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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 | 1081 ratings
3.28 | 1133 ratings
Time And A Word
4.29 | 2365 ratings
The Yes Album
4.44 | 2937 ratings
4.65 | 3762 ratings
Close To The Edge
3.89 | 2048 ratings
Tales From Topographic Oceans
4.36 | 2535 ratings
4.04 | 1675 ratings
Going For The One
2.96 | 1266 ratings
3.76 | 1397 ratings
2.95 | 1298 ratings
2.49 | 947 ratings
Big Generator
2.51 | 875 ratings
3.05 | 789 ratings
2.05 | 688 ratings
Open Your Eyes
3.29 | 821 ratings
The Ladder
3.76 | 936 ratings
3.42 | 935 ratings
Fly From Here
2.39 | 453 ratings
Heaven & Earth

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

4.31 | 798 ratings
3.62 | 409 ratings
2.26 | 204 ratings
9012 Live: The Solos
4.09 | 439 ratings
Keys to Ascension
3.96 | 410 ratings
Keys to Ascension 2
2.55 | 124 ratings
BBC Sessions 1969-1970 Something's Coming (2 Cds)
3.60 | 187 ratings
House of Yes: Live From the House of Blues
2.66 | 35 ratings
Extended Versions
2.91 | 30 ratings
Roundabout: The Best Of Yes- Live
3.84 | 156 ratings
Live at Montreux 2003
4.22 | 260 ratings
Symphonic Live
4.51 | 128 ratings
Keys To Ascension (Full)
3.32 | 28 ratings
Astral Traveller (The BBC Sessions)
3.56 | 116 ratings
In The Present - Live From Lyon
3.66 | 48 ratings
Union Live
2.92 | 42 ratings
Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome
4.17 | 50 ratings
Progeny - Seven Shows from Seventy-Two
3.59 | 37 ratings
Like It Is - Yes at the Mesa Arts Centre

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

3.65 | 156 ratings
Yessongs (DVD)
3.16 | 90 ratings
9012 LIVE (DVD)
4.12 | 81 ratings
Yesyears (DVD)
3.68 | 37 ratings
The Union Tour Live
2.90 | 47 ratings
Greatest Video Hits
4.75 | 4 ratings
The Best Of MusikLaden Live
3.59 | 108 ratings
House Of Yes: Live From The House Of Blues (DVD)
3.68 | 118 ratings
Keys to Ascension (DVD)
4.59 | 289 ratings
Symphonic Live (DVD)
3.09 | 67 ratings
2.37 | 76 ratings
Live in Philadelphia 1979
3.14 | 33 ratings
Inside Yes 1968-1973
3.56 | 81 ratings
Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss
4.28 | 152 ratings
Songs From Tsongas: 35th Anniversary Concert (DVD)
3.43 | 64 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 1
3.33 | 57 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 2
3.62 | 52 ratings
Yes (Classic Artists)
3.93 | 123 ratings
Montreux 2003 (DVD)
3.82 | 43 ratings
Yes - The New Director's Cut
3.83 | 40 ratings
The Lost Broadcasts
3.19 | 28 ratings
Rock Of The 70's
3.88 | 55 ratings
Union - Live
3.00 | 2 ratings
Live Hemel Hempstead Pavillion October 3rd 1971

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

4.25 | 4 ratings
2 Originals Of Yes
3.11 | 197 ratings
3.80 | 156 ratings
Classic Yes
3.25 | 103 ratings
3.42 | 67 ratings
3.04 | 66 ratings
Highlights: The Very Best of Yes
2.58 | 30 ratings
The Best of Yes
3.54 | 450 ratings
2.74 | 21 ratings
4.27 | 108 ratings
In A Word
3.13 | 89 ratings
Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection
2.14 | 59 ratings
2.52 | 23 ratings
Topography: The Yes Anthology
3.23 | 131 ratings
The Word Is Live
3.96 | 24 ratings
Essentially Yes
3.52 | 18 ratings
Collection 2CD: Yes
0.00 | 0 ratings
Wonderous Stories: The Best of Yes
4.06 | 25 ratings
Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two

