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Yesterdays biography
Founded in Cluj Napoca, Romania in 2000

About six months ago, I heard YESTERDAYS for the first time, and was really impressed with the exquisite combination of 70's Symphonic influences with Hungarian folk elements, so after I asked the team, the addition was approved immediately.

Due to the problems with the language and lack of information, I asked the band to provide a biography for PA and have received it today, so with no further introduction, here it is:

: : : Iván Melgar Morey, PERU : : :

General Information

YESTERDAYS is a contemporary progressive rock band composed of seven musicians and belonging to the Hungarian minority of Western Romania. This Transylvanian band plays a complex blend of several styles: a basically classic symphonic Prog is redefined here with some jazzy, folk and atmospheric touches - all of these played with a youthful energy, inner light and sunny mood. Lyrics are in both English and Hungarian, and along with the fine instrumental passages they simply find the pathway to any old-school Prog-fan with an open heart and mind.

History

First conceived in 1997, Yesterdays is a lifelong product of the youthful talent of Bogáti-Bokor Ákos. This gifted, multi-instrumentalist, composer and studio wizard is the main driving force behind Yesterdays' starship. Stepping through the many constellations of the band, and working with several musicians, Bogáti-Bokor Ákos has developed his art to the highest standards, combining the classic Steve Howe-Trevor Rabin-Pat Metheny School of guitar playing with an inspired originality. In the early years Yesterdays released some very limited edition, self-produced works. These documents from that first era are now quite difficult-to-find, collectors' items! Years 2005-2006 brought a substantial increase in the band's sound potential, and the line-up and gear proved to be just right to make a jump-start into its next creative stage. Leader Bogáti-Bokor Ákos laid down the basics of the definitive debut album, signing all the music and most of the lyrics as composer-poet-arranger. The result was a work with a spiritual concept, a deep journey into the "Moonlit Garden", the land of an impossible love, the dream of the parts to be made whole, of the paradox of being present and being absent at the same time. And, as has been proving normal in their history, strong faith and steady work has put the band well into the Light. Miracles began to ...
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3.70 | 56 ratings
Holdfénykert
2006
3.48 | 32 ratings
Colours Caffé
2010
3.91 | 60 ratings
Senki Madara
2018

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3.89 | 9 ratings
From the Vault
2018
4.02 | 6 ratings
Colours Caffé (10th Anniversary Remixed Edition)
2020

YESTERDAYS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 7 ratings
Winter
2012
4.41 | 9 ratings
Almost Like Love
2012
4.09 | 9 ratings
Find Another Light
2015
4.94 | 7 ratings
Várj még
2016
4.00 | 6 ratings
Indulok - érkezel
2016
4.06 | 7 ratings
Tavasz
2017
4.00 | 7 ratings
It's Not the End of the World
2018
4.07 | 6 ratings
Cheesecake (ft. Funk You!)
2019
4.07 | 5 ratings
Never Knowing Why
2020

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 Never Knowing Why by YESTERDAYS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2020
4.07 | 5 ratings

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Never Knowing Why
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by StDavis

4 stars In these strange times we all need some positive music. Yesterdays are back with new music, this time a 6 minutes single. Imagine GENESIS' That's All with RICK WAKEMAN on moog and mellotron, add some female vocals and YES-like backing vocals and you'll land on this tune.

Very upbeat starting, nice build-up in instrumentation. The Phil Collins era GENESIS comparison isn't just a coincidence. Beside the That's All reference I could spot a nice tribute to Follow You Follow Me (the delay guitar sound in the chorus is definitely a tribute to this song).

The verse and the chorus is in 4/4, the bridge is in 6/8, the big moog solo is in 11/8 and with all these changes and beautiful relaxed flute interludes the song still remains a "song".

I need to mention the sound and style of the bass guitar playing. It gets the border between Genesis and Yes influences even more blurry, because it sounds just like CHRIS SQUIRE. So after this symphonic prog moment the chorus returns and the song ends in a very Beach Boys-ish (Pet Sounds) vocal extravaganza.

Beside the "usual" trio of Yesterdays, the song features Ulf Jacobs (ARGOS, YACOBS) on drums and knowing his roots in GENESIS-like music, he is a perfect fit for this song. Lovely collab!

