Yesterday I wrote about the forthcoming Yes album, Heaven & Earth. The song “Believe Again” is a delightful track. I must admit I am intrigued to hear and own the other seven tracks. A want to place a pre-sale order is brewing inside the music of our heart. 😉
I learned Yes is conducting a US 2014 Summer Tour. They are scheduled to play the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Ct., on July 11th. I am getting the itch to see them in concert again*. This time around Yes will be performing two albums in their entirety, Fragile and Close to the Edge followed by an encore of the band’s greatest hits and material off their new studio album, Heaven and Earth. I’m in!
* I have seen Yes twice since the turn of the millennium. The first concert took place at the Oakdale Musical Theatre on September 1, 2001. It was the Magnification Tour complete with a Symphony Orchestra.
The second Yes concert was at Mohegan Sun three years later . This was the Yes 35th Anniversary Tour. Rick Wakeman performed with Yes that night.
The Yes brand is readily distinguished by the creative talent of visual artist Roger Dean, who has designed their album covers since Fragile in 1971. Yes guitarist Steve Howe has said, “There is a pretty tight bond between our sound and Roger’s art.” The 40 year partnership of Yes and Roger Dean provides a rich tapestry of unique fantasy world settings. I often find myself getting lost in the nether-worlds the album covers portray.
I am hard pressed to say what my favorite Roger Dean Yes art work is. His paintings are the perfect visual companion to the progressive rock sounds of Yes. After studying his Yes covers body of work more extensively I have decided that the cover of Keys of Ascension is the art and logo combination I admire the most.
So what’s your favorite Yes Roger Dean album painting?