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

4.30 | 22 ratings
Something's Coming
3.47 | 15 ratings
Looking Around
2.82 | 26 ratings
Sweetness / Something's Coming
3.31 | 17 ratings
Sweet Dreams
3.40 | 34 ratings
Time and a Word
3.43 | 44 ratings
Your Move
2.97 | 12 ratings
4.64 | 11 ratings
And You And I (Part 1 & 2)
2.80 | 42 ratings
4.67 | 12 ratings
And You And I
2.78 | 13 ratings
3.26 | 38 ratings
Soon - Sound Chaser - Roundabout
2.40 | 15 ratings
Yes Solos
3.66 | 40 ratings
Wonderous Stories 12''
4.00 | 37 ratings
Going For The One 12''
3.80 | 10 ratings
Turn Of The Century
2.64 | 47 ratings
Don't Kill The Whale
2.97 | 34 ratings
Into The Lens
4.24 | 40 ratings
2.35 | 39 ratings
Owner of a Lonely Heart (promo single)
2.15 | 43 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
2.70 | 36 ratings
Leave It
2.82 | 21 ratings
Twelve Inches on Tape
3.10 | 32 ratings
It Can Happen
2.44 | 8 ratings
Rhythm Of Love
2.97 | 29 ratings
Love Will Find A Way
2.27 | 37 ratings
Rhythm Of Love (2)
3.33 | 20 ratings
Saving My Heart
2.54 | 40 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
2.43 | 9 ratings
Lift Me Up
2.73 | 18 ratings
Make It Easy
2.60 | 11 ratings
Yesyears - Sampler
2.63 | 24 ratings
The Calling
2.00 | 1 ratings
Lightning Strikes (She Ay ... Do Wa Bap)
2.83 | 71 ratings
2.13 | 4 ratings
Selections From The Word Is Live
3.06 | 61 ratings
We Can Fly

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 Tormato by YES album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.96 | 1266 ratings

Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead

3 stars Review Nš 75

'Tormato' is the ninth studio album of Yes and was released in 1977. It became for being the last studio album with the group's usual classic line up. In 1980 Jon Anderson left the group and returned only in 1983 with their eleventh studio album '90125'. After de departure of Anderson, Rick Wakeman also quit the band, because he believed that Yes couldn't continue without the Anderson's voice, which was one of the key elements of the band's sound. He only returned in 1991 with their thirteenth studio album 'Union'. 'Tormato' became a mark in Yes's musical career, because after it, there was no more stability in the line up of the band, with practically constant changes from album to album, in the future. This line up would only be joined again on their compilation album, 'Keystudio', released in 2001.

After 'Going For The One', it was also Hipgnosis who made the design for the art cover of 'Tormato'. However, the photographs taken by Hipgnosis for the album's cover were so impressive that Wakeman, displeased, decided threw a tomato to the pictures taken for the album. As the original album title was to be 'Yes Tor', due to a geological formation in southern England, the cover and the title of the album were adjusted accordingly to this new occurrence.

'Tormato' has eight tracks. The first track is divided in two parts 'Future Times' written by all band's members and 'Rejoice' written by Anderson. This is a good track, not as great as some others from their previous studio albums, but still is a track where we can even see some progressiveness. It's a good opening to the album and represents, for me, one of the best three tracks on the album. The second track 'Don't Kill The Whale' written by Anderson and Chris Squire is a very interesting song chosen to be released as a single with the aim of promotion the album. This is the Yes's animal rights protest song, the ecological message of the band. In those times, these songs had a respectable and important message when the environmental concerns were beginning to rise. The third track 'Madrigal' written by Anderson and Wakeman is the shortest song on the album but it's also an amazing piece of music. This is clearly a Wakeman's song where we can clearly see some influences of the medieval music. This is one of the three best songs on the album. It has great melody and it has also great harpsichord and acoustic guitar works. The fourth track 'Release, Release' written by Anderson, Alan White and Squire is also another interesting track. It's clearly a song influenced by rock, very energetic and with some interesting performances by all band's members. The fifth track 'Arriving UFO' written by Anderson, Howe and Wakeman is, for me, the most weird and weakest song on the album. It's an uninspired song that reflects the fascination for the star trips, so usual in those times, but that doesn't deliver in musical terms. I even don't like the way of singing of Anderson on the track. The sixth track 'Circus of Heaven' written by Anderson, represents another weak point of the album. I don't say that this is a bad track, but this is clearly an Anderson's song that shouldn't be part of a Yes's album. This song should be part of an Anderson's solo work, because has nothing to do with Yes. The seventh track 'Onward' written by Squire is a simple, calm and beautiful love ballad with excellent arrangement and orchestration, dedicated to his wife. This song is different, in style, of the rest of the album, because besides the orchestra there is few use of other instrumentation by the other band's members. The eighth track 'On The Silent Wings Of Freedom' written by Anderson and Squire is the lengthiest song on the album. It's the last of the three best songs, the third best track on the album. It's also considered the only song genuinely progressive of the album. It may be the favourite track on the album by some, perhaps due to its sound, which is more Yes than anything else on the album. It's a symphonic and a jazzy song with good individual performances by Howe and Wakeman, guided by the energetic drumming beat of White and the harmonious bass of Squire.

