Yes Music Podcast
Two fans' exploration of the world's greatest progressive rock band.
info_outline Kevin Currie and Ted Stockwell tell the story of the band, White - 457 11/20/2020
Kevin Currie and Ted Stockwell tell the story of the band, White - 457 Across the globe from Canada, Indonesia, the UK and the US (I think!) it was a real pleasure for Mark and I to speak to Kevin Currie and Ted Stockwell this week about their band, White, which has featured Alan White and Geoff Downes in the past. It's a great, in-depth interview in which we delve into the fascinating history of the band and their strong links to Yes. The whole conversation was organised for us by Daniel Krohn so many thanks to him. What albums has White produced? What happened to the More Drama Tour on which White were to play? Are there any plans for the future? Listen to the episode and let us know what you think!
info_outline Dave Watkinson collects...everything! 456 11/13/2020
Dave Watkinson collects...everything! 456 It was, as usual, a delight to speak to one of the most knowledgeable and friendly Yes fanatics this week, Dave Watkinson. He told us about three very special memorabilia activities he’s been involved in recently. You might want to take a look at the show notes for this week to see exactly what Dave’s talking about but it’s all fascinating and gives some new insights into the story of the world’s greatest progressive rock band. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as Mark and I did recording it.
info_outline What Did They Do Next Part 17b - Billy Sherwood - 455 11/06/2020
What Did They Do Next Part 17b - Billy Sherwood - 455 Mark and I are back this week with the second part of our look at the World Trade album Euphoria in our what did they do next series this time featuring Billy Sherwood. We also have a chance to give our two pence on a topic which compares Roger Dean’s approach to that of Yes themselves. I hope you find all that interesting.
info_outline What Did They Do Next Part 17a - Billy Sherwood - 454 10/23/2020
What Did They Do Next Part 17a - Billy Sherwood - 454 This week, Mark and I start off the next instalment of the perennially popular What Did They Do Next series with a certain Billy Sherwood’s activities post Yes. Can you guess what album we will be talking about? Stay tuned to find out if you’re right.
info_outline The Yes Album vs. Going For The One - 453 10/16/2020
The Yes Album vs. Going For The One - 453 Unfortunately, both I and Mark have been a bit under the weather this week but we recovered in time to listen to two classic Yes albums and record our thoughts. There's also time for a few thoughts about Jon Anderson's new very controversial song!
info_outline First thoughts on The Royal Affair Tour: Live From Las Vegas - 452 10/09/2020
First thoughts on The Royal Affair Tour: Live From Las Vegas - 452 I’d like to say Mark and I have been enjoying listening to the new Yes live album, The Royal Affair Tour: Live From Las Vegas this week and actually I have enjoyed the majority of it but you’ll hear a little later in the episode why we’re slightly concerned about the latest release. You may find our comments difficult or you may agree - please do let us know either way. At the end of the episode Mark also helps me out to gain a proper understanding of the significance of Eddie van Halen who, as I’m sure you know, sadly died at the tragically young age of 65 this week. Do stay tuned for that.
info_outline Roine Stolt talks about Yes, Jon Anderson, The Flower Kings' new album and more! 451 10/02/2020
Roine Stolt talks about Yes, Jon Anderson, The Flower Kings' new album and more! 451 It was a great pleasure to speak to Roine Stolt this week about his forthcoming album with The Flower Kings, Islands. We also chatted about Yes, working with Jon Anderson on the Anderson Stolt record Invention of Knowledge and other projects. He’s another very busy musician - even in these pandemic days.
info_outline Video Killed The Yes Music - or did it? 450 09/25/2020
Video Killed The Yes Music - or did it? 450 Is or was Yes a promotional video type band? This is the question Mark and I wrestle with this week. We each choose 3 videos to discuss and also broaden our scope a bit as well. Stay tuned for that a little bit later on and do watch the videos which I’ve embedded into the show notes below to give you some context.
info_outline What Did They Do Next Part 17b - Rick Wakeman - again - 448 09/11/2020
What Did They Do Next Part 17b - Rick Wakeman - again - 448 Mark and I have had an interesting week firstly trying to get hold of and then listening to the collaborative album Wakeman With Wakeman by Rick and Adam.
info_outline What Did They Do Next Part 17a - Rick Wakeman...again - 447 09/04/2020
What Did They Do Next Part 17a - Rick Wakeman...again - 447 It’s the beginning of September and the YMP is back. Mark and I are starting off with the next part of our 'what did they do next' series and this time we are back again to Rick Wakeman leaving in the run up to work starting on the Talk album, which he was originally going to be part of. Instead, he undertook some solo and collaboration activity and we will be discussing all that in more detail in this episode. It’s also been an important week for Yes with the official launch of the pre-order for the new live album.
