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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 happen! Strengthened with Ákos' friend, E...
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3.61 | 37 ratings
Holdfénykert
2006
3.48 | 20 ratings
Colours Caffé
2011
4.00 | 9 ratings
Holdfénykert
2014

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3.31 | 4 ratings
Winter
2012
4.46 | 6 ratings
Almost Like Love
2012

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 Colours Caffé by YESTERDAYS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.48 | 20 ratings

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Colours Caffé
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Argonaught

3 stars While Yesterdays's first album, Holdfénykert, was excellent in every respect, and unmistakably prog, their chronologically second (and, apparently, the last) album is a little disappointing.

(They have recently reissued Holdfénykert, but I don't believe it should be considered a separate entity)

I have visited Yesterday's webpage and found that as of 2014 the band have decided to take a "brake" (not sure if it was just a misspelling or was meant to be a pun), citing their inability to carry on supporting the unprofitable enterprise financially "out of pocket", and to fight piracy.

Or, maybe the Holdfénykert they have run out of fresh creative ideas ... or, haven't found enough lovers of prog in Romania and Hungary to do gigs for. Or they decided to make more "accessible" music, and didn't enjoy it enough to continue. Whichever way, it's sad story.

Whether intentionally or not, the Colours Caffe didn't preserve the most important characteristics that made Holdfénykert so good. The vocals are less impressive (they must have replaced their singers), and the music sounds more like pop, albeit an interesting passage and a couple of "exotic" instruments can be heard here and there. All in all, 3 stars by the PA standards.

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 Holdfénykert by YESTERDAYS album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.00 | 9 ratings

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Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Argonaught

4 stars *The Power of PA Serendipity*

Verily, PA is the best place ever for finding hidden gems. Today's amazing discovery for me was the Holdfénykert by Yesterdays, a Romanian-Hungarian band I hadn't known anything about.

This Holdfénykert should be an absolute delight for anybody who likes fluid, jazzy, sonically elegant multi-style prog lite. The musicians certainly know what they are doing, weaving complex acoustic and electronic passages into intricate, but user-friendly, lucid patterns. The band at that time employed three female vocalists; I am not sure who sang on which track, but they are equally competent and exceedingly pleasant to listen to.

The compositions are refreshingly lively and breezy; the playing time of each song seems to be in perfect harmony with the musical contents. In other words, a very well composed, played, sung, timed and engineered album. Kudos to Yesterdays!

Yesterdays have not changed the course of music in the Realm of Prog. But their contribution to the glory of the super-genre is both valuable and timely. No matter how crowded the spatial-temporal continuum of prog may look like, there always is, should be, space and time to accommodate more good music.

So, why not 5 stars? I am planning to listen to Holdfénykert tomorrow while driving, and if the Holdfénykert passes the "car test", I may come back and assign it 5 stars.

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 Holdfénykert by YESTERDAYS album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.00 | 9 ratings

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Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Ovidiu

4 stars The debut album of the Romanian band YESTERDAYS is a wonderful piece of true art,a timeless music loaded with marvelous compositions and an unique sound!In fact,this edition of the debut album is a re-release,with a new artwork and a very beautiful presentation in a superbe booklet too!There are plenty moments of pure musical reveerie,with a gorgeous melancholic touch,that kind of music that invites you to a journey out of space and time,where you let your imagination flow...The sound of the album is another element of uniqueness for this album,something trully excellent in terms of technical sound quality!Very pure sound,not at all overproduced,everything sounds so natural and clean,with no overdubs and sound compression!This re-release of the album has no interventions over the initial sound of the first edition of the album,and that's something very clever and inspired!Just pure wonderful music,which is giving to the listener a feeling of peace,security and serenity!Musically speaking,it's an old school prog music ,very jazzy sometimes and performed by very competent musicians!The girl's voice is astonishing,so fresh and pure,and the jazzy vibe is more than marvelous!All the instruments are very well mixed,the vintage sound is excellent,and the comparison with Renaissance,Camel ,Yes or other classical Brit prog bands is obvious!So,this is an album that makes the pleasure of a great musical experience for any good music lover,and it's a guarantee for some quality musical time passed in the company of a band which can deliver strong emotions and feelings!No weak songs,just a perfect balance between the compositions of the album and the pleasure of the discovery of a very talented band!.4.5 stars ,because this is a special album indeed!

