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Active since 1968 with varying formations - Two major hiatus between 1981-1983 and 2004-2008

YES formed in London (UK) 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 surprisingly "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)

3.26 | 1459 ratings
Yes
1969
3.33 | 1514 ratings
Time and a Word
1970
4.31 | 3081 ratings
The Yes Album
1971
4.46 | 3769 ratings
Fragile
1971
4.67 | 4732 ratings
Close to the Edge
1972
3.91 | 2568 ratings
Tales from Topographic Oceans
1973
4.38 | 3248 ratings
Relayer
1974
4.05 | 2163 ratings
Going for the One
1977
3.00 | 1631 ratings
Tormato
1978
3.77 | 1802 ratings
Drama
1980
3.01 | 1686 ratings
90125
1983
2.54 | 1230 ratings
Big Generator
1987
2.52 | 1136 ratings
Union
1991
3.08 | 1037 ratings
Talk
1994
2.04 | 911 ratings
Open Your Eyes
1997
3.25 | 1063 ratings
The Ladder
1999
3.73 | 1197 ratings
Magnification
2001
3.42 | 1165 ratings
Fly from Here
2011
2.33 | 675 ratings
Heaven & Earth
2014
3.14 | 180 ratings
Fly from Here - Return Trip
2018
3.15 | 137 ratings
The Quest
2021

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

4.37 | 1027 ratings
Yessongs
1973
3.66 | 546 ratings
Yesshows
1980
2.30 | 277 ratings
9012 Live: The Solos
1985
4.03 | 566 ratings
Keys to Ascension
1996
3.94 | 532 ratings
Keys to Ascension 2
1997
2.62 | 159 ratings
Something's Coming - The BBC Recordings 1969-1970
1997
3.60 | 232 ratings
House of Yes: Live from House of Blues
2000
3.87 | 200 ratings
Live at Montreux 2003
2007
4.24 | 324 ratings
Symphonic Live
2009
3.36 | 42 ratings
Astral Traveller (The BBC Sessions)
2010
3.52 | 151 ratings
In the Present - Live from Lyon
2011
3.52 | 80 ratings
Union Live
2011
2.78 | 72 ratings
Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome
2014
4.11 | 19 ratings
Songs from Tsongas: 35th Anniversary Concert
2014
4.51 | 104 ratings
Progeny - Seven Shows from Seventy-Two
2015
3.34 | 78 ratings
Like It Is - Yes at the Mesa Arts Centre
2015
3.49 | 83 ratings
Topographic Drama: Live Across America
2017
3.96 | 78 ratings
Yes ft. ARW: Live At The Apollo
2018
3.06 | 48 ratings
Yes 50 Live
2019
3.33 | 6 ratings
Live at Glastonbury Festival 2003
2019
3.12 | 31 ratings
The Royal Affair Tour: Live in Las Vegas
2020
3.60 | 5 ratings
Live Radio '69 / '70
2021

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

3.71 | 190 ratings
Yessongs (DVD)
1973
3.23 | 113 ratings
9012 LIVE (DVD)
1985
4.12 | 95 ratings
Yesyears (DVD)
1991
3.71 | 51 ratings
The Union Tour Live
1991
2.95 | 62 ratings
Greatest Video Hits
1991
4.36 | 11 ratings
The Best Of MusikLaden Live
1999
3.63 | 131 ratings
House Of Yes: Live From The House Of Blues (DVD)
2000
3.71 | 140 ratings
Keys to Ascension (DVD)
2000
4.60 | 340 ratings
Symphonic Live (DVD)
2002
3.11 | 78 ratings
Yesspeak
2003
2.41 | 90 ratings
Live in Philadelphia 1979
2003
3.16 | 39 ratings
Inside Yes 1968-1973
2003
3.62 | 101 ratings
Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss
2004
4.30 | 184 ratings
Songs From Tsongas: 35th Anniversary Concert (DVD)
2005
3.44 | 78 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 1
2005
3.35 | 70 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 2
2005
3.63 | 61 ratings
Yes (Classic Artists)
2006
3.97 | 146 ratings
Montreux 2003 (DVD)
2007
3.85 | 52 ratings
Yes - The New Director's Cut
2008
3.86 | 48 ratings
The Lost Broadcasts
2009
3.29 | 37 ratings
Rock Of The 70's
2009
3.92 | 69 ratings
Union - Live
2010
3.17 | 10 ratings
Live Hemel Hempstead Pavillion October 3rd 1971
2013
3.58 | 40 ratings
Yes ft. ARW: Live At The Apollo
2018

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

3.42 | 15 ratings
2 Originals of Yes
1973
3.10 | 237 ratings
Yesterdays
1975
3.75 | 197 ratings
Classic Yes
1981
3.29 | 120 ratings
Yesyears
1991
3.45 | 78 ratings
Yesstory
1992
2.87 | 88 ratings
Highlights: The Very Best of Yes
1993
4.48 | 186 ratings
Keys to Ascension (Volumes 1 and 2)
1998
2.59 | 34 ratings
The Best of Yes
2000
3.56 | 492 ratings
Keystudio
2001
2.69 | 25 ratings
Yes-today
2002
4.26 | 128 ratings
In a Word
2002
2.65 | 42 ratings
Extended Versions - The Encore Collection
2002
2.89 | 37 ratings
Roundabout: The Best of Yes - Live
2003
3.17 | 106 ratings
Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection
2003
2.13 | 70 ratings
Remixes
2003
2.51 | 27 ratings
Topography: The Yes Anthology
2004
3.24 | 151 ratings
The Word Is Live
2005
3.78 | 27 ratings
Essentially Yes
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Rhino Hi-Five: Yes
2006
3.50 | 19 ratings
Collection 2CD: Yes
2008
4.50 | 4 ratings
Wonderous Stories: The Best of Yes
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
Original Album Series
2013
4.09 | 53 ratings
Progeny: Highlights from Seventy-Two
2015
4.67 | 43 ratings
The Steven Wilson Remixes
2018
3.24 | 61 ratings
From a Page / In the Present - Live from Lyon
2019