info_outline Drama starts at 40 with Geoff Bailie - 446 08/21/2020
Drama starts at 40 with Geoff Bailie - 446 We were delighted to welcome back onto the show the smooth tones of Yes fan and serial prog podcaster, Geoff Bailie this week to talk about the 40th birthday of Drama. It's a mini round table episode - leave your thoughts and reactions on the show notes for this week's episode!
info_outline What Did They Do Next Part 16b - Steve Howe - 445 08/14/2020
What Did They Do Next Part 16b - Steve Howe - 445 This week, Mark and I enjoyed listening to The Grand Scheme of Things by Steve Howe which he produced shortly after leaving the band following the end of the Union Tour in 1993. It’s a great collection but might be a little bit too long. Take a listen to our thoughts a little later on and add your own to the show notes for this week.
info_outline Who's that under the stage? It's Casey Young! (And he's happy to talk about it!) - 444 08/07/2020
Who's that under the stage? It's Casey Young! (And he's happy to talk about it!) - 444 It was a genuine pleasure to speak to Casey Young this week about his contributions to the 90125 Tour. This conversation was suggested by Keith Hoisington.
info_outline What Did They Do Next Part 16a - Steve Howe - 443 07/31/2020
What Did They Do Next Part 16a - Steve Howe - 443 We return to our ever-popular what did they do next series this week and it’s time to work out what Steve Howe did after the end of the Union Tour. It’s an opportunity for Mark and me to discover more music we don’t know and a chance to compare 1993 solo work with Love Is which we spoke to Steve about last week.
info_outline Steve Howe tells us what 'Love Is' all about - 442 07/24/2020
Steve Howe tells us what 'Love Is' all about - 442 After a few technical hitches, we managed to speak to legendary Yes guitarist, Steve Howe, about his brand new solo album, 'Love Is'. It features his son and recent YMP interviewee, Dylan Howe, on drums and Steve's fellow Yes member, Jon Davison, on backing vocals and bass guitar. If you like Steve's solo work, you'll absolutely love this new album, which is packed full of his trademark multi-guitar work and contains half instrumental tracks and half songs. Steve is pleased with his lead vocals and we can see why! Does Steve enjoy writing, producing, engineering and performing? How does Steve choose from his incredible collection of guitars? Are there any clues to future Yes happenings?
info_outline The Red Planet by Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble - 441 07/17/2020
The Red Planet by Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble - 441 It's a fantastic time for current and former members of Yes. Here's another example - the new prog album by Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble - The Red Planet. We who plays bass on the record and this week we are listening to the music. If you've heard the album, do let us know what you think in the comments below. In what way is this album progressive rock? How does this music compare with Rick's older material? Is it an enjoyable album? Listen to the episode and let us know what you think!
info_outline What did they do next - part 15b - Bill Bruford - 440 07/10/2020
What did they do next - part 15b - Bill Bruford - 440 In our second part of what Bill did next, Mark and I enjoy listening to the Earthworks album, Stamping Ground. It's a complete change for me but Mark has quite a few Earthworks albums. What do those electronic drums sound like here? Is this just 'standard' jazz? Can Kevin get into the music at all? Listen to the episode and let us know what you think!
info_outline What did they do next - part 15a - Bill Bruford - 438 06/26/2020
What did they do next - part 15a - Bill Bruford - 438 As I'm officially on leave this Friday and next, there no time for news I'm afraid but there was time for a great discussion between Mark and me about what Bill Bruford did next after leaving Yes following the end of the Union tour. Almost immediately, he recorded a live album with his band, Earthworks. What is Earthworks all about? Is Bill's favourite music jazz not rock? Melodies on the drums - how does that work? Listen to the episode and let us know what you think!
info_outline Fragile vs Close To The Edge - 437 06/19/2020
Fragile vs Close To The Edge - 437 This week, Mark and I decided to delve back into the main sequence of Yes albums and think about the pros and cons of Fragile and Close to the Edge. Both contain some fantastic music but which is the more satisfying? Listen to our thoughts and then add yours to the show notes for this week on yesmusicpodcast.com
info_outline The Red Planet - Lee Pomeroy talks about his part in Rick Wakeman's new album - 436 06/12/2020
The Red Planet - Lee Pomeroy talks about his part in Rick Wakeman's new album - 436 This week we were delighted to welcome extraordinary bassist, Lee Pomeroy, back onto the podcast. As part of Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble, Lee has been involved in the creation of a wonderful prog album, The Red Planet. Although the release date has been hit by lockdown, as you will hear, Lee explains that it will be well worth the wait and is very excited about this return to Rick's progressive roots. How was this record put together in lockdown? Is it really progressive rock? How much was Lee involved in the writing of bass parts?
