Fly From Here
Style: Progressive Rock
Release date: 1 July, 2011
Playing time: 47:28

When a legendary band releases something new, decades after what is considered their prime, the material is often greeted with a harshness that often has no connection to the real value of the work, if the listener would bother to listen to it in its own right. I am sure this will also happen for this new album by one of the “Big Four” of classic progressive rock. That is a crying shame because this is a superior prog album that I have enjoyed numerous times by now.

 Jon Anderson is missing out on this offering as well as Rick Wakeman, so think in lines of the 1980 release “Drama”. For some the absence of Jon Anderson will be nearly unbearable but Benoît David does an excellent job at vocalist, his voice it really good and fitting. Steve Howe’s guitar play is still that of a virtuoso and Chris Squire plays his bass guitar most exquisitely.

The main part of the album is the Fly From Here suite, a piece that actually dates back to the “Drama” days but one that has never been recorded on a studio album before. It is a stellar piece but the shorter tracks following it are very strong. This is the best Yes album since their classic 1970’s material and if you are in any way a serious progressive rock fan you will buy this or at least give it spin.


01. Fly From Here - Overture
02. Fly From Here - Pt I - We Can Fly
03. Fly From Here - Pt II - Sad Night at the Airfield
04. Fly From Here - Pt III - Madman at the Screens
05. Fly From Here - Pt IV - Bumpy Ride
06. Fly From Here - Pt V - We Can Fly (Reprise)
07. The Man You Always Wanted Me To Be
08. Life on a Film Set
09. Hour of Need
10. Solitaire
11. Into the Storm

Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 94/100
Reviewed by: Steen Schøn
Date: 17 July, 2011