Again, I am a huge fan of Stéphanie Semeniuc's powerful and clear voice, one of the best in this genre!

So, in these strange times we all need some positive music. We all need this song in our prog collection.

 Colours Caffé (10th Anniversary Remixed Edition) by YESTERDAYS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2020
4.02 | 6 ratings

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Colours Caffé (10th Anniversary Remixed Edition)
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by DenisZhukov

4 stars Let's go back to Transylvania for some good old fashioned symphonic prog! As Yesterdays' Senki madara album was my favorite prog album in 2018 I was curious to check out their first two albums also. Holdfénykert/Moonlit Garden was a fantastic debut in 2006 and Colours Caffé was something different, more rocky, with more power and nicely crafted songs.

In this box set I got the old 2010 version and the new one and the difference is massive. This comes to show how much depends on the sound, the mixing. Many previously muted instruments are back in the mix, "new" mellotron, hammond, slide guitar parts appeared, and the guitar solo parts in Bábu (a JETHRO TULL-ish fantasy in 5/4) is different in each version (the original, the one from the Japanese Bonus CD, the music video and now this!). I love these little changes, surprises!

Némafilm Part II. and Megpihensz are following their debut album's mood, it's not a surprise that they did play these tunes with the first lineup of YESTERDAYS in 2007. It's nice to see the old live versions on YouTube.

Forog a tánc ends with some fusion madness, with two of the most interesting Hungarian musicians guesting: Gergo Borlai (dr) and Tamas Mohai (g). That drum-guitar duel at the end is fantastic!!!

With Gabor Kecskemeti (fl), Yesterdays gained some more flute power and their Jethro Tull influences are more evident now. I am happy that he is part of this project still to this day, because the Senki madara album wouldn't be the same without those rich flute solos.

Now that my Yesterdays discography is complete, I am looking forward to the next single, and hopefully the live DVD they were talking about on the band's FB.

Colours Caffé for me it's like a new Yesterdays album, and a very strong one indeed. 4 stars!

 Colours Caffé (10th Anniversary Remixed Edition) by YESTERDAYS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2020
4.02 | 6 ratings

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Colours Caffé (10th Anniversary Remixed Edition)
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by KKrawczyk

4 stars Hungarian proggers are back after the success of their Senki madara album, but this time they have travelled back in time to re-imagine their second album, Colours Caffé, so their first home made album got a proper mix, showing how well crafted this music is. Using the original studio recordings the material got remixed from scratch. What a good idea. The drums, the vocals, the whole stereo image, everything sounds better now and I think this new-old sound lives up to my high expectations because that amazingly dynamic, high quality sound of the 3rd album, Senki madara.

I am in love with the sound of Hungarian language in prog music. Loved AFTER CRYING, YOU AND I, EAST, and YESTERDAYS is a great addition to my Hungarian collection.

Colours Caffé showed a more powerful side of Yesterdays back in 2010, it's in contrast with their beautiful debut called Holdfénykert which was a mellow, dreamy album (one of my favorites till this day). Upbeat prog, great melodies, catchy and powerful choruses all over. I need to admit that a few songs are even radio friendly.

I am happy to see, to hear that there are bands like this with a more dynamic, less compressed sounding approach, where the transparent, clear sound is this important. Also, I am very happy to see that this lovely Eastern European band is still active, so I am looking forward to their new materials in the future.

Strong 3.5 stars album. Recommended!

 Colours Caffé (10th Anniversary Remixed Edition) by YESTERDAYS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2020
4.02 | 6 ratings

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Colours Caffé (10th Anniversary Remixed Edition)
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by StDavis

4 stars First things first: a remix should always be better than the original. In this case the difference is night and day! I've started to follow Yesterdays after their 3rd album Senki madara (that sounds amazing!) so I had high expectations about this release. After A-B-ing the 2010 version with the 2020 remix it's clear, this remix had to be made. Sounds so much better.

I won't go into details about the obvious Jethro Tull, Yes or Genesis influences, because this band is also very original. While their first and 3rd albums are more vintage sounding, this one is more powerful, more catchy in a very positive way and the sound needed to be on this level of a more modern approach. If pop music comes to mind, for me it's like some very well written SONGS, like Hogarth era Marillion or Stardust era of The Flower Kings, where melodies have priority and yes, you can listen to some prog in your car. Colours Caffé for me it is like that. The first half of the album is very intense, every song is like from a different world. The second half has more soundscapes, moody passages, mellotron everywhere, flutes, effected trumpet, acoustic guitars, fretless bass and rich melodies.