Conclusion: 'Tormato' is undoubtedly the Yes's album from the 70's less loved by their fans. Many believed that half of the album only serves to occupy space and others said it was a logical progression from 'Going For The One'. In my opinion none of them have reason. When the album was released I bought a copy and me and my friends liked the album. 'Going For The One' is one of the best albums from the band and 'Tormato' isn't as bad as many say. We mustn't forget that 'Tormato' was released in the high of the punk rock era, during which, Yes were seen as old dinosaurs of the progressive rock and were criticized by representing it. So, it's for me evident that Influenced by such musical ambient, they began to change some aspects of their sound and composing shorter songs, performed in a lighter style. So, it was born 'Tormato', a transitional album and an album that even the band's members themselves said that they weren't sure about some of the material on it. However, the album maintains the basic and unmistakable sound of Yes, unlike Gentle Giant's last studio album 'Civilian', where the band's sound is practically unrecognizable.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Going For The One by YES album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.04 | 1675 ratings

Going For The One
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead

5 stars Review Nš 74

"Going For The One" is the eighth studio album of Yes and was released in 1977, after a break for solo activity of their band's members. It's very interesting to note that this album marks the return of their previous and best keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who had departed in 1974, in the aftermath of the controversy of their sixth studio album "Tales From Topographic Oceans" released in 1973, which was the most controversial album of the group and which was also one of the most controversial progressive albums ever. This was only possible because of the departure of Patrick Moraz, their last keyboardist who only participated on their previous seventh studio album "Relayer" released in 1974, which made a terrific work on that album. This made that this album comes up, in my humble opinion, with their best line up, with the exception of their drummer Alan White. Despite I love very much of the working of White, I prefer Bill Bruford, which is for me, one of the best drummer of the 70's, and which he is also one of the best progressive drummers ever.

After working with Roger Dean on almost all of the covers of their albums, Yes have chosen to this time, Hipgnosis, to create the artwork for "Going For The One". The album's cover features the Century Plaza Towers in Los Angeles, also known locally as the Twin Towers. Unlike the Twin Towers in New York, fortunately, these twin towers still exist today.

