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yoksa
Posted: May 28, 2018 4:04
 

Prefer the live version from Yessongs album but quite enjoy this one too. It was different time. Musicianship extraordinaire! Steve Howe one of the greatest!
Typesbad
(El Segundo - Hey, whose wallet is this?)
Posted: May 21, 2018 15:23
 

 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
Good gawd, I just cannot cannot cannot get into Yes. Can they play their instruments? Yes they can. Well? Yep. But what they're playing is unfocused musical garbage, wandering aimlessly all over the place in service of their pressing need to show off just how good they can play their instruments. The lyrics are sophomorish crap, and the vocalizations — you can't call it singing — are horrible. Yes? Nope!

 
I've always seen Yes as its own kind of rock / jazz fusion.  Tightly organized virtuoso musicians exploring new sounds with vocals that find  some middle ground between lyrics and scat. Viewed this way, I find Yes quite enjoyable.
christopherwoods
(United Kingdom)
Posted: Feb 03, 2018 12:46
 

 westslope wrote:

Thanks.  I was just going to offer the same interpretation but coming straight from Jon Anderson is far better.

Soldiers are civil servants.  Those who establish policy, implement and strategy and controls the details of tactics — they are indeed responsible.  That includes voting citizens.  
 
P.S. I love the choice of tense for If the summer change to winter, yours is no.  'change as opposed changes'

 
After so many years, the meaning behind the song is revealed to me... It's a great standalone piece of music anyway, but this added layer of meaning is quite powerful.
DocStrangelove
(Ottawa)
Posted: Feb 03, 2018 12:45
 

just say no to yes
terrible vocals
the worst of rock
{#Stop}
birdland
(Calgary)
Posted: Feb 03, 2018 12:41
 

 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
Good gawd, I just cannot cannot cannot get into Yes. Can they play their instruments? Yes they can. Well? Yep. But what they're playing is unfocused musical garbage, wandering aimlessly all over the place in service of their pressing need to show off just how good they can play their instruments. The lyrics are sophomorish crap, and the vocalizations — you can't call it singing — are horrible. Yes? Nope!

 
Agreed.
Steely_D
(Biscayne Bay)
Posted: Jan 27, 2018 23:43
 

 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
Good gawd, I just cannot cannot cannot get into Yes. Can they play their instruments? Yes they can. Well? Yep. But what they're playing is unfocused musical garbage, wandering aimlessly all over the place in service of their pressing need to show off just how good they can play their instruments. The lyrics are sophomorish crap, and the vocalizations — you can't call it singing — are horrible. Yes? Nope!

 
I get it. And I'm not just saying this because you're in Canada, but as much as I love ELP/Yes/Crimson/PFM/Gentle Giant...etc...I could never ever latch onto Rush. Just never happened for me.

But this tune is a ten in my book. 
pinto
(west meade)
Posted: Dec 31, 2017 12:44
 

 DocStrangelove wrote:
Just say no to Yes. Boring guitar masturbation and whiny vocals.

 
That comment is just so wrong in so many ways.
DocStrangelove
(Ottawa)
Posted: Dec 30, 2017 12:24
 

Just say no to Yes. Boring guitar masturbation and whiny vocals.


Ja300Mes
(North Fork)
Posted: Dec 07, 2017 17:04
 

I almost didn't want to leave this on because this is one of those records that I always listen to start to finish. Now I have to go get it, start with 'The Clap" and continue until the end.
kz1300a1
Posted: Dec 07, 2017 17:00
 

 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
Good gawd, I just cannot cannot cannot get into Yes. Can they play their instruments? Yes they can. Well? Yep. But what they're playing is unfocused musical garbage, wandering aimlessly all over the place in service of their pressing need to show off just how good they can play their instruments. The lyrics are sophomorish crap, and the vocalizations — you can't call it singing — are horrible. Yes? Nope!
  Its almost like they were heavily influenced by Jazz or something. 

kz1300a1
Posted: Dec 07, 2017 16:55
 

 The Apex of Progessive rock.
westslope
(BC sage brush steppe)
Posted: Nov 07, 2017 16:14
 

 h8rhater wrote:
.....

