Monday 8 August 2022

Poll: What was the best Yes-related release of the first half of 2022?

 I asked you what was the best Yes-related album of the first half of 2022 and 104 of you answered. Thanks, all! The result was not close.

1. Asia: Asia in Asia: Live at the Budokan Arena, 1983 (w/ Downes, Howe) - 87 votes (84%)

2. Oliver Wakeman: Collaborations (w/ Howe) - 14 votes (13%)

3. Prog Collective: Songs We were Taught (w/ Sherwood, Downes, Davison, Moraz) - 2 votes (2%)

4. Lobate Scarp: You Have It All (w/ Sherwood, Davison) - 1 vote (1%)

There were no votes for Clint Bahr's Puzzlebox (using a posthumous Banks guitar part), Clannad's In a Lifetime (The Immersive Collection) (with Horn) or Deckchair Poets' Be My Pillow (with Downes). I also erred and missed out including Zebras Don't Smoke's Inflatable Noise (with Downes), although I doubt it would have fared much better than the Deckchair Poets release by the same team. I also chose not to include the second Caped Crusader Collector Club release, The Silly Programme, as it was comedy rather than music. I again don't imagine it would've troubled the rankings.

There were not a lot of Yes-related releases in this period. Still, I had expected a bit more competition to the Asia release. But, no, Asia's second line-up swept all before it.

Voters came from 10 countries: most of you voting were in the US, with the UK in second place. Also represented were Germany, Canada, Spain, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

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