"Going For The One" has five tracks. The first track is the title track "Going For The One". It was written by Jon Anderson and is one of the two hardest songs on the album. It shows a typical truly classic's Yes song, completely overwhelming with a terrible guitar and keyboard workings, very well accompanied by a very dynamic bass and drumming works with the continued presence of the Anderson's voice. This is a great opening for this magnificent album. The second track "Turn Of The Century" written by Anderson, Steve Howe and White is a very beautiful ballad, and is also, one of the most beautiful songs ever made by Yes. It's a typical calm and very emotional song released by the group with a fantastic acoustic guitar work by Howe. It represents one of the greatest musical moments on the album. The third track "Parallels" written by Chris Squire, is with the title track, the other hardest song on the album. It's also another typical Yes' song, where we can clearly see the Squire's hand. This is a song with a very powerful rhythm and with great individual guitar and keyboard works, once more very well accompanied by the Anderson's voice. Usually it's considered the Achilles heel's of the album, but I don't think so. For me, this is also another great Yes' song. The fourth track "Wonderous Stories" written by Anderson is a typical Anderson's song. It's a very beautiful ballad with great vocals and also with beautiful instrumental parts. It's the smallest song on the album and is quite fascinating that a band with such musical complexity, like Yes, can be able to introduce so much complexity into in such shortest song. This is typically a song made to be released as a single. The fifth track "Awaken" written by Anderson and Howe is one of their greatest masterpieces and is also the great jewel of the album. This is my third favourite song of Yes, behind "Close To The Edge" and "The Gates Of Delirium". Curiously, both Anderson and Wakeman said that this is their favourite Yes' musical piece of music ever. It's even more curious the fact that despite Wakeman doesn't have written the song, he mentions that he believes that this is the Yes' most paradigmatic piece of music ever. Anyway, this is a perfect Yes' song, completely overwhelming with the individual and fantastic musical workings by all band's members. I think that it's perfectly fair to detach the fabulous keyboard work of Wakeman on this track. Sincerely, I believe that it represents their best musical performance on the band, which is even more fantastic because, as I said before, he isn't one of the composers of this unforgettable musical piece of music.

Conclusion: "Going For The One" is one of my fourth favourite studio albums of the band, behind "Close To The Edge", "Tales From Topographic Oceans" and "Relayer". This album is perhaps the most overlooked item in the Yes' catalogue and is unfortunately with "Tales From Topographic Oceans" one of the two most underrated masterpieces released by them. "Going For The One" is, in my humble opinion, the last greatest studio album released by Yes. However, there's no doubt that the most part of the Yes' fans adore this album. The final result were classic songs like the epic "Awaken", the majestic "Turn Of The Century", the gorgeous and melodic "Wonderous Stories", the heavy prog rock "Parallels" and the driving rock ability of the title track. "Awaken" still remains as one of the favourite songs of the band and the fans, until today, and remains as one of the best and most spectacular epic lengthy progressive songs ever recorded. "Going For The One" is one of Yes' defining musical moments and the last of the albums of their golden era. With this album, Yes wrote one of the finest and most glorious musical pages of the progressive rock.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Your Move by YES album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1971
3.43 | 44 ratings

Your Move
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars "Move me on to any black square"

Your Move is the first part of the song I've Seen All Good People from The Yes Album. This song about chess (!) was released as a single with Steve Howe's Clap as its b-side (mistakenly re-named "The Clap", which is unfortunate as that is an alternative name for Gonorrhea!).

It is often frustrating to hear single edits of songs with which you are already familiar as they tend to break off or fade out just before they are about to lead into the best parts of the song as you know it. And so is the case here with Your Move. The single edit of Your Move has since been included as a bonus track on the remastered CD version of The Yes Album which also has a nice studio version of Clap (the version on The Yes Album was a live recording, which I always found a bit weird to put a live track on a studio album).

 Roundabout by YES album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1972
2.97 | 12 ratings

Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars "Mountains come out of the sky and they stand there"

Roundabout was the first Yes song I ever heard. Opening the Fragile album, I was immediately intrigued by the haunting acoustic intro to the song. This intro has been edited out on this considerably shorter single version of the song. The b-side of the single is a similarly shortened version of Long Distance Runaround, also originally from the Fragile album. While Fragile is a classic masterpiece and both songs are fantastic in their full-length album versions, these single edits are of little value. It is interesting for a massive Yes fan like me to hear these single edits once or twice, and to compare them with the album versions of the same songs, but they clearly lack the staying power of the album versions.

 Like It Is - Yes at the Mesa Arts Centre by YES album cover Live, 2015
3.59 | 37 ratings

Like It Is - Yes at the Mesa Arts Centre
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I think that this is the last YES's new official release on which Chris Squire appears. But in fact it was released shortly after his death in June 2015.