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

2.82 | 35 ratings
Sweetness / Something's Coming
1969
4.00 | 1 ratings
Looking Around / Everydays
1969
2.00 | 1 ratings
Sweetness / Every Little Thing
1970
3.39 | 19 ratings
Looking Around / Every Little Thing
1970
3.33 | 23 ratings
Sweet Dreams
1970
3.41 | 40 ratings
Time and a Word
1970
4.25 | 25 ratings
Something's Coming
1971
5.00 | 2 ratings
Yours Is No Disgrace / The Clap
1971
5.00 | 2 ratings
Yours Is No Disgrace
1971
5.00 | 2 ratings
I've Seen All Good People / The Clap
1971
3.49 | 52 ratings
Your Move
1971
3.36 | 23 ratings
Roundabout
1972
4.65 | 23 ratings
And You And I (Part 1 & 2)
1972
4.50 | 2 ratings
No (Opportunity Necessary)
1972
5.00 | 1 ratings
Yours Is No Disgrace / Your Move / Sweet Dreams
1972
2.92 | 54 ratings
America
1972
4.67 | 27 ratings
And You and I / Roundabout
1974
4.50 | 2 ratings
America / Yours Is No Disgrace
1974
3.27 | 21 ratings
Soon
1976
3.26 | 42 ratings
Soon - Sound Chaser - Roundabout
1976
2.44 | 17 ratings
Yes Solos
1976
3.66 | 43 ratings
Wonderous Stories 12''
1977
4.06 | 42 ratings
Going For The One 12''
1977
4.15 | 13 ratings
Turn Of The Century
1977
4.33 | 3 ratings
Release, Release
1978
2.74 | 54 ratings
Don't Kill the Whale
1978
4.00 | 4 ratings
Run Through the Light
1980
3.03 | 41 ratings
Into The Lens
1980
4.22 | 46 ratings
Roundabout
1981
2.40 | 46 ratings
Owner of a Lonely Heart (promo single)
1983
2.21 | 53 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
1983
2.71 | 41 ratings
Leave It
1984
2.87 | 24 ratings
Twelve Inches on Tape
1984
2.87 | 38 ratings
It Can Happen
1984
2.75 | 35 ratings
Love Will Find a Way
1987
2.24 | 42 ratings
Rhythm of Love (2)
1987
2.52 | 14 ratings
Rhythm of Love
1987
0.00 | 0 ratings
I Would Have Waited Forever
1991
3.33 | 24 ratings
Saving My Heart
1991
2.58 | 43 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
1991
2.55 | 24 ratings
Make It Easy
1991
2.65 | 12 ratings
Yesyears - Sampler
1991
2.49 | 16 ratings
Lift Me Up
1991
2.62 | 27 ratings
The Calling
1994
0.00 | 0 ratings
State of Play
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
Walls
1994
4.00 | 1 ratings
That, That Is
1996
4.00 | 1 ratings
America
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Be the One
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
New State of Mind
1997
3.50 | 2 ratings
Open Your Eyes
1997
3.50 | 2 ratings
Open Your Eyes (radio edit)
1997
3.50 | 2 ratings
Homeworld (The Ladder)
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
If Only You Knew
1999
4.00 | 1 ratings
Lightning Strikes - Collector's Edition
1999
3.14 | 7 ratings
Lightning Strikes (She Ay ... Do Wa Bap)
1999
2.83 | 71 ratings
YesSymphonic
2001
3.00 | 1 ratings
Selections from... In a Word: Yes (1969-)
2002
2.26 | 8 ratings
Selections from The Word Is Live
2005
3.07 | 70 ratings
We Can Fly
2011
4.20 | 5 ratings
To the Moment
2019
3.88 | 17 ratings
From a Page
2019
3.73 | 23 ratings
The Ice Bridge
2021
3.33 | 9 ratings
Dare to Know
2021
3.33 | 3 ratings
Future Memories
2021

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 90125 by YES album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.01 | 1686 ratings

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90125
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Saimon

3 stars Review #8: 90125

Despite being the band's most commercial album, and featuring the band's best known hit "Owner of a Lonely Heart", we cannot overlook the fact that in the prog environment, this album does not compare to or come close to their predecessors. 90125, Yes' eleventh album, released in 1983.

In December 1980, the Yes line-up of bassist Chris Squire , guitarist Steve Howe , drummer Alan White , singer Trevor Horn and keyboardist Geoff Downes , completed their 1980 tour in support of their tenth album, Drama . While the North American leg was a great success, the subsequent UK leg received a mixed reaction from fans, many of whom did not accept Horn and Downes, as they had replaced Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman, respectively. The group disbanded in early 1981; Horn became a record producer, Howe and Downes co-formed the supergroup Asia, and Squire and White stayed together and continued to write material.

Owner of a Lonely Heart: 4/5

Hold On: 3.5/5

It Can Happen: 4/5

Changes: 4.5/5

Cinema: 4/5

Leave It: 3.5/5

Our Song: 5/5

City of Love: 3/5

Hearts: 4/5

7/10, 3 stars for this work by Yes that, however commercial or not very progressive it may be, should not be discredited.

