Sunday, 19 May 2019

Best Yes-related album of 1984

92 votes came in for the best Yes-related album of 1984.

What was the best Yes-related album of 1984?

So, a clear first and second place, and, wow, I'd forgotten there were four Patrick Moraz albums out that year.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Poll: What was the best Yes-related album of the second half of 2018?

55 of you voted and the results were:

1. various artists: A Life in Yes: The Chris Squire Tribute (w/ Sherwood, Kaye, Moraz, Davison):  38% (21 votes)
2. Peter Banks's Harmony in Diversity: The Complete Recordings: 24% (13 votes)
3. Jason Becker: Triumphant Hearts (w/ Rabin):  11% (6 votes)
4. Rick Wakeman: Piano Odyssey:  9% (5 votes)
5= Dave Kerzner & Sonic Elements: Yesterday and Today: A 50th Anniversary Tribute to Yes (w/ Sherwood, Kaye, Downes, Davison): 7% (4 votes)
5= William Shatner: Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album (w/ R Wakeman) 7% (4 votes)
7. other: 4% (2 votes)
8. Light Freedom Revival: Truthonomy (w/ Sherwood, O Wakeman) 0% (0 votes)

Billy Sherwood's tribute to his belated mentor easily won, with the comprehensive Harmony in Diversity set with Pete Banks second. I actually preferred the Sonic Elements Yes tribute, but it struggled to get votes.

Neither of the 2 other votes said who they were voting for. It may have been Funky Monkey's Undecover (w/ Banks), which I mistakenly omitted from the poll.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Best Yes-related album of 1983

You voted, 106 of you... or maybe it was one of you 106 times? But the results are...

1. Asia: Alpha (w/ Downes, Howe) 45 votes (42%)
2. Jon & Vangelis: Private Collection 27 votes (25%)
3. Bruford-Moraz: Music for Piano and Drums 18 votes (17%)
4. The Moody Blues: The Present (w/ Moraz) 7 votes (7%)
5. Mike Oldfield: Crises (w/ Anderson) 4 votes (4%)
6. Malcolm McLaren: Duck Rock (w/ Horn) 3 votes (3%)
7= Al Di Meola: Scenario (w/ Bruford) 1 vote (1%)
7= Rick Wakeman: G'ole! 1 vote (1%)

There were no votes for Annette Peacock's Been in the Streets Too Long (w/ Bruford) or Rick Wakeman's Cost of Living. Not a great poll result for Wakeman, with his first replacement at 3rd and 4th and his second replacement at 1st... and his almost replacement at 2nd. But a clear win for Asia, even with an album even the band somewhat saw as something of a disappointing follow-up.