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Various Artists (Tributes) - Tales From Yesterday: A View From The South Side Of The Sky (Yes tribute) CD (album) cover


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3.11 | 48 ratings

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3 stars This Yes tribute CD has contributions from a number of very well known prog artists but some of them seem to have had a problem with making this sort of album- should we reproduce the original or try to create something new and put our own stamp on a Yes classic?

Enchant have gone for the former and made a virtual carbon copy of "Changes", Steve Morse reproduces two Howe solo pieces, "Mood for a Day" and "Clap" and World Trade are pretty close to the original of "Wonderous Stories" and you have to wonder - what is the point? You're always going to come off worse in comparison to the original so you may as well changes things around a bit. Magellan have done this well with "Don't Kill the Whale" and Robert Berry does an interesting version of "Roundabout". Shadow Gallery metal up the already rocky "Release Release" but singer Mike Baker sounds too falsetto and so the track loses some of its power. Stanley Snail's version of "Siberian Khatru" starts off faithful to the original but at least vary things around in the instrumental section. Patrick Moraz throws in a solo piano version of "Soon" which starts off sounding like the beginning of "Awaken" before settling down into the familiar melody line. Very nice. Cairo's "South Side of the Sky" is again close to the original, even down to the wind and the drum intro but do a very good job of the vocal harmonies in the middle section. Jeronimo Road's version of "Starship Trooper" features Adam Wakeman, but the I find the lead vocal very off-putting. Ex-Yes man Pete Banks adds an interesting instrumental version of "Astral Traveller". One of the highlights is Annie Haslam's version of "Turn of the Century" (although is Steve Howe allowed to appear on a tribute to his own band?). Her voice is as clear as ever, the only downside is the omission of the instrumental section and an apparent fumbling of the lyrics at one point.

In summary, this is not a bad effort, I just feel that musicians of this calibre could have gone out on a limb a bit more and not just reproduced the original as some of them have done.

chopper | 3/5 |


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