 Close to the Edge by YES album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.67 | 4732 ratings

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Close to the Edge
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Saimon

5 stars Review #6: Close to the Edge

I always try to start every review with an introduction to what the album is about and its relationship to the music, but I think everything has already been said and heard about this masterpiece. The most remarkable participation, according to me, was the excellence and near perfection on Wakeman's part throughout the songs, mainly the eponymous track of the album.

Close to the Edge, Yes' fifth album, released in 1972, is, in my opinion, their pinnacle album when it comes to instrumentation, lyrics and sound interpretation.

Without any doubt, one of the best progressive works of all time, belonging to what I call the "Yes Golden Chain".

The "Yes Golden Chain" is what I call the string of albums in which Yes reached their peak, proving to be superior to many bands and one of the best and most unique in the progressive scene as we know it. This string is composed from "The Yes Album (1971, third album of the band)", to "Going for the One (1977, eighth album)".

Every passage, every change, every breakdown, every melody, every melody, all are characteristic of this album and it is very difficult to ignore its greatness and unique sound, encompassed by the inclusion of Jon Anderson's voice, which is without a doubt, the most fundamental and characteristic element of the band, and one of the best voices that has been witnessed, not only throughout progressive rock, but also of all time in music.

I think it goes without saying that this is perfect and deserves not 5, but 6 stars.

10/10, 5 stars for one of the greatest musical compositions of all time and one of the most iconic titles in prog history.

 Time and a Word by YES album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.33 | 1514 ratings

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Time and a Word
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Prog Eden

4 stars Review - #2 (Yes - Time And A Word)

Time and a Word is the band's second studio album that was released in July of 1970 on Atlantic Records. It was distributed several months after the release of the band's self-titled debut. During the writing of Time and a Word they continued to tour heavily and recorded during the gaps between shows. In Time And A Word, Yes continues to follow their early musical direction as heard on their debut album but now are accompanied by a small orchestra of brass and string session musicians. The use of the orchestra seems to be a controversial point when discussing the album. The orchestra at points enhances a song and at other points feels slightly unnecessary. However, the main issue involving the orchestra to me seems to be its unbalanced production/mixing. Luckily, the unbalanced production doesn't take away much from the overall listening experience as there still are numerous well thought out orchestral arrangements that work well on various tracks. The line-up of musicians remains the same as their previous album. It consists of Jon Anderson on vocals, Tony Kaye on Hammond organ, Chris Squire on bass, Bill Bruford on drums, and Peter Banks on guitar. Guitarist Peter Banks did not endorse the idea of adding an orchestra to the album, which resulted in heightened tensions between himself and the rest of the band. While touring in the United Kingdom during April of 1970 and before the album's release, Peter Banks was fired by the band and was replaced by the now legendary guitarist Steve Howe. Funnily enough, the US album features Steve Howe on the cover even though he didn't perform on Time and a Word. Let's take a closer look at some of the tracks found on this album.

No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed is the album's first track and was originally written by American artist Richie Havens. It opens with an orchestral theme taken from the soundtrack to the 1958 Western film The Big Country by Jerome Moross. The orchestra adds a new dynamic to the track, as it accompanies the keyboards quite well. Interestingly, Jon Anderson sings at a lower register then usual which makes this track have a unique appeal to it. The next song, Then, was written by Jon Anderson and puts Bill Bruford's jazz-like drums on full display. Here, his unique snare and high-hat work helps to make Then stand out as one of the finest from the band's early catalogue. Furthermore, Tony Kaye performs superbly throughout this track as he alters between attention-grapping solos and interwoven playing with the rest of the band. Everydays (which is cover by Stephen Stills), contains a similar jazz-like drumming style that was found on Then. Both the band and orchestra complement each other quite well as the orchestra knows when to take a step forward at just the right moments to make this rather simple piece fell a lot more dynamic. Just from these first few tracks, the improvements made from their debut are clearly apparent. Sweet Dreams is one of those tracks that you find yourself humming to while driving to work or talking to dog on a walk, it is incredibly catchy. It was co-written by Jon Anderson and his former Warriors bandmate David Foster. Guitarist Peter Banks displays excellent playing throughout while Chris Squire renders a brilliant bass performance which we have all come to expect. It was also well-received by future Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin, who requested its performance during the 90125 tour in 1984.

The next song, The Prophet, is the longest track on the album and shadows some of the arrangements the band would be known for. Jon Anderson wrote The Prophet tells the story of "a man who tells others to find and believe in themselves and not follow like sheep". It contains an abundance of orchestra which fits this track well. Despite The Prophet seeming to be forgotten by most of the Yes fanbase, it is a wonderful track that I would love to see the band revisit in a live performance on their upcoming tours. Credit also goes to the great Hammond organ work from Tony Kaye at the beginning of the track. Clear Days is next and is a short yet beautiful song that has a similar style to Yesterday and Today off the band's self-titled debut album. Tony Kaye also makes an appropriate appearance on piano to accompany the softer tone of Clear Days. Astral Traveler instantly became one of my favorite tracks off this album and is essentially absent of any orchestral arrangements. Jon Anderson uses an odd vocal distortion while singing which conveys an other-worldly sound. Once again, Peter Banks really shines here with his guitar work as it is probably the most prominent instrument on the track. In addition, Tony Kaye also manages to step up to a somewhat lead role in various parts which is not necessarily a common occurrence on this album due to the abundance of orchestra. Last but certainly not least we have Time and a Word. The band was searching for an anthem-type song as Jon Anderson later explained in an interview. He would present its basic theme to the group on a guitar, using only two or three chords, which left the band members trying to discern what he was playing and eventually resulted in the song we know today. It was recorded with Jon Anderson previous bandmate David Foster on acoustic guitar. However, Peter Banks claimed it was not meant to be part of the final mix, having been intended only as a guide track. On the final version, Peter Banks played his parts over Foster's. This song would eventually become another classic tune off the album that would be played on multiple tours.

