40 Years Ago Today- Yes Releases Modern Rock Leaning ‘Drama’ LP (Watch “Into the Lens”)

40 Years ago today (8/17/80) Yes turned the page on their sound and lineup with the release of Drama, which featured Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes of The Buggles on vocals and keys, and the departure of founding member Jon Anderson (vocals) and keyboardist Rick Wakeman. Aside from 1983’s 90125, Drama is a leader in Yes albums that non Yes fans might most enjoy. With modern keyboarders and a vocoder, Drama sounded very current for its time and its songs still retained progressive elements particularly “Machine Messiah” and “Tempus Fugit.” Watch Drama era Yes perform “Into The Lens” – a song The Buggles reworked as “I Am a Camera” for the 1981 album Adventures in Modern Recording/

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  1. I rode my bike to coop tapes and records In fort dodge Iowa, the day after this was released. I was a sophomore in high school back in 1980, I bought this and the Steve Howe album and made it back just before a terrible storm hit the area.. spent the rest of the evening absorbing the immense feelings that these two albums eluted. I was a dumb kid but i just loved this music. Machine Messiah slayed me. Into the lens was a masterpiece. All’s a chord on the SH album is beautiful as well as look over your shouider. The female voice on this song is totally seductive.

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