Released: September 11, 2001
Peak: 186 US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU
Sales (in millions): --
Genre: progressive rock
Song Title (Writers) [time]
All songs written by Anderson, Howe, Squire, and White.
Total Running Time: 60:27
2.534 out of 5.00 (average of 6 ratings)
About the Album:
Magnification, the 19th studio album from Yes, featured the Anderson-Howe-Squire-White lineup for the third consecutive album. That foursome had also worked together for Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973), Relayer (1974), Going for the One (1977), and Drama (1978).
For the first time since their 1970 sophomore album Time and a Word, the band recorded with orchestral arrangements, which were done by Larry Groupé conducting the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. The move was prompted after the band dismissed keyboardist Igor Khoroshev after sexual harassment charges during their previous tour. Now without a keyboardist, they decided to play some dates with an orchestra on stage. This led to the idea of recording a new studio album with an orchestra.
Lisa Knodel of the Dayton Daily News said Groupé’s arrangements “create drama, painting a musical landscape for the mind and moving from moments of inner peace and chaos.” WK New York Post critic Dan Aquilante said the group’s recording with an orchestra resulted in “uplifting, optimistic music that’s lush without the mush.” WK Howard Cohen of The Knight Ridder Tribune said that the album lacked a “killer tune,” but was one of the band’s more listenable releases. WK
Can You Imagine was initially recorded in 1981 as a demo for the proposed supergroup XYZ, which was to feature Squire, White, and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. In the Presence Of was a piece White had written several years earlier. Knodel considered We Agree, Give Love Each Day, and the title cut to be the standout tracks on the album. WK
Notes: Different editions of the album have featured bonus live material, including “Close to the Edge,” “Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil),” “Long Distance Runaround,” “The Gates of Delirium,” “Deeper (In the Presence Of),” and “Magnification.”
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First posted 7/25/2021.
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