Release date
30 Aug 1989
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Machine Messiah 11:41 18,129
2 White Car 1:23 11,659
3 Does It Really Happen? 6:36 9,453
4 Into The Lens 8:33 14,763
5 Run Through The Light 4:36 12,660
6 Tempus Fugit 5:16 23,334
Tempus Fugit (LP Version) 0:00 36
Machine Messiah (LP Version) 10:25 59
Man In A White Car (LP/Single Version) 1:21 190
Does It Really Happen (LP/Single Version) 6:33 177
Into The Lens (LP Version) 0:00 58
Run Through The Light (LP Version) 0:00 18

About this album

Drama is the tenth studio album by British progressive rock group Yes. It is unique for being the only Yes release without vocalist Jon Anderson. In early 1980, after rehearsing music for the follow-up to the tepidly-received Tormato, both Anderson and Rick Wakeman departed the band over creative and financial differences.

Reportedly Anderson and Wakeman were the most enthusiastic about creating a new album, and the rest of the band was lukewarm over the idea, given the relative failure of the last album. This in turn discouraged both Anderson and Wakeman, with the latter at times refusing to leave his room, and both men dejectedly spending time at a local bar. They quit the band soon afterwards.

Undeterred, the remaining members, Chris Squire, Steve Howe and Alan White, carried on. Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes of The Buggles (who had a number one hit in the UK with “Video Killed the Radio Star” ) were working in an adjacent studio, and being Yes fans, introduced themselves. The pair was invited to sit in during rehearsals, and were soon asked to join the band.

Recorded that spring and released in August, Drama featured a much harder-edged Yes with a distinct new wave flavour (in no small part due to the two new recruits). Perhaps to ensure that some of the old glory was there, Roger Dean was commissioned to design his first Yes cover in five years, and Eddie Offord, who had co-produced the band in their 1971-1974 heyday, returned to the studio for assistance.

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  • MisterJunior

    "an album made in Jon's absence," I guess I should've said.

    24 Jul 2:15am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    I'll defend this one to the death. We all love Jon Anderson, but Jon Anderson isn't Yes all by himself. Bill Bruford and Rick Wakeman were integral parts of the band's sound and Yes made good records without them, so the same can be applied to albums made in Jon's absence.

    24 Jul 2:15am Reply
  • Camusland

    Their last truly great masterpiece. Everything went downhill after this one but it is sooo great !!! :)

    24 Jun 3:09am Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    Sorely underrated album. I guess people assume Yes couldn't be any good without Jon Anderson, but this album is great. Machine Messiah is one of their best epics, and Into the Lens and Tempus Fugit are amazing. The only real misstep is White Car, but it's so short that it doesn't matter.

    3 May 3:55pm Reply
  • menswear2112

    Throw me rotten cabbage but Drama is a convincing album. There, it is said.

    3 Jan 6:48pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    Their last good album.

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • dr_bun

    to mention this in the same breath as close to edge should be illegal

    21 Apr 2014 Reply
  • iron345

    Not bad but feels lacking compared to their best.

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • marioarturohedz

    Yes, good very good, es un placer escuchar este magnífico trabajo... a pesar de que no se encuentra Anderson en el timonel.

    20 Jun 2012 Reply
  • miamiscot

    Machine Messiah and Tempus Fugit are worth the price of admission alone.

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Harfang

    Well I'll be damned. He really DOES sound like Jon. I cannot deny that this is a really good album. @_@

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • nssworld

    Favorite Yes album, hands down...

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • WatsonPepeLives

    this album has great moments,i dont miss Jon Anderson;fortunately they didnt play any cover of the Buggles xD

    11 Jul 2011 Reply
  • MivkoVanMikko

    Very good album!

    30 Jun 2011 Reply
  • SuperflyJonson

    Honestly, this is my favorite Yes album.

    2 Jun 2011 Reply
  • kriegsturmer

    Screw the naysayers. This song always follows The Yes Album, Close To The Edge and Fragile on my Yes marathons. Yes rock out on this album.

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • DamianTanuki

    Kinda shows how much the backing vocals add to their sound. There's not that much difference between this and their more successful stuff in terms of sound in terms of vocals.

    2 May 2011 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    Much as I dig the album, I can understand people who don't, it does sometimes sound like an uneasy transition between old and new Yes.

    7 Apr 2011 Reply
  • felipe_prado

    underrated! Drama>>>Tormato>>>>>>>>>90125

    26 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Amidlo

    usualy i prefered the earlier albums, but lately i discovered... that this is purely amazing!

    22 Dec 2010 Reply
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