Editor’s note: With the author of this blog fighting a nasty flu bug, it’s time to rest and recuperate and review some of “the best” of “A View From The Middle (Class).” It’s also a time to celebrate, as this blog has passed the milestone of 10,000 all-time “views” since it was launched last November 10. Out of all the individual blog posts that have been viewed here (outside of the home page), this one has gotten the most individual views with 306 since it was posted January 10. This was part of some time spent reviewing some of the “new music” that I was introduced to in college back in 1978-79, starting my journey toward a lifetime of appreciation for progressive rock and jazz-fusion.
Any recollection of my introduction to progressive rock and jazz-fusion (progressive rock first) would not be complete without the first Yes album I ever heard.
I’m not going to say much about the music. The songs speak for themselves. They’re … transformational.
I’ll say a little about the musicians: Jon Anderson … soaring, majestic vocals and songwriting with at times head-scratching yet often times very spiritual lyrics; Steve Howe … simply one of the greatest guitar players alive today; Chris Squire … some of the crunchiest and rock-steadiest bass lines around, and gorgeous harmony on backing vocals; Rick Wakeman … a master on the keys; and Bill Bruford … one of my all-time heroes on the drums.
Oh, and let’s not forget the other-worldly artwork of Roger Dean. It was almost like he was a member of the band himself.
This is Yes, and they’ve been going since the late 1960s on through to today in some form or fashion. From 1972, this is “Fragile.”
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