Tormato

Performers Yes

EastWest | February 24, 2004 | Compact Disc

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The '70s model of Yes runs out of gas. Recorded in a morale slump and an impending haze of drink, Tormato's decent tunes are sabotaged by Rick Wakeman's increasing penchant for cheesy textures and the band's thin overall sound. "Don't Kill the Whale" was their last successful single for years; the soaring "Onward" almost but not quite redeems the twee silliness of "Arriving UFO" and "Circus of Heaven." Of special interest is the pounding "On the Silent Wings of Freedom," which pushes Chris Squire and Alan White to the front of the mix, establishing the kind of aggressive and straightforward rhythms that would propel the band through the '80s. Bass freaks, take note: this tune also marks one of the few appearances of the Dipthong pedal, accounting for Squire's distinctive "bow bow bow" sound. [Tormato was reissued by Rhino in 2004 with nine bonus tracks, including five previously unreleased songs and two demos.] ~ Paul Collins

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 24, 2004

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1978

Label Name: EastWest

UPC: 081227379421

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Tormato

Tormato

Performers Yes
Producer Brian Lane, Yes
Engineer Geoff Young, Nigel Luby

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 24, 2004

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1978

Label Name: EastWest

UPC: 081227379421


Title Track Time
1.Future Times - (A) --
2.Rejoice - (B) --
3.Don't Kill The Whale --
4.Madrigal --
5.Release, Release --
6.Arriving U.F.O. --
7.Circus Of Heaven --
8.Onward --
9.On The Silent Wings Of Freedom --
10.Abilene --
11.Money --
12.Picasso - (previously unreleased) --
13.Some Are Born - (previously unreleased) --
14.You Can Be Saved - (previously unreleased) --
15.High - (previously unreleased) --
16.Days - (previously unreleased, demo) --
17.Countryside - (previously unreleased) --
18.Everybody's Song - (previously unreleased, early demo of "Does It Really Happen") --

Editorial Notes

The '70s model of Yes runs out of gas. Recorded in a morale slump and an impending haze of drink, Tormato's decent tunes are sabotaged by Rick Wakeman's increasing penchant for cheesy textures and the band's thin overall sound. "Don't Kill the Whale" was their last successful single for years; the soaring "Onward" almost but not quite redeems the twee silliness of "Arriving UFO" and "Circus of Heaven." Of special interest is the pounding "On the Silent Wings of Freedom," which pushes Chris Squire and Alan White to the front of the mix, establishing the kind of aggressive and straightforward rhythms that would propel the band through the '80s. Bass freaks, take note: this tune also marks one of the few appearances of the Dipthong pedal, accounting for Squire's distinctive "bow bow bow" sound. [Tormato was reissued by Rhino in 2004 with nine bonus tracks, including five previously unreleased songs and two demos.] ~ Paul Collins
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