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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 shows & tickets


  • YES & Toto on 15 Aug 2015
  • Yes + Toto at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater on 23 Aug 2015
  • Yes + Toto at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX on 25 Aug 2015
  • Yes + Toto at Majestic Theatre San Antonio, San Antonio on 26 Aug 2015
  • Yes + Toto at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie on 27 Aug 2015
  • Yes + Toto at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, Littleton, CO on 30 Aug 2015
  • Yes + Toto at Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, WA on 11 Sep 2015
  • Yes + Toto at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, Coquitlam on 12 Sep 2015
  • Cruise To The Edge 2015 on 15 Nov 2015
  • YES on 2 May 2016
  • Yes at Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield on 3 May 2016
  • Yes at l'Olympia, Paris on 13 May 2016
  • Yes: Fragile & Drama on 14 May 2016
  • Yes: Fragile & Drama on 15 May 2016
  • Yes - playing Fragile & Drama on 21 May 2016
  • Yes at Volkshaus, Zurich on 27 May 2016

YES discography


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

3.25 | 984 ratings
Yes
1969
3.27 | 1028 ratings
Time and a Word
1970
4.29 | 2158 ratings
The Yes Album
1971
4.43 | 2687 ratings
Fragile
1971
4.65 | 3465 ratings
Close To The Edge
1972
3.88 | 1885 ratings
Tales From Topographic Oceans
1973
4.36 | 2333 ratings
Relayer
1974
4.04 | 1536 ratings
Going for the One
1977
2.94 | 1172 ratings
Tormato
1978
3.76 | 1275 ratings
Drama
1980
2.94 | 1197 ratings
90125
1983
2.47 | 861 ratings
Big Generator
1987
2.49 | 799 ratings
Union
1991
3.05 | 721 ratings
Talk
1994
2.04 | 629 ratings
Open Your Eyes
1997
3.28 | 750 ratings
The Ladder
1999
3.76 | 859 ratings
Magnification
2001
3.41 | 857 ratings
Fly From Here
2011
2.45 | 363 ratings
Heaven & Earth
2014

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

4.29 | 746 ratings
Yessongs
1973
3.61 | 380 ratings
Yesshows
1980
2.24 | 192 ratings
9012 Live: The Solos
1985
4.11 | 392 ratings
Keys to Ascension
1996
3.95 | 369 ratings
Keys to Ascension 2
1997
2.53 | 115 ratings
BBC Sessions 1969-1970 Something's Coming (2 Cds)
1997
3.59 | 172 ratings
House of Yes: Live From the House of Blues
2000
2.65 | 35 ratings
Extended Versions
2002
2.89 | 30 ratings
Roundabout: The Best Of Yes- Live
2003
3.83 | 141 ratings
Live at Montreux 2003
2007
4.21 | 237 ratings
Symphonic Live
2009
4.51 | 107 ratings
Keys To Ascension (I & II + DVD)
2010
3.32 | 25 ratings
Astral Traveller (The BBC Sessions)
2011
3.57 | 108 ratings
In The Present - Live From Lyon
2011
3.54 | 37 ratings
Union Live
2011
2.86 | 28 ratings
Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome
2014
4.24 | 18 ratings
Progeny - Seven Shows from Seventy-Two
2015
4.50 | 2 ratings
Like It Is - Yes at the Mesa Arts Centre
2015

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

3.63 | 143 ratings
Yessongs (DVD)
1973
3.14 | 83 ratings
9012 LIVE (DVD)
1985
4.11 | 75 ratings
Yesyears (DVD)
1991
3.68 | 35 ratings
The Union Tour Live
1991
2.89 | 43 ratings
Greatest Video Hits
1991
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Best Of MusikLaden Live
1999
3.58 | 101 ratings
House Of Yes: Live From The House Of Blues (DVD)
2000
3.66 | 108 ratings
Keys to Ascension (DVD)
2000
4.59 | 272 ratings
Symphonic Live (DVD)
2002
3.08 | 61 ratings
Yesspeak
2003
2.34 | 70 ratings
Live in Philadelphia 1979
2003
3.13 | 31 ratings
Inside Yes 1968-1973
2003
3.55 | 76 ratings
Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss
2004
4.28 | 140 ratings
Songs From Tsongas: 35th Anniversary Concert (DVD)
2005
3.40 | 58 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 1
2005
3.29 | 52 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 2
2005
3.62 | 52 ratings
Yes (Classic Artists)
2006
3.92 | 114 ratings
Montreux 2003 (DVD)
2007
3.82 | 42 ratings
Yes - The New Director's Cut
2008
3.81 | 37 ratings
The Lost Broadcasts
2009
3.17 | 28 ratings
Rock Of The 70's
2009
3.89 | 51 ratings
Union - Live
2010
3.00 | 1 ratings
Live Hemel Hempstead Pavillion October 3rd 1971
2013

