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YES to Release New CD, Heaven and Earth, on July 21st

YES band 2013 2014The world’s most beloved progressive rock band is back with a brand new album this July!

YES has announced the release of their 21st (21st!) studio album titled, Heaven and Earth, scheduled for July 21st.

The album is the first album to feature Glass Hammer singer, Jon Davison, instead of the band’s previous singer to replace Jon Anderson, Benoit David.

Check out the entire press release below:

Seminal prog heroes YES have announced the UK release of their 21st studio album, ‘Heaven and Earth’, available on CD and download from 21st July through Frontiers Records.

With a career spanning over four decades and over 40 million albums sold worldwide, YES’ trademark symphonic prog rock is still as current and fresher than ever. ‘Heaven and Earth’ features 8 new tracks, each boasting their unique sound and excellent musicianship. YES’ distinctive layered music, swirling arrangements, brilliant vocals and harmonies abound on this record, which is sure to please fans old and new.

YES enrolled legendary Grammy Award winner Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Guns N’ Roses, Foreigner, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice Cooper) for production duties on Heaven and Earth. The album was mixed by Billy Sherwood (Toto, Paul Rodgers, Air Supply).    The artwork is once again the creation of world-renowned artist Roger Dean.

Heaven and Earthtracklisting: Believe Again; The Game; Step Beyond; To Ascend; In A World Of Our Own; Light Of The Ages; It Was All We Knew; Subway Walls.
YES are:

STEVE HOWE – Electric, Acoustic, & Steel Guitars. Backing Vocals
CHRIS SQUIRE – Bass Guitar. Backing Vocals
ALAN WHITE – Drums. Percussion
GEOFF DOWNES – Keyboards. Computer Programming
JON DAVISON – Lead & Backing Vocals. Acoustic Guitar

Multiple award winners YES formed in 1968 in England. Since its inception the band went on to create some of the finest, most legendary work in the history of prog and symphonic rock, including ‘The Yes Album’, ‘Fragile’, ‘Close To The Edge’, ‘Tales From Topographic Oceans’, ‘Relayer’ and ‘Going For The One’. Amongst their essential hits are ‘Roundabout’, ‘Owner of a Lonely Art’, ‘Starship Trooper’, ‘I’ve Seen All Good People’. YES continue to be a major source of inspiration for the genre and beyond, with a wide range of artists – from Dream Theatre to Earth Wind and Fire – citing them as influences.

Certainly good to see this musical juggernaut chugging along despite so many lineup changes and the obvious absence of Jon Anderson, the band’s first and most recognized vocalist.

Check out this video of the band with Jon Davison performing “Close to the Edge” in it’s entirety at the Verizon Center in Texas back in March 2013.

Chris Squire – as loud as ever in this fan recording 🙂