"Heaven and Earth," the new album by Yes, is currently being mixed in Los Angeles by producer Roy Thomas Baker for its July 8 release.
The group recorded the album during the first quarter of the year, and bassist Chris Squire tells us he's confident the eight-song set has everything fans expect from the prog rock veterans:
"I'm very happy with the way it's gone. It's kind of pretty well song-based in many ways, but it also has the kind of Yes style of expanding the songs into musical pieces...There are three songs that are on the longer side, you know, nine-, 10-minute sort of long songs. So, yeah, it's definitely got the Yes stamp of arrangement on the album, there's no doubt about that."
"Heaven and Earth" is the follow-up to 2011's "We Can Fly" and is the first recorded with current singer Jon Davison, who joined Yes in 2012.
Yes has a heavy touring schedule slated for the year. The group has just whipped through Canada and departs for its second Cruise To the Edge on April 7 out of Miami. A European tour kicks off April 29 in England, and Yes will be back in North America starting July 8 in Boston for a trek that will find the group playing its "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge" albums in their entirety