Yes The Ladder on Limited Edition 180g Import 2LP
Pioneers of progressive rock, Yes have achieved worldwide success with a history spanning 45 years and 20 studio albums. From topping the charts to epic pieces taking up a side of vinyl, and even both at the same time, Yes are among the longest lasting and the most successful of the ’70s progressive rock groups. The band, founded in 1968, overcame a generational shift in its audience and the departure of its most visible members at key points in its history to reach the end of the century as the definitive progressive rock band.
The Ladder is Yes' eighteenth studio album, originally released in 1999. The Ladder was seen as a conscious return to the ‘classic' Yes sound, while maintaining a contemporary edge. It is Igor Khoroshev's only outing as a full time member of the band and the last with guitarist Billy Sherwood. Yes also decided to bring in the objective ears of producer Bruce Fairbairn here to give the music the benefit of an outsider's perspective.
When the band decamped to Vancouver, Canada to record The Ladder, Khoroshev was brought on board as the group's official keyboardist while Sherwood joined Steve Howe on guitars. In an interesting twist many tracks on The Ladder make reference to songs from Yes' back-catalog. Highlights from the album include "The Ladder," "If You Only Knew" and "The Messenger."
Although the sessions went successfully, with all concerned very pleased with the end results, the project ended with Fairbairn's sudden death in May 1999. Fairbairn died just before the recording of the final vocals and mixing. Yes dedicated the album to their late producer upon its release.