Saturday, September 18, 2021

Dare to Know with YES

Progressive rock giants Yes will release their new studio album The Quest through InsideOutMusic/Sony Music on 1st October… What’s more they’ve released two videos featuring brand new tracks from the album.

The first was ‘The Ice Bridge‘ and they have just followed that up with ‘Dare To Know’;

You can listen to the videos for both of them right here at RAMzine.

The new album with feature 11 songs, 8 on the main CD with 3 extra tracks on a bonus CD, The Quest will be available on vinyl and 5.1 Blu-ray and CD, all on the day of release.

 “It is simply an honour for me to have the opportunity to bring together the band members in the development of a well-refined set of songs that capture the band’s true potential,” said Howe, who produced the album.

“Much of the music was written in late 2019 with the rest in 2020. We commissioned several orchestrations to augment and enhance the overall sound of these fresh new recordings, hoping that our emphasis on melody, coupled with some expansive instrumental solo breaks, keeps up the momentum for our listeners.”

The Quest will feature the current YES line-up of Jon Davison (Vocals) Steve Howe (Guitars), Billy Sherwood (Bass), Geoff Downes (Keyboards) and Alan White (Drums), with aadditional percussion provided by guest Jay Schellen who supplements the band’s live performances.

InsideOutMusic/Sony Music’s label Manager Thomas Waber said “I am delighted to welcome YES to the label and am looking forward to seeing the reaction of the band’s fans to the new album. Being a long-time fan myself, I am really excited by the new material. Steve Howe managed to capture many of the important elements that we all love about YES!”

For half a century YES has been one of the definitive bands of the progressive music genre. Their ground-breaking albums of the 70s set the standard for the genre and influenced countless others who followed in their wake.

The current line-up was completed in 2015 when Billy Sherwood replaced founder member Chris Squire, at Squire’s insistence, as he bravely fought a losing battle with leukaemia. Since then, the band has concentrated on touring with their Album Series tours, each featuring a classic album in its entirety. During this period they have released three live albums Topographic Drama – Live Across America (2017), Yes Live 50 (2019) and The Royal Affair Tour: Live in Las Vegas (2020).

Their music has not only endured over the years but been handed down through generations of music lovers.

Tracks featured on CD1 of The Quest are The Ice Bridge’, ‘Dare To Know’, ‘Minus The Man’, ‘Leave Well Alone’, ‘The Western Edge’, ‘Future Memories’, ‘Music To My Ears’ and ‘A Living Island’.

While CD2, the bonus album, features Sister Sleeping Soul’, ‘Mystery Tour 3.33’ and ‘Damaged World’.

Featuring cover artwork designed and created by the band’s long term collaborator Roger Dean, you will be able to pre-order the album from 23rd July onwards.

Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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