Time And A Word is a wonderful album made during the initial launching point of progressive rock. Jon Anderson still seems to be finding his voice as the instruments sometimes appear to be lost in the mix which is most likely due to the orchestral arrangements. However, these flaws do not take away from the overall listening experience of the album by any means. From beginning to end, Time And A Word is a joy to listen to as it contains a unique version of the band that would not be revisited after this album. Soon after recording, Peter Banks would be kicked out of the band in favor of Steve Howe which would ultimately be a good decision by the band. Time And A Word is the first excellent album by an excellent band! "There's a time and the time is now, and it's right for me, It's right for me, and the time is now!"

 The Quest by YES album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.15 | 137 ratings

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The Quest
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by kirklott

4 stars A Good Yes Album

This is a good Yes album. There is plenty of very good music to enjoy here: The Ice Bridge, A Living Island, Future Memories, and more.

The real surprise is Leave Well Alone, which is nothing short of stunning. It's weird, which I expect when I first listen to Yes music. It is not predictable.

Another surprise is Sister Sleeping Soul, a pleasant tune that reminds me of Your Move or Nine Voices. Aside from a couple trite lyrics, it's great folk Yes.

Is The Quest better than Close to the Edge or Fragile?? Absolutely not. But it's better than many Yes albums, including Big Generator, Open Your Eyes, Fly From Here, Heaven & Earth, and others.

There are some stinkers here. Music to My Ears, Mystery Tour, and Damaged World should not have the Yes name on them.

Some people make a big deal about the lineup. If you accept Relayer as a Yes album, you accept Yes without Wakeman. If you accept Drama as Yes, you accept Yes without Anderson.

I cried when Chris Squire died, he is sorely missed. But it was his wishes that Yes carry on, and I am glad that they are making new music, 53 years after they were initially founded.

 Yes by YES album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.26 | 1459 ratings

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Yes
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Prog Eden

3 stars Review - #1 (Yes - Yes)

This is the first of many classic albums to come out from the progressive rock band Yes. This album was released in July of 1969 and consists an interesting line-up of musicians. The line-up included Jon Anderson on vocals, Chris Squire on bass, Bill Bruford on drums, Peter Banks on guitar, and Tony Kaye on Hammond organ. This album displays the band in their early stages as they are still developing their sound and techniques. This allows the listener to take an interesting trip back to hear where these goliaths of prog began. Despite this album differing from their later catalogue, there is still a lot to be enjoyed here. When taking a look at the line-up, bassist Chris Squire does exactly what is known to do. His bass performance throughout the album is incredibly prominent and gives a real punch to all of the songs. Jon Anderson's vocals on the other hand still seem like as if he holding back. By the time we get to the band's third album titled The Yes Album, Jon Anderson has fully broken out of his shell. Nevertheless, his vocal performance on this album is still great and completely enjoyable. The other band members give an impressive performance as well, from Bill Bruford's jazz-like drums to Peter Banks psychedelic guitar the musician box is definitely checked off.

Beyond and Before is the first track on the album and can also be considered the starting point of this iconic band. It was written by Chris Squire and Clive Bailey. Clive Bailey was the former singer and guitarist in Mabel Greer's Toyshop, the rock band which was a precursor to Yes. The band would open a majority of their live shows with this tune. Chris Squire once described the track as "one of those acid rock kind of songs" with its psychedelic lyrics. The song includes various interesting chord progressions and a nice vocal melody that highlights the bands terrific three-part harmonies. I See You is a cover of a song that was originally written by the band The Byrds. Peter Banks once stated that he was somewhat disappointed with the version recorded for the album as he later recognized the mistakes on it. There is some jazz-like improvisational interplay between Peter Banks and Bill Bruford which is a delight to hear. I would actually consider this to be one of Peter Bank's finest work on the album, his wonderful improvisations and well written melodies only strengthen the song. The way the band exits the main improvisational section is also quite brilliant. If you plan on doing a cover, this is how you do it. Yesterday and Today is a short but pleasant acoustic piece that contains beautiful vocals from Jon Anderson. Due to Jon Anderson's airy vocals, the track becomes surprisingly soothing and comforting. Looking Around changes things up from the last track, and is full of energy and vigor. When Chris Squire was asked about Looking Around in an interview, he stated that it remains to be one of his favorite tracks on the album. When it came to recording it, the band actually had difficulties with its pitching as they were unsure on what key the song was in. There is also some great Hammond organ from Tony Kaye that is present through the entire song. This is an exceptionally solid track!

