazing. The production is crisp and fresh, and, most importantly, the songs are awesome. "Fly From Here" gets things going and is a 5 part, more then 20 minute long song that includes "Overture" as well as "Fly From Here" parts I - V. This isn't really something Yes has done before: It has a darker, more atmospheric feel then typical Yes songs. The main chorus is phenomenal, and Steve Howe's playing will blow your mind! He shows his true nature as a virtuoso as he alternates between an astral slide guitar, a straight ahead attack, and the perfect blend of melody, Spanish-influenced guitars, and scorching solos. As is typical of his style, his playing enhances each and every song, adding dramatic textures and harmonies that only he is capable of. The result is a fresh sounding masterpiece that even long time, diehard fans of the band will love. "The Man You Always Wanted Me To Be" is a Squire-penned ballad with more amazing guitars and bass. And while he'll never be Jon Anderson, Benoit David's vocals are spot on and he can really deliver! "Life on a Film Set" starts off slow and mellow but gains energy and intensity; I was sucked in and couldn't help playing it over and over to catch every nuance. "Into the Storm" closes out the CD with a bang.Read more ›
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