Martin POPOFF: "Time and A Word" - The Yes Story
Publisher: Soundcheck Books LLP
Review by The Bailey Brothers
Fifty books is a milestone for any author, so well done Martin Popoff
for celebrating it with a treat for all Yes fans. The book is written on
a time line format which took some getting used to at first; imagine
Yes as a big family oak tree and every branch has band members on it.
Some acorns will drop and grow their own little trees yet all branches
are inter connected and important to the well being of that big tree we
shall call Yes.
There are original interviews with Anderson, Bruford, Howe, Wakeman and
the late Chris Squire. There are moments where individual members are
talking honestly about each other and their musical contribution and
surprisingly thereís alot of mutual respect for each other.
Now the fun bits; the moment Anderson and Alan White gather up car parts
from a junk yard and take them back to the recording studio to record
them being played. Now thatís either genius or comedy but there were no
plug ins back in those days; engineers artiste and producers had to get
creative if they wanted new sounds. I love the story about Rick Wakeman
being so bored he ate his dinner off the piano whilst playing live,
maybe a bit disrespectful to the band and fans, but you have to be one
hell of a musician to play live and have dinner at the same time.
Itís not a book put together without passion, Popoff is a fan, of that
thereís no doubt, but where you need to be objective and ruthless he can
slice through the dead wood of an album like a chain saw. I canít see
why most Yes fans wouldnít enjoy scrolling through this book and re
living the incredible journey of one of Prog rocks original flag
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