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

4.00 | 1 ratings
2 Originals Of Yes
1973
3.12 | 184 ratings
Yesterdays
1975
3.80 | 148 ratings
Classic Yes
1981
3.24 | 100 ratings
Yesyears
1991
3.42 | 65 ratings
Yesstory
1992
3.04 | 65 ratings
Highlights: The Very Best of Yes
1993
2.58 | 30 ratings
The Best of Yes
2000
3.53 | 437 ratings
Keystudio
2001
2.74 | 21 ratings
Yestoday
2002
4.26 | 105 ratings
In A Word
2002
3.19 | 88 ratings
Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection
2003
2.14 | 57 ratings
Remixes
2003
2.49 | 23 ratings
Topography: The Yes Anthology
2004
3.22 | 126 ratings
The Word Is Live
2005
4.00 | 23 ratings
Essentially Yes
2006
3.48 | 18 ratings
Collection 2CD: Yes
2008
4.19 | 13 ratings
Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two
2015

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

4.28 | 22 ratings
Something's Coming
1969
3.45 | 14 ratings
Looking Around
1969
2.81 | 26 ratings
Sweetness / Something's Coming
1969
3.26 | 14 ratings
Sweet Dreams
1970
3.38 | 32 ratings
Time and a Word
1970
3.92 | 39 ratings
Your Move
1971
4.00 | 4 ratings
Roundabout
1972
4.57 | 7 ratings
And You And I (Part 1 & 2)
1972
2.78 | 40 ratings
America
1972
4.57 | 7 ratings
And You And I
1974
2.61 | 8 ratings
Soon
1976
3.21 | 36 ratings
Soon - Sound Chaser - Roundabout
1976
2.40 | 15 ratings
Yes Solos
1976
3.62 | 38 ratings
Wonderous Stories 12''
1977
4.02 | 35 ratings
Going For The One 12''
1977
4.00 | 6 ratings
Turn Of The Century
1977
2.61 | 44 ratings
Don't Kill The Whale
1978
2.93 | 32 ratings
Into The Lens
1980
4.19 | 36 ratings
Roundabout
1981
2.32 | 37 ratings
Owner of a Lonely Heart (promo single)
1983
2.07 | 38 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
1983
2.66 | 33 ratings
Leave It
1984
2.83 | 20 ratings
Twelve Inches on Tape
1984
3.07 | 30 ratings
It Can Happen
1984
2.17 | 4 ratings
Rhythm Of Love
1987
2.91 | 26 ratings
Love Will Find A Way
1987
2.23 | 35 ratings
Rhythm Of Love (2)
1987
3.29 | 19 ratings
Saving My Heart
1991
2.50 | 37 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
1991
2.24 | 6 ratings
Lift Me Up
1991
2.67 | 17 ratings
Make It Easy
1991
2.52 | 10 ratings
Yesyears - Sampler
1991
2.63 | 21 ratings
The Calling
1994
2.81 | 69 ratings
YesSymphonic
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
Selections From The Word Is Live
2005
3.04 | 58 ratings
We Can Fly
2011

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 Drama by YES album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.76 | 1275 ratings

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4 stars After the ho-hum response that divided YES fans on "Tormato," the pressures of being one of the biggest prog bands of the 70s had clearly taken its toll. The music was becoming more of a chore in keeping up with the current trends instead of making the music that inspired the band in the early 70s, so exit stage left both Jon Anderson AND Rick Wakeman (again). Ironically it was Anderson and Wakeman who were the most enthusiastic about making a new album after "Tormato" but when the creative juices failed to gel they split leaving the continuation of the band in question. I mean really. YES without Jon Anderson? Chris Squire, Steve Howe and Alan White were having none of the band breaking up business and set out to figure out a way to keep it going. The ushering in of the 80s couldn't have been more different than a mere ten years earlier when progressive rock was just beginning to blossom. By this time heavy metal, disco and pop were in and even country was having a comeback.

As the YES destiny would have it, the remaining YES members serendipitously were recording in an adjacent studio of The Buggles members Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes. The Buggles had become the cutting edge band in the new world of music of new wave and MTV and their famous track "Video Killed The Radio Star" was not only the very first video to ever appear on MTV but also hit #1 in the UK. Chris Squire happened to own their album, they all hit it off and the next thing everyone knew was a totally unforeseen new incarnation of YES. Ironically after two albums that eschewed the artistic album cover talents of Roger Dean, the new wave YES actually solicited his return to create an album cover for DRAMA, their 10th studio album. So Trevor Horn took up duties on vocals, a tall order indeed but despite not reaching the heights of the mighty Jon Anderson does a veritable mimicry that keeps the vocal ties to the past while allowing the music to go places no YES fan had ever anticipated.

