thanks for the quick review
Looking at this and seeing how they recorded it in large part individually explains a lot of the issues I'm hearing, I think.
FFH is excellent IMO. It was released at a time when many of my favorite artists were busy doing new stuff and collaborating together in each other's projects. Around that time Geoff started DBA with Chris Braide, and Trevor Horn did The Producers album, also with Braide (and Downes too). Downes and Howe went back to Asia as well. And Squire did a record with Hackett that calls back to GTR in a way. One of the Squackett songs ended up on FFH, and YES did another Squackett song live. Would love to hear FFH mixed in 5.1. It has a lot going on.That new Yes doesn't do much for me.
Oddly enough, hearing the first single off the forthcoming album got me exploring their more recent catalog and I came away really impressed with Fly From Here, or at least the portion with like 4-5 parts, which I think takes up side one. I guess that album was cut twice, the second time with Trevor Horn doing vocals. Both sound good to me because the music is solid. Chris Squire's playing helps as always, but to me it just has the spirit of old Yes in it, from the playing to the proggy elements to the dreamlike feel.