Fly from Here

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Fly from Here
Studio album by Yes
Released 22 June 2011 (2011-06-22)[1][2]
Recorded October 2010 – February 2011 at SARM West Coast Studios, Los Angeles[1]
Genre Progressive rock
Length 47:28
Label Frontiers Records (Europe, US)[3]
Avalon (Japan)
Producer Trevor Horn[2]
Yes chronology
Fly from Here
Heaven & Earth

Fly from Here is the twentieth studio album from the English progressive rock band Yes.

Yes' first studio album since Magnification (2001), it is also the only one to feature Canadian singer Benoît David, and only the second album (after 1980's Drama) without former singer Jon Anderson and with keyboardist Geoff Downes. The line-up is David, Downes, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Alan White. The album was produced by Trevor Horn, who was the singer on Drama, and who had previously produced 90125 (1983) and initially Big Generator (1987).

The album takes its name from its main work, "Fly from Here",[2] a 24-minute composition split up into six songs. The basis of the hexalogy was a demo originally recorded by Downes and Horn of The Buggles before they joined Yes in 1980. After Yes disbanded in 1981, Horn and Downes recorded a second demo, and both recordings became the foundation of the tracks "We Can Fly" and "Sad Night at the Airfield".

Fly from Here was first released on 22 June 2011 in Japan and France, followed by releases on 1 July in the rest of Europe and Australia and on 12 July in the United States. It peaked at number 30 on the UK Albums Chart, and number 36 on the US Billboard 200.


Fly from Here is Yes' first studio album since the release of Magnification (2001), the longest gap to date between two Yes studio albums. It is also their only studio album with Canadian singer Benoît David on lead vocals who had replaced long-time member Jon Anderson in 2008.[4] Before joining Yes, David performed as the lead vocalist in Close to the Edge, a Canadian Yes tribute band, for more than 10 years.[5] He remains the lead singer of the Canadian band Mystery, which he joined in 1999.

In 1980, singer Trevor Horn and keyboardist Geoff Downes of The Buggles replaced Yes members Anderson and Rick Wakeman. They feature on Drama (1980) and its supporting tour. Before joining the band, Horn and Downes had first approached Squire, Howe, and White with a demo titled "We Can Fly from Here." The first rehearsals had featured Bill Bruford on drums, an original member of Yes who had left in 1972.[6] It was later recorded as a studio demo and was never recorded for Drama, but it was performed live on the subsequent tour,[7] of which a live performance appears on the compilation live album The Word is Live (2005).[8] After Yes disbanded in 1981, Horn and Downes recorded another demo of "We Can Fly from Here", this time as a two-part suite. It was a candidate for inclusion on The Buggles' second album, Adventures in Modern Recording (1981) and was eventually featured as a bonus track on the album's 2010 reissue.[9] These two demos and a third (which has not been released) would become the basis of the tracks "We Can Fly", "Sad Night at the Airfield", and "Madman at the Screens".[10] Downes returned to Yes for Fly from Here,[2][4] handling "most of the keyboards", following the departure of Oliver Wakeman, who had contributed both to the album's writing and recording.[2][5]

According to Squire, "Fly from Here" is the band's 11th epic-length piece, their first in 15 years, which clocks in at nearly 24 minutes.[11] "Life on a Film Set" is based on "Riding a Tide," a Buggles demo that was first released on the 2010 reissue of Adventures in Modern Recording.

The first recording sessions took place between 3 October and 12 November 2010 at SARM West Coast Studios in Los Angeles, California, before resuming in the first week of January 2011. Horn produced the album using the digital audio workstation software Pro Tools. The album was then mixed in April 2011 at SARM West Studios in London, with additional vocals being added.[1]

Cover art[edit]

The cover was designed by artist Roger Dean, who has created many of the group's previous album covers.[11] It is a painting he started in 1970 but had remained uncompleted. He finished it in the style of his current works, but the colour and texture were kept from the original.


The album has received positive to mixed reviews.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[12]
Blurt Magazine 7/10 stars[13]
Daily Express 3/5 stars[14]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[15]
Paste Magazine (8.2/10)[16]
Sputnikmusic 2/5 stars[17]
PopMatters (6/10)[18]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fly from Here – Overture"   Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes 1:53
2. "Fly from Here, Part I: We Can Fly"   Horn, Downes, Chris Squire 6:00
3. "Fly from Here, Part II: Sad Night at the Airfield"   Horn, Downes 6:41
4. "Fly from Here, Part III: Madman at the Screens"   Horn, Downes 5:16
5. "Fly from Here, Part IV: Bumpy Ride"   Steve Howe 2:15
6. "Fly from Here, Part V: We Can Fly (Reprise)"   Horn, Downes, Squire 1:44
7. "The Man You Always Wanted Me to Be"   Squire, Gerard Johnson, Simon Sessler 5:07
8. "Life on a Film Set"   Horn, Downes 5:01
9. "Hour of Need"   Howe 3:07
10. "Solitaire"   Howe 3:30
11. "Into the Storm"   Squire, Oliver Wakeman, Howe, Horn, Benoît David, Alan White 6:54
12. "Hour of Need (Full-length version)" (Japanese CD issue bonus track) Howe 6:45

Chart performance[edit]

Charts (2011) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 16
Scottish Albums Chart[20] 19
French Albums Chart[21] 134
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 39
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 31
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[24] 24
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[25] 43
Belgium (Wa)[26] 45
Japanese Album Chart[27] 56
UK Albums Chart[28] 30
US Billboard 200[29] 36
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[30] 7
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[31] 9
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[32] 4

Fly From Here entered the French charts at number 147 and climbed to 134 a week later.[21] The album entered the Japanese charts at number 56,[27] the UK charts at number 30,[33] selling 5,242 copies in its first week,[34] and the Scottish charts at number 19. The album made number 43 in the Netherlands and number 31 in Sweden.[23] The album debuted at number 36 in the US, dropping to number 97 in its second week, making it the first Yes album since Talk to spend two weeks in the top 100.


Additional musicians


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