Friday 13 January 2012

Next Yes album "sooner rather than later"

In a new Billboard interview, Squire talks about making the next Yes studio album "sooner rather than later" and there are unconfirmed rumours on of a specific timeline leading up to a spring/summer 2013 release. Yet there has been a certain scepticism among Yes fans about how quickly Yes might produce a follow-up to Fly from Here. I suggest this comes from two sources.

First, critics of the David-fronted band basically question this Yes's viability as recording artists. They struggle to believe that this band is capable of making an album and/or that anyone would want to release such a thing. However, such critics confuse what they want with what is likely to happen. However many fans were undoubtedly lost when Anderson was left behind, Fly from Here sold well and Frontiers want more.

I have more sympathy for the second reason for scepticism, those who look at recent history. It took ten years to produce Fly from Here, some way, so it will probably take ten years before we get the next album. However, I would argue that we have to consider why there was a ten year delay.

Much of that delay, in the post-Magnification period, was due to the tensions between Anderson/Wakeman and Howe/Squire/White. Those tensions are now outside the band. Throughout that post-Magnification period, Howe/Squire/White appeared keen to continue the traditional record/tour/record/tour cycle, so it should be no surprise to see them return to that model.

Critics of the current line-up sometimes characterise them as ruthlessly and recklessly rushing into a Yes without Anderson, but actually I think a chunk of the delay in producing Fly from Here was because of Howe/Squire/White's tentativeness in moving ahead without Anderson. They spent years before taking the plunge and deliberately didn't rush into making an album. It seems likely that that tentativeness has probably now gone.

So, I would say we should look not at the period since Magnification but just slightly earlier, the period before Magnification. From Howe's return in the mid-nineties through to Magnification, the band was in that record/tour/record/tour cycle with the longest gap between records of 24 months from The Ladder to Magnification. Indeed, they did this while jumping between record labels. With greater stability through the relationship with Frontiers, it seems to me quite unsurprising that we should see a new album around mid-2013.


  1. ..... and of course if there is already half an album recorded, and maybe even more songs ready but not recorded, then that's or more half the battle of getting another album finished. I think the main thing holding back Yes not having time to get the album done, finished and released this year is the activity around Asia.

    Yes would benefit from trying to get an album out late this year or early next with all the other Yes related releases happening. I think the next album could sell even better than Fly From Here, as long as they remain fairly neo-prog in writing and feel.

  2. I'm agree with you. I´m optimistic. I love the new album and I saw Yes last november in Madrid and they were fine. Yes is ALIVE. :-)
    An old spanish fan.

  3. I would like to see Yes release a live DVD of the 2012 tour possibly the New Zealand, Australia or Japan shows then get in the studio early 2013. I'm also looking forward to Asia this year with album and tour. Hopefully Jon will continue to release music and the Squire/Hackett project will now finally see the light of day. I think 2012 looks good for Yes type music.

  4. An unknown factor is whether Anderson/Wakeman Snr/Rabin actually start work and recording. An AWR release could actually complement and assist a post Anderson YES release and vice versa, then again one group may decide to delay if the other has activity for a variety of reasons. We know what to expect from the new YES even if the dominance of Horn and Downes is less on any follow-up to FFH. I suggest AWR will be less constrained since they don't have to support a legacy and can take risks. FFH was very very safe, understandably after 10 years of no recording and no Anderson [for better or worse] - xlink_nz