It is good to see Squire playing with the band during his last tour with them in 2014. This concert video / CD was recorded in August 2014 in Arizona with the band playing all the songs from two of their most popular and successful albums from the early seventies: "Fragile" (1971) and "Close to the Edge" (1972). From which is considered the "Classic Line-up" of the band which recorded both albums (Squire, Steve Howe, Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Bill Bruford) only Squire and Howe remained by 2014. Alan White replaced Bruford at the very last moment in 1972 for the "Close to the Edge" tour, and with Squire, Howe and White being by 2014 the members of the band which had a lot of years of being playing with the band since 1972 (with Howe being out of the band for several years). Since 2012, the line-up of the band had Squire, Howe and White joined by another "old" member, Geoff Downes, and by new lead singer Jon Davison. They had the idea to tour playing some of their old albums in full. In 2014 they previously played in full in concert their "Close to the Edge", "The Yes Album" and "Going for the One" albums. The songs from the "Going for the One" and "The Yes Album_" albums appear in their live album "Lke It Is - Live at the Bristol Hippodrome" which was released in late 2014.

If their concert in Bristol lacked some power and some good playing by the band as a whole (particularly in the songs from the"Going for the One" album), this concert in Arizona shows the band in a better shape, playing the songs with energy and better, even if the management of some tempos is not very good by the band as a whole. Anyway, the band sounds like they rehearsed better for this Arizona concert, and maybe the songs from the "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge" albums were not as demanding from them as some songs from the "Going for the One" album could have been, on which particularly Downes seemed like having some problems on songs like "Awaken". Or maybe "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge" are among Downes's favourite albums from YES (he and Trevor Horn said that both were fans of the band when they joined the band in 1980 for their "Drama" album).

All the members of the band played very well all the songs from the "Close to the Edge" and "Fragile" albums. Maybe the member who shines more is Jon Davison, showing a very solid voice. His voice is somewhat different to Jon Anderson's, but Davison reaches the original very high notes without apparent problems.

"Siberian Khatru" is really played very well, with Downes playing very well the harpsichord parts. He also plays "Cans and Brahms" in a very similar way as Wakeman played it. But in this song I think that he used some programmed keyboard parts to play it properly. In "South Side of the Sky" he also does a good job with the piano parts and the synthesiser solo at the end of the song. The band also used some pre-recorded vocal parts in "We Have Heaven", and in "The Fish" they also used some pre-recorded bass guitar parts apart from Squire playing his bass guitar on stage, having a lot of fun. In "Heart of the Sunrise" Downes played the song in a very similar way to the original studio recording (something that even Wakeman never did in concert!). In the "Close to the Edge" album title song Downes plays a different but very good organ solo.

As a whole, this live album and DVD is very good, showing the band playing and singing very well and having a lot of fun. Something which is not the same in their concert video and CD from Bristol. So, being this Arizona live recording the last official release from the band with Squire playing during his last tour with the band, it is good to see the band playing very well and the audience also having a good time. The recording and mixing of the sound and the quality of the images of the video are also very good.

A 3.5 stars rating for this album from me.

As everybody knows by now, YES still is playing on tour in 2016, but with Billy Sherwood replacing the late Chris Squire since their 2015 tour.

 Keys to Ascension by YES album cover Live, 1996
4.09 | 439 ratings

Keys to Ascension
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Keys to Yes

3.5 stars

This double live/studio album was my first encounter with YES and also a very good choice to discover their enchanting world. After their FM period during the 80's, the musical direction taken by the band could not last anymore during the explosion of grunge, hip-hop and techno explosion of the first half of the 90's. Thus Jon Anderson decided then to reform the 70's classical line-up (with Alan White instead of Bill Bruford) and to go back to the progressive successful format that made them famous.

The live part simply compiles one of the best tracks from their 70's studio records, except "Time and a Word" and "Relayer". There are two curious choices though. The first one is the average "Onward" from "Tormato" (why not "Don't Kill The Whale"?), the weakest YES' album of the seventies. The second is the extended 10 minutes cover version of SIMON & GARFUNKEL's "America". Original, groovy and charming, but a little out of place. The studio version was initially released as a single in 1972 and can now be found in the remastered 2003 Elektra edition of "Fragile". Overall, the live renditions are pretty good.

The studio part consists in two compositions from 1995-1996. "Be The One" is simply one of YES' best songs of the 90's! A melancholic and catchy fantasy prog track that rocks! The 19 minutes suite "That, That is" has a few good moments, however unfortunately does not overall present the same interest. These two tracks are now compiled in the "Keystudio" album, released in 2001.

