- On the Silent Wings of Freedom
"On the Silent Wings of Freedom" Song by Yes from the album Tormato Released September 29, 1978 Genre Progressive rock Length 7:47 Label Atlantic Records Writer Jon Anderson Composer Jon Anderson, Chris Squire Producer Yes Tormato track listing "Onward"
"On the Silent Wings of Freedom"
On the album
The song is the final and longest song on the album. On this particular track, as with most of the album, Squire sends his bass through his foot pedal controls to give it a more harmonized sound. Thus, the bass line had a different tonality to it from previous albums, yet was still able to retain his signature "growl". Though the album itself is considered to be one of Yes's weakest, most Yes fans, whether they like the album or not, favour this one song, as it is the closest track to other fan favourites like "Close to the Edge", "Heart of the Sunrise" and "Awaken".
In the live setting
During the song's original tenure in the '70s, it was performed on most, if not all, shows of the Tormato tour. On the live tape of the September 1, 1978 show, the song lasts for 8 minutes and 41 seconds, including the announcements at the beginning of the song. Typically, Jon Anderson would introduce Chris Squire at the beginning of this song, as this was one of the two major Squire compositions on the album. The other, "Onward", was not played on this tour.
The song was also performed on November 19, 1987, in Springfield, Illinois, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, during the Big Generator tour. This was its only appearance on the tour.
On tour as late as 2003, the song was not often introduced and was usually a segment of Squire's bass solo exploits during The Fish.
- Jon Anderson: Vocals, percussion
- Chris Squire: Bass guitar, bass pedals, vocals
- Steve Howe: Electric and acoustic guitars, vachalia, vocals
- Rick Wakeman: Piano, organ, moog, synthesizers
- Alan White: Drums, percussion, vocals
Notes and references
Yes Benoît David · Steve Howe · Chris Squire · Geoff Downes · Alan White
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