How wonderful was the reading in this thread.How sad to see the discourse, which I am able to assure one and all with an at least reasonable sense of certainty that I will not be able to elevate, cease on the day which it did...
So many things have changed since the last post.
Some things have not changed.
My take, and a few had touched upon it here.There really is only one sure fire method to taking Yes to ears which haven't heard, or are unwilling to do so.We must do it.
Previous commercial success by Yes was almost an accidental thing, created by forces which no longer exist in the musical marketplace.This was correctly diagnosed by above posters...from what are now so many years ago...
Accidental, but wonderful.The seventies were such a different time!There were real musicians attaining success with real music the likes of which have seldom been seen since.At the time, remember the musical landscape was even then being described as barren.How well have we since learned the wisdom in the words "you don't know what you got 'til it's gone"?
Even the mixed blessing of the 80's and Owner came as a total surprise to fans of the band.Was there an element of calculation in that success?Sure, probably.However, what it did was allow Yes to continue to the present.
Is there any possibility of further success in the market for Yes?
Yes, but highly unlikely, at least through any means that we are aware of at this time as being conventional.
Yes always were about the unlikely!
The best way to go about it is to declare ourselves, as many if not all of us are doing, have always done, to be on a mission.We are on a mission to make sure there will be no forgetting.Anyone who seems a likely candidate for Yesmusic who has not heard them or has dismissed them out of hand, MUST hear them!
The radio stations won't play them?We could "serial request"!
The record stores won't stock adequately?We must send Yesmusic out into the very air ourselves, and do it often!
We have to rededicate ourselves to this task!Work harder at it and on it than ever before!
Our world requires Yesmusic!Now more than ever!
I have always "turned people on" to Yesmusic.Today, I vow to start to do so with a renewed vigor.
Please join me!Together, we can do this!