Thursday, March 3, 2011

UPDATED 3/10: New Yes album 'Fly From Here' ready for release



UPDATED 3/10: "Yes’ Squire on band’s first album in a decade"

Progressive rock titans Yes will release a new album this summer, said bassist/co-founder Chris Squire during a phone interview today.

"At the moment, we just finished recording our first studio album since 2001," Squire said. "It will probably be ready by July of this year."

What's the title?

“'Fly from Here,'” Squire said. "It's the title of the main song."

He also confirmed longtime Yes collaborator Trevor Horn produced the album.

I called Squire today for an upcoming story to advance Yes' March 11 performance at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg.


33 comments:

ABWHSOLUTIONS said...

Hope you can fly without "The Man"!
Looking much more forward to the AWR project. Can't wait to see Jon, Rick, and Trevor make some real Yes Music.

Anonymous said...

"The Man" is a shadow of his former self. Yes has been doing fine without him since 2008. Rabin and Wakeman in the same band? That's one wankster too many.

Anonymous said...

Wakeman and Rabin making music together? I'm WAY out of the loop because this is the first I've heard of anything new from these two since "Return to the Centre of the Earth." Now Jon will be with them? I'm SO there!!!!!!!! I've always wanted to see these three in a version of Yes together, but I'll take what I can get!

Anonymous said...

Would be nice to return to the GFTO days,Turn of the century,Awaken.Cant recapture the sweet sounds of those youthful times.Even so,the voice fronting the band these days ? NOOOOOOO ZZZZZZZ :(

P. Breen said...

Why in the world would the members of YES name the new album after a song that they recorded over thirty years ago. This song was recorded during the Drama sessions but did not make the Drama album, though it was performed on the Drama tour. I am looking foward to new Yes music, not something that wasn't good enough for an album 30 years ago. This is dissappointing news.

Anonymous said...

The first time I will pass on a new yes album, Its not YES without JA., didnt we go through this b4,

Charlie said...

I remember clearly watching Trevor Horn singing in the round on the Drama tour at Madison Square Garden. I loved that album so I loved that tour. I became a life-long Trevor Horn fan while he was singing And You And I. In the middle section where the high notes were beyond his range, he hit the falsetto note and put his arms up as if to say, Hey, I'm not Jon. He endeared himself to me instantly. I've loved and appreciated what he excels at even more. There's a reason why Flowers in the Dirt is Paul McCartney's best sounding album, and 90125 (or 90215 or whatever the hell it is - dumb name) is still the best sounding and selling album (not to be confused with best album) The answer is ... Trevor Horn

I love Yes in all its forms, including ABWH (Mr Squire, that is a Yes album, sorry)


Also, being that Yes is sifting through their old catalog for something to record, allow me to offer them some new, awesome stuff.

:)

Anonymous said...

I am curious but not hopeful. The best Yes has Jon's songwriting contributions. I wonder about the level of songs Steve will be able to write without Jon.

I applaud the group for recording new stuff. If we are stuck with this current line up, with Benoit and Oliver, at least let's hear what they can do.

Having seen them live, I am skeptical. Benoit and Oliver struck me as merely session players out there getting a paycheck. Maybe they will have some input on the new music and really become part of the band.

gjtopr said...

I will take a listen, and, if I like it I'll buy it. It IS hard to think of Yes without Jon though.

Anonymous said...

Listen to any of Steve's HOMEBREW cds and you will hear how MANY YES songs were Steve's ideas. not Jon's 'idears' Sorry I could not resist. The last 3 Yes albums, with Magnfification being the best IMHO, had songs that Jon helmed, that were lackluster. Jon let go much of the vision of the band, he sold out his interest in theband in 2004. The title refers to the fac tthet theydid finish the song. Guess what, MANY MANY bands use ideas from their past. SO WHAT? I have heard at least 3 Rick Wakeman albums where he used VERY similar if not lifting from his own recods, variations of his own stuff. So what again, it was still good. Jon has been out since 2008. If you don't like that, don;t go tothe show, don't buy the CD. The horse is dead...

sunhillow_olias facebook said...

