March 24th, 2014
Let’s start with the old.
The Yes Album is the latest Yes album to get the remaster/remix treatment from Steve Wilson.
…the CD features a completely new stereo mix, while the DVD-A features new stereo & 5.1 surround sound mixes all by Steven Wilson, a flat transfer of the original album master & a complete alternate album with tracks drawn from a mixture of singles edits, live tracks & an extended mix.
The CD version will include the studio version of “Clap” which, I believe, was on the 2003 remaster, and an extended mix of “A Venture”. The rest of the bonus material on the other formats:
Yours Is No Disgrace (Live, London 1971)
Starship Trooper (single edit)
I’ve Seen All Good People (Live, London 1971)
Perpetual Change (Live, New Haven 1971)
Your Move – single version, stereo
Clap – single version, mono
America – Live, London 1971
It’s Love – Live, London 1971
Your Move – single version, mono
It is scheduled to be released on 14 April.
Wilson previously remixed Close to the Edge (Here’s an interesting interview with him about that project) and the rumor is that Going for the One is next.
Yes also has a new album ready called Heaven and Earth and is due on 8 July. These days the band is Howe, Squire, White, Downes, and Jon Davison. The album was produced by Roy Thomas Baker who was with the band in Paris in late 1979 as they attempted a follow-up to Tormato. From what I’ve read, none of that material was resurrected for the new album and that newbie Davison has been active in writing new material.
Now, considering they’ll have a new album out in July, it seems odd that Yes are going to tour this summer and play all of Fragile and Close to the Edge for the main course with new material sprinkled in at the end for dessert. Do they love these albums so much that they want to go out and play them in toto or do they perhaps feel they can’t pack venues without some kind of back catalogue gimmick? And, with Downes behind the keyboards, if you must play an entire album, why not do all of Drama? It’s been around for 34 years – it’s classic Yes at this point.
Curiously enough, this tour will bring Yes back to Madison for the first time since 2002. They have a date booked at Overture Hall on 25 July. No Milwaukee date, though, but they were there last August.
If you are not familiar with the latest incarnation of the band, here they are doing “Starship Trooper” last year.