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2 selections as Proggnosis Best of 1980 Release


a Studio release

Release Year: 1980

Date Label Catalog # Comments
1980 LP
1994 CD Atlantic 82685
Rhino Entertaiment Company extended version
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 8/4/2001 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 3/21/2016 12:47:00 PM by: DBSilver
  1. Machine Messiah (10:27)
  2. White Car (1:21)
  3. Does It Really Happen? (6:34)
  4. Into the Lens (8:31)
  5. Run Through the Light (4:39)
  6. Tempus Fugit (5:14)

Bonus tracks (2004 remastered and expanded version)

  1. Into The Lens (I am a camera) (single version) (3:47)
  2. Run Through The Light (single version) (4:31)
  3. Have We Really Got To Go Through This (3:43)
  4. Song No.4 (Satellite) (7:31)
  5. Tempus Fugit (tracking session) (5:39)
  6. White Car (tracking session) (1:11)
  7. Dancing Through The Light (3:16)
  8. Golden Age (5:57)
  9. In The Tower (2:54)
  10. Friend Of A Friend (3:38)

Steve Howe
Guitar, Vocals

Chris Squire
Bass, Piano, Vocals

Alan White
Percussion, Drums, Vocals

Geoffrey Downes

Trevor Horn
Bass, Vocals


Jon Anderson: vocals

Rick Wakeman: keyboards

Reviewed by MJBrady on 05 Aug 2001

This Yes lp, was a bit of an anomaly for the band, many traditionalists shunned the bands selections of ex-Buggles(a pop band)members:Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes. However, for me the band showed some of their strongest compositions in a few years here with Into the lens, Tempus Fugit, Machine Messiah, Does it really happen. These were very solid songs, the vocals of Horn were not quite in the higher range of Jon Anderson, but he didn't take away from the Yes sound too much either. Having Downes in the band meant Howe and Squire were able to do the bulk of the instrumention from a solo standpoint, and both put solid performances on this lp. As a longtime Yes listener, I too was skeptical of replacing anyone in what was argueably one of the top progressive bands ever, considering the importance of chemistry. Well the line-was shortlived, as the band went on to an entirely different era in there overall sound after this one.

Reviewed by Eric on 09 May 2004

I remember all the hoopla concerning the 'new' Yes in 1980, but personally cared very little. Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman replaced by two unknowns from the UK new wave scene? What do ya do? Well, you buy the record and give it a listen, but the fact is I didn’t buy Drama until a couple years later for whatever reason and listening to this in 2004, it’s still quite good.
For some deeper background into this album, check out Bruce Woolley & The Camera Club’s English Garden album from 1979. This is a new wave/ art pop classic and features the original version I Am A Camera which was re-titled for Drama as Into The Lens. This band also featured Horn and Downes prior to this album as well as a fledgling keyboardist named Thomas Dolby who blinded us with science a few short years later. Of course before, during and after Yes, Horn and Downes were The Buggles and released two charming albums The Age Of Plastic and Adventures In Modern Recording. The Age Of Plastic featured the classic Video Killed The Radio Star and Adventures In Modern Recording would include yet another version of I am A Camera.
Drama itself is a bit more harder edged than previous Yes albums and the band sound revitalized in many ways. From what I have heard the live shows were quite good and it’s a shame Horn and Downes were not accepted by die hard Yes fans. While not Close To The Edge or Relayer by any stretch, this is a pretty good album and worth your attention.

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