I am not always a fan of remixes, but after this version I am more curious about their new materials in the future. Colours Caffé is a nice addition for fans of more melodic prog, a colorful collection of well written songs and also, a beautiful tribute to their keyboard player Zsolt Enyedi (who has sadly passed away this year).

 Colours Caffé (10th Anniversary Remixed Edition) by YESTERDAYS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2020
4.02 | 6 ratings

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Colours Caffé (10th Anniversary Remixed Edition)
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Parallels77

4 stars I always thought this second Yesterdays album was underrated, it was titled too "commercial". I think many of these opinions were drawn from the sound of the first edition. Maybe this was the reason the band members decided to remix the material with a better, more transparent and dynamic sound. And yes, they pulled this through!

It all started as an experiment during the quarantine lockdown of 2020, just to kill time, but - according to their FB - it came out sounding so much better, they went for the whole album. And this remix was born.

With the magically improved drum sound and overall better sonic picture I began to like the album even more.

Játék is the opening track, it's an upbeat prog song, it reminds me of Rabin era YES (the guitar intermezzo quoting Cinema from 90125) with a seventies sound and Wakeman-like Moog themes, harpsichord intermezzo, driving chorus.

Forog a tánc is one of the heavier prog songs on the record. Virtuoso hammond organ with Drama era YES influences on guitar by Ákos Bogáti-Bokor. Catchy verse á lá Neal Morse but after the first chorus the real proggy moments are starting to happen. A nice flute solo is followed by guitars and moogs and an orgy of backing vocals. The ending takes this song to another level. ROBERT FRIPP like guitar solo with a touch of HOLDSWORTH with Hungarian jazz guitar solo guesting: Tamás Mohai (EAST, FAXNI, RABB). The ending is a psychedelic, virtuoso duel between fusion guitar and fusion drums (by Gergo Borlai).

Éjszaka is the first piece of the Némafilm Suite. A dark, strange sounding intro with additional steel guitar, verse driven by amazing bass guitar playing, a fantastic solo section of guitars and moog and also an extended flute solo at the end, overlapping with the next song:

Némafilm. The longest piece on the record. It starts as a catchy, easy tune but after the long guitar solo (very SUPERTRAMP-like, even with DAVID GILMOUR influences) it all goes dark and moody. The second part of the song is breathe-taking. Karola Antal guesting as lead singer here does a fantastic job. I just love this second part, especially the very end, total PINK FLOYD sound with rich female backing vocals and uplifting instrumental playing. For me, this is the highlight of the album.

Mélyrepülés is a strange song with percussion, arpeggiated synthesizer sounds, vocoders and rich vocals again. The ending drum/bass duel rips this song apart from the more straight forward pop feel.

Tükör is clearly a JETHRO TULL influenced song with an upbeat feel. Nice stereo effects, glockenspiel and 12 string guitar. A lovely little prog jam.

Bábu is one of the highlights, with more JETHRO TULL influences, the whole thing in 5/4, crazy monophonic synth sound warbling and a crazy jazzy instrumental solo part (both flute and guitar). This is my second favorite song from this album.

Flautoccata is a gentle flute instrumental soundscape with analog synths and e-bow acoustic guitar sounds and it's overlapping with Megpihensz which is a beautiful acoustic jam with shiny lead vocals, mellotrons.

Prelude and Zápor are closing the album with haunting melodies on heavily processed modern trumpet sounds. Zápor has strong MARILLION influences, it's like a song from their Marbles album. Loving it!

The original edition had a hidden track (I've never loved those big pauses after the last song...), but here the band left that big space out and made the last little song a separate 12th song called Kérdés. Again, beautiful flutes by Gábor Kecskeméti, classical guitar and fretless bass, mellotron and Karola Antal's beautiful voice.

With this new sound this album has found its way to me, I think it fits this music better than the sound of the original 2010 release. I gave 3 stars to that, but now I can give a confident 4 stars for the sound. Lovely edition and with the original CD added to the box set you can experience many new colors, new solo takes, new instruments that were hidden in the original version.

