Label: Arista - BVCA-7358 • Series: Prime One • Format: CD Album 20 bit K2 • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock
Union is the thirteenth studio album by English progressive rock band Yesreleased on 30 April by Arista Records. The eight signed with Arista and a combination of tracks by both groups were selected for Union. The album was problematic from the start, including the disagreement from some members about the merge, strained internal relations during recording, and the decision by Masquerade - Yes - Union production team to have session Tight Pair - Lipps, Inc.
- Pucker Up re-record parts that Wakeman and Howe had already put down. Union was released to a mixed critical reception and the majority of the band have openly stated their dislike of the album and its production.
It reached No. Yes supported Union with their — world tour that featured the eight members playing on stage; Bruford, Wakeman, and Howe left the band at its conclusion. The line-up went on to record the group's most commercially successful albums, and Big Generatorfor Atco Records. During this time, the four-member Yes began to write songs with former Yes producer Eddy Offord  and held sessions for potential new singers including Supertramp lead vocalist Roger Hodgson and American singer and bassist Billy Sherwood of World Trade.
The merge of the two groups received a mixed internal reaction. Rabin thought the idea was "useful and convenient to everyone, because we wanted to go on the road, and it was a quick way". However, the politicians got involved and that idea was quickly crushed. Four pages of the album's CD booklet are dedicated to the song credits. When Elias accepted Anderson's invitation to produce the ABWH tracks, with Anderson credited as an associate, Elias felt uneasy about the task as a Yes Masquerade - Yes - Union of "fresh" material was something he thought was too difficult to achieve, following the band's history of internal conflict.
He aimed to present the "high technical edge" that Yes were known for within the structure of more concise and direct songs, similar to what Yes had done in the s and not present technical prowess, or "how many notes could be played" in a given song section. Matters were complicated further in the studio. Elias recalled the lack of material and the tension between Anderson and Howe, including the refusal from both members to stay inside while the other was present. Elias said, "We weren't looking for only the early-'70s pyro technique.
We wanted something more modern". Elias concluded that ABWH "didn't care about a note of music", and was relieved to have finished some of the material considering the difficulties and his dislike to Masquerade - Yes - Union of the chords and melodies. Wakeman criticised Elias for allowing the edits,  and the two addressed each other's issues in different publications of Keyboard magazine. Elias "never questioned Rick's technical ability" and stressed that Union was not an album of "major opuses" and felt Wakeman had "lost his edge".
Elias maintained the view that he and Anderson agreed that outside musicians were needed and described Howe's reaction as merely "bruised ego from someone who is a very good guitar player in his own right. Roger Dean was hired to design the art for the album. When it came to UnionDean decided to use the Yes logo he designed in and the square design. El Cuenta-Cuentos - Sinergia - Alea Jacta Est / Daños Colaterales recorded the track in fifteen minutes at his home studio using a two-channel Revox deck, Masquerade - Yes - Union from all the arguments and politics" that came with making the album.
The two used a dictionary to look for suitable rhyming words for the song's lyrics, which is how they came up with the word "imperial" in its chorus. According to Rabin, the song concerns Masquerade - Yes - Union homeless person who enters a restaurant to use the bathroom, only to have the people inside telling him to leave. After Squire suggested to bring in someone else, Paul Fox was subsequently hired and finished a mix that was used on the album with assistance by Ed Thacker.
Rabin, feeling the original mix was superior, thought Fox's work was "very good" but it suffered from not having a clear idea on what was wanted. Rabin felt " Saving My Heart " was not suitable to include on a Yes album, a similar feeling he had for the band's most successful single, " Owner of a Lonely Heart ". He originally planned to develop the track with Hodgson before Anderson heard it and wished to work on it for Union. The song displays pop and reggae influences.
Rabin was unhappy with the song's final mix as it did not turn out the way he wished. Howe thought the track was "very good". Howe thought it contained some of the better guitar work on Masquerade - Yes - Union album, but felt Anderson put down his vocals during the second half in too soon after his solo began. Sherwood and producer Eddy Offord wanted Squire to re-record They Remain Unseen - Beneath the Cellar - Taste for the Blade bass parts that Sherwood had put Masquerade - Yes - Union on the demo version, but Squire felt that Sherwood's playing suited the song and insisted it be kept.
To Sherwood, the writing and recording process was so successful, he and Squire agreed to continue writing from then on.
During the final days of recording, Elias wanted Wakeman to record some atmospheric keyboard sounds that were then layered and formed as a track. Wakeman recorded each layer without hearing what he recorded before. The title comes from an evening prayer service held in English churches.
Union was released on 30 April Howe described the nomination for his track as "pure justice", following the difficulties in making the album. Yes released three singles from Union in It became one of the band's most successful singles, spending six weeks at number one from its third week on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart, later known as the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
It was number one from the week of 4 May Masquerade - Yes - Union 8 June The album received mixed reviews from critics. Chuck Eddy gave it two stars out of five for Rolling Stonecalling it "an eclectic miscarriage that almost isn't even worth laughing about", and wished the album had more memorable hooks, riffs, and concise lyrics.
Sandall picked out "Lift Me Up" as one of the few "strong, anthemic tunes" that remain "unscathed" from the collision of such varied styles, which makes Union "one of the least ridiculous Yes albums in recent memory". In The Washington PostGil Grifin noted that "musically and conceptually", the band are "reaching for its glorious past" which resulted in an album not entirely Last Chance Junction - Crawlspace - Ape Scrawl. Eder thought it was always difficult for the album to live up to expectations given the amount of musical talent involved.
Nevertheless, he judged its songs "reasonably solid", and cites the harmonies in "I Would Have Waited Forever" from Anderson and Squire and Howe's "Masquerade" as highlights. Most of the band have negative opinions on the album. Wakeman stated he was dissatisfied with the production, commenting that most of his contributions were so altered in the final result that he could not recognise them, adding that he called the album Onion because "it made me cry every time I heard it".
Rabin thought it lacked a linking thread and ranked and Big Generator as better. It was instigated by Clive Davis and made largely in isolation by the musicians and Jon, so the title is misleading. To me, Union is more of a failed project than a real album. It was the first rock tour produced by Philadelphia-based Electric Factory Concerts in its history which also organised advertising and promotion.
Unlike the album, most of the group have reflected positively on the tour. Wakeman ranked it as the most fun he had on a tour. At the tour's conclusion Bruford, Wakeman, and Howe left Yes, reverting the band to the — line-up.
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