Talk is Yes's first release with an independent label after having been distributed the length of their career thus far with Atlantic Records and Arista Records, Talk is also notable for being the last Yes recording with Trevor Rabin and Tony Kaye.
Following the mammoth tour for Union in 1991, the eight-member mega-Yes line-up proved too unwieldy to contain, with Bill Bruford, Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman leaving the band shortly thereafter. Remaining was the 1983 - 1989 line-up of Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Trevor Rabin, Tony Kaye and Alan White.
With Rabin taking the lead - even producing the project himself, he attempted to re-introduce Yes to the 1990s with a lean, guitar-oriented sound. In taking such a strong role, he ensured he had a hand in writing every song, even overdubbing some of Chris Squire's bass parts (to Squire's minor annoyance).
Released in March 1994, Talk had its warm reviews, but also its detractors. It was the first of the remaining new projects by Yes to fail to reach gold status, the band not being able to successfully impart their sound to new listeners in an era consumed with grunge.
Pop artist Peter Max created the artwork for Talk.
After the album's release, guitarist Billy Sherwood joined the band as a sixth member, but was relieved of his duties at the end of the tour. After the touring commitments for Talk concluded in 1995, Trevor Rabin and Tony Kaye also left the band, twelve years after teaming up with Jon Anderson, Chris Squire and Alan White.
Talk reached #20 in the UK, and #33 in the US during a chart stay of 8 weeks.
Track Listing Edit
- The Calling (6:56)
- I Am Waiting (7:25)
- Real Love (8:49)
- State Of Play (5:00)
- Walls (4:57)
- Where Will You Be (6:09)
- Endless Dream: a) Silent Spring (1:55)
- Endless Dream: b) Talk (11:55)
- Endless Dream: c) Endless Dream (1:53)