Take That Neues Album 2014

Prog legends correctly spent die bulk des 2013 revisiting their considerable legacy with reise dates special full-album performances of three of their classic long-players, ‘The correct Album,’ ‘Close To the Edge’ und ‘Going zum The One.’ As chris Squire said us at the time, creative ideas were imminent collectively for a new album, however it would certainly be a while till they would have a chance to take action on those thoughts due kommen sie their heavy workload.

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The zuerst hint the a neu release indigenous the group might be stirring came at the beginning des this year when photos des the maßband at arbeit with producer Roy thomas Baker an the studio began to emerge top top Facebook. Only a couple of short month later, the nachrichten of a completed album was circulating.

Evocatively titled ‘Heaven and Earth,’ ns newest entry in the Yes directory (and their first to feature new vocalist Jon Davison) will be exit on July 8.

By then, they möchte be in the midst of a freshly announced summer tour which will find castle continuing zu explore the full-album performances (which schutz been deswegen successful that ns demand has brought Yes worldwide, with recent European und Canadian reise dates). ‘Close To the Edge’ will be organized over for the summer run, with the fans favorite ‘Fragile’ album as a companion piece, und each nur rounded out v additional hits as well together tracks native the neu album.

We spoke with Yes etc legend steve Howe kommen sie get a bit of advance insight regarding the new album and so his thoughts on ns upcoming summer tour.

This new album seems choose it came with each other pretty quickly, von Yes standards. When ich spoke zu Chris belastung year, he stated that there were “small ideas” brewing, yet that the eis wouldn’t gain a chance to record until probably the end of the year. Factor in the liven year von touring that freundin guys had and it’s quite superior that we’re here now talking around a perfect album.

Well yeah, but i was die guy hold everybody back. Due to the fact that they thought they could do that sooner. Sie know, “Well, let’s do it now, let’s do it in the spring, let’s carry out it an the autumn und let’s perform it in the winter” and I said “No, we just haven’t gotten the material.” dafür October/November we had kommen sie rethink about ns material und who had songs. So in fact that could have been a echt botched job to schutz done it any sooner.

But yeah, considering that we started it about the first week von January und we got it finished is quite remarkable. It’s notfall without do the efforts -- it wasn’t easy! It sound easy wie man you say it, yet of prozess it wasn’t easy. Und it was a whole test bed von experimentation, because we hadn’t operated with Roy schneidbrett Baker...well, us didn’t finish the record that we made with Roy thomas Baker in the ‘70s. So we revisited with Roy and you know, that was a kind of in experiment. Dafür yeah, us had zu get on with it.

I mean, you’re not really expected kommen sie take a year or something zu make a document anymore. Und because von the technology, there are things about die technology the make it easier. However there’s no substitute zum the arbeiten you’ve got to put an writing songs. That’s miscellaneous that we do wie we’re house or something us do wie man we collection our thoughts wie man we’re in an environment whereby we can write. We did some collaboration so that we could share some of those concepts with each other und get on through it. Und yeah, us just gott on through it.

On this neu album, sie shift indigenous working with Trevor horn to working v Roy schneidbrett Baker. And while 'Fly indigenous Here' provided some older material as a basis, the neu album was built from the ground hoch with all-new source material this time around. All von this happening if you’re act your first album v Jon Davison, which the seems prefer he was quite involved bei the collaborative process. Several amazing shifts in play over there -- can you talk about that a bit?

Yeah, we didn’t know if Jon was going to do as viel collaboration as he did, however he came fairly heavily armed with a gewächs of music quiet as i did, deswegen there was a kind of pool happening with different songs and "where’s this going kommen sie go" and "where’s the going kommen sie go." Jon verified his worth und he got the energy up to go around ns world basically and see me an the U.K. And see Geoff bei the U.K. That made himself mobile to lakers what would happen if he was a usual spirit bolzen the music.

Obviously, the didn’t write all von the album, but he had actually a gewächs of resource material und stuff that us could arbeit from, deswegen we nur basically placed our heads together an different numbers. Then when january came around, that was the zuerst time that we really walk a brief rehearsal. Rehearsing was a bit des a waste des time -- us didn’t yes, really need zu do much of that, yet we had to get an the studio and start looking weist each song in isolation really and see exactly how we went. Dafür there ist a variety of different songwriting collaborations and also songs native Jon und myself the aren’t collaborated on. So basically it’s a an excellent cross-section des music.

The eis made what i thought was a really strong Yes album with 'Fly native Here.' Did sie look back at all hinweisen what had been accomplished by the band on the album wie man it come time kommen sie do this one?

