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Tormato

Tormato is the ninth studio album by British progressive rock group Yes. Issued as the follow-up to 1977's acclaimed Going for the One, Tormato received less than charitable reviews upon release and its virtues are still a matter of debate for Yes fans and critics, although some point out that, while the compositions became shorter and more catchy, the classic Yes sound was alive and well on Tormato. However, many fans and some band members - particularly Rick Wakeman - state that the production was faulty, resulting in compressed and dull sound, and Squire's bass lacked most of his earlier power.

Rick Wakeman himself has said that while Tormato indeed had potential, Yes never got the best out of some of the material, while Steve Howe admitted that Yes were unsure of themselves musically at the time. It would be the final studio album to feature Rick Wakeman until his return in 1991. It is also the last studio album to feature Jon Anderson until the band's 1983 reformation.

Nonetheless, Tormato - which was the subject of another Hipgnosis cover design - was still a Top 10 hit worldwide, and birthed the minor hit single, "Don't Kill the Whale".

The original album title was to be Yes Tor, referring to a geological formation in southern England. The photographs taken by Hipgnosis for the album cover were seen as so unimpressive that Rick Wakeman, in frustration, threw a tomato at the pictures. The cover and title were adjusted accordingly.

Track listing

Side one

  1. a) "Future Times" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Steve Howe/Rick Wakeman/Alan White) b) "Rejoice" (Jon Anderson) – 6:46
  2. "Don't Kill the Whale" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire) – 3:56
  3. "Madrigal" (Jon Anderson/Rick Wakeman) – 2:25
  4. "Release, Release" (Jon Anderson/Alan White/Chris Squire) – 5:44

Side two

  1. "Arriving UFO" (Jon Anderson/Steve Howe/Rick Wakeman) – 6:07
  2. "Circus of Heaven" (Jon Anderson) – 4:31
    • Featuring the voice of Jon Anderson's son, Damion
  3. "Onward" (Chris Squire) – 4:05
  4. "On the Silent Wings of Freedom" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire) – 7:47

Bonus Tracks

Tormato was remastered and reissued in 2004 with several bonus tracks:

  1. "Abilene" (Steve Howe) – 4:02

    • B-side to "Don't Kill the Whale

  2. "Money" (Chris Squire/Jon Anderson/Alan White/Rick Wakeman) – 3:15

  3. "Picasso" (Jon Anderson) – 2:12

  4. "Some Are Born" (Jon Anderson) – 5:42

    • Re-worked by Anderson for his solo album Song of Seven

  5. "You Can Be Saved" (Chris Squire) – 4:20
  6. "High" (Steve Howe) – 4:30

    • ''Re-worked by Howe as the instrumental "Sketches in the Sun", later released on GTR

  7. "Days" (Jon Anderson) – 1:00

    • An a cappella recording; re-worked by Anderson for his solo album Song of Seven

  8. "Countryside" (Jon Anderson/Steve Howe/Chris Squire/Alan White) – 3:11

    • Re-worked by Howe as "Corkscrew" for the album Turbulence

  9. "Everybody's Song" (Jon Anderson/Steve Howe/Chris Squire/Alan White) – 6:48

    • An early version of what became "Does It Really Happen?" on Drama. A solo on the piece sounds more like the work of Patrick Moraz than Wakeman, dating the song to sessions from before Going for the One; in a 2006 interview for Notes From The Edge, Moraz agreed that it probably was him

  10. "Onward (Orchestral version)" (Chris Squire) – 3:06

    • Hidden track

Reception

Tormato (Atlantic K 50518) reached #8 in the UK. It also reached #10 in the US during a chart stay of 14 weeks.

The album spent 7 weeks at the Norwegian chart and reached #9.

Personnel

Reissues

1991 - Atlantic - CD
1994 - Atlantic - CD (Remastered )
2004 - Rhino - CD (Remastered with Bonus Tracks )

Sources

  • Tormato, CD booklet essay, Tim Jones, c.2003
  • AllMusicGuide.com
  • "Top Pop Albums 1955-2001", Joel Whitburn, c.2002
  • Yescography entry

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