Why write a book about Tormato?


You may well ask…

In the UK, we would call Tormato a ‘Marmite’ Yes album – most fans either love it or hate it (much like the yeast-extract spread). As it was the first progressive Yes music I ever heard, it’s been lodged in my brain since 1983 and I love it. Therefore, I’ve been obsessed with finding out everything I can about it.

Once I had started on this mission, it quickly became obvious that delving into the creation and distribution of the album would uncover a wealth of fascinating material and insights, relevant to Yes fans whether or not they like Tormato.

There are fascinating twists and turns in the story of how the album turned out the way it did and I have hugely enjoyed doing some serious detective work to find out all sorts of hidden information from some of the people who were there at the time.

Beyond the tale of the creation of the music, though, I’ve managed to speak to people who understand the equipment used by all band members and the recording techniques at both Advision and RAK studios. Some of the knowledgeable and generous people my co-host Mark and I have spoken to are (in no particular order):

The research I’ve undertaken has led me down many unexpected and instructive paths from which I have learned a great deal about YES, the musicians on Tormato and the processes, frustrations and triumphs of recording a rock album in the late 1970s.

I hope you’ll enjoy the journey as well.