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YES formed in 1968 with Jon ANDERSON (vocals), Chris SQUIRE (bass, vocals), Peter BANKS (guitar, vocals), Tony KAYE (keyboards), and Bill BRUFORD (drums). Well-known and influential mainstream progressive from the 1970's, and still around in some form ever since, they were highly influential in their heyday, especially notable for the really creative "Relayer", which included at the time Swiss keyboardist Patrick MORAZ who replaced Rick WAKEMAN

During the 1970s, YES pioneered the use of synthesizers and sound effects in modern music. Driven by Jon's artistic vision, they produced such timeless, symphonic-rock masterworks as "Roundabout," "Close To the Edge," and "Awaken". In the 1980s, YES pushed new digital sampling technologies to their limits, selling millions of records and influencing a generation of digital musicians with classics like "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" and "Rhythm Of Love". Moving through the 1990s and into the new millennium, the band keeps expanding its boundaries by using the latest hard-disk recording techniques and, most recently, working with a full orchestra to create their genre-defying music.

YES gained large popularity with their brand of mysticism and grand-scale compositions. "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge" are considered their best works as it's symphonic, complex, cerebral, spiritual and moving. These albums featured beautiful harmonies and strong, occasionally heavy playing. Also, "Fragile" contained the popular hit song "Roundabout". This was followed by the controversial "Tales from Topographic Oceans" LP, which was a double album consisting of only four 20-minute length suites centering on religious concepts. Also, "Relayer" was their most experimental, yet grandiose and symphonic. They broke up, until the new jewel "Going For The One" and its incredible "Awaken" was issued in 1977. In later years, YES would go through many transformations. There were other very good YES albums after "Going For The One" ("Drama", "Keys To Ascension" and suprisingly "The Ladder") but this is the last great album.

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YES top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.24 | 1070 ratings
Yes
1969
3.28 | 1120 ratings
Time and a Word
1970
4.29 | 2340 ratings
The Yes Album
1971
4.44 | 2905 ratings
Fragile
1971
4.65 | 3722 ratings
Close To The Edge
1972
3.89 | 2028 ratings
Tales From Topographic Oceans
1973
4.36 | 2505 ratings
Relayer
1974
4.04 | 1655 ratings
Going for the One
1977
2.96 | 1250 ratings
Tormato
1978
3.76 | 1374 ratings
Drama
1980
2.95 | 1282 ratings
90125
1983
2.49 | 933 ratings
Big Generator
1987
2.50 | 860 ratings
Union
1991
3.05 | 777 ratings
Talk
1994
2.05 | 677 ratings
Open Your Eyes
1997
3.28 | 809 ratings
The Ladder
1999
3.76 | 926 ratings
Magnification
2001
3.41 | 922 ratings
Fly From Here
2011
2.40 | 438 ratings
Heaven & Earth
2014

YES Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.31 | 785 ratings
Yessongs
1973
3.61 | 400 ratings
Yesshows
1980
2.25 | 199 ratings
9012 Live: The Solos
1985
4.11 | 429 ratings
Keys to Ascension
1996
3.95 | 401 ratings
Keys to Ascension 2
1997
2.55 | 122 ratings
BBC Sessions 1969-1970 Something's Coming (2 Cds)
1997
3.59 | 183 ratings
House of Yes: Live From the House of Blues
2000
2.66 | 35 ratings
Extended Versions
2002
2.91 | 30 ratings
Roundabout: The Best Of Yes- Live
2003
3.84 | 152 ratings
Live at Montreux 2003
2007
4.21 | 254 ratings
Symphonic Live
2009
4.49 | 122 ratings
Keys To Ascension (Full)
2010
3.32 | 28 ratings
Astral Traveller (The BBC Sessions)
2011
3.56 | 113 ratings
In The Present - Live From Lyon
2011
3.62 | 44 ratings
Union Live
2011
2.93 | 38 ratings
Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome
2014
4.14 | 41 ratings
Progeny - Seven Shows from Seventy-Two
2015
3.85 | 29 ratings
Like It Is - Yes at the Mesa Arts Centre
2015

