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For this one album, ex-Buggles Geoffrey Downes and Trevor Horn were drafted in to replace Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman. It rocks harder than other Yes albums, and for classically inclined fans, it was a jarring departure; but it was a harbinger of Yes and Asia albums to come. A newly emboldened Chris Squire lays down aggressive rhythms with Alan White, and Steve Howe eschews his usual acoustic rags and flamenco licks for a more metallic approach, opting for sheets of electric sound. Prime cuts include the doom-laden "Machine Messiah" and the manic ska inflections of "Tempus Fugit." Despite the promise of this new material, the band soon fell apart; Horn went into ...
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All Music Guide - Paul Collins
For this one album, ex-Buggles Geoffrey Downes and Trevor Horn were drafted in to replace Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman. It rocks harder than other Yes albums, and for classically inclined fans, it was a jarring departure; but it was a harbinger of Yes and Asia albums to come. A newly emboldened Chris Squire lays down aggressive rhythms with Alan White, and Steve Howe eschews his usual acoustic rags and flamenco licks for a more metallic approach, opting for sheets of electric sound. Prime cuts include the doom-laden "Machine Messiah" and the manic ska inflections of "Tempus Fugit." Despite the promise of this new material, the band soon fell apart; Horn went into production, Howe and Downes joined Asia, and Squire and White toyed and then gave up on a pair-up with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, which was to be titled XYZ i.e., Ex-Yes and Zeppelin. [Drama was reissued by Rhino in 2004 with a whopping ten bonus tracks, including single versions of "Into the Lens" and "Run Through the Light," tracking sessions for "Tempus Fugit" and "White Car," and six previously unreleased songs.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 081227379520
  • Catalog Number: 1050211

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yes Primary Artist
Steve Howe Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Chris Squire Bass, Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Geoffrey Downes Keyboards, Track Performer, Vocoder
Trevor Horn Bass, Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Rick Wakeman Composer
Jon Anderson Composer
Steve Howe Composer
Chris Squire Composer
Yes Arranger, Producer
Roger Dean Art Direction, Cover Painting, Logo Design
Alan White Composer
Roy Thomas Baker Producer
Geoffrey Downes Composer
Trevor Horn Composer
Bill Inglot Producer
Gary Langan Engineer
Julian Mendelsohn Engineer
Eddy Offord Producer
Hugh Padgham Engineer
Brian Kehew Tape Realizations
Brian Ives Liner Notes
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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  • Posted October 30, 2010

    No Anderson but still awesome

    This album rocks but upon listening to the bonus tracks, some of which were songs originally recorded with anderson for this album, one can understand why he left, apparently recording trite, simple pop songs instead of rockin' prog. These bonus tracks just show how awful this release could have been.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Drama [Bonus Tracks]

    A new review has come up, this album marked the debut of soon-to-be Asia band mates Geoff Downes and Steve Howe, but back in 1980, Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn came in to replace Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson, because they were focusing on their solo projects, Rick Wakeman on his solo album Rock and Roll Prophet, and Jon Anderson on his solo album which features the song "Some Are Born", which would have been a Yes song, but the Yes version is a demo, featured as a bonus track on Yes' Tormato album. As for them, the bonus tracks on this album features them on songs like "Dancing Through The Light", "Golden Age", "In The Tower", and "Friend of A Friend" which was to be on an album, but those sessions did'nt work out, so once again, those songs are featured as bonus tracks on this album, but on Tormato, one of the bonus track songs are called "Everybody's Song" which is a early demo of "Does It Really Happen?" which the completed version of the song appears on this album with Trevor Horn on lead vocals. After this album and tour was completed, Yes had broken up, or so people thought at the time, because Chris Squire and Alan White recorded a single titled "Run With The Fox", but as for Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes, they just came off their big hit single "Video Killed The Radio Star", which launched MTV, but for Trevor Horn, he would later become a successful producer, and he would reunite with Yes on their 1983 comeback 90125 album which features the hit "Owner Of A Lonely Heart", co-written by Trevor Horn, whom he produced the album, as for Geoff Downes and Steve Howe, after the Yes break up, they went on to form Asia with John Wetton and Carl Palmer, which meant for Yes, that Steve Howe would be replaced by Trevor Rabin, but he would eventually reunite with Rick Wakeman, Jon Anderson, and Bill Bruford with Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, but then they would join forces with the other Yes members with the outstanding Union album and excellent tour, but he would return to Yes once again, after Trevor Rabin had departed. As of 2007 and 2008, Asia had been reunited with a result of a new album titled Phoenix, but then Steve Howe would return to Yes, for their 40th Anniversary tour with Rick Wakeman's older son Oliver on the keyboards, whom by the way, teamed with Steve Howe on Oliver Wakeman's The 3 Ages of Magick album, and then on Steve Howe's solo album Spectrum, in 2001 and 2005. Back in 1980, Yes fans thought that this would be a big mistake on Yes, with Geoff Downes replacing Rick Wakeman, and Trevor Horn replacing Jon Anderson, but now looking back on it was a big move, meaning the formation of Asia, Yes' big comeback with their big hit "Owner Of A Lonely Heart", and beyond. This album is very enjoyable, and all Yes fans would definately appreciation, of what was to become for Yes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Drama [Bonus Tracks]

    Although Yes fans might feel different about this album, because Jon Anderson doe'nt appear on the album, instead Trevor Horn appears on vocals, but they're previously unissued tracks that appear as bonus tracks and Jon Anderson does in fact appear on vocals, like on songs like for example "Golden Age". This album is a keyboard fantasy as well, because not only Geoffrey Downes appear on this album, but once again on the previously unissued tracks, Rick Wakeman appear on the tracks, which makes this album a great one indeed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Up there with their early '70s classic albums

    I remember when 'Drama' came out - At first glance, it looked promising, since Yes went back to Eddie Offord co-producing (last he was on board was 1974 'Relayer') and artwork by Roger Dean (last involved on 1975 compilation 'Yesterdays'). After that, they did 'Going for the One' (1977) and 'Tormato' (1978)' which were departures from previous albums, in both artwork and overall approach to the music. It was the late '70s and prog-rock had to change to survive, and Yes did a great job with those two albums. Then Jon, Chris, Steve, Rick and Alan tried to make an album in late 1979 (tracks of which appear as bonus tracks on the 'Drama' re-issue and the 'In a Word...' box set) and after that aborted album, Jon and Rick left Yes (Rick's second time leaving). So when the Yes fan who got 'Drama' opened up the LP, they noticed that Jon and Rick were replaced by Buggles Geoff (Rick's replacement) and Trevor (who had the unenviable task of replacing Jon). This came as undeniably the most shocking Yes lineup change to date, in that every other change (Peter to Steve on guitar, Tony to Rick, then to Pat, back to Rick, on keys, Bill to Alan on drums) was a welcome one, elevating the musicianship and quality of Yes music (particularly the guitar and keys changes). Could this new singer fill Jon's shoes (and vocal range)? As it turned out, 'Drama' was a suprisingly good album, better than either 'GFtOne' or 'Tormato' (I thought) - it rocked harder, it did have a 10-minute song that wasn't like any other Yes epic, and "Tempus Fugit" was a great track to hear on FM radio at the time. Plus Trevor did sound enough like Jon that it didn't seem too jarring. It would be nice if any re-formed Yes would play anything from 'Drama' in concert, but since Jon wasn't a part of it, that may be why he won't do it, and all fans can get is "Whitefish" Squire & White doing instrumental version of "Tempus Fugit" (remember '9012Live - the Solos'?) If you have the staple albums like Fragile and Close to the Edge and need to chance some other period Yes album, go for Drama

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