The Vietnam War, ongoing at the time, also affected this composition.  More from Jon Anderson, "the young people going off to fight the war had no say in the matter, and the war itself was certainly not their fault." "killing is brutal and cruel, but the disgrace falls not on the soldiers, but on those who orchestrated the war."
 
Thanks.  I was just going to offer the same interpretation but coming straight from Jon Anderson is far better.

Soldiers are civil servants.  Those who establish policy, implement and strategy and controls the details of tactics — they are indeed responsible.  That includes voting citizens.  
 
P.S. I love the choice of tense for If the summer change to winter, yours is no.  'change as opposed changes'
helgigermany
(Germany)
Posted: Oct 08, 2017 6:45
 

Very nice!
kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: Sep 07, 2017 17:19
 

Death defying, mutilated armies scatter the earth
Crawling out of dirty holes, their morals, their morals disappear, yeah

I always latched on to that stanza. Very evocative. Yeah. 
LowPhreak
(Divided Corporate States of Neo-Feudal Murikka, Inc.)
Posted: Jul 08, 2017 9:04
 

 h8rhater wrote:

The Vietnam War, ongoing at the time, also affected this composition.  More from Jon Anderson, "the young people going off to fight the war had no say in the matter, and the war itself was certainly not their fault." "killing is brutal and cruel, but the disgrace falls not on the soldiers, but on those who orchestrated the war."
 
Maybe that applies to those who were drafted into wars, but not today. When you go voluntarily into something like Iraq, A'stan, Syria, Libya...it's your personal responsibility to bear.

Even those who were drafted for Vietnam ultimately had a choice, and many refused to be part of it.
Castelfranco
Posted: Jul 08, 2017 9:03
 

 ItchyJack wrote:
doc doesn't get it....probably a radio head fan
 

I like both - wrong?
countyman
(Pittsburgh Where Stanley doesn't live anymore)
Posted: Jul 01, 2017 8:00
 

 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
Good gawd, I just cannot cannot cannot get into Yes. Can they play their instruments? Yes they can. Well? Yep. But what they're playing is unfocused musical garbage, wandering aimlessly all over the place in service of their pressing need to show off just how good they can play their instruments. The lyrics are sophomorish crap, and the vocalizations — you can't call it singing — are horrible. Yes? Nope!

 
May 8th, 12017 must have been a bad day for you, eh?!?! At least Bill isn't playing any Bieber. Put yer skates on and head to the lake.
VV
Posted: Jul 01, 2017 7:59
 

Nothing short of Godlike in my book. 
h8rhater
(Couldn't care less why you h8 this song)
Posted: May 08, 2017 8:40
 

 Highlowsel wrote:
The lyrics a mash-up of nonsensical word association designed to entertain drug-induced hazy visions.  But even so there was something about it back then......less so today though...but thanks (Bill) for opening up that old (musical) trunk, blowing the dust off the vinyl and presenting it here for our aural delight. 

Don't take this wrong but once done please put it back in the trunk, and slide that trunk back into the attic...maybe somebody, someday, will enjoy rummaging thru and finding it...but until then....well....let's move along shall we?  Heh!

Highlow
American Net'Zen

 
Ugh!  How we do value our own ignorance these days.  Wave it around to show our imagined superiority, even.  Silly human race.

Jon Anderson on "Yours Is No Disgrace": "I'd just been to Vegas and it was amazing how crazy the place was and how silly we are. Silly human race. It was something to do with how crazy we can be as a human race to be out there flittering money around and gambling, trying to earn that big payout, when actually that's not what life is truly about."

The Vietnam War, ongoing at the time, also affected this composition.  More from Jon Anderson, "the young people going off to fight the war had no say in the matter, and the war itself was certainly not their fault." "killing is brutal and cruel, but the disgrace falls not on the soldiers, but on those who orchestrated the war."

Ag3nt0rang3
(Canada)
Posted: May 08, 2017 8:31
 

Good gawd, I just cannot cannot cannot get into Yes. Can they play their instruments? Yes they can. Well? Yep. But what they're playing is unfocused musical garbage, wandering aimlessly all over the place in service of their pressing need to show off just how good they can play their instruments. The lyrics are sophomorish crap, and the vocalizations — you can't call it singing — are horrible. Yes? Nope!