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 Holdfénykert by YESTERDAYS album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.00 | 9 ratings

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Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by StDavis

4 stars Seacrest Oy Records from Finland keeps surprising me with wonderful prog releases in the last few years. SAMURAI OF PROG and THE COSMIC REMEDY are two new favorite bands of mine. This is how I found out about this new release of YESTERDAYS, which is a reissue of their successful debut from 2006. I am deeply into melodic prog music, and this album amazes me with its catchy, beautiful harmonies and melodies. It's somehow a more acoustic album but with a nice vintage feel with analogue synthesizers, mellotrons and multiple vocal harmonies.

As sound and mood I could compare this album to CAMEL, RENAISSANCE, early QUIDAM and even YES. But it gets even more colorful. The album starts with a very progressive instrumental intro and goes on with tricky melodical tunes, with jazzy feel here and there. The second part of the record is more symphonic and more progressive. VARJ MEG and SEVEN are the real deal, the real highlights for me.

I've never heard the previous editions of this record, but this new one sounds amazing! The booklet says that it's a dynamic and audiophile version, not destroyed by modern mastering. And yet, it's true, it was a fortunate decision to release this album in this form, the music is benefiting so much from this acoustic treatment! It looks like SEACREST OY took some brave decisions regarding the sound of their releases.

It's a shame I found out about this band so late, but I think this album really deserves attention. The cover art is a real treat, it has a vinyl-like paper-sleeve cover with a 16 pages booklet. Strong four and a half stars! Highly recommended!

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 Colours Caffé by YESTERDAYS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.48 | 20 ratings

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Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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2 stars YESTERDAYS latest album is a little different from the debut in that the vocals are now all in Hungarian and as others have mentioned this record is even more sugary (happy) than the debut. For me this is a step down from the debut and I wasn't exactly thrilled with that one either.

"Jatek" is uptempo with a beat and synths standing out. Vocals join in as well. Not a fan. "Forog A Tanc" is another energetic track although the tempo does shift back and forth. Some clapping and sampled mellotron too. The guitar is prominant late to end it. "Ejszaka" is the first of a three part suite called "Namafilm Szvit". This is mellow to start as reserved vocals join in. Tasteful guitar and synths replace the vocals as the beat continues. Vocals return after 4 1/2 minutes and the flute comes in late. "Nemafilm" is the second part and almost 10 minutes long. It's mid-paced with vocals but it does pick up as contrasts continue. Guitar and mellotron 3 minutes in. Flute and mellotron 6 1/2 minutes in as it continues to play out with vocals coming and going. "Melyrepules" ends the suite with vocals, guitar and a beat leading the way. Not a fan.

"Tukor" has strummed guitar, flute and a beat as the vocals join in. Yikes ! Not good at all. "Babu" starts out with guitar, synths and a beat as vocals and flute join in. "Flautoccata" is a short piece with flute throughout. "Megpihensz" opens with acoustic guitar as a beat and reserved vocals join in. Piano too. "Preludium Egy Esohoz" is my favourite because we get no vocals and lots of atmosphere with guest trumpet. It sounds nothing like the others. "Zapor" ends it as we get contrasts between the mellow and fuller sections and there is a hidden track as well.

Considering the debut was a low 3 stars for me, I have to give it the fans only rating. Just not the kind of music I enjoy at all.

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 Holdfénykert by YESTERDAYS album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.61 | 37 ratings

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Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars YESTERDAYS is apparently made up of ethnic Hungarians who live in Romania. The female vocals are in both English and Hungarian. The music itself is what i'd describe as light and sweet. Probably because of the female vocals and airy flute that dominates the sound much of the time. There is mellotron but it's sampled, still it does help me enjoy this more than I would have otherwise.

I'm going to use the English song titles provided. "Sunlit Garden" is a short opening track with strummed guitar, flute and a beat leading the way. We get some mellotron as well. "Infinite" has picked guitar as reserved vocals join in. It picks up with a beat. Mellotron before 1 1/2 minutes followed by flute. Vocal melodies late. "Don't Be Scared" opens with intricate sounds and atmosphere. It starts to pick up after 2 minutes with flute. Reserved vocals a minute later. Mellotron before 5 minutes. "If Ever" is a short piece with acoustic guitar melodies throughout. "It's So Divine" has strummed guitar as vocals, a beat and flute join in. Mellotron after 1 1/2 minutes.

