Magnification [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Gary Hill
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gary Hill
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2004
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • UPC: 826992006222
  • Catalog Number: 20062
  • Sales rank: 21,316

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yes Primary Artist
Jon Anderson Guitar, Vocals
Steve Howe Acoustic Guitar, 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
Kris Solem Mastering
Nicholás Sevilla Engineer
Jordan Berliant Executive Producer
Larry Groupé Composer, Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements
Bob Cesca Artwork
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best Yes Album in Years

    This is easily the best Yes album since the KeyStudio material that was cut in the mid-90s, and possibly their best since 90125. The use of an orchestra in place of their usual pyrotechnic keyboardist is fitting, as these songs were for the most part created without keyboards in the arrangement. After a long period of middling albums, Yes quite literally made an almost unheard-of comeback with this album, which mixes the typical lengthy Yes epics with shorter songs to great effect. Coupled with the orchestral backup, Yes seems to rise to the occasion, with Howe and Anderson especially standing out. Some of Anderson's lyrics can verge on being self-parody these days, but for the most part he reins his more mystical leanings in on this album. Unfortunately, due to events of 2009 and 2010, this may have been Anderson's swan song with Yes. If it is, he certainly went out on a high note. Magnification may be primarily of interest to Yes and prog fans, but it does reward the casual listener as few of their mid- to late-90s albums did. I definitely recommend this to the Yes fan, and would encourage those who think Yes either ended in the '70s or only heard "Owner of a Lonely Heart" on the radio to give it a listen if possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful & Inspiring

    Dew drops have been added to the almost perfect rose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic!

    Yes had done something like this before with their 1970 album "Time And A Word", also they had some orchestral tracks on their 1978 album Tormato, but Steve Howe and Bill Bruford contributed on the Symphonic of Yes album which featured the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the English Chamber Orchestra which was conducted by David Palmer which had featured the hits "Roundabout", "I've Seen All Good People", "Owner Of A Lonely Heart", an excerpt of "The Gates of Delierium" simply titled "Soon", which featured Steve Howe speaking some of the lyrics in the beginning of the song, and "Starship Trooper/Wurm." That album however, also featured Jon Anderson on two of the songs on that album, once again with "Roundabout" and "I've Seen All Good People" with the London Gospel Choir. As for this album, it's great from start to finish, and this album has no offical keyboardists, and not only Yes fans would enjoy this album, but symphonic pops fans too. For those who are'nt familiar with Larry Groupe who conducted the album, he collaborated with John Ottman on some of his scores, which makes his contribution on this album a 100%. Everything on this album is great, but on "Can You Imagine", Yes bassists Chris Squire provides the lead vocals. Once again this album is great from start to finish. Yes and symphonic pops fans would indeed enjoy this outstanding album.

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