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IDEA: A Yes album of cover songs...

Post: # 83235Post Sheba
Wed Feb 09, 2005 9:23 am

I've been toying with this idea for a while, and I think -though Yes should do another album of their own material- that it could be really neat if they did an album of cover versions of other people's songs.

No, not "Yes Sings the Old Standards", like Rod Stewart.. This idea could work. Just hear me out.

It really could be a get back to their roots sort of thing, when on those first albums they did their own expanded versions of Beatles, Paul Simon, etc.. and gave them the "yes treatment". I remember reading someone saying how the band had lost their way in the late 70's becuase they forgot that Yes was a "treatment", and by Tormato they sort of had run on the mill songs that just sat there..

I don't know what songs they could do, but I bet they could whip it out in a couple of weeks- Though it might be embarassing for them to do Britney Spears or something, it could be really cool for them to to their take on something.. who knows? It could be the coolest album since Pat Boone covered a bunch of heavy metal songs in "In a Metal Mood".. And even Johnny Cash did Nine Inch Nails- Would be fun to see Yes cover something like that, and it would get them in touch with their style, and at least with their own roots.

Any thoughts? Has this idea ever come up before?

-Sheba

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Post: # 83241Post psychopomp95
Wed Feb 09, 2005 11:55 am

A covers album would be fine, but I probably wouldn't listen to it much.... I've only spun Rush's Feedback once or twice! Not cuz it's bad, but if I put on Yes I want to hear Yes songs! :)
But as a cool, one-of-a-kind thing, might not be bad... then again, with all of the covers Yes has done live ("I'm Down", "Gimme Some Lovin") or in studio (first two albums) over the years, you could probably put together a good 45-50 minute CD with that stuff alone!

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Post: # 83249Post Dr_Yes
Wed Feb 09, 2005 4:49 pm

psychopomp95 wrote:A covers album would be fine, but I probably wouldn't listen to it much....
But don't you think that covers such as America, Every Little Thing, I See You etc. show that Yes can take a song and mould it into a Yes song? I quite like the idea of them covering stuff purely becuase they would - no they COULD - successfully rework Pretty Vacant into a 30 minute piece and play it live with a stageset of inflatable black and white condoms and we'd love it. ;)
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Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:26 am

[quote="Dr_Yes"]But don't you think that covers such as America, Every Little Thing, I See You etc. show that Yes can take a song and mould it into a Yes song? I quite like the idea of them covering stuff purely becuase they would - no they COULD - successfully rework Pretty Vacant into a 30 minute piece and play it live with a stageset of inflatable black and white condoms and we'd love it. ]
I agree with America and Every Little Thing (the studio version), but after hearing their renditions of I'm Down and Gimme Some Lovin' I really have to wonder why they even bothered. Also the live version of Every Little Thing from the last tour did absolutely nothing for me.
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Post: # 83266Post psychopomp95
Thu Feb 10, 2005 10:29 am

Terry Shea wrote:I agree with America and Every Little Thing (the studio version), but after hearing their renditions of I'm Down and Gimme Some Lovin' I really have to wonder why they even bothered.
Really?! I thought both of those were really good!! I mean sure, they don't have the 'depth' that their original stuff does, but they're just rock-and-roll party songs after all! Fun stuff anyway!

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Post: # 83267Post psychopomp95
Thu Feb 10, 2005 10:34 am

Oh, and am I the only one who thinks their cover of "America" is rather gratuitous?? I MUCH prefer the original version! I don't actually dislike hearing theirs, but it's hardly a high point in my mind. Even that long solo of Steve's that everyone raves about is pretty ho-hum to my ears.
Mind you, I guess I've never been a big fan of his soloing anyway... :p Which would explain it!

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psychopomp95 wrote: Mind you, I guess I've never been a big fan of his soloing anyway... :p Which would explain it!
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Post: # 83271Post Terry Shea
Thu Feb 10, 2005 2:59 pm

psychopomp95 wrote:Really?! I thought both of those were really good!! I mean sure, they don't have the 'depth' that their original stuff does, but they're just rock-and-roll party songs after all! Fun stuff anyway!
They're unimaginative, repetitive 3-chord songs that the band did nothing to change from the original. So why did they bother?
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Fri Feb 11, 2005 6:50 pm

psychopomp95 wrote:Oh, and am I the only one who thinks their cover of "America" is rather gratuitous?? I MUCH prefer the original version!
I don't like the original at all. But you and I are usually on opposite sides of the fence anyway. :D
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Sat Feb 12, 2005 2:15 pm

i have always wanted to hear a yes version of "lucy in the sky with diamonds".
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Post: # 83383Post soul warrior
Sun Feb 13, 2005 1:18 am

