Yes – Heaven & Earth

Yes is a heralded progressive rock band which has been in existence since 1968. I’ve grown up with the expanding sound and dimensionality of Yes for 46 years.

The latest recording from Yes is Heaven & Earth. It is due to drop in the US on July 22, 2014.

Painting & Logos: Roger Dean © Roger Dean 2014

Yes is:

  • STEVE HOWE – Electric, Acoustic, & Steel Guitars, Vocals
  • CHRIS SQUIRE – Bass Guitar, Vocals
  • ALAN WHITE – Drums, Percussion
  • GEOFF DOWNES – Keyboards, Computer Programming
  • JON DAVISON – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar (on Believe Again & Light Of The Ages)

The studio recording was produced by the prestigious Roy Thomas Baker

The brief video, “Believe Again” provides a taste of what we have to look forward to next month.



Special Edition eBook 2013: Power, Passion and Beauty – The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra

I am pleased to share with my readership a special edition eBook by friend and renowned music journalist  Walter Kolosky. Walter is the subject matter authority when it comes to John McLaughlin and jazz-rock fusion.

His book, Power, Passion and Beauty explores the evolution of the classic jazz-rock fusion group, The Mahavishnu Orchestra. It is authored with an intense desire that bathes us in the light of its inner mounting flame.

I am a longtime fan of The Mahavishnu Orchestra and John McLaughlin. I was fortunate to see The Mahavishnu Orchestra live in 1973. It just so happens that 1973 is the starting point for Walter’s book as well 🙂

I am enthused that Walter has significantly revised his book to include recent interviews with Chick Corea, Steve Howe and Carlos Santana that are woven throughout the eBook tapestry. I am honored to have played a minor role in connecting Carlos Santana and Walter Kolosky for this valuable eBook.

Walter Kolosky: I thank Ed Jennings for his help in obtaining the interview with Carlos Santana.

I urge you to visit Walter Kolosky’s Website where you can order the eBook edition that best suits the device you read with these days. I also suggest that you view the special slide show that Walter has created to go with the eBook.  I chose the Apple iBooks edition so that I can read it on my iPhone.

What a totally cool and worthwhile music eBook! 🙂

Asia 30th Anniversary Album and World Tour

I admire the tenacity of the band Asia. They are very committed to the longevity of their music and global audience.

Asia announced today that they are assembling a 30 year anniversary world tour. Asia will also release a new studio album “XXX” with the original line-up: Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer & John Wetton on July 3rd in the US.

Their Connecticut dates later in the year include The Ridgefield Playhouse on October 23rd and Mohegan Sun on October 25th.

The new album, produced by Mike Paxman, has been hailed as Asia’s best album since its classic early 80s releases. The album will be released on CD, collector’s edition CD/DVD (featuring new music videos and behind the scenes footage), and on a limited edition vinyl.

The album’s first single, “Face on the Bridge,” will be available for download on May 14 and is already streaming online.

The Roger Dean, Year of the Water Dragon artwork for the new album and tour is stunning.

Steve Howe’s 22nd Solo Album, Time

Steve Howe, venerable progressive rock guitarist of Yes and Asia fame will release his 22nd solo album since 1975 on November 21, 2011.

It is entitled Time. It is a combination of folk and classical works.  Five years in the making it is a collaboration between Steve and film and television composer, Paul K. Joyce.

This will be Steve’s first album without drums.

Steve Howe Time

What’s your favorite Roger Dean Yes album cover?

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?