YES : Talk - the 1994 Album Get's The Deluxe Treatment

YES : Talk – the 1994 Album Get’s The Deluxe Treatment

Celebrating 30 Years of YES’s “Talk”: A Pioneering Journey in Progressive Rock
On May 24, 2024,”Talk.” originally released in 1994 and 14th studio album from the legendary band gets reissued as a deluxe box set. The 4CD Expanded Edition, offers fans a chance to revisit and celebrate one of the band’s most intriguing projects.

“Talk” was a pivotal moment in YES’s illustrious career, described by Jon Anderson, the band’s iconic vocalist, as a “renaissance.” This album was the last to feature the talents of guitarist Trevor Rabin and keyboardist Tony Kaye, marking the end of a significant era for the band. The lineup for “Talk” also included Chris Squire on bass, Alan White on drums, and Jon Anderson on vocals, a roster that brought together the band’s classic harmonies with a fresh, technological approach to music production.

Notably, “Talk” was among the first albums to be recorded and edited entirely digitally, eschewing traditional audio tape. This pioneering use of technology not only set “Talk” apart from its predecessors but also influenced the recording techniques of future generations. The album’s production, led by Trevor Rabin, showcased the band’s willingness to embrace new methods and sounds, resulting in a distinctive and forward-thinking record.

The 30th-anniversary reissue of “Talk” is a celebration of the album’s original release and also an opportunity to delve deeper into its creation and legacy. The deluxe edition, remastered by Andy Pearce, features extensive sleeve notes by Jerry Ewing, editor of PROG magazine. Ewing’s conversations with Trevor Rabin and Jon Anderson provide exclusive insights into the writing and recording process, offering fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this classic album.

In addition to the remastered original tracks, the expanded edition includes bonus tracks and an unreleased live show from New York in 1992. This live performance, highly sought after by fans, captures the energy and creativity of YES at a pivotal moment in their career.

With original vinyl versions of “Talk” exchanging hands for over £100, the reissue is a welcome addition for fans and collectors alike. The album has been out of print for some time, making this reissue an essential acquisition for those looking to complete their YES collection or discover the album’s magic for the first time.

“Talk” represents a unique chapter in YES’s storied history, a testament to the band’s enduring legacy and their contributions to the evolution of progressive rock.

Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine

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