Harold Land appears to be somewhat forgotten by most Yes fans but remains to be a genuinely remarkable song. The band seems to tackle the topic of war and how it effects someone in a genuinely heartfelt manner. This track yet again displays some terrific keyboard work from Tony Kaye as his is playing the lead instrument on most of the track. Harold Land remains as a good example of the path Yes would take when going into the future. Every Little Thing is yet another cover which originated from The Beatles. Chris Squire once said, he didn't realize how much he liked the band's version until he turned on the radio after performing at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1984 and heard the instrumentation. He believed that it was almost a new song being played until Anderson's voice was heard, making it a cover. This cover takes a different spin on the original as the band incorporates various interesting and more complex arrangements into the track. My favorite version of Every Little Thing still has to be the version found on the Songs From Tsongas - Yes 35th Anniversary Concert which has Rick Wakeman performing on piece. Rick Wakeman incorporates new and interesting keyboard melodies that make certain parts feel like a brand new song! Nevertheless, the version found here is still a great listen that yet again displays Peter Banks skill with guitar. Sweetness is the first song that Jon Anderson and Chris Squire (including former Mabel Greer's Toyshop guitarist Clive Bailey) collaborated on following their initial meeting. The song has various interesting vocal harmonies that is filled with the feel of a 60s love ballad with progressive rock touches. All in all, it is a truly enjoyable song that has a great build-up near the end. My favorite moment on this album has to be Survival. The track starts off with various instrumental melodies before initiating the chorus around the two minute and fifteen second mark. It also includes stunning guitar from Peter Banks in addition to skillful keyboard melodies from Tony Kaye. It's the track that I find myself revisiting the most from the album. It also serves as the greatest example of how the band's career would be like in a few years.

The band's debut album starts off Yes on an impressive note that is an enjoyable listen from beginning to end. It received mostly positive reviews at the time it was released but didn't sell as much as expected. Scott Campbell of the Arizona Republic wrote that Yes are "a promising set" that deliver on being "solid and together at nearly all times", with "strong and competent" vocals from Anderson. David Wagner, in the Post-Crescent, agreed with Campbell that Yes were a "very promising" group. He recognized "a lot of jazz swinginess" on the album, particularly on the two cover songs, and compared Banks's guitar style to that of Wes Montgomery which comes across strong on the guitar and drum section on I See You. This album manages to show the early stages of Yes and how creative they were since the start. If you haven't heard this album and you are a fan of Yes I would definitely recommend seeking it out. "In conversation it could be said, well after war your heart is dead. Well it's not hard to understand, there is no heart in Harold Land."

 The Ladder by YES album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.25 | 1063 ratings

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The Ladder
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Dapper~Blueberries

4 stars After their let down of an album, Open Your Eyes, I feel like Yes ironically did just that with this album. It may not be a groundbreaking album like the albums in the 70s, but this time, it feels like they are straying away a bit from the sound they had in the 80s and early 90s and came through with something that combined the symphonic sounds of the 70s, the accessibility of the 80s, and the hard rocking guitars of the 90s. A sorta best of both worlds sorta thing. The first song, Homworld (The Ladder) is basically a grand opening of what this album will be. Something great, but not grand. Yes probably knew they could never do something as grand as their early work, but they at least tried to create a good time, and I think that's what matters here. The song, New Language basically showcases this feeling in full force. This is just Yes wanting to make something fun for them and for their fans. I won't call this an amazing album, but I can never hate it. It's a great album, and definitely one people, no matter what decade of Yes they like, should listen to.
 The Quest by YES album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.15 | 137 ratings

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The Quest
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by kepenu

4 stars At first listening I said: What? Let's Step Beyond, and Believe Again, To Ascend to the Light of The Ages. The base of Yes-world (maybe not only to me) was Squire's heavy rock music balancing with Anderson's positive attitude themes. You know: YES (not NO) My biggest problem with the album the lack of these two things: too few moments of real rock music style, and too much ballad-like musical themes in minor chords. Do you know how many songs end with a clear major chord on this album? 2 out of 8: The Western Edge and A Living Island. All the others are pessimistic in a musical way. So there is too few Darth Vader and almost nothing of Luke Skywalker (as Squire called his heavy themes versus Anderson's happy ones). It's mostly Han Solo :-) It is Yes music Minus The Men :-)

Then I had to modify my review several times, because the more I listen to this album the more I like it! I'm glad if any incarnation of Yes makes music, and goes on Tour. They still can make far better music than almost anyone else in our days. No doubt, The Quest is a difficult stuff. There are no such (on the Yes level) straight forward songs like Step Beyond, It Was All We Knew or Hour of Need. The whole material is harder to get into than previous two Yes albums. And overall it takes maybe a longer time while one makes friends with. But - trust me - worth it! The Ice Bridge: After the first two notes I thought I accidentally started to play Touch & Go from ELPowell :-) Thick orchestration, a very dynamic bass line. A plenty of blending of the lead vocal was strange a bit at the first few times. The Howe-Downes duel is nice! Dare to Know: A complex piece of music with orchestra and with a lot of ideas. It was maybe a mistake to promote the album with this. Minus the Man: My biggest positive turn around compared to the first listening. What a bass line throughout the song! Nice vocal parts as well. I like the ascending chords of the chorus, it is very Yes (BEST MOMENT #4). The overall sound here and there is quite thin. Leave Well Alone: Huh, many switches of many themes. I personally love the 3rd part (BEST MOMENT #1), constructing beautifully, dividing 6 beats to 3-3 then Alan to 2-2-2, when Howe lets go his hands on a loosely-jazzy way like on The Yes Album. It could be a next Wurm, if a cathartic end had been developed. Unfortunately they have missed this opportunity. Doesn't matter, I'm eager to listen to this 3 minutes anytime, any number of times. The Western Edge: The finest progressive rock moment on the album (BEST MOMENT #3), with a nice dissonant vocal, finally a bit faster tempo in the middle. Listen to Billy Sherwood! He quotes Squire in a fantastic way on the whole album. Bass line orchestration as well as vocal harmonies! Hats off Billy! Future Memories: A song with beautiful melody, the rock drummer was given a recreation time :-) Music to My Ears: I love the verse, one of the cutest melodies of Yes history (BEST MOMENT #2), second time further varied, decorated. Lovely! I would have inserted this verse once again before final chorus, too. Almost radio-friendly song but diminished chords break the easy-listening. A Living Island: That lukewarm melody in the first half won't be my favourite. In the second half a kind of finale tries to begin but it doesn't really work. They should ask Neal Morse how to do it!