 Cheesecake (ft. Funk You!) by YESTERDAYS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2019
4.07 | 6 ratings

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Cheesecake (ft. Funk You!)
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by DenisZhukov

4 stars After Yesterdays' third studio album Senki madara I became more aware of this Transylvanian progressive rock project. In 2019 Yesterdays were touring in a duo/trio acoustic format while lead singer Stephanie Semeniuc with band leader Akos Bogati-Bokor formed a funk duo/band.

According to their websites this song was starting off as a funk song, but with the 7/8 time signatures, Moog solo, distorted Chris Squire-esque bass lines it transformed itself into a progressive rock/jazz-rock/jazz-funk song with brass arrangements, analogue synth pads and multiple vocals.

Since this song has been released on Christmas Eve, I consider this short tune a present from the band. A fun little tune with a very upbeat mood, recommended for the fans of the band.

 Senki Madara by YESTERDAYS album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.91 | 60 ratings

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Senki Madara
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars 'A happy marriage between folk and symphonic rock'

In 2010 I witnessed a Dutch gig from Yesterdays, during an interesting triple prog concert with Belgian Mindgames and Dutch Flamborough Head. The band played a few songs from its promising debut album Holdfenykert (2006) and focussed on the new album Colours Caffe (released in 2011). The crowd was very pleased with Yesterdays varied and melodic sound (folk, symphonic rock, jazz, classical), that evening the band made friends. Then it became silent, very silent, until last year when Yesterdays finally released a third effort, entitled Senki Madara (2018).

Like other Hungarian bands Solaris and After Crying the music from Yesterdays is performed by outstanding, mainly classically trained musicians, really a big plus, including the superb female vocals! And also the writing skills are on a high level: very melodic, harmonic and varied compositions, alternating between dreamy folk and 24-carat symphonic rock bombastic eruptions. The colouring with the wide range of instruments is wonderful, from flute, violin, cello, acoustic guitar to Grand piano, Mellotron, Minimoog, Hammond and electric guitars.

My highlights.

Agrol-agra (6:24) : The opener is a varied composition, alternating between mellow (dreamy flute and acoustic guitar) and bombastic (Kashmir-like Mellotron violins, Wakeman style Minimoog flights and Howe sounding guitar), topped with very pleasant native female vocals. The music sounds as a very happy marriage between folk and symphonic rock.

Elmehetsz (4:11) : It starts with acoustic rhythm guitar, Grand piano and dreamy female vocals, then a spacey slide guitar joins. After beautiful work on the flute, the music turns into a bombastic eruption with majestic Mellotron choirs and excellent electric guitar play, with slide and volume pedal.

Hajnalcsillag (4:47) : Remarkable is the Mellotron flute that obviously sounds like Strawberry Fields Forever from The Beatles, blended with fiery electric guitar. Then acoustic rhythm guitar and female vocals, in combination with sensitive electric guitar runs and a Mellotron flute. Gradually the atmosphere becomes more bombastic with howling electric guitar. This is trademark Yesterdays, the flowing shifting moods between folky and symphonic rock, between dreamy and bombastic.

Eso (2:28) A short piece that contains again beautiful dreamy vocals, tastefully blended with subtle slide guitar and Minimoog runs.

Nap (5:54) : First dreamy with a twanging acoustic guitar and soaring flute, then a bombastic eruption with howling electric guitar and Mellotron choirs, fiery guitar runs, distorted bass and cheerful Minimoog flights (Yes but also Belgian Machiavel come to my mind).

Ugy bocsass el (3:42) : The final track is a beauty, I am carried away by the dreamy folky atmosphere featuring flute, twanging acoustic guitar and melancholical violin, topped with wonderful, pretty emotional female vocals, the native language adds an extra dimension, especially in this song!

So I follow the cascades of euphoric four star reviews, a big hand for Yesterdays, and what a comeback album!

 Senki Madara by YESTERDAYS album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.91 | 60 ratings

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Senki Madara
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Romanian band YESTERDAYS are veterans in their native progressive rock scene, with a history going back almost 20 years at this point. The band have released three studio albums so far. Their most recent production is "Senki Madara", and album that was self released by the band in 2018.

