Title - Yesterday & Today: 50th Anniversary Tribute To YES
Artist - Various
For those not in the know, Yesterday and Today is a tribute album to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the legendary prog rock band Yes.
Amongst those taking part, six members of Curved Air appear on a newly recorded full band version of "Soon" whilst current YES bass player, Billy Sherwood re-records Chris Squire's signature bass track, "The Fish."
Also, current lead singer Jon Davison performs on an "Acoustic Medley" that features the three tracks: "Your More," "And You and I," and "Wonderous Stories."
1. 'Machine Messiah' (Featuring Nick D'virgilio & Geoff Downes)
2. 'Yours Is No Disgrace' (Featuring Marisol Koss & Tony Kaye)
3. 'Turn of the Century' (Featuring Sally Minnear)
4. 'Sweetness' (Featuring Pat Sansone)
5. 'Soon' (Featuring Curved Air)
6. 'Cinema' (Featuring Steve Hackett)
7. 'Changes' (Featuring Robert Berry)
8. 'I'm Running' (Featuring Robin Schell & Marco Minnemann)
9. 'Acoustic Medley': (Featuring Jon Davison)
[Your Move, And You and I, Wonderous Stories]
10. 'Yesterday and Today' (Featuring Dr. Danny)
11. 'Long Distance Runaround' (Featuring Leslie Hunt)
12. 'The Fish' (Featuring Billy Sherwood)
13. 'Starship Trooper' (Featuring Francis Dunnery)
In truth, this 50th Anniversary tribute to YES is easily now one of my favorite albums of 2018. Chock full of wondrous music, all lovingly brought together by artists either still associated with YES or those that have been influenced by them over the years, Yesterday and Today sounds, simply put, fan-bloody-tastic!
One of the stand out tracks is Sherwood's rendition of "The Fish," another being the album closer, "Starship Trooper" performed by It Bites lead singer, Francis Dunnery. I've always loved his vocal delivery and now, as an adult in the business, he's grown into his voice and makes this song his own.
Davison takes three classic YES songs and blends them seamlessly together in his "Acoustic Medley," with other artists such as Tony Kaye, Geoff Downes, Tom Brislin and Jay Schellen all adding their very own spins on the music to hand.
So, I hear you ask, does it still sound like YES? Sure it does, albeit with a tangible slant to it, shall we say. It's like it's still obviously YES's music, sung by, maybe/perhaps YES, but with the hybrid element behind it, it kinda sorta twists the brain's perspective a wee bit, that's all.
For me, one of the true stand out highlights is Sonja Kristina's soulful and stunning vocals on "Soon." I mean, come on now, we all know she has the chops for this prog world, but my goodness, she embodies the lyrics as if they were originally written for her and her alone.
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