The Jon Wakeman and Rabin came from something that Jon actually said, very interesting. My thought ABWH could work with Steve Hackett replacing Howe. For awhile I was thinking that Chris Droped Jon in attempts of get trevor back in the band. Rabin and Anderson have been at odds with agreeing musically since the Big Generator Album. You know the yes fans what it, Anderson, Wakeman, and Rabin. It won't happen just like Bruford won't be back.

If YES is ever going to be in the rock n'roll hall of fame then everyone will need to be on the same stage at the same time, I'm talking about BANKS.....

Anonymous said...

well we shall wait & see what happens. who knows, it could be the alblum that puts them in the hall.

Anonymous said...

a "new" album based on a song from 1980?
I want to hear it before I buy it, thats for sure!

Anonymous said...

jon is yes!simple as that

Anonymous said...

"Drama" proved you can have a Yes album without Anderson - just as "AWBH" proved you can't have Yes without Squire. Chris Squire is Yes, plain & simple.

I agree, Rabin is a wankster.

jose felix said...

Can't wait to listen to the new album. Would it be among the best ones?

Anonymous said...

Every word a Yes fan sings along to at a Yes Cocert was written by Jon (beside Drama...and that was weak as hell...'I am a camera'...really?) The artistic direction of the music is Jon. The notes that 'the new guy' sings are Jons notes. What will this new/old CD sound like? Will benoit just copy Jons style or attempt his own? This is nothing more than the Beatles without John Lennon. A sad hollow joke. Chris is reaching for the big time of the 80's and that will never happen. Yes dosnt know how to sell out without Rabin.
As far as Yes doing 'fine' without Jon...go read the review page...oh wait! Yes took down most of the comments...lol. Go to Youtube and see a tribute band that was once Yes, the greatest progressive band of all time.

RKae said...

I loved Donovan's "Beat Cafe" album from a few years back, and later discovered that some of the songs were things he had done demos of in the '60s! I thought that was kind of spiffy! I'd like to hear a good studio version of "Fly From Here." How do you know that some of the songs you love aren't things that the artist had sitting in a drawer, dusted off and finally decided to finish? You don't. Quit whining.

Steve Hogarth for yes singer said...

New album, fabulous news. Yes is not Anderson, Squire, White, Howe, Wakeman, although it really should be. Yes is still yes in whatever shape or form, even when the buggles took over it was still yes music and then we had the Rabin years, not quite as acceptable but again still yes music. Yes is not about individuals, god knows there have been so many changes its hard to keep up, it's about the music. I don't hear anyone bemoaning the London philharmonic orchestra because they have a different violinist. I'm gonna give this new album a listen, if it's crap, and I very much doubt it will be, then it's crap, if not then we have a little bit more yes to enjoy.

Popbang said...

I agree that YES proved they can be a great band without Jon. "Drama" is in my top 3 favorite YES albums of all time (along with "Going For The One" and "talk")

They key here is that Trevor Horn is involved. Trevor rarely puts his name on something that will suck. Without Trevor Horn, we wouldn't still have a YES to listen to. He resurrected them.

I can't wait to hear the first studio album by YES in 10 years. I miss Jon's voice, but my hopes are high.

Anonymous said...

Lets not forget Geoff Downes, one of the best keyboard players around. I have always admired his work starting with the Buggles with Trevor Horn, then Yes, again with Trevor, and then with and currently with ASIA (with Howe). Adding Geoffrey and Trevor into the mix is something I am looking forward to hearing and seeing along with the current ASIA tour. Wetton, Downes, Howe and Palmer still put on one heck of a show. And I am sure the new Yes line up, if they tour will be worth seeing.

Andres Montti said...

Jon Anderson,Rick Wakeman,Trevor Rabin,Tony levin and Jon Myung in sesion,Bill Brufford to return the new disc from November..Tree of life or Genoma tree..

