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2 stars This CD was a promotional release for in-store play, to promote the Yesyears boxed set. It's a weird little disk, with eight songs, half of them the most well known Yes songs, and the other half previously unreleased studio tracks. The four well known tracks are obvious, Roundabout, I've Seen All Good People, America (the castrated single version) and, of course, Owner Of A Lonely Heart.

The unreleased tracks make it painfully apparent why they were not released. Make It Easy starts off as if it is going to be a prog song, but by the time they get to the chorus, Trevor Rabin and the Anderson-less group decide to make it cheesy instead. Money is a simple song, made slightly interesting by Rick Wakeman in a rare vocal appearance, speaking an almosy Monty Python-ish monologue. Run With The Fox is a disappointing song, with only Chris Quire and Alan White performing on it. And Love Conquers All just may be the worst Yes song I've ever heard.

The disk comes in a mini version of the full-set box, giving it value as a collector's item.

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