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Title: Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe
Artist: Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe
Type: Studio Album
Released: 1989
Recorded: 1988-1989
Length: 59:05
Label: Arista Records
Producer: Jon Anderson & Chris Kimsey


Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe is the self-titled album by four alumni of the progressive rock group Yes.

The project began in 1988 when Yes was in its 1980s line-up featuring Trevor Rabin. At that time vocalist Jon Anderson began to feel artistically limited in the band's current format. He then left to regroup with Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman and Bill Bruford of Yes’ "classic" line-up. Bruford, who had at various times been a member of King Crimson, recruited Crimson bandmate Tony Levin as the group's bassist. The group originally intended to use the name Yes but after a brief legal dispute, it was decided that Chris Squire, as the only permanent member of the band, held exclusive rights to its name.

The group rehearsed and composed their material in Paris and then flew directly to the island of Montserrat to record. Many of the tracks on the album (specifically "Teakbois") carry Latin and Caribbean influences. "Let's Pretend" was co-composed by Vangelis in 1986, and was a previously unreleased piece by the group Jon & Vangelis.

The artwork for the album was created by artist Roger Dean, best known for designing album covers for Yes in the 1970s. It features two paintings, the front titled "Blue Desert" and the back titled "Red Desert". These are the two largest paintings ever painted by Roger Dean, both measuring 9’ x 6’. Most releases of this album represent only a truncated version of "Blue Desert". There was, however, a special release with a gatefold cover, though "Blue Desert" was horizontally inverted in that version.

Track Listing Edit

  1. Themes (5:58)
    1. Sound
    2. Second Attention
    3. Soul Warrior
  2. Fist Of Fire (3:27)
  3. Brother Of Mine (10:18)
    1. The Big Dream
    2. Nothing Can Come Between Us
    3. Long Lost Brother Of Mine
  4. Birthright (6:02)
  5. The Meeting (4:21)
  6. Quartet (9:22)
    1. I Wanna Learn
    2. She Gives Me Love
    3. Who Was The First
    4. I'm Alive
  7. Teakbois (7:39)
  8. Order Of The Universe (9:02)
    1. Order Theme
    2. Rock Gives Courage
    3. It's So Hard To Grow
    4. The Universe
  9. Let's Pretend (2:56)

Musicians Edit

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