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2 stars Less Drama

1980's Drama is one of my all time favourite Yes records and the last of what I would consider the "classic" period of the band. The song Into The Lens was released as a single from that album in a heavily edited version. While the original album version had a running time of over eight and a half minutes, the single version is cut down to three minutes and 45 seconds. This single edit has since been included as a bonus track on the 2004 remastered CD reissue of Drama. Does It Really Happen? was chosen as the b-side of the single. This track was not edited and is the same as on the album.

The song Into The Lens was originally written by Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes for The Buggles and they brought this song with them when they joined Yes. The tune also appears in a quite different version on The Buggles' album Adventures In Modern Recording under the alternative title of I Am A Camera. Coming from a Yes fan it is not too surprising that I prefer the Yes version of the song which I think benefited considerably from the input of Chris Squire, Steve Howe, and Alan White.

The best version of Into The Lens is the album version on Drama and if you have that excellent album you have everything you need from this single.

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