Ranking the Discography: Yes Part IX: Tormato (1978)

Tormato was the last album to feature Jon Anderson until his return on 90125, and the last album to feature Rick Wakeman until his return on Union. It had one single, and reached #10 in the US, and #8 in the UK.


Jon Anderson: Vocals, 10-string guitar

Steve Howe: guitars and mandolin, vocals

Chris Squire: bass, piano, vocals

Rick Wakeman: Birotron, Hammond organ, Polymoog synthesizer, piano, harpsichord, RMI Electra Piano

Alan White: drums, military snare drum, glockenspiel, crotales, cymbals, bell tree, drums synthesizer, gongs, vibraphone, vocals

The Tracks:

  1. “Future Times”/”Rejoice”: I love the pedal effect on Squire’s bass. The lyrics are great.
  2. “Don’t Kill the Whale”: As the title suggests, this was Yes’s contribution to the “Save the Whales” movement. It’s got a beautiful keyboard solo.
  3. “Madrigal”: I love the harpsichord on this.
  4. “Release, Release”: One of the best songs on the album. I love the variety of percussion instruments on this one. I actually looked up YouTube videos to hear how some of them sound. Howe sounds great on the guitar.
  5. “Arriving UFO”: This was inspired by Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Wakeman’s work is excellent.
  6. “Circus of Heaven”: I love the wonder of this song.
  7. “Onward”: Howe’s acoustic guitar is beautiful. Squire has a good bass effect.
  8. “On the Silent Wings of Freedom”: Another song with some beautiful effects.

Final Verdict: This alalbum has an excellent variety of instruments and innovation. It seems underrated.

Grade: A


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