Yessong of the month - Perpetual Change

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Yessong of the month - Perpetual Change

Post: # 114923Post the greenman
Fri May 01, 2009 5:39 pm

I know we're supposed to do this weekly, but we dont! & it's my birthday month, so how about we celebrate that (those of us who arent at Hampton Court - sniff) (but it'll be raining in a minute..) with a discussion about this little gem.

& what a corker it is.. How it's theme was to embody the ever changing nature of Yes & it's member - kind of prophetic & yet such a powerful song... from those scorching opening chords, thunderous drum beats (from old Bruffy - but AW does it proud..).

What do people think?

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Post: # 114938Post Greenglade's Frog
Fri May 01, 2009 10:29 pm

The Yessongs version is really great , also the Yes Album version, HOB version is not good imho
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Post: # 114960Post happytheman
Sun May 03, 2009 7:41 pm

What a gem this song is. The Yes Album offered so many classics that stayed in the set list for quite some time.
Steve shines on this one for sure, but you've got to love the Yessongs version where Bill gets a chance to "spread out".
Jon offers some great lyrics to the mix to top it off. Recently found a boot that showed the band in their glory circa 71 playing this song.
Great selection for "song of the month".

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Post: # 115076Post thehallway
Thu May 14, 2009 7:34 pm

This was one of the first yes songs I learnt on the piano; found it quite tricky at the time! As you said, the live and extended versions are often even more delightful, my favourite part is that synthy bridge that seamlessly merges back into the chorus. I wouldn't say it was as good as the other two 9-minuters on the album though.
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Post: # 115086Post yesireebob
Fri May 15, 2009 4:29 pm

Years ago when my son had a high-school garage band, I was playing this song and one of my son's band members said, that sounds really great but they could never do that live. So, I whipped out Yessongs and played the live version. The look on his face, priceless...

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Post: # 115087Post yesireebob
Fri May 15, 2009 4:32 pm

Haha, just as I finished the above post, the live version from HOB came up on my ITunes shuffle ...

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Post: # 115340Post tardistraveler
Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:41 pm

yesireebob wrote:Years ago when my son had a high-school garage band, I was playing this song and one of my son's band members said, that sounds really great but they could never do that live. So, I whipped out Yessongs and played the live version. The look on his face, priceless...

That's a fantastic story!

And to me, the beauty of Yes is that they COULD do it live! Heck, it was usually BETTER live! The Yessongs versions of all the TYA cuts are my favorite ones . . . :D

And how prophetic this song was, in terms of Yes itself . . .

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