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YES extra cred assignment - Ryan Scarff Music 162 EXTRA...

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Ryan Scarff Music 162 EXTRA CREDIT December 1 st , 2008 There are many bands that I enjoy listening to, there are many I enjoy rocking out to, there are many I enjoy singing with in my car, there are many I like to mosh, crowd surf and go crazy to, but the band Yes is something very unique to me in that I cannot simply sit and listen to their music. When I hear a Yes album, preferably vinyl, I have to absorb the music and all its intricacies. Formed in London in 1968, Yes was another English band to break into the American regime of Rock. A truly unique blend of classic musical styles with their own allowed for their revolutionary new sound to be so appreciated. The fact that the band has been together and touring off and on for nearly forty years is a testament to this statement. Yes is a band that I consider to be the pioneer of Progressive Rock. Their sound is one that has within it the raw blues & folk backbone with new age rock as its flesh. They are characterized by their lengthy songs that never lack in compositional ingenuity and entrancing instrumental prowess combined with angelic vocals. Yes doesn’t have just one musical influence, nor can you find a truly defining moment in their existence. Both of these instances can be attributed to the ever-changing and revolutionary nature of the group. Even the group members have changed throughout the years. Yes has been subtly morphing their style of music since the beginning of their existence. In order to properly analyze Yes’s influences one must simplify their view of the band by focusing on what is considered to be two defining albums that are windows into Yes’s early style and their later eighties style. These two albums are Fragile, which was released in 1972, and 90125, which was released in 1983.
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Yes came to be in 1968 with Jon Anderson and Chris Squire. And a few years and some more transition the band became a truly collaborative combination of Jon Anderson’s Vocals, Alan White’s drums, Chris Squire’s Bass, Steve Howe’s guitar, and Oliver Wakeman’s keyboard. The raw talent and classical of these musicians allowed for a very fast progression in the way they played music. From obscure time signatures to open tunings and complex layered songs, Yes often put more into one song than previous artists put into an entire album.
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