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Easy Livin
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4 stars The one without Jon Anderson!

For me "Drama" is one of the stronger Yes albums. The sound is very sharp, with Chris Squire very much to the fore. The Buggles influence is not that apparent, in fact it is interesting to hear the Buggles track "I am a camera" and compare it to "Into the lens", the Yes interpretation of that track. While the two are recognisable as being the same song, the electro-pop of the Buggles is transformed into a decent slice of prog.

"Tempus Fugit" is superb, the song would have fitted in well on "Fragile" or "The Yes album". This track could almost be described as the Yes theme tune (in a "hey hey we're the Monkees" sort of way!), with the anthem chorus lyrics ". . .answers to YES". The long "Machine Messiah" is an excellent piece of prog, in the true traditions of the band. Had Anderson and Wakeman appeared on tracks such as this, I am convinced those songs would have had a much higher profile in the band's history.

Indeed, If this version of the band made a couple more albums, they could well have gelled into an excellent unit. That said, it was good to see Anderson and Wakeman (the latter eventually!) return.

The expanded remaster includes no less than 10 extra tracks, 8 of which are "previously unissued".

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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