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Yello|Flag (Remastered 2005)

Flag (Remastered 2005)

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Flag was a watershed album for the group. On one hand, it is a refinement of all the ideas the band had been following through the '80s, on the other, in the wake of their high-profile success with "Oh Yeah," Yello had reached the point where ideas turned into self-parody -- the cover art of Deiter Meier and Boris Blank pulled together into a human knot is horrifically appropriate. Nothing is a surprise here, apart from how "The Race" is a Xerox of their own 1981 song "Bostich." Tracks like "Of Course I'm Lying" are empty exercises in suave, like late-period Roxy Music without the pedigree. Billy Mackenzie returns to provide backup vocals on the more romantic tunes. This isn't to say that the album is a dull listen -- "Tied Up," repeated here three times on a nine-track album, is a fascinating collage of Afro-Cuban rhythms, rain storm effects, drums nicked from a Broadway revue, monkey chatter, basso-profundo lyrics, and screams. Similar thick, eclectic production dogs each track like cologne on a lounge lizard -- too much of a good thing. Yello saw the decade out with Flag -- they haven't found their way back since.
© Ted Mills /TiVo

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1
Tied Up (Remastered 2005)
00:06:09

Dieter Meier, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Boris Blank, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Yello, Producer, MainArtist - Ursli Weber, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 Yello

2
Of Course I'm Lying (Remastered 2005)
00:05:57

Dieter Meier, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Boris Blank, Arranger, Mastering Engineer, Work Arranger, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Yello, Producer, MainArtist - Ursli Weber, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 Yello

3
3rd Of June (Remastered 2005)
00:04:54

Dieter Meier, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Boris Blank, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Yello, Producer, MainArtist - Ursli Weber, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 Yello

4
Blazing Saddles (Remastered 2005)
00:03:56

Boris Blank, Mastering Engineer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Yello, Producer, MainArtist - Ursli Weber, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 Yello

5
The Race (Remastered 2005)
00:08:09

Dieter Meier, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Boris Blank, Arranger, Mastering Engineer, Work Arranger, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Yello, Producer, MainArtist - Ursli Weber, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 Yello

6
Alhambra (Remastered 2005)
00:03:29

Dieter Meier, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Boris Blank, Composer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yello, Producer, MainArtist - Ursli Weber, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 Yello

7
Otto Di Catania (Remastered 2005)
00:03:22

Dieter Meier, Author, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Boris Blank, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Yello, Producer, MainArtist - Ursli Weber, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 Yello

8
Tied Up In Red (Remastered 2005)
00:08:20

Dieter Meier, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Boris Blank, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Yello, Producer, MainArtist - Ursli Weber, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 Yello

9
Tied Up In Gear (Remastered 2005)
00:03:45

Dieter Meier, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Boris Blank, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Yello, Producer, MainArtist - Ursli Weber, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 Yello

10
The Race (Break Light Remix / Remastered 2005)
00:06:28

Dieter Meier, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Boris Blank, Mixer, Arranger, Mastering Engineer, Recording Arranger, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Yello, Producer, MainArtist - Ursli Weber, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 Yello

11
Wall Street Bongo (Remastered 2005)
00:03:05

Boris Blank, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Yello, Producer, MainArtist - Ursli Weber, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 Yello

12
The Race (Club Mix / Remastered 2005)
00:13:23

Dieter Meier, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Boris Blank, Arranger, Mastering Engineer, Work Arranger, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Yello, Producer, MainArtist - Ursli Weber, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 Yello

Album Description

Flag was a watershed album for the group. On one hand, it is a refinement of all the ideas the band had been following through the '80s, on the other, in the wake of their high-profile success with "Oh Yeah," Yello had reached the point where ideas turned into self-parody -- the cover art of Deiter Meier and Boris Blank pulled together into a human knot is horrifically appropriate. Nothing is a surprise here, apart from how "The Race" is a Xerox of their own 1981 song "Bostich." Tracks like "Of Course I'm Lying" are empty exercises in suave, like late-period Roxy Music without the pedigree. Billy Mackenzie returns to provide backup vocals on the more romantic tunes. This isn't to say that the album is a dull listen -- "Tied Up," repeated here three times on a nine-track album, is a fascinating collage of Afro-Cuban rhythms, rain storm effects, drums nicked from a Broadway revue, monkey chatter, basso-profundo lyrics, and screams. Similar thick, eclectic production dogs each track like cologne on a lounge lizard -- too much of a good thing. Yello saw the decade out with Flag -- they haven't found their way back since.
© Ted Mills /TiVo

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