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  • Doing It for the Art: Bruford is known to leave bands or projects at the height of their success if he feels creatively stifled or exhausted, that the group has reached a peak, or that something new comes along more interesting to him.
  • Executive Meddling: How he ended up in Yes a second time. Bruford was a member of Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, which signed to Arista Records. Sales of their first album were good but not great, so Arista decided ABWH's follow-up album should be released under the more marketable Yes name. Arista then bought Yes' record contract, combining the current members of Yes with the ABWH members (including Bruford) to form an 8-man "mega-Yes". Notice that at no point during all this did Bruford or anyone else involved in either band have much say in this corporate wheeling and dealing. Not surprisingly, Bruford left Yes shortly afterwards.
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