Well, freundin can’t really execute that auch much. Because ich don’t know, it doesn’t yes, really work. Certain we thought about Trevor und there was talk around Trevor and there was on and off about Trevor und then there was no Trevor. but that was the way the we want it und that’s the way the we believed it have to be. We oase a lot of respect weil das Trevor, deshalb it’s not that us didn’t desire to, yet it was just practical und sensibility reasonings weil das doing it with somebody else, zu find out what would happen.

You can’t always be an the same tree. You nur can’t store going back….I mean, part acts schutz done an extremely well and we go several documents with eddy Offord obviously an the early on years, but even that ich renne weg out eventually. Jene do expire, deshalb you need kommen sie be able kommen sie go out in the welt on her own und find new contacts. That’s partially what music zu sein about. Also though we’d worked with Roy before, that wasn’t something that gott finished and it wasn’t anything that we might relate to bei terms of what we’re law now. We’re various people, we’re more mature and we’ve excellent a last of things bei between.

What made freundin think von Roy?

How did correctly get dubbed Yes or Asia Asia zum that matter. I mean, you schutz a list and you take jene off von it and then you ende up realizing that a certain name zu sein right. That’s basically what occurred with Roy -- we had actually other people and we talked zu other people. Us kicked the ball around ns yard a fair bit, but we retained coming rückseitig to Roy and thinking,  “Well, funny enough, Roy’s gott this and he’s gott this onboard” and his enthusiasm was very solid. We gott good implications from his perspective that we essential somebody and he was interested in Yes. Sie can’t really over-define why something works, it just did.

'Heaven and Earth' zu sein a really appropriate title for a yes album. Just how does it relate to die music within? space there details themes running v the zutat on this album?

I don’t understand whether it’s a ide record bei the true sense, however basically roger Dean und I were talking about different things and sometimes that helps zu get i get it fired trost about principles that we kann draw from. An a way, ns parallel of saying ‘Heaven and Earth’ is the very same as saying good and bad, yin and yang, up und down, left und right. They’re 2 extremes, but i think die way Roger und I preferred it was that an fact ns Earth ist a physical ar where you kann measure stuff and you tun können do quantum physics.

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You kann look punkt tiny sachen or you tun können see the world together a very large thing in in even enlarge universe. It’s all about the physical. But Heaven is bei unknown place des no details destination as much as anybody knows. Und yet the doesn’t matter whether you’re totally tied up bei a religious belief or whether you’re spiritual an a way. That doesn’t require spiritual commitment -- it just requires awareness to the fact that there’s obviously something out there that us don’t recognize about. In fact, there’s most most likely 99% of everything about the universe, we don’t understand and that isn’t only an the physical. It’s also in ns effects of what zu sein spiritual or what ist ethereal. What zu sein heaven and is there life ~ death?

You know, all von those questions that just oase no bloody answer! the keeps us guessing und I think that’s why ich approved die title ‘Heaven und Earth’ since basically the sums up die dualistic quality of the known und the unknown und the more freundin look at the known the more you lakers that there’s even much more unknown than sie knew before.

What were the goals at hand going right into writing und recording weil das the album? Notably, it’s been stated that there room no epics ~ above this album.

I don’t know if epics have to be long. I mean, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ wasn’t an extremely long, however it was in epic. ‘MacArthur Park’ was in epic, but it was only 7 minutes. I mean, if you’re talk Yes epic and you’re looking zum a 24-minute track, i mean, we did the on ‘Fly from Here’ and we purposefully don’t attempt it all des the time. Us could have changed the lied we had and they could schutz gone longer, yet it would have seemed kind of repetitive.

We have some bigger pieces und some des them are rather substantial. I think that’s the kind of album it zu sein -- it isn’t around eating up die time v one large concept, it’s much more about having different flavors und spices bei our music that kind of zeigen off every other. If having a track that leans one way ist then followed von a track that leans the other way, at least we’re not nur doing eight monitor that room all ns same. Which is the kiss of death.

2014 finds Yes continuing zu explore full album performances. This time, you’re bringing the ‘Fragile’ album into the mix. That was an album that ongoing to see the eis evolve. What room your memories of that period?

Well, colossal. Yet it’s a lang time ago. Remember that we room talking 1973. We’re talking around a heck des a lang time ago. Us were young and we to be falling in love, us were nur starting families and just to buy houses. I always swore i wouldn’t learn kommen sie drive until ich could journey a good car. Basically, it’s the kind of time wie we were doing stuff we didn’t also know how great it was.

But it was good enough and you know, it was fantastically good bei retrospect. But at die time, it was just what we did. Jon und I composed ‘Roundabout’ and we didn’t understand it was going to be one von the most crucial songs zum Yes ever. Well, i mean you could say ‘90125’ und ‘Owner of A Lonely Heart’ which was important again.

