Magnification [Bonus Tracks]

Magnification [Bonus Tracks]

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Many call Yes' brand of progressive rock "symphonic rock." The term means that the group produces arrangements in the vein of a symphony using typical rock instrumentation. With Magnification, Yes has taken that a step further, adding a symphony orchestra. The orchestra is not simply thrown over the top, though; the songs were written for this

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Many call Yes' brand of progressive rock "symphonic rock." The term means that the group produces arrangements in the vein of a symphony using typical rock instrumentation. With Magnification, Yes has taken that a step further, adding a symphony orchestra. The orchestra is not simply thrown over the top, though; the songs were written for this particular grouping. Yes has flirted with this type of thing before. Released in 1970, the Time and a Word album featured a string section, but the complete integration is what makes Magnification a superior work. The material on the CD is pretty standard modern Yes fare, but the addition of that symphony really does create a whole new texture. It also seems as if it inspired the band, and some members put in performances that are head and shoulders above their other work. The album does have its weak moments and gets just a little over the top at times, but there are a lot more moments that shine than dull ones. [Beyond's 2001 "Bonus Track" edition included "Long Distance Runaround" as a bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2004
Label:
Eagle Records
UPC:
0826992006222
catalogNumber:
20062

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yes   Primary Artist
Jon Anderson   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Howe   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Chris Squire   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Alan White   Drums
Larry Groupé   Conductor

Technical Credits

Jon Anderson   Composer
Bill Bruford   Composer
Steve Howe   Composer
Chris Squire   Composer
Yes   Producer,Audio Production
Alan White   Composer
Bruce Donnelly   Orchestration
Frank Macchia   Orchestration
Tim Weidner   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Charlie Bouis   Engineer
John Elder   Engineer
Nicholás Sevilla   Engineer
Jordan Berliant   Executive Producer
Larry Groupé   Composer,Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements
Bob Cesca   Artwork