YES Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.65 | 151 ratings
Yessongs (DVD)
1973
3.15 | 88 ratings
9012 LIVE (DVD)
1985
4.12 | 81 ratings
Yesyears (DVD)
1991
3.68 | 37 ratings
The Union Tour Live
1991
2.90 | 47 ratings
Greatest Video Hits
1991
4.75 | 4 ratings
The Best Of MusikLaden Live
1999
3.59 | 106 ratings
House Of Yes: Live From The House Of Blues (DVD)
2000
3.68 | 115 ratings
Keys to Ascension (DVD)
2000
4.59 | 286 ratings
Symphonic Live (DVD)
2002
3.10 | 64 ratings
Yesspeak
2003
2.35 | 74 ratings
Live in Philadelphia 1979
2003
3.14 | 33 ratings
Inside Yes 1968-1973
2003
3.55 | 80 ratings
Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss
2004
4.29 | 150 ratings
Songs From Tsongas: 35th Anniversary Concert (DVD)
2005
3.43 | 64 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 1
2005
3.33 | 57 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 2
2005
3.62 | 52 ratings
Yes (Classic Artists)
2006
3.93 | 121 ratings
Montreux 2003 (DVD)
2007
3.82 | 43 ratings
Yes - The New Director's Cut
2008
3.83 | 40 ratings
The Lost Broadcasts
2009
3.19 | 28 ratings
Rock Of The 70's
2009
3.88 | 53 ratings
Union - Live
2010
3.00 | 2 ratings
Live Hemel Hempstead Pavillion October 3rd 1971
2013

YES Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.25 | 4 ratings
2 Originals Of Yes
1973
3.11 | 195 ratings
Yesterdays
1975
3.80 | 155 ratings
Classic Yes
1981
3.24 | 102 ratings
Yesyears
1991
3.42 | 67 ratings
Yesstory
1992
3.04 | 66 ratings
Highlights: The Very Best of Yes
1993
2.58 | 30 ratings
The Best of Yes
2000
3.54 | 448 ratings
Keystudio
2001
2.74 | 21 ratings
Yes-today
2002
4.27 | 108 ratings
In A Word
2002
3.13 | 89 ratings
Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection
2003
2.14 | 58 ratings
Remixes
2003
2.52 | 23 ratings
Topography: The Yes Anthology
2004
3.23 | 129 ratings
The Word Is Live
2005
3.96 | 24 ratings
Essentially Yes
2006
3.52 | 18 ratings
Collection 2CD: Yes
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Wonderous Stories: The Best of Yes
2011
4.02 | 21 ratings
Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two
2015

YES Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.30 | 22 ratings
Something's Coming
1969
3.47 | 15 ratings
Looking Around
1969
2.82 | 26 ratings
Sweetness / Something's Coming
1969
3.31 | 17 ratings
Sweet Dreams
1970
3.40 | 34 ratings
Time and a Word
1970
3.96 | 41 ratings
Your Move
1971
4.70 | 10 ratings
Roundabout
1972
4.60 | 10 ratings
And You And I (Part 1 & 2)
1972
2.80 | 42 ratings
America
1972
4.64 | 11 ratings
And You And I
1974
2.74 | 12 ratings
Soon
1976
3.26 | 38 ratings
Soon - Sound Chaser - Roundabout
1976
2.40 | 15 ratings
Yes Solos
1976
3.66 | 40 ratings
Wonderous Stories 12''
1977
4.00 | 37 ratings
Going For The One 12''
1977
3.80 | 10 ratings
Turn Of The Century
1977
2.63 | 46 ratings
Don't Kill The Whale
1978
2.97 | 34 ratings
Into The Lens
1980
4.24 | 40 ratings
Roundabout
1981
2.35 | 39 ratings
Owner of a Lonely Heart (promo single)
1983
2.15 | 43 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
1983
2.70 | 35 ratings
Leave It
1984
2.82 | 21 ratings
Twelve Inches on Tape
1984
3.10 | 31 ratings
It Can Happen
1984
2.44 | 8 ratings
Rhythm Of Love
1987
2.97 | 28 ratings
Love Will Find A Way
1987
2.25 | 36 ratings
Rhythm Of Love (2)
1987
3.33 | 20 ratings
Saving My Heart
1991
2.55 | 39 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
1991
2.43 | 9 ratings
Lift Me Up
1991
2.73 | 18 ratings
Make It Easy
1991
2.60 | 11 ratings
Yesyears - Sampler
1991
2.63 | 24 ratings
The Calling
1994
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lightning Strikes (She Ay ... Do Wa Bap)
1999
2.84 | 70 ratings
YesSymphonic
2001
2.17 | 4 ratings
Selections From The Word Is Live
2005
3.06 | 61 ratings
We Can Fly
2011

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 Drama by YES album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.76 | 1374 ratings

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Drama
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Michalis Tzortzis

4 stars Well it's the first time I post a review, but this is also a special album to review. First of all I must explain that i have all yes albums up to the Ladder (most of them on vinyl, as I am 50 years old) and I once travelled from Greece to Bulgaria to see my at that time most favourite band, so that makes my a Yes fan i suppose.

