MAGNIFICATION: Anderson’s Final Yes Album, 2001


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Yes, MAGNIFICATION (Beyond, 2001).


Not Roger Dean, but still rather nice packaging (especially inside)

I was only age 33 when Magnification first came into the world.  Now, fifteen years later, as I approach age 49, I find myself marveling that this was the last Yes album released with Jon Anderson’s vocals.  I’m by no means a Yes purist, but I certainly think of Anderson as synonymous with Yes.  Regardless. . . how well has this album held up?

One of the great problems with mixing rock and classical music is the actual choice of traditionally classical instruments employed.  When it comes to the staples of rock—bass, drums, and guitar—certain classical instruments work extremely well in accompaniment.  Others, not at all, or rarely so.  Generally—at least to my untrained ear—deep strings and woodwinds work best with the traditional instruments of rock.

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Itzhak Perlman and the CSO – “1812 Overture” – Live at Ravinia – 8/20/16 and 8/21/16


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Itzhak Perlman, violin
Bramwell Toveyconductor
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 (without Itzhak Perlman)


Itzhak Perlmanconductor
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64
Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 (featuring Lynn Harrell on cello)
“1812” Festival Overture, Op. 49 (with live cannons)

3191_by-STRINGS-EXCLUSIVE-Lisa-Marie-MazzuccoWithout a doubt, Itzhak Perlman is likely the greatest violinist alive today. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1945, to parents that moved from Poland to British Palestine in the 1930s, Perlman began playing the violin at a very early age. He skyrocketed to fame at the age of 13, when he appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. Not surprisingly, he continued his studies at Juilliard. At the age of four, he contracted polio. He recovered, but he has had to walk with crutches ever since. Today, he plays the violin and conducts while seated. 

Listening to Itzhak Perlman play Beethoven on Saturday night was an honor and a privilege. After the orchestra took their places (they had the A team out both nights), Perlman drove his motorized scooter out to center stage, grabbed his crutches, and without any help from anyone else, climbed the few steps to his seat and sat down – all while the audience gave him a standing ovation. We all knew this was going to be amazing before it had even started. Once Perlman sat down, the first chair violinist handed him his violin. He took it and looked it over before nodding to the first chair. Everyone in the audience laughed, because it was obvious that Perlman was making sure that no one had made a switch with the instruments. This particular violin was a cut above everything else on that stage – it sounded absolutely beautiful. I know that an organization or donor has loaned Perlman a Stradivarius to play for the duration of his life, but I highly doubt they would bring such a priceless instrument to an outdoor venue. Plus, if it had been a Stradivarius, I’m sure they would have brought it out to him under lock and key. Regardless, this instrument sounded amazing.

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We know how much The Beatles influenced Yes. But could Yes have influenced one of the Beatles? Paul Watson explores this amazing revelation.

Late 1973 saw a couple of amazing musical things happen. One of them was the release of Yes’s epic concept album, ’TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS’ and John Lennon’s track, ‘MIND GAMES.’

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Let’s see… Going back a few years before that Alan White was drumming for Lennon in 1969 on a number of things such as the Imagine album and touring with the ex-Beatle and his band. Years later John actually expressed over the telephone to Alan that he was a big Yes fan. That “he loved the band.”

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John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Alan White 1970 performing Instant Karma! on Top Of The Pops.

Of course we know how much a big of a fan of The Beatles Yes were. When they started playing back in 1968 they were covering Beatles’ tracks, and Sgt Pepper’s was a great inspiration and blueprint to where they would take Progressive Rock in years to come. You only have to listen to “Your Move” to appreciate that. And what about the line – “Send an instant karma to me, initial it with loving care“? This has been attributed to a reference to Lennon’s ‘Instant Karma’ that came out a couple of years before. Yes even has a Beatles cover of  “Every Little Thing” on their first album. Even now Jon in concert likes to tell fans how much he loves John Lennon and his music.

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Steve Thorne – Island Of The Imbeciles (2016) — Grendel HeadQuarters


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You would say this would be a punk rock album by looking at the album sleeve, probably because of the steampunk-like British flag and the graffiti text on it. I never heard of this artist before, and I actually should be ashamed of it, because I found out this is music that I really enjoy […]

via Steve Thorne – Island Of The Imbeciles (2016) — Grendel HeadQuarters

Backstage with Iris! Interviews with Robin Wylie of 7sleepers (Part II) and Asger Mygind of VOLA! — Grendel HeadQuarters


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The third episode of Backstage with Iris! Interview with Robin Wylie of 7sleepers (Part 2) and Asger Mygind of VOLA! Iris interviewed the multitalented artist Robin Wylie, who made a wonderful album under the name 7sleepers, back in 2015. “Seven songs about 7 that might put you to sleep”, according to sir Wylie himself. You […]

via Backstage with Iris! Interviews with Robin Wylie of 7sleepers (Part II) and Asger Mygind of VOLA! — Grendel HeadQuarters


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