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    Posted: April 19 2017 at 00:52
Sorry to jump the gun a few months before the July 2017 official 40th anniversary of this great album. But who else out there loves Yes-GFTO as much as I do? This album first came out as I graduated high school in the US, and I do believe I wore out the vinyl on the turntable - and the magnetic tape on the cassette-player - playing this album over and over - and over again! Such a great tour de force at that time with Rick Wakeman coming back to the band. All these years later, I boot up the mp3 files on my computer media-player (gone are the vinyl records, the cassette tapes, and the audio CDs) and re-live the original magic of those five great songs!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2017 at 07:45
Yes I have good memories of that album, especially listening to the ending of Awaken during my summer holiday. One of my top 5 Yes albums.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Barbu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2017 at 08:39
Good one but I surely won't celebrate.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mechanicalflattery Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2017 at 09:30
I suppose there's an irony to celebrating the album where Yes ceased to be worth celebrating...  That entire album is basically the group running on autopilot
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The tour was the first time I saw Yes as a 15 year old (Stafford Bingley Halls, Nov. 77)!  I loved it.  Still remember the excitement of the first few chords of Parallels - I think they played the whole album, closing with the magnificent Awaken.  I was glad to see them at the height of their powers (the next time I saw them was the 90125 tour...)
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Originally posted by mechanicalflattery mechanicalflattery wrote:

I suppose there's an irony to celebrating the album where Yes ceased to be worth celebrating...  That entire album is basically the group running on autopilot
 
They did "Awaken" (one of the great works of prog) on autopilot? Shocked


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Originally posted by mechanicalflattery mechanicalflattery wrote:

I suppose there's an irony to celebrating the album where Yes ceased to be worth celebrating...  That entire album is basically the group running on autopilot
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The album was a wonder in its own right. If the worst you can say about it is that it has Wondrous Stories, than you really have something there. And its tour stop in San Diego was as fine of a show as I've ever seen. The band was in great form. One of the last great prog albums of the '70s.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote verslibre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2017 at 16:59
Originally posted by mechanicalflattery mechanicalflattery wrote:

That entire album is basically the group running on autopilot
 
Can't disagree more!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote verslibre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2017 at 17:08
Originally posted by Rednight Rednight wrote:

The album was a wonder in its own right. If the worst you can say about it is that it has Wondrous Stories, than you really have something there. And its tour stop in San Diego was as fine of a show as I've ever seen. The band was in great form. One of the last great prog albums of the '70s.
 
Saw them in San Diego for Union. They played "Awaken." That, Squire's and White's "Whitefish," and Wakeman's amazing solo were the highlights of the concert.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dellinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2017 at 21:00
I find the album OK. Mostly I love "Turn of the Century" and "Awaken", while I can do without the rest fine. Actually, I find the title song rather annoying, and "Wondrous Stories" just bland and unexciting. However, "Turn of the Century" is really beautiful, and it's been growing on me since I heard it first. "Awaken" is among my very favourite songs from the band, though I usually hear the live version from Keys to Ascension, which I find to be the perfect version... or almost so. I just heard the original again a while ago, and I do enjoy the church organ very much, and it is missed on the live version, and the vocals do sound somewhat better... plus, Howe sounds kind of slower on the live version. But the extra minutes on the middle section are very nice live (though I could do without them in order to have the real organ there)... still, the one thing that still has me prefering the live version is the piano intro, which was vastly improved by the time it was played on Keys to Ascension.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tapfret Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2017 at 21:23
I like it. All I feel like retyping. Typed a long post that got "recaptchad". Sick of it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote miamiscot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 21 2017 at 08:30
Any album with Turn Of The Century and Awaken is okay in my book.

(I too can do without the rest - especially Parallels.) 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kepler62 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 21 2017 at 16:28
Well. it had one of the worst covers ever.
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I love the album
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 28 2017 at 03:59
Originally posted by Kepler62 Kepler62 wrote:

Well. it had one of the worst covers ever.
 
It was the era when all good prog albums had some guys butt on the cover.
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I'm having a party right now.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote micky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 28 2017 at 07:40
no party here...  the least of all their 70's albums.  Yeah their least was still better than most but in comparison to earlier.. and yes.. later albums.. I didn't think it was near as good. Only Parallels saves the album IMO and it took the live Yesshows albums even for that gem to fully come to life.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Blacksword Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 28 2017 at 09:30
My second favourite Yes, after CTTE and just before Fragile.

The title track, I can take or leave but the rest is fantastic. Awaken is, to my mind, the best piece of music they ever recorded.

It really seems to polarise opinion. It's a far superior album to Tormato, which, in parts is unlistenable for me.
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Originally posted by BarryGlibb BarryGlibb wrote:

I'm having a party right now.


Yanks don't get irony do they?!
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