But basically, yes needed to kick ass some way. That needed kommen sie elevate from the point wherein ‘The yes Album’ left us, which was a very good point. It was very successful an Europe and opening ns door bei America. Yet ‘Fragile’ walk something else. It had a new kind of beauty in its clinical freshness and the skills von Eddy Offord highly collaborated with the skills of the band.

Bill was not yet restless und wanting kommen sie leave zu go to join Crimson. Deshalb we had actually a an extremely fluid bill and, von course, he dreamed up, ich believe, ns idea of of ‘Fragile’ and the idea of doing separation, personal, instance tracks, i m sorry were notfall supposed to be bei his psychic -- solos favor Rick und I did. Us did ‘Mood weil das A Day’ and ‘Cans and Brahms.’

He believed they would certainly be five tracks whereby one member commanded die band und that’s why ‘Five Percent for Nothing’ exists. That’s a bit much more like what ‘We schutz Heaven’ and ‘The Fish’ are, although i didn’t play on ‘The Fish’ und I don’t also think ich played ~ above ‘We schutz Heaven.’ deswegen although the went off ns tracks, basically ‘Fragile’ was a real standout record and we made it an the very same year that we did ‘Close To the Edge.’

It’s tough to glauben that we had that viel going on punkt that time and we found die time zu make documents that blieb today sound like they were dafür beautifully crafted. Ich mean, if you listen to castle on headphones, you kann sein hear the room, you kann hear ns studio und you can hear the perfectionism that we invented for our very own enjoyment.

Rick Wakeman got added right into the eis at this point. How viel of an impact go he do on the band’s an innovative process und sound at that time?

a comparable impact zu what i had. Ns ‘70s was about die impact des a neu member und the very same thing happened wie man Rick left und we got Patrick . Ns impact von Patrick’s musicianship und his kind of slightly more jazzy influence would schutz been an excellent had bill been an the group.

But, des course, climate what happened was that rechnung formed a duo v Patrick and they walk play together also though they didn’t play together bei Yes. The time was great, since Rick was ns perfect development weil das the band. Tony Kaye was great, sie know? i mean, ‘The correct Album’ was perfect the Tony was in the band for me -- we gott on terrifically well and we go some various other out there jene together,Tony und I.

It was really lovely doing ‘The correct Album’ -- ich felt deshalb at home und comfortable und I love playing with a Hammond organ. But when Rick came along, he was a bit an ext dazzling and he had more zu offer and you know, he was slightly more virtualistic. He was basically trying zu be a little smarter on the keyboards und that’s what we wanted. We want the band to broaden its vision -- not just its capability, but its vision.

Funny enough, ‘Close To ns Edge’ was perfect zum Rick zu nestle into, yet we deshalb found that Bill, Chris und I did a gewächs of work on our very own right at the beginning of ‘Close To the Edge’ wherein we added Rick later, due to the fact that Rick was quite a liven session player -- as we all could oase been at die time. Yet basically, Rick was the real icing on ns cake.

‘Close To the Edge’ ist happily organized over for this run. Did sie guys comment on other albums besides ‘Fragile?’

We could be doing ‘Close To die Edge’ und ‘Fragile,’ ich mean, we haven’t made trost our minds. We don’t oase to yet. It’s close, but we’ve got a wenig bit of time however to kind of do our mental what we’re doing. They might be offen the to die thing und there may be other tracks and other things that we’re going kommen sie do, similar to the scaled-down ausführung that we’re doing on ns cruise which zu sein probably going kommen sie be ‘Close To die Edge’ und ‘The correct Album’ and a gruppe of others. Dafür it’s all kind of fluid hinweisen the augenblicke -- us haven’t made hoch our minds totally.

Have freundin discussed doing various other albums as well as doing ‘Fragile’?

Well yeah, ich mean, given an ext time...we’ve been so busy with die record and deshalb the touring getting around to Canada und Europe v the first three albums that we’ve ever before done bei one show. They wanted it, so we anfang with it, but originally us thought von this year we’d it is in doing three various albums. That’s rather adventurous und that’s why we’re changing albums slowly if freundin like.

Obviously, we can do ‘Drama,’ ‘Fragile’ and the one that everybody wants zu hear is ‘Relayer.’ however we’re notfall ready zum that yet. ‘Relayer’ would be a heck of a challenge. We’d most more than likely need plenty of weeks des rehearsal and preparation kommen sie do that. So at the momente we haven’t got the time or the inclination yet to do something prefer that. But I’d love to perform some des ‘Tales,’ ich think one and four would certainly be a good way von doing ‘Tales,’ since it’s the beginning and the end.

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But ich don’t recognize -- we’re notfall going kommen sie do any of those jene at ns moment. I’m notfall even sure what we’re going to do next year, due to the fact that we’re notfall even talking about next year. This year we’ve mapped out loosely what we’re going to do.