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Poll: Permanent Waves or Drama ??? (52 member(s) have cast votes)

Which Album Do You Like More ?

  1. Permanent Waves (49 votes [94.23%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 94.23%

  2. Drama (3 votes [5.77%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 5.77%

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#1 Lucas

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 02:05 AM

Sometime in January of 1980, you buy Permanent Waves .. It was yet another magical step into new territory, and after a few listens, you are already thinking "Album Of The Year"

What a way to start the decade

Then, come August, a band that had seemingly fallen apart, losing their voice in Jon Anderson and one of the most incredible musicians ever to grace the world of rock, Rick Wakeman ..

An album that had disaster written all over it ..

But Drama was anything but ... In fact, Drama is a masterpiece, and in my book, stands alone in the Yes catalog in being completely unique ..

Who comes out on top ??

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 02:15 AM

I bought both of those albums in 1980.  I haven't listened to Drama in 30 years, while Permanent Waves is probably my #1 all-time favourite album.

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 03:27 AM

Even good albums (and sometimes great ones) get destroyed by Permanent Waves. No shame in that.

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 03:28 AM

No contest. Permanent Waves wins this EASily.

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 03:30 AM

I remember I bought both albums at the same time but probably about a year or so after they were released.Permanent Waves I don't know why I didn't purchase straight away.Drama was because Tormato had been lousy and Anderson and Wakerman had been replaced by that Buggles mob.Horrors.Permanent Waves wins it for me but I do like Drama even though I be pressed to remember a melody on it.

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 03:45 AM

View PostLucas, on 17 October 2016 - 02:05 AM, said:

Sometime in January of 1980, you buy Permanent Waves .. It was yet another magical step into new territory, and after a few listens, you are already thinking "Album Of The Year"

What a way to start the decade

Then, come August, a band that had seemingly fallen apart, losing their voice in Jon Anderson and one of the most incredible musicians ever to grace the world of rock, Rick Wakeman ..

An album that had disaster written all over it ..

But Drama was anything but ... In fact, Drama is a masterpiece, and in my book, stands alone in the Yes catalog in being completely unique ..

Who comes out on top ??

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Wow Lucas!

Cool thread.  I can't even comprehend comparing "Drama" to "Permanent Waves" but I certainly love adding DRAMA to the RUSH FORUM!  LOL!


"Big Generator" is better than "Drama!"

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 03:45 AM

HUGH SYME > ROGER DEAN

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 04:10 AM

Permanent Waves...this one isn't even close although I LOVER Drama!

Both are pretty much perfect but only one is GODLY!!

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 04:27 AM

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 04:28 AM

Easy... Permanent Waves

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 04:40 AM

View Postgrasbo, on 17 October 2016 - 03:30 AM, said:

I remember I bought both albums at the same time but probably about a year or so after they were released.Permanent Waves I don't know why I didn't purchase straight away.Drama was because Tormato had been lousy and Anderson and Wakerman had been replaced by that Buggles mob.Horrors.Permanent Waves wins it for me but I do like Drama even though I be pressed to remember a melody on it.

Tormato, lousy?

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 04:40 AM

Permanent Waves by default since i've never heard a Yes album before.

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 04:41 AM

View PostYYZumbi, on 17 October 2016 - 04:28 AM, said:

Easy... Permanent Waves

Drama is a Yes album I've never gotten around to listening to, so I can't fairly judge.

But I adore Permanent Waves.

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 05:21 AM

Drama is one of my favorite Yes albums, but Permanent Waves wins this easily.

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 05:34 AM

Big Yes fan, especially at the time Drama was released. But I never liked it. It sounds like a band trying to sound like Yes.

Permanent Waves has its flaws but contains some of the band's best work.

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 05:47 AM

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When I think of albums that are in the same ballpark as Permanent Waves, I think of Jethro Tull's Aqualung and Thick As A Brick & Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here and Animals.

And after a while, you can work on points for style.

Do you think you can tell?

But I'd still probably pick Permanent Waves over all four of these other perfect albums. Additionally, I can't think of any Yes album that puts me anywhere near the same land as any I've mentioned.

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 09:38 AM

if you'd said to me Waves v Tormato or Going For The One I'd have actually given the matter a few seconds whimsical thought before arriving of course at the conclusion 'why am i even thinking about this?'

Permanent Waves of course. Drama never did anything for me actually.

Mindyou, Tormato & GFTO are pretty awesome

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 09:43 AM

View Postgrasbo, on 17 October 2016 - 03:30 AM, said:

I remember I bought both albums at the same time but probably about a year or so after they were released.Permanent Waves I don't know why I didn't purchase straight away.Drama was because Tormato had been lousy and Anderson and Wakerman had been replaced by that Buggles mob.Horrors.Permanent Waves wins it for me but I do like Drama even though I be pressed to remember a melody on it.
If I recall correctly Tormato was my first Yes "new release" purchase and love it to this day. Different strokes for folks I suppose. It's a bit weird in places but in a great way in my view...

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 09:44 AM

View PostNarps, on 17 October 2016 - 09:43 AM, said:

View Postgrasbo, on 17 October 2016 - 03:30 AM, said:

I remember I bought both albums at the same time but probably about a year or so after they were released.Permanent Waves I don't know why I didn't purchase straight away.Drama was because Tormato had been lousy and Anderson and Wakerman had been replaced by that Buggles mob.Horrors.Permanent Waves wins it for me but I do like Drama even though I be pressed to remember a melody on it.
If I recall correctly Tormato was my first Yes "new release" purchase and love it to this day. Different strokes for folks I suppose. It's a bit weird in places but in a great way in my view...

Agreed...I've always liked it a lot.

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 09:45 AM

View Postlifeson90, on 17 October 2016 - 09:38 AM, said:

if you'd said to me Waves v Tormato or Going For The One I'd have actually given the matter a few seconds whimsical thought before arriving of course at the conclusion 'why am i even thinking about this?'

Permanent Waves of course. Drama never did anything for me actually.

Mindyou, Tormato & GFTO are pretty awesome
This^^^ exactly. I would choose GFTO over probably any studio album ever though by anyone. It's just brilliant in my view...




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