Now what makes this album so special? The fact that it is the album that ages better with time than any other they have made.

Don't get me wrong, I don't say that it is their best, but it is the one that stands the best way the test of time. It is in the same time classic, rock, modern and vintage. Nowadays, 36 years after listening to Yes, it is the album that I can listen to easier than any other album they ever made. And i enjoy all versions of Yes.

When it comes to the singer, even though it was Anderson's singing that was the first thing that attracted me to Yes (lies it was actually the album covers) today i find Horn's signing easier to listen to because it's more ... down to earth, and in general Drama is the most down to earth classic album they have made.

Actually I wish Horn would have shared lead vocals with Rabin and Squire in the three Rabin-era albums the same way Chicago were doing with their 3 main singers till the album Hot Streets in 1978. I believe that would have made Yes-West or Cinema or whatever they called it, a different and more exciting band. Didn't Deep Purple continue to be a great band when Coverdale and Hughes replaced the classic but monotonous vocals of Gillan?

And then would come Union and after that Anderson could join again the "classic" version of the band.

Just think about it, would that not be something? And Horn might even not have to tour with Yes if he was too busy with producing as Rabin and Squire could do his parts live..

Anyway that's what i would have liked to have happened, just felt like sharing my opinion with you guys.

Drama rating: 8.5/10

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 Close To The Edge by YES album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.65 | 3722 ratings

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Close To The Edge
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Modrigue
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4 stars Welcome to an enchanted land

Last album featuring the golden Anderson/Howe/Squire/Wakeman/Bruford "line-up", "Close to the Edge" is one of the best and most representative records from YES. Whereas their previous efforts consisted in rather heterogeneous tracks of different musical styles, the songs become now both longer, more complex and structured while still incorporating various influences. At the time, the band ventured into an unexplored realm of fantasy and onirism. Keyboardist Rick Wakeman interferes more and more in the compositions.

"Close to the Edge" earned a quick success and is also one of the often recommended albums for progressive rock newcomers. This can be justified due its importance in the genre, however is this really a reasonable choice for neophytes?

The 20 minutes title track is the first genuine long epic by YES. Like GENESIS' "Supper's ready" (recorded the same year), "Close to the Edge" is an iconic progressive rock song. Everything is here: various ambiances, musical styles and rhythms, soft melodies, nice complex soli... Although being very elaborated, the track is well built and coherent, it truly transports you to another world.

Despite a pretty acoustic guitar introduction, "And You and I" is the weakest track of the record. A bit flat and boring, this song does not seem to go anywhere. It prevents the album from reaching the maximal note. On the contrary, "Siberian Khatru" is much more lively and catchy. Its groovy bass line reminds the groovy side of the musicians, that could be found on "Roundabout". Steve Howe's guitar explodes on this unusual structured track. Its very cool riff sets this song as one of YES' rock-iest, which will soon become a classic of the band.

Now, should this record be recommended to a neophyte to discover progressive rock? To be honest, I'm not so sure about it. The title track may sound a little complex and lengthy if you're not used to this kind of music. "Siberian Khatru" is more suited.

Anyway, "Close to the Edge" is a major influential cornerstone in progressive symphonic rock, as well as one of YES' best albums, second to "Relayer". It also proves that the band had more musical influences and variety than the ones usually used in the overall symphonic progressive rock genre. Enchanting music from another world...

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 Tales From Topographic Oceans by YES album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.89 | 2028 ratings

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Tales From Topographic Oceans
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by ALotOfBottle

4 stars "Tales From Topographic Oceans"... This album caused a lot of controversy when it first came out. Even now it is a common topic of heated debate among Yes fans. After recording "Close To The Edge", Yes were looking for a big idea. Jon Anderson recalls that someone said that the next thing Yes are going to record will be a musical interpretation of the Bible. He replied that he'll see that they actually will do that. The band settled on inspiration in form of Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. They released a two-disc album containing four suites. Could such work not be controversial? With departure of Bill Bruford, Yes recruited a new drummer, Alan White. The rest of the line-up remained the same.