It must be happened this way: Right after recording the first disc the boys have found the book titled "How to play major chords".

Sister Sleeping Soul: The merriest moment of the whole album (BEST MOMENT #5) in a joyful style of Jon Anderson. IMHO it would have colored the main disc. Ah, and Geoff is back in the studio! Fine fills with the synth. While previous song should have been on the main disc, the last two songs should have never been on a Yes record, unless several years later on an album titled 'Rare takes and mistakes'. Mystery Tour: As a big Beatles fan, and tried to search something in common with the Beatles musically, but there's nothing besides 'Love-love-love'. If ever Steve Howe happens to compile an album with the title: 'My best songs', this should NOT be included. Damaged World: A little light music, starring Steve Howe. We like Steve 'cause he is one of the best guitarist in the world, not for his singing abilities. Downes tries to make up what he missed on disc 1 with synth and organ solos.

Each musician plays his part well, Howe demonstrates his full arsenal, Sherwood and Davison are very OK, Downes is supressed to me and White is correct as always. All in all I can hear the hard work in this project, and love this music more and more day by day. I know that everyone prefers different parts from the long and varied palette of Yes history. Personally I'm missing such uplifting songs as Believe Again, To Ascend and Light of the Ages, which were just the perfect way to reproduce the essential universe of the band, fill me with happiness, put a smile on my face, and make me shout inside: YES. Common Steve, Jon, Billy, Geoff, Alan! Keep up the good work!

 The Quest by YES album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.15 | 137 ratings

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The Quest
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by alainPP

4 stars YES returns, YES releases their 21st album just after the pandemic; YES, which has fewer and fewer original members, can it still do YES after its last controversial releases? 8 tracks including 4 with paragraphs, the pleasure of dreaming of the famous progressive drawers inside said track, just that makes you want to. Well, I'm not going to tell you about the history of the group otherwise you will be hit in the head; go let's see what it's all about.

"The Ice Bridge" immense, the title I imagined, boosted, convoluted, energetic Yes with its lockers and other drawers, everything to forget the absent members, a simply bucolic pleasure which confirms that the mayonnaise is always well taken. "Dare to Know" softer, too predictable, I begin to understand the outburst of certain columnists, then digress with Steve's eternal guitar and there it (re) becomes beautiful as in the good old days; final where the magic guitar still has an effect in a decrescendo; note the simultaneous singing of Jon and Steve on it. "Minus the Man" and the romantic ballad embellished with violins, the voice that looks like Jon, the one whose early fans have not yet digested his departure / ousting, the bass well accentuated also to imitate, the guitar seems on the other hand, she is still so young, a title that is in fact overdone. "Leave Well Alone" and its Japanese intro in the pure tradition, a more complex piece than it seems with a starting song which will be boosted by one of Steve's most beautiful solos for ages, paradox of the sensation between used and magnificent or Magnification? ; a sound that I heard in the last CARAVAN which makes me say that we are in the original Yes no matter what.

"The Western Edge" and a track that will draw on the sounds of yesteryear with bass, vocals and keyboards; finale with marshmallow guitar explosion, syrupy but oh so melting, too short on the other hand lacking a progressive moment. "Future Memories" arrives with its acoustic rhyme to tell himself that Jon doesn't just have his first name, he has a voice; digression like on an "old" track from the GENESIS with the Hackett which gives off some pleasurable notes, but hey Howe also has a hell of a handle; rhythmic, nervous, current bar emotion. "Music to My Ears" starts off with a different, harmonic, delicate, ethereal tune; hilarious track far from the sound still flowing in my ears, heady chorus, reassuring guitar, regressive ballad rhyme, track running out of steam. "A Living Island" for the last title, pompous, musical and vocal hymn, bordering on symphonic pop, beautiful but overplayed, a very good ersatz of the group; this finale which goes back to the fundamentals of the first tracks with a very up-to-date, creative and yessian soul, which goes back to the second side of the album if you enjoyed having it on LP.

The CD or LP2 with "Sister Sleeping Soul" borderline country folk ballad, everything is well placed, but too short, too predictable? "Mystery Tour" title twice that's good it's on the bonus, all that to say that it's cutesy pop and that luckily it has nothing to do with the main CD, except this recognizable and enjoyable guitar among all. "Damaged World" on the track where the synths seem to come from GENESIS 2nd epoch, yet another consensual track, Canterburyen for the final orchestral development, goes everywhere.

YES released a very good album with undeniable charm, resolutely optimistic and faithful in this sense to the spirit of the group, of origin or of different eras. YES can sleep soundly, he still has some under the sole but a punchy title longer than 3 bland bonuses would have been an undeniable plus; in short, glad to have listened to it from all angles to make this little mumble. If the 3.5 existed I would have put it, too bad it will be 4 to fight against the irreducible.

 Going for the One by YES album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.05 | 2163 ratings

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Going for the One
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by ElChanclas

4 stars What an incredible array of good albums were released in 1977, my god!

