Okay, here goes…this is officially the first “CD find” I’m listing here. Found this one at a local Goodwill last week. So, first a disclaimer: I am a crazy Yes fan. I’ve been listening to them for about 30 years, have been to 20 shows, have all the albums, videos, etc. etc…. You wouldn’t know it from reading this blog so far because frankly there’s been no need for me to pick up any Yes stuff at the thrifts, I have it all! 🙂 Well, most of it…I didn’t have this one, though I’d heard it before.
This is a damn cool CD. I’m kinda surprised I hadn’t picked it up sooner, to be honest. These are all remixes of Yes tunes done by guitarist Steve Howe‘s son Virgil, or known here as “The Verge”. There’s an interesting mix of tracks here, he doesn’t just stick to the hits by any means. In fact the first two songs, “Tempus Fugit” and “Arriving UFO”, happen to be from what were two of the most controversial albums by the band at the end of the 70s, Drama and Tormato. Other tracks include “Siberian Khatru”, “Sound Chaser”, “Awaken”, and “Heart of the Sunrise”, which might be my personal favorite here. The rearrangement of themes and bits that in that particular tune is done with a tremendous amount of musicality and skill. The approach varies from tune to tune– sometimes parts are rearranged in a manner that is almost unrecognizable, while at other times things stay fairly true to the original, with only some minor changes like the addition of a new rhythm track.
This disc might not be for everyone, maybe not even for some of the diehard Yes fans. In fact, a quick look at the reviews on Amazon reveals that people either love this or hate it! I’ve found that some Yes fans don’t like things to be messed with too much. I find this funny, as Yes was known for doing many cover tunes in the early days where they completely messed with the original songs. I think there’s some really creative stuff happening here. I really enjoy this disc. It’s fun to hear some of these songs and sounds done in a completely new way.
The Verdict: SCORE!
My Cost: $1.99