It took me quite a few listens to really understand what this album is all about. I found that the point with this album really is not having to wait for a climax, but enjoying the changes. I don't feel like the music really leads to anything, however is not sterile by any means and to me is very pleasant to listen to. The band draws beautiful musical textures with numerous instrumental passages, many different movements and segments. All of this still not giving a sense of musical overabundance. All the classic Yes ingredients are there: Jon Anderson's melodic voice, jazzy guitar passages with Steve Howe's unmistakeable guitar tone, Rick Wakeman's symphonic keyboard touches and thumpy, one-of-a-kind bass by Chris Squire. Yes we all know and love. On top of this, Alan White brings a wonderful variety of percussion, which gives the album an exotic taste. The overall feeling I got from the music is that it is very fresh and smooth. It would be hard to really pick a favorite here. The tracks together create a unique, beautifully twisted whole. I believe though, that the first two are a true essence of the album.

"Tales From Topographic Oceans" is different to all the other works Yes created. And so should be the listener's approach. This collection of four extrordinary and fascinating epics listens to like a good book. Moody musical textures are really the attribute of this work. All that supported by great album art! Very highly recommended! 4.5 stars!

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 The Yes Album by YES album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.29 | 2340 ratings

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The Yes Album
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by mutantenemy1701

4 stars This is Yes' breakthrough album. This is where everything came together for the band. This album contains some of the groups best compositions. This is basically when Yes, became Yes.

There's significantly less songs this time around, but that's because most of the songs on here are longer and complex. The obvious highlights here are the four fan favorites: "Yours Is No Disgrace", "Starship Trooper", "Perpetual Change", and "I've Seen All Good People". Coincidentally, those four tracks take up most of the album and they're the high points. These really are masterpieces of progressive rock music.

"Yours Is No Disgrace", the opening track, is structured as a jam session bookended by statements of the main theme and melody; the song also has some philosophical lyrics about war. "Starship Trooper", the albums best song in my opinion, is a structured as a suite in three movements, which are all unique in their own way. "I've Seen All Good People" is a suite in two movements, with a stomping, folky first movement, and and a funky second movement. "Perpentual Change", the album's closing track, is pretty standard by prog standards, but it's really well executed.

The two remaining tracks, "The Clap" and "A Venture", are a bit weaker than the rest of the album. "The Clap" is an acoustic guitar piece performed solo by Steve Howe, and it's sort of inspired by flameco, country, and jazz guitar styles. "A Venture" is a pretty conventional song by Jon Anderson with jazzy piano work by Tony Kaye. The overall consensus with these two songs is pretty okay. They aren't meh or anything, but they aren't as fantastic as the other four songs.

Overall the album's really, really great.

4.5 stars

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 Time and a Word by YES album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.28 | 1120 ratings

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Time and a Word
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by mutantenemy1701

3 stars This album here, is a definite improvement over the previous album. It's still not amazing or anything, since there's still a lot of meh songs on here, but the good songs on here are really good. The band was still trying to find their way, Peter Banks was still a member after all, but the music here serves as a direct precursor to the material on "The Yes Album" from the following year.

Even though this album is an improvement on the last, there's still some cons. For some reason, there's string and orchestral accompaniment on most of the album, which can get pretty obtrusive in most cases. Another thing is that the production on this album is really inappropriate for the type of music this is, the album can sound like a Sinatra record at times.

This album really does have its moments though. The best songs on here are "The Prophet", "Astral Traveler", "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed", and "Time And Word". The third song I mentioned in that list is actually a Richie Havens cover, but Yes really make it their own on here. "Astral Traveler" and "The Prophet" are the most direct precursors to the band's later material on here. Also, "The Prophet" is probably my favorite cut off of the whole album. The title track is love ballad, though a tastefully done love ballad. Some other decent tracks are "Then" and the Buffalo Springfield cover "Everydays". Overall this is a significant improvement over the debut.

3.5 stars

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 Yes by YES album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.24 | 1070 ratings

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Yes
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by mutantenemy1701

3 stars I would like to talk about every song on here, but that would be pretty redundant with an album like this. This album is really half baked and meh, and that goes for most of the songs on here as well. ThIs album shows a young band still trying to figure out what kind of music they want to make. I wouldn't necessarily call this progressive rock, it's more proto-prog I think.