....ok , i'm gonna take a shot at this. remember if you throw a bunch of them out there you may come out with one or two.


middle of the road - pretenders
hole hearted - extreme
bigger than my body - john mayer
poetry man - pheobe snow
sketches of pain - tears for fears
beyond the sea - bobby darin
on the western skyline - bruce hornsby
accidentally like a martyr - warren zevon


well i hear 'em in my head anyway...:-))

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Post: # 83396Post IngnoZac
Sun Feb 13, 2005 6:12 am

I'd pretty much like to see Yes covering Dream Theater. It's a good payback, huh? Like Ytse Jam, or even Under a Glass Moon, which has a very steve-ish solo.

Or, they could play Murka also, that Russian tradittional song. :D

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Post: # 83546Post fragilesi
Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:21 pm

guilddigger wrote:i have always wanted to hear a yes version of "lucy in the sky with diamonds".

The big question is . . . would it be as good as the William Shatner version? :eek:

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Post: # 83566Post soul warrior
Wed Feb 16, 2005 6:15 am

fragilesi wrote:The big question is . . . would it be as good as the William Shatner version? :eek:

that is awesome!!! have you heard him do "mr bojangles"?

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Post: # 83569Post fragilesi
Wed Feb 16, 2005 1:05 pm

soul warrior wrote:that is awesome!!! have you heard him do "mr bojangles"?

Yes, but I've never heard any interviews with him and I'm still wondering if he takes his "singing" seriously or if he really believes that he is a singer . . .

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Post: # 83606Post soul warrior
Thu Feb 17, 2005 4:54 am

fragilesi wrote:Yes, but I've never heard any interviews with him and I'm still wondering if he takes his "singing" seriously or if he really believes that he is a singer . . .


shatner is such a character. i even like him on that new lawyer show. but check out a movie called "Free Enterprise". a must for shatner fans. its a goof on the real shatner, starring shatner!

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psychopomp95 wrote:Oh, and am I the only one who thinks their cover of "America" is rather gratuitous?? I MUCH prefer the original version! I don't actually dislike hearing theirs, but it's hardly a high point in my mind. Even that long solo of Steve's that everyone raves about is pretty ho-hum to my ears.
Mind you, I guess I've never been a big fan of his soloing anyway... :p Which would explain it!

I love the Yes version of America (and I am a fan of the original as well). I thought they laid an egg with Gimme Some Lovin' however.

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Post: # 83649Post relayer4u
Fri Feb 18, 2005 5:01 am

I thought the Rush covers were a waste of my time, recorded and live.


America via Yes kicks ass though!
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psychopomp95 wrote:Oh, and am I the only one who thinks their cover of "America" is rather gratuitous?? I MUCH prefer the original version! I don't actually dislike hearing theirs, but it's hardly a high point in my mind. Even that long solo of Steve's that everyone raves about is pretty ho-hum to my ears.
Mind you, I guess I've never been a big fan of his soloing anyway... :p Which would explain it!
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actually it isnt a bad idea

Rush just did the same thing and its selling real well as an ep

they went and recorded older songs Yardbirds-the WHo -buffalo springfield
that they learned while .....learning
and its a darn good listen
still sounds like rush
but sound like those songs too

i wouldnt mind Yes doing something similar

but the idea for the roger dean movie
looks better

maybe to keep fingers loose in the meantime though this would work

i wonder if they wouldnt be seen as trying to copy rush
(which wouldnt nessisarily be a bad thing-rush has alot better marketing sense)

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Post: # 83991Post Vaguson
Wed Feb 23, 2005 6:13 pm

Interesting idea...for me, it would depend on which songs they cover...
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Post: # 83992Post Vaguson
Wed Feb 23, 2005 6:15 pm

And if you mean doing that before they do something else in the near future (Such as a *gasp* NEW ALBUM), then I say FUGEDDABOUDIT.
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Wed Feb 23, 2005 9:05 pm

IWas Sam wrote:I love the Yes version of America (and I am a fan of the original as well). I thought they laid an egg with Gimme Some Lovin' however.

Quite a while ago, Howard Stern played Leonard Nemoy doing his rendition of Creadance's: Proud Mary. It was hysterical! They were taking bets to see if was going to pronounce the burning as "boining".....which he did!

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Post: # 83995Post Gary
Wed Feb 23, 2005 9:10 pm

After much thought, I think YES would do a superb version of Jethro Tull's, thick as a brick. Now that's an epic if I've heard of one.

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