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Poll Question: Who has been the best replacement for Jon Anderson?
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    Posted: February 09 2013 at 15:13
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Irreplaceable.


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My thoughts exactly. There's only one real Jon for Yes.
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Bob Drake.  Wink

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Well, if no-one can replace Jon Anderson, then there was no point in having this poll.
I love Jon.  His voice and his lyrics have been my companion for many years, and my gratitude for all hae has given us knows no bounds.
But we all grow old, and every career comes to a close.  I started noticing in the mid-90's that Jon had some vocal problems, but also it seemed that he brought less energy and passion to his performance.  I can completely understand.  How many times can you sing "All Good People" and still feel like you mean it?
Then, a couple of years ago, I caught Benoit David performing with Yes outside of Seattle.  What I experienced was like a whole new band.  As if these songs had jsut been written, and urgently needed to be heard.
Benoit's voice was sweet and high and clear like Jon in the 70's.  It is obvious that his performance was influenced by Jon Anderson, and yet, he brought his own nuances to the songs.
That show, and the subsequent album, "Fly From Here" showed me that there is a future for YES music, that lives on beyond the personalities.
I think Jon Davison will do well, also.  I have not heard him perform with Yes yet, and they have not made an album, so it is too early to cast that vote.
But what Benoit David did was at least as good as what Trevor Horn did on Drama, and much more in the Spirit of Yes in my opinion.
Rather than say Jon Anderson could be replaced, I would like to offer my strong support for the idea that Jon can be succeeded, and that this can be a wonderful thing.
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Originally posted by freyacat

Well, if no-one can replace Jon Anderson, then there was no point in having this poll.
I love Jon.  His voice and his lyrics have been my companion for many years, and my gratitude for all hae has given us knows no bounds.
But we all grow old, and every career comes to a close.  I started noticing in the mid-90's that Jon had some vocal problems, but also it seemed that he brought less energy and passion to his performance.  I can completely understand.  How many times can you sing "All Good People" and still feel like you mean it?
Then, a couple of years ago, I caught Benoit David performing with Yes outside of Seattle.  What I experienced was like a whole new band.  As if these songs had jsut been written, and urgently needed to be heard.
Benoit's voice was sweet and high and clear like Jon in the 70's.  It is obvious that his performance was influenced by Jon Anderson, and yet, he brought his own nuances to the songs.
That show, and the subsequent album, "Fly From Here" showed me that there is a future for YES music, that lives on beyond the personalities.
I think Jon Davison will do well, also.  I have not heard him perform with Yes yet, and they have not made an album, so it is too early to cast that vote.
But what Benoit David did was at least as good as what Trevor Horn did on Drama, and much more in the Spirit of Yes in my opinion.
Rather than say Jon Anderson could be replaced, I would like to offer my strong support for the idea that Jon can be succeeded, and that this can be a wonderful thing.

You know what, this is one of the best posts I have seen on this site. A very well argued, passionate, and intelligent point of view. The fact that I do not agree with it is really beside the point, because I genuinely believe Anderson cannot be replaced in Yes, but I do like the point about "succeeding".


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Argonaught Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2013 at 15:48
Originally posted by freyacat

 
Rather than say Jon Anderson could be replaced, I would like to offer my strong support for the idea that Jon can be succeeded, and that this can be a wonderful thing.

Well said, Sir. 

if you are remotely interested, you can find Jon Davison performing with Yes on YouTube. I just listened to them today and I'll tell you, I was impressed with Jon's contribution. 

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A vote for Trevor Horn.  Drama is one of my favorite Yes albums, up there with the likes of CTTE and GFTO.  Enjoyed his voice and his lyrics.  Kind of wish he'd sang lead on Fly From Here, although I though Benoit did do a good job.  
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Originally posted by lazland

Irreplaceable.
Indeed!!!!!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote zravkapt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2013 at 20:21
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Bob Drake.  Wink

Ha! I wonder how many people will get that.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote smartpatrol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2013 at 21:22
If Captain Beefheart were still alive I'd say him
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Post Options Post Options   Quote infocat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2013 at 22:39
Originally posted by zravkapt

Originally posted by SaltyJon

Bob Drake.  Wink

Ha! I wonder how many people will get that.
Probably quite a few!
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Benoit David.
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Originally posted by lazland

Irreplaceable.

having said that Jon had to be replaced because his writing was getting more self-indulgent and bad---and he treated the group as his back up band and did Yes when he wanted to---the other guys were patient but they are strong talents in their own right---and he had a my way or the highway attitude toward the band--the fact that he can't or will not do long tours places the band in bad situation as they want to write and tour all the time---and be an active alive band---it's all too bad as Jon is the voice of Yes---I just wish he was an easier personality to deal with.
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Whilst Jon Anderson is IRREPLACEABLE, Jon was not there for Yes' ongoing business.  I haven't heard Jon Davison (I haven't even heard any Glass Hammer) - so, Benoit David is a suitable replacement as far as the lead voice is concerned.  I vote for Benoit, despite the fact that Jon is irreplaceable.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote octopus-4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 10 2013 at 01:24
I'm for no-one, even thout Benoit David has done a good work.
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There are times when Jon Anderson's voice annoys me intensely. Then there are others (and it depends more on my mood than what he's singing) that I think he's completely unique and irreplaceable.
 
However, I really like David Benoit's voice, both with Mystery and with Yes, so I'll vote for him.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ProgMetaller2112 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 10 2013 at 04:40
Like the last one says: No one can replace JA!

But the guy I liked best was Trevor Horn listen to Run Through The Light to get a hold of what he can do Smile
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Dane from Druid has even higher, clearer and more 'angelic' vocal than Anderson, he would have been an excellent successor of Jon. What a shame that his talent faded into uncertainty and obscurity.
 
From this list, probably Benoit closely followed by Trevor. Jon Davison has not recorded anything with Yes (and who knows if already toured with them), so his inclusion is a bit out of place.
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