I'll briefly talk about the album's content. There's a few covers on here, like The Beatles' "Every Little Thing" and The Byrds' "I See You", for example. Most of the album is just okay, but there's a few stand out tracks on here that are worth listening to. "Looking Around", "Every Little Thing", and "Survival" are the highlights here. Overall, the album is okay, but just listen to the three songs I mentioned.

3 stars

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 Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two by YES album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
4.02 | 21 ratings

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Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

3 stars Not being a Yes completionist, I shook my head at the prospect of owning 7 complete shows from their 1972 Close To The Edge Tour and settled instead for this, a 2-CD package containing what are apparently some of the best, most representative works from the shows.

I have to admit, never having seen Yes perform live, they must have been pretty great back in their heyday if this is what it sounded like. Really, this is a very safe buy for just about any prog fan. All of the songs here are ones that we all know well and, for the most part, they don't deviate too far from their studio counterparts. The big problem with this collection, for me, lies in the fact that Yes isn't a band that translates too well to a live recording setting. I can only imagine how incredible they would have been to see back in the day, with their over-the-top showmanship and stunning visual effects. However, having only the audio captured from these evenings, it leaves a lot to be desired when many of the subtleties and perfections of these compositions are glazed over with extra distortion, slightly out-of-time playing, liberties being taken in the tempo, etc.

In general, this live set is inferior to the studio recordings, especially on numbers like And You And I and Roundabout. There are some redeeming features, though; Steve Howe's Clap/Mood For A Day medley works very well with respect to both pieces and the jamming on Yours Is No Disgrace is top notch. If there's any reason to buy this album, that last track would be it. Altogether this is a 3 star album, a good collection of songs we know and love, but whether you need different versions to love again is up to you.

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 Progeny - Seven Shows from Seventy-Two by YES album cover Live, 2015
4.14 | 41 ratings

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Progeny - Seven Shows from Seventy-Two
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by uduwudu

4 stars Seven concerts taken from the 1972 Canadian and US tour. Same set list each time; very similar performances and presented in a warts and all set of soundboards - not multi-track recordings. These are the "source code" for most of Yessongs. So if you're familiar with Yessongs and hear the Knoxville show you will recognise Six Wives, and I'm pretty sure, Yours Is No Disgrace at least in parts. There are lots of bits edited for the Yessongs version. I think Eddie Offord did a magnificent job editing the tapes for that album; everything had to conform to the limited format of vinyl unlike here where the extended Steve Howe soloing improvises away - on this show he is outstanding here. He is excellent always, the outstanding parts are when the inspiration his and the intensity and improvisation goes up into the skies.

For the most part the perfomances are unvaried. Roundabout, Heart Of The Sunrise are excellent but leave me thinking that the highlights might be a better choice for some who might feel they could be treading through the same old ground at times. These were never intended to be consumed as a long album - this is definitely archive stuff.

The things is that the soundboards are not perfect and from the liner notes in the booklet even these, resurrected from the tombs had to undergo considerable work before they made it here. The sound is consistently very good but not the greatest but then neither was Yessongs despite all the good work to make that into one of the quintessential live albums of all time.

Some might immerse themselves in the shows - all roughly the same length at once - up to the individual. If you are a Yessongs fan you should really have this for some of the unedited material. Close To The Edge is always intact and most on Yessongs don't have much missing but the Yours Is No Disgrace original is really quite something. Actually this is an example of just why we listen to Yes. My other favourite piece is the opening number - Siberian Khatru which on the first release Toronto, is Yes with all guns blazing and gain Steve Howe's guitar intensity proving how he became five times World Champion in the Guitar Player magazine stakes.

There are funny moments - the keyboard managing to pick up a radio station - if only it had been playing Yes at the same time...

There are slightly dodgy moments - one moment when the guitar is briefly overly prominent and sounds out of tune - which is unusual - but this set is warts and all despite the polishing too get to excellent bootleg soundboard level. Now some enthusiasts may consider this recording to be slightly better than Yessongs. No, it's not. Sometimes it's very close but to me sounds a slight stage away from Offord's final decision. But it's hair splitting at times. Most Yes live albums are not the greatest recordings ever and this is seven more that are not. But all quite listenable and no editing for limited format.

The reason to get this are the stellar band performances and for me, the exemplary work by Mr Howe. Everyone is on fine form and each concert well captured.