"Where Are You ?" is mellow with Hungarian vocals. Mellotron and flute also help out. "Just Stay" has fragile vocals, mellotron and a beat. Flute after 2 minutes and then synths lead from before 3 1/2 minutes to 5 minutes in. "Moonlit Garden" is a short instrumental. "Seven" is uptempo with synths leading then vocals after 2 minutes. Mellotron comes and goes. A calm before 6 minutes as male vocals come in. It picks up as female vocals return. "Somehwere In Space" opens with a beat as piano comes in. It builds until vocals arrive around 2 minutes as it settles back some.

Pleasant and well done for sure but this isn't the style of music I enjoy that much.

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 Almost Like Love by YESTERDAYS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
4.46 | 6 ratings

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Almost Like Love
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Katusnya

4 stars A nice and short single from Yesterdays. According to their website they tried to reach out for not only prog audiences, but - through gaining radio air time - more people. I must say that it was a good strategy, I've heard Almost Like Love in my local radio station one day and this is how I found out about this release.

Like their Winter EP, this was too an artist's edition and available only as digital download. But enough about the circumstances, let's jump on the music.

Almost Like Love is the title single, it sounds and feels like a Supertramp/ELO type hit for me. The instrumentation is very keyboard-centric, it's a nice mix of clavinet and harpsichord in the verse and Yamaha CP under the riff. The melody lines ar very catchy and Bilatiu Raluca's voice was a nice choice from the band, it's powerful, shiny and a perfect fit to this music. After a few listens, you'll find yourself singing along. The song sounds very refreshing, and it's good to hear a prog band in the radio. If you are into the bands mentioned above and Neal Morse's first two - song based - solo records, than you'll love this.

The second song, 'Torn Apart' is the remixed version of Zapor (from their Colours Caffe album) this time in English, for me it's a bit too Marillion-like, but if you haven't imagined Marillion with a female voice, this song can be a nice journey for you.

Since both songs are very catchy, I really hope that this single will gain more air time for the band. Melodic music to enjoy in cars, on long trips or when you are in a more light-prog mood. Four solid stars for this one. Recommended.

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 Colours Caffé by YESTERDAYS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.48 | 20 ratings

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Colours Caffé
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

4 stars Good luck staying in a rotten mood after hearing this. Yesterdays was kind enough to send me a copy of Colours Caffé in exchange for a few words. I have listened to this many mornings on the way to work, and it has never failed to lift my spirits, and I have no idea what that European lady is singing. She has a lovely voice (and a face to match if I may be so bold!). This band has an incredible sense of melody and stylish instrumental breaks. I love the keyboardists' choice of tones. Yes' Fly From Here (and becoming a teacher again) brought me out of a three-year funk; Yesterdays' Colours Caffé has helped keep me up there.

"Játék" One of the happiest introductions to an album ever, this peppy song has a Starcastle likeness with quirky synthesizers, punchy bass, and a beautiful voice that drifts in and out.

"Forog a tánc" The catchiest song on the album is this one; I was cheerfully singing it after hearing it once. It bursts in, early Echolyn style with a happy eccentricity, bouncy instrumentation and handclaps to top it off. The flute flutters over heavier guitar lines. The unbridled guitar solo and drumming remind me of IZZ- a good thing, surely.

"Námafilm Szvit I. Éjszaka" The jovial nature of the music takes a break, allowing the band to explore murkier moods. Yet the music still retains a danceable groove and sultry, captivating vocals. Synthesizer and electric guitar trade off leads over an increasing pace. The melody of the refrain is as brilliant as the whistling synthesizer that follows it.

"Némafilm Szvit II. Némafilm" Springy piano begins this second section. The vocals are more restrained, but as lovely as ever. The guitarist does wonderful things with the wah pedal. The middle passage is quiet piano and Mellotron that eases in like a lullaby.

"Némafilm Szvit III. Mélyrepülés" The third part of this piece is an incredible pop rock track that has a most appealing chorus. The drums become quite energetic toward the end.

"Tükör" This merry little tune is centered around acoustic guitar, flute and jovial singing.

"Bábu" Gritty guitar paves the way for a warbling tone. The song becomes jazzy, with a thin 1960s organ sound and dancing flute. At the end, the guitarist shows off some jazz runs.

"Flautoccata" A thick synthesizer booms in, providing a foundation for the woodwinds.

"Megpihensz" Combing Eastern elements with those appealing vocals, this terse track features sparse piano and serene washes of guitar and keyboards.