David Benoit,Cris Squire,Oliver Wakeman and Geoff Downes,Allan White and Steve Howe,Fly from her and yor new video clip from MTV....

Jim said...

After someone foolishly assumed before me, I wanted to point out that the song "Fly From Here" isn't being reused now because it wasn't good enough for Drama. In fact, it was supposed to be ON Drama, but the band was in such a hurry to record the album, that the song wasn't finished in time. Where the hell did you hear that it wasn't GOOD ENOUGH?! Nowhere, that's where!!! You just assumed...like so many other fans that assume this album won't be any good without Jon Anderson.

Well, sorry to those folks, but Jon himself has stated in several different interviews that he is NOT PHYSICALLY CAPABLE of touring the way that the rest of the band plans on doing. Even if the band wants him back at some point in the future, Jon won't be able to tour as much as will be needed.

Can't you all just TRY and be grateful that Yes, in whatever incarnation it's currently in, is FINALLY releasing some NEW music?!?! And Yes, most of the album will be new...the 20 minute piece is Fly From Here, which was originally 6 minutes long. They added on another 14 MINUTES!!! Plus there are 4 other BRAND NEW songs!

What more can you ask from Howe, Squire, White (who are all well into their sixties for goodness sake!) Downes and Benoit?!

Steve Howe himself said that he thinks this album will surprise a lot of people out there when it's released. He said that he doesn't think too many people are expecting Yes to put out an album like this in this day and age.

Here are some direct quotes from Steve himself:

"It’s going to be a very vibrant album, it’s going to be very fresh..."

"And we think we’re got a really neat, stylish, clever album that is a little bit less expected."

What does this tell you? I, for one, am absolutely pumped about the new album after hearing the interview with Steve that those quotes were taken from!!!

Yes is Yes, whether Jon's there or not. Try to live "In The Present" and maybe you'll figure it out for yourself. You'll be glad that you did, that's for sure!

:D

Anonymous said...

I first saw Yes in 75 on the relayer tour blew me away I am yes,s biggest fan but dont eccept the new tribute yes without a soul didnt go to the last tour the only yes tour i havnt seen wont be buying new yes album but hugely looking forward to the new jon rick and trevor project

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chris said...

"The Man" is a shadow of his former self. Yes has been doing fine without him since 2008. Rabin and Wakeman in the same band? That's one wankster too many."

I've heard a bunch of his current solo tour recordings (AUD), his CYO performance, and his - oh whereever it was- TV show somewhere in Europe with the mini orchestra + guitarist, bassist, etc - and he is NOT a shadow of any-effing-thing, he's fooking JON ANDERSON, the soul of Yes.

And no they have not been doing fine without Jon, Bidet David CANT SING! (Jon's stuff at least - I've heard it myself - terrible)

P.S. Something wrong in the head of you Rabin haters.

chris said...

"Can't you all just TRY and be grateful that Yes, in whatever incarnation it's currently in, is FINALLY releasing some NEW music?!?! "

-- IF there WERE a new Yes album, I would be...I would try... but THERE ISNT!!!

Anonymous said...

For all the septics, listen to the previews of the album and you will see that Yes is more alive than ever! so more than the last twenty years with Jon & Rick!

manic jimmy said...

I'm from philly,I buy a painting by jon for $2k,bring it to the concert and ask him to sign it for me and he tells me that he won't sign it because he already signed it so I returned it back to the gallery..lately jon has ben complaining that he was very sic,k and nobody from yes ever called to see if he was ok...COULD IT BE THAT UR A PRICK JON ?!? The new singer is cool,saw him at the tower,anderson is way too full of himself

Anonymous said...

It's not journey witout Perry...it's not YES without Anderson!!

Anonymous said...

I've long shared the sentiment that "it's not Yes with out Jon A."

However - I just saw them in concert last night with the new guy. He is a strong singer. I gotta learn his name since I would be very surprised if Squire decided to ditch him.