So the pros - some unedited original source material for Yessongs. Fine performances, pretty good recordings, new Roger Dean art work, interestingly the covers just have his art, no Yes logo or notes, they're all inside the book. The cons - same set list with minor improvisations usually before the number begins or during Yours Is No Disgrace. Hmm, doesn't sound like much of a con...

Well I can't see a 14 LP set of this ever seeing the light of day even in the old days of vinyl. Nice box set overall. Probably for collectors only. I can't really envisage an average Yes fan - I've known some really oddball Yes fans (someone who said he'd walk out on Yes if they played Starship Trooper - why I didn't want to know it was just odd...) This is the sort of thing a Yessongs nut would have to have sitting on the shelf and have fun picking the bits that were used to make up Yessongs. Probably not for someone who just knows Owner Of A Lonely Heart.

Verdict - for Yes fans / collectors. But 2 stars is a bit harsh as there is not only nothing really wrong and at times it's sublime. Yet five stars makes it a life changing game changing mind altering experience. Well, at times admittedly, so it is... Three stars.. well, not essential under the PA guide lines. It IS excellent and in parts essential to a Yes collection. So 3.5 is my final offer given the same set list seven times and the likelihood it is most going to appeal to 1972 era fans (Yessongs) mainly. Therefore it is rounded up to four as it is a set of fine Yes performances - if it were say the Knoxville, Tn show (a favourite of mine) it might get a higher rating on its own. And Roger Dean's fine art work in miniature.

Oh yes... so to speak -- the "replica" LP covers are card sleeves, gate fold of course, quite nice but could be a bit nicer with a more LP like sleeve and inner bags to protect the CDs - these are a really good idea given how cheap it is to produce CDs. In a way it's lucky most record companies put out cheap and nasty releases with scant regard for the consumer as an appreciative audience rather than a target demographic to be systematically manipulated and abused... oops sorry, improvisation on a favourite theme... as I was trying to say I would be even more broke than usual getting everything. Thankfully Progeny this is not none of those, it's just that it could be slightly better - like a Japanese version).

So by all means go ahead and pick this up take a while to enjoy each in the busy time of your everyday life and let it take it's full effect. If you can get it inexpensively then go ahead, make your mood for the day. Otherwise go for Yessongs (which is not yet replaced by this source code) or get the Highlights.

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 The Yes Album by YES album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.29 | 2340 ratings

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The Yes Album
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by ALotOfBottle

4 stars Yes took off... In A Starship!

The Yes Album is Yes' first full-on progressive rock album. I don't share negative and unenthusiastic opinions as to A Time And A Word (which indeed was not very consistent, but featured some great tracks), but it wasn't really the "classic" Yes sound. With the new guitarist, Steve Howe onboard, Yes were ready to conquer the unknown!

The music that Yes created at the time laid foundation for works to come. With their highly distinct sound that fuses symphonic classical, funk, soul, jazz and builds on psychedelia, the band came up with some of their most highly acclaimed pieces of all time. "Starship Trooper" and "Yours Is No Disgrace" have soon become audience's favorites. Steve Howe's guitar virtuosity really seems to add a certain jazzy uniquity to the group's sound. That combined with Bill Bruford's funky grooves, Chris Squire's thumpy, metalic bass tone, Tony Kaye's majestic, symphonic organ playing and Jon Anderson's unmistakable voice creates a powerful substance.

Overall, this is a highly accomplished from growing and quickly developing young men, who would grow to be prog's giants. Although I feel like some of the pieces, namely "Yours Is No Disgrace" and "Perpertual Change" are quite dated and sound cheesy, I can't imagine how this album could get less than four stars. So, 3.6 that rounds up to four. A must-have, even if (like me) you are not a particular fan of Yes.

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 Fragile by YES album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.44 | 2905 ratings

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Fragile
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by ALotOfBottle

5 stars My favorite Yes album. I generally like this work better than "Close To The Edge", which (despite its glory and my love for it) often puts me to sleep. This album could come out as disc 2 with "Close To The Edge" no problem, the transition in style is only very subtle from one to another. This is the first album that really marks the "classic" Yes sound. The listener is welcomed by amazing cover art by Roger Dean, taking us into the unknown lands. What I especially like about "Fragile" are the micro synthesizer touches, well visible on "Roundabout". Work of every instrument is a spot-on. A lot has been said about this album. Needless to say, this is a must for any rock fan, great, great album. The glory days of progressive rock!

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