Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Album of the Day

Anderson Bruford Wakman Howe, by Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (1989): The late 80s in Yes-world were, well, weird. After a fairly successful run earlier in the decade, the band had split into two almost separate bands. Yes West, led by Chris Squire and Trevor Rabin, retained the Yes name. Meanwhile, four of the group's leading lights had gotten together to record new material. Without the name (and with Tony Levin filling in for Squire), ABWH produced one studio album and accompanying tour that most fans count as part of the Yes cannon. Well, I do, at any rate. The album's uneven, but the highlights ("Birthright," in particular) are well worth the price of admission. Once you get past Bruford's Simmons fetish and Wakeman's sterile digital synth sounds.

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