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Journey of the Yak - Release Date 14th November 2008

Gates of Moria
Entangled in Dreams
Jadis of Charn
March of the Huorns
Dearly Departed
Journey of the Yak


"Beautiful Music" - Steve Hackett

Keys - Martin Morgan
Drums - Dave Speight
Bass - Gary Bennett

Dark Side of the Duck  - Released in March 2004 - Debut CD - solo project 


Track List

Theme
Aragorn
Leylines of Yak
Yakrise
Frustration
Migration
Earthogrub
The Swan

Keys - Martin Morgan


The Music of YAK is instrumental, melodic and according to the reviews it is mostly being categorised in the genre of Symphonic Progressive Rock.  

So what's it actually like then? - Well here is how two prog site reviewers have described the music

"For the uninitiated, the music of YAK harkens back to the golden age of 70s’ symphonic rock from pioneers like Camel and early Genesis; as well as the solo albums of Steve Hackett (which is amazing considering there is no guitarist). Martin emulates the emotional sustained guitar tones of artists like Steve Hackett and Andy Latimer beautifully. I needed to refer back to the CD sleeve to see if the line “Martin Morgan plays Fernandes guitars” was listed somewhere in the notes". - Joe Shingler who reviews for Prognaut.com

...and this one...

"At this moment in time there is an abundance of great prog bands and music around. However, only very few capture the essence of the genre enough to allow  listener to become immersed in the mood or atmosphere of the music's intention. Journey of the Yak is one of the few. For the lovers of Steve Hackett from Acolyte to Spectral Mornings  will find this album a dream to listen to. No mean feat when you consider the scarcity of guitar on this album. Martin Morgan's wicked pitch bending and clever keyboard voicing has all but the most critical nerd fooled into thinking that he has a Strat in there somewhere. When i first listened to this album i kept waiting for the singing to start and after i listened to these crafted pieces for the second and third time i was glad that it didn't. So many band are making albums now that brim with fantastic musical events yet marred by poor vocals, especially non- English speaking bands. Yak's music stands up on it's own and does not need the accompanyment of vocal and lyric. It's nice too to hear real drums as so many musicians now place reliance on the virtual/software technology to represent their rhythm. Dave Speight on drums along with Gary Bennett playing bass make a huge difference to the album taking the soundstage away from being of the modern manufactured sound. It can be heard that a great deal of attention to detail has been made especially to the careful selection of Mellotron sounds portrayed via Martin Morgan's Kurzweil." - Steve Petch who reviews for Progmeister.com

So hopefully you now have some idea what YAK sound like

Does your Yak bite? ...a live jam  - Released in October 2005 

Track List

Himalaya
The Road goes ever on
The Battle of Pogles Wood
Leylines of Yak
Yak's Bolero
Wokadic Wah
Aragorn

Guitar - Robin Hodder
Drums - John Wynn
Bass - Max Johnson
Keys - Martin Morgan


PLEASE NOTE - This is a "JAM" - this was the first time we played together in 21 years - contains improvisation & was recorded in Lo-Fi on a "Cassette Recorder"  - an ancient type of recording facility.

Digitised at Ruskin Road Studios, Northampton
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Track List

Portal Honey
Bastante L/S
Dearly Departed take 2
The Moon was clinically depressed
Yak's Bolero
Latin Eighth
Why Slimey
Misty Mountains
Intro to Zea's Song
Lady Solitude
Good evening and tonights spot prize will be... 
Sleazy dealer
Rif Riff Take 2.

Guitar - Robin Hodder
Drums - John Wynn
Bass - Max Johnson
Keys - Martin Morgan

PLEASE NOTE - this was recorded a year after "Does your Yak Bite?" and was the 2nd time we played together - this is another Jam session with some materials later developed as tracks on Journey of the Yak which was recorded 2 years later.

This album should not be played to small children or in a car with people you don't know and is really for "completionists"  - again recorded in Lo-Fi 
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Keys - Martin Morgan
Drums - Dave Speight
Bass - Gary Bennett

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