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Tormato

Yes

℗ 1978 Atlantic Records ATL 50518

Yes  1978  Tormato

Tormato is the ninth studio album by British progressive rock group Yes. Issued as the follow-up to 1977's acclaimed Going for the One, Tormato received less than charitable reviews upon release and its virtues are still a matter of debate for Yes fans and critics, although some point out that, while the compositions became shorter and more catchy, the classic Yes sound was alive and well on Tormato. However, many fans and some band members - particularly Rick Wakeman - state that the production was faulty, resulting in compressed and dull sound, and Squire's bass lacked most of his earlier power.

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 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.

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