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Magnification 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have ever loved anything from Yes in the past you'll love Magnification! Turn it up LOUD!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Magnification'' is a tremendous Yes album. The title track, ''Can You Imagine'', and ''In The Presence Of'' are 3 of the greatest Yes pieces since 1977's ''Going For The One'' album. The orchestra adds a great texture to their sound. It seems so natural. Get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now Both in the UK and the USA! It's been out for a while, however I think I have to wait until I empty my Christmas stocking!!!! Wow! I've been anticipating this for a while now, and I hope it lives up to what I expect! What I'm truly hoping for is enough Chris Squire contribution to remind me of the timeless Fish Out of Water! It's a bold attempt and I hope it's something Yes pursues in the 21st Century!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whenever a rock group trys to orcestrate with a symphony, they usually do not pull it off. Or pull it off poorly. This album is the exception to the rule. The secret is Yes wrote these songs for a symphony/band blend, not simply layering the symphony over the music. I do miss Rick Wakeman, however. But the band makes up the lack of a keyboard player quite well with the symphony. If you purchase this album now vs later, there is an extra cd included that has the entire Rituals (from Tales) LIVE!!! A definate bonus!!! Go get it...you'll love it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Yes album since perhaps TTO or perhaps even CLTE. The orchestra is never a distraction nor does it ever sound like an afterthought, as is typical when rock meets orchestral arrangements. The combination of rock and orchestra assimilate better here than any attempt since the Beatles. The orchestra was really challenged by the demands of Yes, forcing them into learning new techniques on their instruments, as Yes often requires the orchestra to lend a hand with the beat and rhythms, using their instruments in a more percussive manner, rather than the familiar layers of melodious notes heard in classical music. The idea was to have the orchestra ''magnify'' the music, ''magnify'' the words, and ''magnify'' the emotions, hence, the title ''Magnification''. The combination is breath-taking and exciting. It is obvious this was a fun and highly rewarding undertaking for all persons involved. ''C'est Magnifique'' Yes... Absolutely!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
So, you want an album that embodies elements of rock and classical music... but you don't want it to be too far to the symphonic side and you don't want to listen to screaming guitar riffs either... You want something that will take your soul on a soaring musical ride. You want lyrics that reflect current societal issues and the infinite truths of certain absolutes that are time independant. You want it all in one package and you want it all produced with superb musicianship. You don't want MUCH do you?! Here it is. Buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Magnification is an exellent,high quality piece of music from an extremely exellent band.Buy a copy for yourself and one for a freind...share the magic of YES.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow,I stumbled across ''Magnification'' by accident, and am I glad. This is the best Yes in a long time. The title track is great. You won't be dissapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maginification harks back to the Classic Yes years and shows off some fine Rock orchestral arrangements. Yes isn't experimenting here. Instead, the band demonstrates how well it understands the use of symphonic instruments. I've been very pleased with the band's albums in the post-Trevor Rabin era. It's obvious that Yes has its original creative juices flowing again, and is having a great time. Keep burning those CDs lads.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has never heard YES must listen to this cd. A remarkable masterpiece by a remarkable band. From start to finish you will be captivated by the beautiful sounds of YES combined with a full symphony orchestra. If you only purchase one cd this holiday season this is the one to buy. I gaurantee you will not be disapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hear Ye Hear Ye! The best since Going For The One: truly new ground for YES, the symphony being fully integrated into the band: not added on top as filler. I was skeptical at first, but this is a true return to form, and THEN some. You'll love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like vintage Yes, buy this ablum. If you like the Beatles, buy this album. If you like feeling good, buy this album. In fact, just buy the album...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whacky, Wild & Wonderful. Thats what they promised, and that's what they delivered. I am so pleased with this album I can't properly express it. A word of warning, you may not like it the first time you listen, but it gets better and better each time. Old-time Yes fans will know what I mean.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't think thatI have ever been disappointed by a Yes album, and this one continues that legacy. While I am not old enough to remember Yes in their heyday (Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe, and Squire) I was only 3 at the time--I have gone and bought all of their albums over the years. This one is definately a keeper and will be listened to on a regular basis. You don't notice the lack of keyboards (what happened to Igor Khoroshev, anyway?) with the superb orchestration and integration with the band. It's nice to hear a little more emphasis on Howe and Squire; both phenomenal musicians in their own right. And Anderson just gets better with every album--you compare his vocals on their earlier albums with the vocals on this one and the growth is astounding. Simply an excellent album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
YES has finally come back from the brink in releasing Magnification. Since purchasing this CD I have listened to it continually. What I thought was lost forever has been reborn with a sound as rich as the past and lyrics to match! Jon Anderson's voice is crisp and as solid as ever. It seems that this guy continues to defy age. Buy it, listen to it, enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes back at full strength! It's a record just as brilliant as their best in the 70's and that is simply incredible. Lots of positive energy and love can be felt listening to this album. I especially like the songs Give love each day, We agree, Dreamtime and Soft as a dove, but there's not a bad track, not even a bad moment on this album. Just go and get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank the Gods that Yes is still creating music that keeps prog rock alive. This new approch without a keyboard player seemed quite bizzare to me at first. The bands unique style has always had a strong reliance on the flow of the keyboards. The orchestrations blend without one missing that sound,bringing the band to another level of exellence. Bravo
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, I figured that a recording by YES would be, as usual, really great yet publicly panned by the better dressed, better styled, better hipped, and naturally better marketed (after all, if you can't dance to it and sell videos what's the point?), and I knew that even a die hard fan would listen to MAGNIFICATION and find something wrong or twee or missing, but I didn't expect I would be blown away by such a wonderfully crafted textured album as this. I will always like what Yes does because I've been a fan since the late 20th century but this album is the best work as a whole they have put out since GOING FOR THE ONE, TALES, and even CLOSE TO THE EDGE. I've listened to this record over and over and I can't pick a favorite song. Give Love Each Day is so post-September 11th I feel I have somehow achieved a type of emotional closure to the horror. This album makes me feel great and I recommened it to anyone who enjoys music as expression and appreciates remarkable talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album would get 5 stars if it were not for the technical merits of its predecessors. If you want great drumming, you will probably be disappointed. If, however, you want great vocals, haunting melodies, and dramatic bite, this could become your favorite Yes album overnight.