Saturday, 17 March 2018

Poll: What was the best Yes-related album of the second half of 2017?

Continuing our series of biannual polls, here's what (65 of) you thought were the best Yes-related releases of the second half of 2017.

1. Downes Braide Association: Skyscraper Souls, 24 votes (37%)
2. Steve Howe: Anthology 2: Groups & Collaborations, 14 votes (22%)
3. Virgil & Steve Howe: Nexus, 12 votes (18%)
4. Bruford: Seems Like a Lifetime Ago, 9 votes (14%)
5. Trevor Horn: The Reflection Wave One—Original Soundtrack, 3 votes (5%)
6. Mabel Greer's Toyshop: The Secret (w/ Banks), 2 votes (3%)
7. Tomorrow: Live Recordings: 1967-1968 (w/ Howe), 1 vote (2%)

There were no votes for any of Alpha Lighting System's 836 with Sherwood, Rupam Sarmah's A Musical Journey: Together in Peace with White, Glass Hammer's Untold Tales with Davison, Dave Kerzner's Static with Sherwood, Legacy's 3 Chord Trick with Horn, or Carrie Martin's Seductive Sky with O Wakeman. (I recommend 3 Chord Trick, some good blues-rock, and Untold Tales has some strong material.)

A strong win for the latest Downes Braide Association album, their most 'proggy' release as the collaboration evolves into a band. Howe brings up second and third. I imagine the price tag limited Seems Like a Lifetime Ago's appeal, lovely release though it is! Not included in the poll was Empire's The Complete Recordings, as there was no previously released material included, but a lovingly assembled collection and at a much more affordable price point.

If you agree or disagree with the results, let me know in the comments.

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