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Title: Tormato
Artist: Yes
Type: Studio Album
Released: September 29th, 1978
Recorded: December 1977 - Jun 1978
Length: 41:35
Label: Atlantic Records
Producer: Yes


Tormato received less than charitable reviews upon release and its virtues are still a matter of debate for Yes fans and critics.

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 13 years later 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 Edit

  1. A) Future Times
    B) Rejoice (6:46)
  2. Don't Kill The Whale (3:56)
  3. Madrigal (2:25)
  4. Release, Release (5:44)
  5. Arriving UFO (6:07)
  6. Circus Of Heaven (4:31)
  7. Onward (4:05)
  8. On The Silent Wings Of Freedom (7:47)

Bonus Tracks (2004 Re-Issue) Edit

  1. Abilene (4:02)
  2. Money (3:15)
  3. Picasso (2:12)
  4. Some Are Born (5:42)
  5. You Can Be Saved (4:20)
  6. High (4:30)
  7. Days (1:00)
  8. Countryside (3:11)
  9. Everybody's Song (6:48)
  10. Onward (Orchestral Version) (3:06)

Musicians Edit

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