Gathering of all the great Progressive musicians. Members of Yes, etc. Comes in a cigarette like package…
Ranking my top 5 groups: #2 Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe The ultimate non-Yes Yes band. This band formed in 1988 when Jon Anderson felt that the rest of Yes were putting money over music. He got together with Steve Howe, who felt a similar dissatisfaction with his band Asia. They eventually got Rick Wakeman and manager Brian Lane involved and soon enough pulled Bill Bruford from Earthworks. To me, Bruford’s electric drumming is the best part of this band. It gives it that ABWH sound IMO. I feel that this band were successful at moving on and starting a new band. Bruford and Howe also praised the developing of this new group. I know it confused many people that there were two Yeses but the truth is this isn’t Yes. It’s a hell of a group though. It’s a shame these guys only had one album as I feel this band had potential but in the end we got to see them merge with Yes, my #1 favorite. It’s like a dream in many ways.
Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe – Brother Of Mine / Themes / Vultures (In The City) exclusive -non album- NOT available elsewhere song
Label: Arista – 410 017
Format: Cassette, Single
Released: Jun 1989
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock
1 Brother Of Mine (The Big Dream; Nothing Can Come Between Us; Long Lost Brother Of Mine)
2 Themes (Sound; Second Attention; Soul Warrior)
3 Vultures (In The City) exclusive -non album- NOT available elsewhere song
The tracks are duplicated on the reverse side.
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe perform: Long Distance Runaround (from Yes 1971 Fragile album), Bill Bruford drum solo (2:43) (lead in with Heart Of The Sunrise), And You And I (6:33) and Your Move/I’ve Seen All Good People (16:14) (from 1971 The Yes Album).
An Evening Of Yes Music Plus at Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA on September 9, 1989.
Yes were in a legal mess at the time and so Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe were not able to use the name Yes. Instead they hit upon the catchy ‘Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe’ and toured playing lots of old Yes numbers to a very high standard augmented by the well known bassist Tony Levin in place of ‘Fishy’ Chris Squire. They also recorded an album and seamlessly slotted in many of the tracks from it to the set; so much like classic Yes tracks they sound.
The track ‘Themes’ sets the scene for what is to come very well with its extended instrumental breaks and nonsensical lyrics.
Next up is a ten minute version of the single ‘Brother of mine’ which is one of those tunes which you cannot get out of your head once you’ve listened to it. Some nice keyboard playing again from Rick who really does seem to come out well into the mix throughout the early tracks.
Vultures (In The City) is an exclusive non album track:
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe an English progressive rock band. The group formed in 1988 after singer Jon Anderson left Yes and reunited with former Yes members Bill Bruford, Rick Wakeman, and Steve Howeto start a new band. A selection of demos were put down in France before recording took place in Montserrat and London, during which Bruford suggested Tony Levin play bass on the album. Several artists receive songwriting credits, including Geoff Downes, Max Bacon, Rhett Lawrence, and Vangelis.
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe received a warm critical and commercial reception upon the release of their sole album, reaching No. 14 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 30 on the US Billboard 200. In August 1989, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling 500,000 copies in the US. The band released “Brother of Mine” as single in 1989.
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisit the Magic of Yes’ Glory Years
“”Brother of Mine”” is a solid, muscular prog excursion, with expert musicianship and multiple segments. The opening track “”Themes”” is exciting and adventurous; the four Yes men are having fun experimenting with musical variations.
It’s a shame Squire wasn’t part of ABWH. ABWH could have been called Yes, and with his input, the album could have joined the all -time Yes classics of the ’71-’77 era. Nonetheless, it is very solid progressive rock, and well worth adding to your collection.
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (sometimes referred to by the acronym ABWH) was a permutation of the progressive rock band Yes. The group consisted of vocalist Jon Anderson, drummer Bill Bruford, keyboard player Rick Wakeman, and guitarist Steve Howe. These Yes alumni had played together on the most popular recordings by Yes in the early 1970s. Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe recorded one self-titled studio album in 1989. A live recording from their subsequent concert tour was released in 1993.
Although conceived by Anderson as being a Yes re-union, others in the band were keen to distance themselves from the “Yes” name. At the time, the name was co-owned by Howe, Alan White and Chris Squire. As Squire and White were still continuing with the Trevor Rabin ‘90125’ Yes line-up, it was not possible for ABWH to use the “Yes” name anyway. Anticipating this problem, Jon Anderson suggested they call themselves “The Affirmative,” but the other band members felt that was disingenuous. The name “No” was also suggested, but in the end, they decided to simply name themselves after the members of the band, despite the very legitimate criticism that it made them sound like an accounting firm. When Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe toured, they titled their shows “An Evening Of Yes Music Plus.” ABWH were sued by Yes in an attempt to prevent any mention of Yes in the ABWH promotional material. This seems to stem from an agreement before the release of Yes’ 90125 album between Yes, Howe and Wakeman over the use of the Yes name in the promotion of other activities.
Eventually, ABWH and Yes resolved their differences and produced a Yes album titled Union that included recordings originally intended for separate albums by both groups.
Fans tend to regard ABWH as Yes in all but name, and songs from the solo album have been included on subsequent Yes compilations.