Title track and opener Going for the one kicks off with a powerful classic rock and roll vibe, slide guitars include?until the symphonic prog inevitably takes over and remind us that in fact we are listening to YES and all its unique elements, from Anderson's high pitch vocals to White's flawless drumming, with chaotic Wakeman introducing his first raving licks and Squire leading the band with his precise and elegantly rapid bass lines. Howe's tone is simply his best to date (meaning until 1977 if not ever!) and thankfully will be kept throughout the whole record, perfect! I think the melodies here are very catchy and guarantees the listener's interest, strong opener track. Turn of the Century it's a dreamy and beautiful track, teasing with traditional folk music and some atmospheric moods, or what I alike to call atmospheric prog. Is the longest track on side A bit not an epic by any means, just classic sounding YES with a mellower feel, very Howe sounding even though Alan is credited as a co-writer here, but percussion is barely present. Squire lifts up the tempo with Parallels, funky symphonic beauty allowing every member to imprint their unique touch maybe as a prologue of the direction that Squire was going to and future sound for the band. Howe and Wakeman sound incredible together in every sense, layers and layers of symphonic battling between two amazing musicians and a perfect match in Anderson & Squires's vocal harmonies, what a duo. No complexity here, no Relayers or Topographic, just pure symphonic rock masterfully played by one of the most important lineups of prog history. To my ears, perfection, type of prog I really enjoy. Anderson's Wonderous Stories was released as the first single for this album in September 1977 and opens side B of the vinyl. Kind of following the steps of Turn of the Century is another very atmospheric track with tones of synths, guitars and raw percussion, experimental sounds that blend together like magic, sorcerers brewing without boundaries to create music worth sharing with every living being in the galaxy, precious and eternal. Howe sounds immense, virtuoso like no one else, brilliant and unrepeatable. An accurate way of leading the second half of the record to the masterpiece epic by geniuses Anderson and Howe, Awaken. Clocking almost 16 minutes Awaken is the last track, sound and tempo that we crave from the band portraying the innegable influence this music had (will have) in so many other rock and prog bands in the world, specifically symphonic and eclectic prog bands. It sounds complex but familiar, melodic but dramatic, chaotic but perfectly balanced, it sounds like classic YES! Rick Wakeman will leave the band after this album (for some time) but hi was sure to leave his unique print, specially in this track, all he does here is perfection and every sound and layer of sounds created give life to his band mates's creation, outstanding! I love the instrumental moment halfway thru, brings me back to normal breathing! I recover myself from the organ overdose thanks to Howe's enchanted guitar licks and Anderson's mystical vocals, and they were all so good together, I'm just glad their music will last forever and it's there at reach for everyone to enjoy! "Master of soul set to touch all impenetrable youth, ask away, that thought be contact with all that's clear Be honest with yourself There's no doubt, no doubt Master of time, setting sail over all of our lands, and as we look forever closer, shall we now bid Farewell, farewell", and it just masterfully fades away. The End!

 The Quest by YES album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.15 | 137 ratings

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The Quest
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by avenger

3 stars My 8 Cents worth. DISCLAIMER I know its only my viewpoint and opinion.

I have listened to it now around 10 times through. I was very pleased with it the first pass, I had refrained from listening to ANY of it until the release, so I went in totally fresh to hear the whole thing at once. I did however read all the reactions for the past weeks, so I was imagining some pretty poor results, so granted my expectations were LOW.

I know that the argument for YES or NO YES is out there, and my view is that the recipe that makes YES the special band we love is the writing and chemistry of the big three: Jon A/Squire/Howe. those three are the ingredients that make the music that is the magical part of YES lore. Thus, for this album to feel Yessy its Howe plus the simulation of the other two ingredients(proving their importance to the recipe). BUT Billy and Juano do an outstanding job of providing the flavors needed to feel like a YES album.

So I knew going in that I was getting something that I am just lucky I am able to get at this point in the journey, some fashion of YES still doing what they can to make music. better than no Yes? arguable. After H/E I would have said YES! Stop now. But this album made me sentimental and touched a Yes nerve that I appreciate and allowed me to enjoy it. I was SOOO disappointed in H/E, mostly due to the incomplete production, clearly the album was released way before it was done properly. There were moments that showed great promise, but clearly their touring cut the process short and the decision(to Howe's point) to release it anyway was not too wise. So much of it sounded demo/like. The break in Living in a World of our own is so bad it hurts. So Quest solves that issue right off...the production is far superior. And the completion of the ideas is valid here, the songs sound DONE.

The GOOD: *Billy's vocals sound so good! I wish he would produce his vocals like this more often! *Billy's bass is very good too. Nice Squire ode. Fish is my favorite musician of all time, so I appreciate Billy as the understudy, does it well. *Juano sounds much more involved and comfortable. *I hate to say it, but even STEVE's vocals sound Ok here. Someone must have bought Melodyne or something...lol. Usually Steve is unbearable when audible! *No cheesy sounds from Geoff. Nice choices. *Songs are interesting, and well layered. Some glorious guitar for sure.

