Double vinyl LP pressing. The Ladder is the 18th studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes. It was originally released in September 1999 and is their only studio album recorded with six full-time members, following the addition of guitarist Billy Sherwood and keyboardist Igor Khoroshev. The band started on the album in 1998 while touring Open Your Eyes (1997); during a stop in Vancouver, Canada they agreed to work with Canadian producer Bruce Fairbairn relocated there in early 1999 to record the album at Armoury Studios.
Rock / Progressive Rock
The British progressive rock legends Yes released their studio album “The Ladder” in 1999, which marks the first studio recording including Igor Khoroshev as a full-time band member. Furthermore, “The Ladder” was the first album in a long time to not be produced by the band itself, but by an external producer – Bruce Fairbairn, who had previously worked with bands such as The Scorpions, AC/DC and Bon Jovi. The album featured three singles (“Homeworld (The Ladder)”, “Lightning Strikes” and “If Only You Knew”) and saw Yes return to a creative form, encapsulating Latin music elements and world music influences. Sadly, Fairbairn passed away shortly before the album’s completion, so Mike Plotnikoff finished his work together with the band. Yes dedicated “The Ladder” to Fairbairn.