YES: Don’t kill the whale 7″ rare 1978 progressive rock single. Check video


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Yes Don’t Kill The Whale 7″ Atlantic K11184
1978 + Abeline

This song is awesome! Pretty obvious meaning.

“You’re first I’m last
You’re thirst I’m asked to justify
Killing our last heaven beast
Don’t hunt the whale
In beauty vision
Do we offer much
If we reason with destiny, gonna lose our touch
Don’t kill the whale … .”

Hardly the lyrics you’d expect from a song released as a single, yet Yes’ “Don’t Kill The Whale” did surprisingly well in the U.K. – reaching No. 36. This second song from 1978’s Tormato relies on a more straight-ahead rock sensibility than we usually expect from the world’s greatest progressive rock band.

Yes drummer Alan While provides a chunky back beat, which propels the song along. His octoban-sounding tom tom rolls give “Don’t Kill The Whale” a needed kick. While effective, however, Steve Howe’s turn on a Gibson Les Paul custom is hardly his best guitar work. Indeed, Howe’s playing is as solid as always, but the guitar sounds muddy and filtered.

Bassist Chris Squire is also an unfortunate victim of the mix. The same cannot be said of Rick Wakeman, whose Moog keyboard round screeches and whines. Wakeman’s soundscape is an albatross around the neck of what would otherwise be an effective protect song. Jon Anderson provides an impassioned lead vocal which is echoed by co-writer Squire’s always-effective harmony.

“Don’t Kill The Whale” has an almost punk aesthetic, but can’t overcome its plodding mix and laymen production. Tormato would greatly benefit from a Steve Wilson sonic makeover, as there are many solid Yes elements which are hampered by the production and mix.

Despite all of that, “Don’t Kill The Whale” is actually one of the stronger tracks on this Yes lackluster album. It certainly would have made a more inspiring choice to open Tormato than “Future Times/Rejoice.”

GenreProgressive/Art Rock

“Don’t Kill the Whale”
Single by Yes
from the album Tormato
B-side “Abilene”
Released September 1978
Format 7″ vinyl
Genre Progressive rock
Length 3:23
Label Atlantic
Songwriter:  Jon Anderson, Chris Squire
Producer  Yes
“Don’t Kill the Whale” is a single by the band Yes, released off their 1978 album Tormato.

Jon Anderson – lead vocals
Steve Howe – guitar
Rick Wakeman – polymoog, birotron
Chris Squire – piano, bass guitar, backing vocals
Alan White – drums

Label:  Atlantic ‎– K 11184
Format Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single
Country: UK
Released: 1978
Genre: Rock
Style: Prog Rock
A Don’t Kill The Whale
Written-By – Squire*, Anderson*
B Abilene
Written-By – Howe*

Published By – Topographic Music Ltd.
Published By – Warner Bros. Music Ltd.
Distributed By – WEA Records Ltd.
Copyright (c) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Lacquer Cut At – Strawberry Mastering

Lacquer Cut By – Seán*
Producer, Arranged By – Yes

(c) 1978 Atlantic Recording Corporation
An Atlantic recording distributed by WEA Records Ltd. – a Warner Communications company.

The speed indication on the label is written in capitals.
Solid centre version.

On the back cover the title of the B side appears mistakenly as ”Abeline”.
Made in UK.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (Side A): K11184-A4 STRAWBERRY – Seán
Matrix / Runout (Side B): K11184-B4 4 D’/”T TB

You’re First I’m Last
You’re Thirst I’m Asked To Justify
Killing Our Last Heaven Beast
Don’t Hunt The Whale

In Beauty Vision
Do We Offer Much
If We Reason With Destiny, Gonna Lose Our Touch
Don’t Kill The Whale

Rejoice They Sing
They Worship Their Own Space
In A Moment Of Love, They Will Die For Their Grace
Don’t Kill The Whale

If Time Will Allow
We Will Judge All Who Came
In The Wake Of Our New Age To Stand For The Frail
Don’t Kill The Whale

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg


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