Better than Volume II, "Keys to Ascension I" is one of the best YES' live albums. Furthermore, the cover art is very nice. Recommended to the band's fans and ideal for newcomers to discover their magical music!

 Tormato by YES album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.96 | 1266 ratings

Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Strange cover art, strange title and no more long suites. Is this the end of YES as we know it? Looks like it... One of the torment of this album are Rick Wakeman's keyboards, much too present and dated. Steve Howe's guitar interventions remain quite rare. To be honest, the guitar dominated songs seem to be the best passages here. However, more important, the compositions are pompous without providing the enchantment and evasion of the previous records.

The opener "Future Times / Rejoice" is a good illustration of the synthesizers problem of "Tormato". A little irritating, this song is barely listenable and hard to follow. On the contrary, "Don't Kill The Whale" is the best track of the disc. Essentially guitar-driven, this groovy melancholic rock contains beautiful Howe and Wakeman soli. Lifely and nice. Back to boredom with the baroque "Madrigal", which could have been included on an annoying solo album of Rick Wakeman. In contrast, the most surprising moment is the punchy "Release, Release", an energetic hard blues-rock! YES' response to the punk explosion? Maybe, however it does not necessarily result in a good song...

"Arriving UFO" sounds cheesy with its falsely futuristic sonorities, whereas "Circus Of Heaven" and "Onward" are more delicate, but unfortunately rather average. Nonetheless, the second half of the record is saved by the other good track, "On The Silent Wings Of Freedom". Also guitar dominated, this ender is sort of a cool spacey jazz/rock improvisation, the YES way.

"Tormato" is clearly YES' weakest studio release of the 70's. The magic and the ambition that could be found on "Relayer", "Close to the Edge" and even "Going for the One" is now gone. The music does not transport you to Roger Dean's world enough this time. Listen to "Don't Kill The Whale" and "On The Silent Wings Of Freedom" though.

After the first recording sessions of the next album, "Drama", Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman will left the band, and another decade will begin...

 Drama by YES album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.76 | 1397 ratings

Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by uvero3

3 stars

Before you listen to "Drama", it is important that you lower your expectations: this is a good album, but DO NOT expect a "Yes" album. There can't be "Yes" without Jon Anderson. For those who love "Yes" as much as I do, remember this when approaching this album.

Half the songs ("Machine Messiah", "Into the Lens", "Tempus Fugit") are great and are fun, but they're no masterpieces, with the possible exception of the first one (depending on your standarts). The others are entertaining at best - fortunately, those are exactly the shorter ones.

I want to make it clear that you are likely to enjoy this album even if, like me, you're mostly only moved by the very classics (you can say I'm a perfectionist). Just remember - if you're a "Yes" lover like me, then consider this album to be made by the band "Drama" and NOT "Yes". If you don't know "Yes" well enough yet, it is ESSENTIAL that you give their "golden era" (1969-1977 or 1971-1974, depending on the person you're asking) albums a listening through and through (I suggest starting with Close to the Edge, Fragile, and The Yes Album - that is, their albums in 1971-1972). Enjoy :)

 Union by YES album cover Studio Album, 1991
2.51 | 875 ratings

Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by _Mike

3 stars For a record that has received such harsh criticism from so many directions, not least from several of the band members who contributed to it, I have to say that this is a pretty good hour's worth of music, and one which I enjoyed a great deal more than I expected.

Yes, it may be a less "pure" Yes album than some from their classic era, but what I hear are more or less distinctively classic Yes songs, some showing varying amounts of influence from Trevor Rabin's 90125 flavour of early 80's US- influenced Yes. Kind of what you'd expect. There's plenty of musical interest, and it's quite accessible, at least to me.

The track which particularly impressed me was "Silent Talking". I also really enjoyed "The More We Live - Let Go", and wasn't offended by the fact that this latter song does not sound much like a Yes song (as indeed is logical enough given the level of involvement of Billy Sherwood).

I would rate this at about three and a half stars. In my view it contains almost as much musical interest as the more highly-regarded classic albums by this band in my collection.

 Drama by YES album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.76 | 1397 ratings

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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