There is a lot to like about Yesterday's third album, and those who really enjoy the gentler aspects of 70's era symphonic progressive rock will most likely find this album to be immensely enjoyable. Especially if the inclusion of folk music elements and the occasional tip of the hat in the direction of jazz is regarded as a positive feature. A well made and solid quality album for the aficionados of vintage era 70's symphonic progressive rock.

 Holdfénykert by YESTERDAYS album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.70 | 56 ratings

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Holdfénykert
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by KKrawczyk

4 stars Another proof that Eastern Europe has a lot to offer to the progressive rock world. Holdfenykert is a very strong debut album from a young band, released in 2006. Band leader Akos Bogati-Bokor (known from many Musea albums, Samurai Of Prog albums, Tabula Smaragdina and You and I) gathered musicians to record the first album of this project. Soon after the release, they played together with PETER BANKS (of Yes) and Flamborough Head (NL) in Budapest.

The album has an acoustic feel, with beautiful flute, acoustic guitars and lots of Mellotrons and Moog solos. The sound is excellent, rich and dynamic.

The first song Napfenykert has odd time signatures, but it flows naturally, great drum fills, poliphonic flute passages, it' instrumental, and a lovely way to start a first album!

Vegtelen is a jazzy, airy song with a strong middle part, very upbeat feel.

Ne felj is more serious prog with Hungarian traditional folk roots (just as their 3rd album called Senki madara), electric pianos, flutes (again) and a PINK FLOYD style solo at the end. One of my favorite tunes!

Ha majd egyszer (If ever) is an excellent acoustic solo guitar tune, with crazy good techniques, it's where Bogati's talent really comes through. A complex tune, and of course Steve HOWE's influence is shown. Perfect and progressive!

It's so Divine is the first song in English on this album, it's jazzy, with beautiful multiple vocals, rich harmonies, nice structures and a great Minimoog sound!

The second half of the album is more progressive and more symphonic and it starts with Hol vagy? (Where are you?). Although this song has some serious Pat Metheny influences, I'd call this prog-fusion, because of the flutes, nice vocal ideas, beautiful piano work and the fantastic ending. The most beautiful music I've heard since Locanda Delle Fate's Forse... album.

Varj meg. Now this is why this album is so unique, this song is really strong... although it starts with acoustic guitars, ebow sounds and even some sitar. It builds slowly and soon we find ourselves in a Moog solo extravaganza over some really tricky time signatures. YES influences all over!

The title song Holdfenykert is a harpsichord-guitar duet, some kind of prelude to the epic called SEVEN.

WOW, just WOW, Seven. This is a true progressive rock masterpiece. It has YES influences but it's nothing like Yes... It starts with a powerful prog intro with parallel moog sounds, complex time signatures then it goes directly into a flute solo and some amazing melodies, polyphonic backing vocals, and a powerful chorus. The second part of the song has some more brilliant surprises, ebow solos, hammond organ and a beautiful coda in 7/8, so they are true to the song's title... yes, this is the second English song on this album.

The album's final song reminded me of Kate Bush's Aerial album, it has a more modern approach, a repetitive rhythm in the intro and a beautiful uplifting ending.

This band keeps surprising me with beautiful music, great songwriting skills, rich dynamics and beautiful sounds. Worth discovering, especially this debut and their third album SENKI MADARA. Great compositions, highly recommended!

 Senki Madara by YESTERDAYS album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.91 | 60 ratings

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Senki Madara
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by mekaton

4 stars 'Senki Madara' - Even the name of the album ('Nobody's Bird') reflects the grim mood coming from the lyrics of these Hungarian traditional songs' (I personally felt a rush of sadness flowing through me). Yesterdays manage to borrow influences from the classics of prog and putting it to good use, with great quality, as if it was a concept album, the songs nicely flow one after the other' downstream. In my favourite song 'Ne mondd el' (Don't Say It), the middle part of CD, very nicely composed, the theme being falling into a state of panic. The album doesn't seem to be finished, when (if not for the anthem over victory), but at least expecting a bit of sunlight, it was over, perhaps even more bitter. Not too complicated of a piece, but attractive art rock, I myself needed to listen to it 5 times to truly endulge in all the details. I truly recommend everyone, to take a break from the mainstream music of the present, and give this album couple hours of listen, remembering our old loved ones (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, ') and in the same time take in a bit of true Hungarian traditional songs as well.
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