info_outline Yes Talk with guitarist Fernando Perdomo - 435 06/05/2020
Yes Talk with guitarist Fernando Perdomo - 435 This week, Mark and I had a hugely enjoyable conversation with the amazing Fernando Perdomo. A long-term collaborator with a previous guest, Dave Kerzner, Fernando tells us about his fascination with Peter Banks, his work on the 50th Anniversary Yes tribute CD and his own music in the new Peter Banks continuation project, The New Empire whose album is out soon. Fernando has even given us permission to play a song from the new album exclusively here on the show so listen out for that later on - I’m sure you’ll agree it’s brilliant. Mark and I also had time to record our thoughts in a two pence segment about the rumours around the producer for the new Yes album. Hold on tight for that as well.
info_outline What did they do next part 14b - Trevor Rabin - 434 05/29/2020
What did they do next part 14b - Trevor Rabin - 434 In part two of our exploration of what Trevor Rabin did next, this week Mark and I have been listening to his solo album, Can’t Look Away. There’s plenty to like and plenty to discuss so look out for that later on.
info_outline What did they do next part 14a Trevor Rabin - 433 05/22/2020
What did they do next part 14a Trevor Rabin - 433 With the news that Trevor Rabin is working on a new solo record, Mark and I bend the rules of the what did they do next series almost to breaking point so we can take a look at Trevor’s 1989 album, Can’t Look Away. Messages of protestation welcome but not necessary. This week we discuss our expectations of the record and then next week we’ll feed back on our listening experiences.
info_outline The time Dave Watkinson and his brother joined Yes - 432 05/15/2020
The time Dave Watkinson and his brother joined Yes - 432 Join in a wonderful story-telling session with Dave Watkinson. It's another amazing Yes chat!
info_outline What did they do next part 13b - Jon Anderson - 431 05/08/2020
What did they do next part 13b - Jon Anderson - 431 This week, Mark and I have been listening to the album which Jon Anderson released shortly after leaving Yes following the Big Generator tour, 'In The City Of Angels'. It’s not exactly progressive rock but see if you agree with our assessment of the music and take a listen to an audio contribution on this subject from Stephen Lambe as well. We also have time for a two pence about the latest Roger Dean Yes album cover and its public development as well as a very exciting YMP Announcement connected with what the YMP Patrons have been up to in secret lately. And that’s not all. There’s the result of the Dave Watkinson Warriors EP competition, news of Miguel Falcao’s PlayForChris6 project and the official press release from Steve Howe about his new album. So, Look out for all that!
info_outline What did they do next part 13a - Jon Anderson - 430 05/01/2020
What did they do next part 13a - Jon Anderson - 430 This week we turn our attention to the next person to leave the band, Jon Anderson. He called it a day after the Big Generator Tour. So, what did he do next? Find out later on. We also have a sort of double 2 pence which is concerned with both what Roger Dean is currently up to on Facebook and why it matters for fans of the recorded output of the world’s greatest progressive rock band.
info_outline Sid Smith - Doyen of the Sleeve Note - 429 04/24/2020
Sid Smith - Doyen of the Sleeve Note - 429 This week we blew away the lockdown cobwebs by means of a bracing conversation with the ever jovial and generous Sid Smith. Responsible for many Yes, King Crimson and other sleeve notes, he shared his approaches and told a story or two. It was a very enjoyable chat.
info_outline Yes album sleeve notes - 428 04/17/2020
Yes album sleeve notes - 428 It’s another week of normality, courtesy of the YMP. I hope you are well and coping with the current situation. This week in a bit of a departure from the usual format, Mark and I took a look at some of the sleeve notes which come with Yes records, CDs and so on. We both choose our favourite 3 examples and talk quite a bit about the different kinds there have been through the years. There’s an invitation to suggest your own favourites on the show notes for this episode and also the news that we will be speaking to Sid Smith next week on the show. In case you are unaware, Sid recently updated his essential King Crimson book and is also the author of many essays for sleeve notes including the Steven Wilson Yes remixes. We are very much looking forward to that conversation. What different styles of sleeve notes are included with Yes albums? Which are the best? Which are our favourites? Listen to the episode and let us know what you think!