Categories Album discussions March Album of the Month – Union Post author By Kevin Post date March 5, 2020 68 Comments on March Album of the Month – Union To view this content, you must be a member of Yes's Patreon at $0.01 or more Unlock with PatreonAlready a qualifying Patreon member? Refresh to access this content. Tags Union ← February album of the month → YMP Trivia Cards – update and a request for help 68 replies on “March Album of the Month – Union” With some pruning of the Anderson solo sounding material, this would be a great album. As it is is still has many rewarding tracks, if not a true classic (or authentic) collection. Many great sing along melodies also. Here’s my original US album, signed by Jon, Tony, Steve, Rick, Alan, Trevor, Billy and artist Roger Dean. I should have had Chris sign it years ago but didn’t have it with me whenever I was with him! Here’s the thing about ‘Union.’ If you don’t know about the many session musicians & singers on it you enjoy it much more. I’ve tested this with folks since the day it was released. If you only know that it’s a Yes album and don’t read all of the credits, just listen to the songs, it’s a very good album. It’s not a classic like CTTE but it has some very good songs, and Steve’s solo song is wonderful. It fits into the Yes sound of the 80s albums, mixed with the ABWH sound. And the cover painting by Roger is very nice as well. And it brought us the brilliant tour, where I saw 5 of the US shows, and in the round shows again, in most cities. There’s lots on it I love. It’s just trying to listen to it all in one go that I can’y handle. Thanks Doug. Here’s my ‘Union’ tour ad from Billboard magazine in ’91. Great item. That’s such an ‘informal’ photo. Not sure what they look like…maybe a bunch of dads on a night out? This is my very rare Japanese laser disc, ‘The Union Tour Live’ from 1999, which I bought upon its release- I have a laser disc player! This was the first release of the show filmed at Mountain View, California in Aug ’91, sadly not in the round. I’ve had it signed by Jon, Rick, Tony, Steve, Trevor and Alan. Again, I never had it with me when I met Chris or Bill. It looks & sounds fantastic, and was released on videotape in Japan at the same time, then followed years later on dvd and cd. I remember seeing a very early Laserdisc being demonstrated at the Science Museum in London – must have been about 1979-80ish, maybe. I was captivated. This is an amazing item! This is my 12″ single of “Saving My Heart” from ‘Union’ signed by artist Roger Dean. Surprisingly backed with “America” for some reason. Nice item – I have a version of this. The front of the 12″ A most exciting time to be a Yes fan… here’s a few articles of the rumours that were surfacing prior to the ‘Union’ Alternate on stage. That would have been great as long as they didn’t remove the joint songs. The Revealing fanzine… Nice jokes there. Maybe ABWHKRSW could have worked as a name. The most poignant music ever produced? Not sure about that. Dialogue is still a better name I think. Press release More news in the music papers Part2 Ha! ABWH’s second album! If only… More news… (not always entirely accurate) … …. How many times has Rick said he is giving up ‘heavy touring’? Competition time! Current Yes lineup – I assume they mean on the date of release of this newspaper? And there’s more Sounds a bit sarcastic there. However, it is amazing that the thing worked at all live. Yes Union songbook Back cover A look inside How do you sing along with Evensong? Before the album were the demo’s… Whoa – 29 tracks? Couldn’t they find all the material? 😉 As for Eddie Jobson being included – that’s one of the most tenuous additions I’ve ever seen! Yes Union Live 4-disc set CD and DVDs, including fan-shot video of the premiere show, including take the water to the mountain, soon, city of love, leaves of green Tracklist Wow. Dedication to duty! They rehearsed Close To The Edge… 😍 apparently performed at one US show but the recording which was apparently made has never appeared in trading circles. This version was from their rehearsals in Birmingham UK Now I would have liked to have heard that. That’s a huge thing to prepare and then abandon. I wonder what they would have missed out to include it… LP, CD and Cassette Additional track on the UK / European release Mispressed CD First sighting of the RD / Yes ‘chop’ logo The inner sleeve of the (original) LP included the b&w RD painting I think the sticker on my original CD has also come off. Shoddy. Saving My Heart, various formats Saving My Heart promo CD Saving My Heart CD single Saving My Heart review Saving My Heart review #2 Rick kept fans up-to-date with his RWCC newsletters… More… … Lift Me Up CD and 7” releases Japanese 3” CD .. Lift Me Up promo video Union promo cassette and Lift Me Up promo DAT And then they toured! On stage in Tokyo… Japanese flyer Other side… Other tour news… …. And it nearly went wrong for Alan… This UNION poster was a bonus from Yes Magazine. Yes Magazine UNION issue- Vol 3 No 2. Looking back over the years it turns out my most anticipated item to receive in the mail was the latest issue of Yes Magazine! Each issue was printed on high quality stock and included beautiful artwork and great articles and interviews- with an occasional free gift included- like the Union poster. I believe it was about $25 for a subscription to each volume which had 3 issues (except Volume 1 which had 5 issues). Believe me when I say that was a bargain because the high quality and great care that went into each issue easily warranted a subscription rate of $50- which I would have gladly paid!! Taking into account the cost to create and print each issue, postage, and the occasional freebie I often wondered how the Gottlieb Brothers made a profit. With ‘Yes Magazine’ Douglas and Glenn Gottlieb left a great legacy for both Yes and YesFans. Definitely a labor of love!! I ‘almost’ have a complete set as I am missing Issues 1, 2, and 3 of Volume 1 (ordered but just sold out), although I do have a ‘Best of Issues 1-5’ that was released as an addendum to Volume 1. It would be nice to see these released again- perhaps in book form. Although it would make for a lengthy tome as the 3 issues of Volume 2, for instance, total 108 pages! With 7 volumes released the book form would probably need two separate volumes. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. 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