"Prelúdium egy esőhöz" This next ephemeral work has a moody guitar and a crying trumpet- think 1950s Miles Davis with a clean-picking Adrian Belew. It is one of the most satisfying parts of the album, and I am sad that it wasn't explored further.

"Zápor" That clean electric guitar remains, and the singer delivers an emotional performance. I think this is a good song, but it is not as memorable as what has come before. It does have a fun guitar solo though. I am generally not a fan of long periods of silence to introduce a "hidden track" (still looking at you, Mastodon). After about two minutes of silence, there is an acoustic guitar and flute duet before one final gorgeous vocal performance.

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 Almost Like Love by YESTERDAYS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
4.46 | 6 ratings

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Almost Like Love
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Stargirl79

5 stars This single CD took me by surprise. First of all we got to know Yesterdays as a symphonic prog band and here they took a trip down to a seventies pop road.

There are two songs on this single CD, the first is Almost Like Love. Although the song reminded me of Abba, it's not so far away from prog. The instrumentation is quite sophisticated and clever. Harpsichord is mixed with Yamaha CP (loved by Tony Banks of Genesis or Geoff Downes of Yes) and also some vintage Elka Strings Machine and the mighty Clavichord. This kind of pop-prog can be familiar for all those prog fans who liked Spock's Beard's Snow album, especially the song Wind At My Back, the drumming of József Szűcs reminds me of the tricks and clever simplicity of Nick D'Virgilio in that particular song. Very catchy melodies all over, vocals dubbed by the band's new lead singer Raluca Bilatiu. Raluca shines through and thanks to the doubling techniques she sounds like the two Abba girls. And this is high a compliment.

The credits shows that the harpsichords were played by the band's flute virtuoso, Gábor Kecskeméti. Very authentic and groovy. The bass, played by Zoltán Kolumbán also reminded me of Spock's Beard's Wind At My Back. The guitar solo sounds vintage, nice rotary speaker sound and also some Brian May-like overdubbing in three voices. High Queen influences on Ákos Bogáti's playing.

After all, with all these pop influences, Almost Like Love is a nice progressive-pop song.

The "B-side" of the disc is a song from their last album, "Colours Caffé", the last song called Zápor, and here's the long awaited English version as a powerful remix too, sounds so much better than the original version on the C.C. album. Raluca's voice is so colourful and looks like the band started to use more vocal overdubbing techniques, so the whole thing is more dynamic and shiny.

This Single CD can be recommended for all those prog fans who love the Hogarth-era Marillion and Neal Morse era Spock's Beard. Very song-oriented, melodic prog. Recommended!

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 Holdfénykert by YESTERDAYS album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.61 | 37 ratings

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Holdfénykert
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Yesterdays are based in Cluj Napoca, Romania and were formed in 2000 by Hungarian singer/guitarist Bogati-Bokor Akos, founding member also of Tabula Smaragdina and part of the last You and I line-up.With the disbanding of the later in 2005, Akos focused on writing material for Yesterdays, where the sound would link the vintage Progressive Rock sound with the modern technologic stylings.Helped mainly by keyboardist Enyedi Zsolt, female singer Janosi Kinga and drummer Csergo Domokos along with session musicians, ''Holdfenykert'' was released in 2006 by Hungarian label Rockszerviz, to be reissued just two years later by Musea.

Mission accomplished for Mr. Akos, as ''Holdfenykert'' carries all the aspects of both old and new prog generations in an album that combines Symphonic Rock with Folk along with some Pop sensibilities.The band sounds insanely similar to Italians CONQUEROR or even SPOCK'S BEARD both on the soft and more stronger parts with an evident tendency towards melodic Prog, headed by ethereal female vocals and harmonic pieces.A very clear and professional production and a dreamy voice is mixed with dominant flute parts and a fair dose of Mellotron sounds to come up with an effort respecting the masters of the 70's but also stepping on the present years.Keyboards parts seem to be the most interesting part of the album, from the use of the mighty Mellotron to the brilliant synths solos on the longer compositions.Akos, being the main composer of the band, managed to blend equally more folky acoustic parts with strong and more symphonic cuts, but overall the sound has a very calm and positive aura.

The Hungarian version of Fabio Zuffanti?Not as prolific or talented as the Italian mastermind, but definitely Mr. Akos seems to be a very creative musician with plenty of interesting ideas.Yesterdays' ''Holdfenykert'' is a good proof.Mellow Symphonic/Folk Rock with decent quality.Recommended.

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