March 29th, 2011
Yes have hit the studio again, something I have to admit that I did not expect. Trevor Horn, member of the band in 1980-81, is producing just as he did with the band’s two 80s efforts 90125 and Big Generator.
Prog-rock giants Yes have re-teamed with Trevor Horn – the producer behind their massive 1983 hit “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” – to cut Fly From Here, the band’s first album of original material in 10 years.
The disc is anchored by the 20-minute title track “Fly From Here,” which dates back to the sessions to their 1980 LP Drama. “We played it live on the 1980 tour when it was just five minutes long,” says Squire. “Now it’s an extravaganza!”
There are four other songs on the album, which Squire says are around six minutes apiece. “Those are brand new and the writing was very collaborative,” says Squire. “The sound is somewhat indicative of our 1980s work.” Geoff Downes, who played keyboards with Yes during the Drama period, returned to play on Fly From Here.
So does Downes play keys on the whole thing or just the one song? If the former, where did Oliver Wakeman go?
“Fly From Here” started life as a song by The Buggles, i.e. – Downes and Horn. Yes demoed it for Drama but I don’t think it got any further than that in the studio although it was played live on the Drama tour. Here’s the demo of it by the band.
It should be interesting to hear what they come up with. I suspect this will be their last album of new stuff but who knows. 60 is the new 40 or something.