In stores today is Yes’s "Heaven & Earth," the prog rock group's follow-up to 2011's "Fly From Here."
The nine-track set marks the recording debut of singer Jon Davison and mixes long opuses such as "Believe Again," "Light of Ages" and the jazzy "Subway Walls" with more compact fare like "It Was All We Knew" and "In A World of Our Own."
Guitarist Steve Howe tells us that unlike "Fly From Here" and its lengthy title suite, "Heaven & Earth" is focused on individual songs rather than concept pieces:
"It's nice being an album band, really. That's part of the thing we're kind of known for and expected to do. This is no concept. It's a collection of our songs. After 'Fly From Here' we sort of took our time partly on my advice that we wait until we had ample material and we could sift through things, so that's what we did."
"Heaven & Earth" was produced by Roy Thomas Baker of Queen and The Cars fame, who previously worked with Yes on an aborted late 70s project.
Yes is currently touring North American and has also announced the September 23 re-release of its 2005 "Songs From Tsongas: The 35th Anniversary Concert" on September 23 in a deluxe edition as well as a new triple-CD set.