THE BAD: *the best part is that the BAD is not that bad to me. Mostly choices. which is the best news. rather than bad quality as in H/E. *the sad but true biggest issue is poor Alan is just at Ringo level here. ALBIET he is far far better represented than on H/E. But I think the whole of the limited power on the album centers around his limitations. I love Alan(met him, he is sooooo nice). But I wish Jay would have shared drum duties. *I WISH Billy had sung some harmony on all songs, more consistency with the three part harmonies would have served the Yes feel so much better to me. especially considering both Billy and Steve sound pretty ok on here. *I WISH they had built up some of the moments that had huge potential. a few I am sure we all agree were screaming to explode to grand levels. But stayed more subtle. *Geoff is far too low in the mix, and clearly the album is Steve-centric. I do pine for balance in key and guitar presence, that is a Yes-like approach. So I would have loved to hear more presence from Geoffs parts. *Beatle song needed to be JAPAN only!

THE ICE BRIDGE: I loved it. Very nice drive from Billy/kinda had that Spirit of Survival spy bass going on. Geoff seems most active here, but not sure how much came from the Monk piece(lol. not touching that one). I like the coda, the main riff is so good/Howe. The leads are ok all things considered. The singing is Jon A+D, a friend even asked me if Anderson had rejoined! lol. I love the subject and the lyrics. Great start to the album.

DARE TO KNOW: I was expecting a Burt Bacharach song based on what everyone was saying. I was so pleasantly surprised when I finally heard it. Beautiful Howe melodies on guitar. Love the verse guitars, and the main melody gets treated guitar then orch then slide...the melodies vocally are nice. I thought the song was a mini-epic in a very subtle way, again I wish it would have exploded, but alas it did not. NOTE: that last coda on acoustic sounds a lot like the coda from Subway walls? I was waiting to hear "transcend!"

MINUS THE MAN: finally get to hear Billy sing. He and Juano blend well together. This song is very Billy. Having his solo albums, you can hear his style in writing clearly. Really nice guitar added. I wonder if Billy or Geoff is doing the keys, they sound a bit Billy like. I know the song is mid tempo, but It doesn't bother me too much. I like the Billy vocal so I look forward to this song for that harmony reason.

LEAVE WELL ALONE: To me, this one and Dare to Know are the most intriguing and interesting songs on the album. Both have multiple parts that I cannot wait to get to as I listen. This one has that groove to open, but lots of guitar defining the melodies. I concede the transitions on this song between parts can me a bit of the weak point, but again Alan is not in form to be a huge fill power peak to enable part endings and punctuations. the verses are lovely on acoustic, and the riff guitar break is not the most impressive of all time, but its serviceable enough as a melodic guitar break. I wish again more keyboard was evident, that run with a strong Moog would have been cool. Now the BEST moment on the whole album is in this song, that coda....the chords are beautiful. and I give Alan credit for his best moment with those flams. This part starts and I am sure we all salivated hoping to hear it climb to Awaken or Wurm heights! lol. but that was not the choice they made, they kept it at the level of mini epic ness. I will say thought that this is my favorite part of the album. I would love to hear Neal Morse Band cover this song! lol, and just blow up that coda.

THE WESTERN EDGE: Billy's voice without multiple effects works for me here. I love it. the song has glorious slide guitar. and there are great moments of vocal harmony that make me feel good. Again, I wonder if Billy is playing keyboards(wink). they sound so solo album-ish. I love the acoustic verses. All the acoustic moments on the album are pretty nice. I can easily hear Squire singing on this(tear in my eye). The tempo picks up, so i think the slide guitar is what keeps folks from feeling this is an uptempo song a la Ice Bridge. Again, I wish that there was just a bit more distinctive keyboard playing here, to break up the paddy ness.

FUTURE MEMORIES: Great guitar feel. I like it. I love the melody of the vocals. Juano gets to write Juano. I love what he does. NOTE his two major contributions on H/E were my favorite moments. Here he continues the feel. I actually love the chorus, don't want to make another memory without you. I also wish Squire was around to sing with him(tear again).

MUSIC TO MY EARS: Ok, not a very Yes like title, a very Howe like title that Anderson would have changed to 'Earthbound Glider" or something...lol. The song is nice in the sense of the minor key melody is not too cheezy. the chorus melody is very nice, but the lyric is not engrossing enough for me. Not the strongest song on the album. But not as bad as I was reading.

A LIVING ISLAND: a pretty nice song. Somewhat straightforward. Finally some clear Geoff showing. the beginning sounds Gabriel to me. Once it gets going its a song I could hear Anderson signing. The breaks are nice with acoustic guitars. Again the keys/synths are low in the mix. The whole album I think misses the power of a good synths presence balancing the lovely guitar parts that take centerstage. The song ends with a pretty strong final part. I am sure we all feel/wish it would have elevated to a huge crescendo, it teases that, but again the choice was to be what it was. I can totally hear JA on this one! as a closer its a nice way to end the set.

BONUS: SISTER SLEEPING SOUL: should have been placed on the main CD, right before the Island. MYSTERY TOUR: cut it. dump it. never tell anyone you wrote this! lyrics hurt my heart. DAMAGED WORLD: I actually like this one as well, Steve doesn't sound so bad(as I have heard in the past).

overall. I am really enjoying this album a great deal. there are lovely layers to absorb. And I am very pleased that the production is well done(whether to everyones taste or not). The mix is well done(again, whether to my taste or not with keys). the drums are the obvious limitation, and Steve did what Trevor H did on FFH, placed them where they were not so painfully obvious...H/E Alan was forefront and brutally naked to his state of health.

I am very happy to hear that this is better than I imagined. Paul Mc still puts out music, and my best hope is that I get some sense of Macca, and in this case I can say my best hope is that this assembly gives me some sense of YES, and I say most of this surely does. even if a bit on the lite or trite side, it still sounds very much like yes.

Steve is the centerpiece, but thats the last real main ingredient, maybe thats the best course at this point.

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