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Friday, September 23, 2011

"Wonderous Stories"

Yes - Wonderous Stories (1977)

This is the shortest Yes song I've ever heard.

Jon Anderson has a really high voice. Lyrically the song seems to be about a man who has met a very God like "forgiver" but he is more interested in getting back to "you" the listener and "your wonderous stories". The backing vocals are a very light touch here; all as high as the primary vocal, giving the whole thing an angelic choir feel.

Instrumentally we've got a dominant bass line through the song that I think is a little strong in the mix. The multiple organ and keyboard parts going on are very celebratory. The album that this song appears on was a return for Yes keyboardist Rick Wakerman, and I think he was showing off a bit. It comes across well. There are also a lot of guitar parts going on. This song must have taken an army to play live.

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