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2 stars

5 stars actually!!!

i know it doesn't make any sense since i rated it for two stars but the thing is that even though i love Drama, every single note of it, and Trevor's vocals, even though Into The Lens is my fave Drama track and Does It Really Happen? is excellent, i don't see any other reason other than collecting this Yes item too, why someone would own it if they already have the album. Plus, Into The Lens is a single/edit version. Not much more to say for this single. Both songs are great, get the album instead.

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Posted Monday, May 21, 2007 | Review Permalink
Chris S
Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Taken in the context of the album, one has to question why on earth Yes would release these two songs in single format. ' Into The Lens' is anything but single material. It is far too progressive to even get a sniff at commercial success. A fantastic piece of music no doubt and a worthy contributor to the Drama archive but a single? Not!

' Does It Really Happen also great in album format but perhaps works better as the additional track as opposed to ' Into the Lens' be the main release

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Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars Two great songs from a fine Yes album, minus Jon Anderson. Many people do not like Drama but I think it is great and rate it about 5 stars. Having these 2 tunes released as a single is a little strange and I bet this was NOT a huge seller. That said, "Into the Lens" is a good prog piece and "Does it Really Happen" is my favorite track from Drama. This should be at least 4 stars, but since there is nothing new here, and most Yes fans probably already have the album, it is not necessary to have. So.. 3 stars. Great tunes, wrong place. Stick with the whole album.
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Posted Friday, August 20, 2010 | Review Permalink
Symphonic Team
2 stars Less Drama

1980's Drama is one of my all time favourite Yes records and the last of what I would consider the "classic" period of the band. The song Into The Lens was released as a single from that album in a heavily edited version. While the original album version had a running time of over eight and a half minutes, the single version is cut down to three minutes and 45 seconds. This single edit has since been included as a bonus track on the 2004 remastered CD reissue of Drama. Does It Really Happen? was chosen as the b-side of the single. This track was not edited and is the same as on the album.

The song Into The Lens was originally written by Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes for The Buggles and they brought this song with them when they joined Yes. The tune also appears in a quite different version on The Buggles' album Adventures In Modern Recording under the alternative title of I Am A Camera. Coming from a Yes fan it is not too surprising that I prefer the Yes version of the song which I think benefited considerably from the input of Chris Squire, Steve Howe, and Alan White.

The best version of Into The Lens is the album version on Drama and if you have that excellent album you have everything you need from this single.

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Posted Monday, June 8, 2015 | Review Permalink

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