YES will release a new studio album this fall, the prog rock band announced today. Containing 11 songs, The Quest will be available October 1st on 2-CD, gatefold 2LP & 2CD plus LP and booklet, limited edition 2CD & Blu-ray artbook and limited edition deluxe 2LP & 2CD plus Blu-ray box set.
“It is simply an honour for me to have the opportunity to bring together the band members in the development of a well-refined set of songs that capture the band’s true potential,” said Steve Howe, who produced the album. “Much of the music was written in late 2019 with the rest in 2020. We commissioned several orchestrations to augment and enhance the overall sound of these fresh new recordings, hoping that our emphasis on melody, coupled with some expansive instrumental solo breaks, keeps up the momentum for our listeners.” Additional percussion was provided by guest Jay Schellen who supplements YES’ live performances.
Longtime band collaborator Roger Dean once again provided the artwork for the album.
The current lineup of YES is Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood. Since Sherwood joined the band in 2015 following the death of founding member Chris Squire, YES have concentrated on touring with their Album Series tours, each featuring a classic YES album in its entirety.
During this period YES have released three live albums Topographic Drama – Live Across America (2017), Yes Live 50 (2019) and The Royal Affair Tour: Live in Las Vegas (2020).
The Quest is available for pre-order beginning July 23rd.
The Quest Track Listing
The Ice Bridge
Dare To Know
Minus The Man
Leave Well Alone
The Western Edge
Music To My Ears
A Living Island
Sister Sleeping Soul