Friday, December 14, 2018

Celebrate The Music Of YES and Chris Squire With These New Tribute Albums

As the band YES celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2019, we get the new release "Yesterday And Today," which is a tribute album to the band YES. It features 13 tracks from many artists that have been influenced by the band over the course of the last five decades. It starts out with the spot-on rendition of YES' 1980 release "Machine Messiah" by Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard) and Geoff Downes (Yes, Asia), before moving on to the Tony Kaye-led keyboard infused cover of "Yours Is No Disgrace." The beautiful ballad "Turn Of The Century" is the perfect setting for the sweet vocals of Sally Minnear, while fellow progressive rock band, Curved Air deliver a gentle rendition of "Soon." Guitarist Steve Hackett (Genesis) leads the charge of YES' eighties output with a strong cover of "Cinema," before fellow guitarist Robert Berry takes over on "Changes." The album finishes with modern singer Leslie Hunt pouring her all into the swinging classic "Long Distance Runaround" and then British artist, Francis Dunnery works his way through the 8-minute closer "Starship Trooper." To find out more about the new YES tribute album "Yesterday And Today," please visit cherryred.co.uk.


Released back in November was a brand new tribute to the late, great Chris Squire. This new release titled "A Life In YES: The Chris Squire Tribute" centers only around his time as member of the band, YES, as the prog-rock community come together to pay tribute to one of the band's original, longtime member. The new 12-song set kicks off with Jon Davison & Patrick Moraz teaming up for a stellar cover of Yes's 1978 classic "On The Silent Wings Of Freedom." Singer Annie Haslam (Renaissance) adds another dimension to the ballad "Onward" with her sweet voice. Guitarist Steve Stevens and keyboardist David Sancious team up for the nearly nine-minute epic "South Side Of The Sky," before Dweezil Zappa and Nikki Squire (wife of Chris Squire) take on YES' break-through single "Owner Of A Lonely Heart." The set closes with a passionate reinterpretation of the famous "Roundabout" by Todd Rundgren, John Wesley and Tony Kaye, but not before we get one of the last tribute of Chris Squire performing the Pink Floyd classic "Comfortable Numb." To find out more about "A Life In YES: A Chris Squire Tribute," please visit cleorecs.com.

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