On March 25, prog icons YES will release a brand-new mix of their album "Fly From Here - Return Trip", featuring the "Drama" lineup and new lead vocals by Trevor Horn, to coincide with their 50th-anniversary celebrations.
"Fly From Here - Return Trip" can be exclusively pre-ordered via Pledge Music.
The original 2011 release of "Fly From Here" featured the band members who appeared on "Drama": Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, plus Benoit David on lead vocals with Trevor Horn in the role of producer.
The addition of Trevor's lead vocals has produced a genuine sequel to "Drama". "Fly From Here - Return Trip" was developed as a labor of love for all involved and the new vocals were recorded over the last two years amidst other commitments. Trevor began re-recording the lead vocals the day after he guested with YES at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016 and within 24 hours the rest of the band had joined him at his studio. Additional overdubs by other members have also been added.
In addition to remixing parts of the album, Trevor has added personal liner notes and the sleeve design features the painting by Roger Dean originally used on the inside of the 2011 edition.
Trevor Horn says: "I really enjoyed listening to Alan and Chris playing together again. Finishing off the album was a labor of love."
"Fly From Here - Return Trip" also contains a previously unreleased song, "Don't Take No For An Answer" recorded in 2011, with Steve Howe on lead vocals. Additionally, the full-length version of "Hour Of Need" is included. This has previously only been included as a Japanese bonus track.
"It is great to have the original 'Drama' lineup playing 'Fly From Here' plus several other songs Trevor had a big part in writing," comments Steve Howe.
Geoff Downes adds: "It's quite amazing what Trevor has done with the album and the way it has turned out. It is most refreshing and adds a whole new dimension to the original recordings from 2011. I think the fans will appreciate it as a genuine sequel to the 'Drama' album, and embrace it as a valuable part of our YES50 celebrations."
"Fly From Here - Return Trip" track listing:
01. Fly From Here - Overture
02. Fly From Here Pt 1 - We Can Fly
03. Fly From Here Pt 2 - Sad Night At The Airfield
04. Fly From Here Pt 3 - Madman At The Screens
05. Fly From Here Pt 4 - Bumpy Ride
06. Fly From Here Pt 5 - We Can Fly (Reprise)
07. The Man You Always Wanted Me to Be
08. Life On A Film Set
09. Hour Of Need (full-length version)
11. Don't Take No For An Answer
12. Into The Storm
The album is a long-awaited treat for all YES fans and following Chris Squire's passing in 2015, represents the last chance for fans to hear a follow-up to the classic YES release "Drama", which reached No. 2 in the U.K. album charts in 1980.
The album is available to pre-order now exclusively via Pledge Music, plus some extra Roger Dean images and Pledge offers, and fans will be able to collect their orders, or buy direct for the first time, when YES attends the 50th Anniversary Fan Convention at the London Palladium on March 25 as part of their eagerly anticipated March 2018 U.K. tour. Trevor Horn will be guesting with YES at the London Palladium (both shows) and Paris.