Magnification (album)

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Studio album by Yes
Released 21 September 2001 (UK)
4 December 2001 (US)
Recorded Spring – Summer 2001
Genre Symphonic rock, progressive rock
Length 60:32
Label Eagle (UK)
Beyond Music (US)
Producer Yes and Tim Weidner
Yes chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Magnification is the nineteenth studio album by English progressive rock band Yes, released in 2001.


Magnification is Yes' first album of the new century and their second using a live orchestra (the first being Time and a Word from 1970). It marked the band's last studio album to date with vocalist Jon Anderson.

Released between the departure of Igor Khoroshev the previous year and Rick Wakeman's fourth return in 2002, it is the only album in the band's history not to feature any keyboardist, and the only one involving only four Yes members.


Following the departures of guitarist Billy Sherwood and keyboardist Igor Khoroshev, and Rick Wakeman's decision not to rejoin the band, remaining members Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe and Alan White decided to fill the keyboard role with an orchestra, and hired film composer Larry Groupé to compose and conduct original orchestrations and musical bridges.

Apart from the traditional Yes themes of spirituality and relation to nature and divinity, the album also addresses personal issues (Jon Anderson's relation with his daughter Deborah in "Don't Go"[citation needed]) and political issues (the war in Bosnia in "We Agree", the plight of drunk-driving youth in "Spirit of Survival"[citation needed]). This album also features the song "Can You Imagine", in which the main vocals are sung by Chris Squire with Jon Anderson on backing vocals. This Squire-penned song was originally recorded in 1981 as a demo entitled "Can You See" for the aborted XYZ project (with Squire, White and Jimmy Page).

The album was re-released in 2002 as a limited and numbered 2-CD set with alternate artwork; the second disc contains three live performances and a CD-ROM track with an interview, video of "Don't Go," and a live video of "The Gates of Delirium". Magnification was also reissued as part of the box set Essentially Yes in 2006.


Magnification received a warm reception from critics and fans, although not on the level of older albums such as Fragile or Close to the Edge. It reached No. 71 in the UK and No. 186 in the US during a chart stay of 1 week.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe and Alan White.

No. Title Length
1. "Magnification"   7:16
2. "Spirit of Survival"   6:02
3. "Don't Go"   4:27
4. "Give Love Each Day"   7:44
5. "Can You Imagine"   2:59
6. "We Agree"   6:30
7. "Soft as a Dove"   2:17
8. "Dreamtime"   10:46
9. "In the Presence Of"
  • I. "Deeper"
  • II. "Death of Ego"
  • III. "True Beginner"
  • IV. "Turn Around and Remember"  
10. "Time Is Time"   2:09


  • Jon Anderson - lead vocals, MIDI guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Chris Squire - bass guitars, backing vocals [2] lead vocals (track 5)
  • Steve Howe - acoustic & electric guitars, pedal steel guitar, mandolin, backing vocals
  • Alan White - drums, percussion, piano, backing vocals



  1. ^ Hill, Gary (2011). "Magnification – Yes | AllMusic". Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
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