Wow. What a trippy album this is. No, not trippy like whoa! this is so lysergic man! but trippy like whoa! this sounds like YES but it also sounds like lots of other things. This is one of those YES albums that really divides the fans. Some love it and some hate it. I happen to love it however i wholeheartedly concede that this does not come close to their streak of early 70s masterpieces which progressively rocked the world and changed the very fabric of space-time. This is different in every way. This is a one-shot exploration into a monstrous hybrid of old YES and contemporary influences with a healthy dose of 70s kickbacks as well. YES was humble in that it realized it needed to evolve into some new beast to be relevant. I totally admire this about them. For better or for worse, they were having none of the stuck-in-the-early-70s syndrome and found a new way to let their talents stand out.

The first track "Machine Messiah" actually reminds me of a slightly new wave version of Pink Floyd's "Welcome To The Machine." It has acoustic guitars and lyrics that totally bring that classic to mind, however Geoff Downes keyboards take it to a new level. A great way to start the album. After a 10:27 intro track the contrast slaps you in the face with the 1:21 "White Car," which is a strange little interlude of synth and vocals. "Does It Really Happen" has some classic Squire bass lines going on with some new wave guitar of Steve Howe. While Steve does his best to be modern on the guitar duties, it's actually his excellent lead guitar fills that keep this grounded to the classic YES sound since they are ever so unique and unequivocally YES sounding. This track has a "Blue Collar Man" feel from Styx on the keyboards. "Into The Lens" is another lengthy track that could rightfully qualify as progressive new wave. Nice bass line and staccato backups. For the longest time i only remembered this song under my own invented titled "I Am A Camera." Great instrumentation here and one of my favorite tracks on the album. "Run Through The Light" sounds to me like a Yes meets The Police track. Doesn't quite sound like Sting and company but very much drifts into their territory of the day. "Tempus Fugit" is a Latin phrase that means "time flies." My next favorite track. I love the bass line, the guitar and the lyrics which includes the band's name as an integral part of the chorus.

Another testament to the brilliant members of YES comes alive on DRAMA. While the album cover is a little weak compared to their others, i really dig the music on this one. I get an excellent musical enjoyment experience out of it but because of the fact that they are trying so hard to copy other sounds rather than creating them, it does not deserve the highest of honors that their earlier material does. DRAMA displays a band which was searching for new avenues in musical exploration and despite not taking the lead in coming up with new musical ideas, YES does an EXCELLENT interpretation of current trends while adding just enough classic touches to please the open-minded fan of their glory days. This may not be better than the output from 1970-74 but this is actually better than "Tormato" and almost anything that came out from the 90s on. In short, DRAMA is a delight that will please anyone who loves both YES at its progressive rock heyday and the better prog pop phase of the band.

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 90125 by YES album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.94 | 1197 ratings

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90125
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by ComfortablyNumb

5 stars My first ever, and maybe only, written review comes after the death of the great Chris Squire. This album was the one that took me into Yes fandom. My late Uncle, who was heavily into prog, tried getting me into them with some of the earlier stuff, i.e., roundabout, starship trooper, etc.. I thought those songs were ok but they didn't make me a believer, or fan for that matter. I was more into heavier, more popular (gasp) music at the time. AC/DC, Van Halen, Zeppelin, Rush, so on, so on. This album tired out my turntable getting played many o' time. I loved it's heaviness, melodicness, lyrics, and the tightness of the band. For me this is a classic and a 5 star gem. I realize to the true diehard prog fan that it isn't "progressive" and is thought of more as a piece of sh*t. I tend to not look at music as "prog" or "not prog". To me if the music is enjoyable, has a wow factor, and is well performed then I'm in. I saw a video on rollingstone.com that pushed me to write this review. The band were playing "Owner of A Lonely Heart" live in concert. There was energy, cohesiveness, a rejuvenation it seemed. Most importantly though, there were smiles, and an overall feeling that they were happy and having fun with what they were doing. For me that's classic in itself, seeing those pro's letting go and having a great time playing for their fans, prog or not. I saw them on tour for 90125, one of the best shows I've ever seen. So, I ignore the rating guidelines for what should be deemed a masterpiece of progressive rock music and give, what my heart feels, 5 hardy stars for the album and the meaning it had for me and the band members who created it.

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 In A Word  by YES album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2002
4.26 | 105 ratings

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In A Word
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars I never thought that I was going to write a review about this Box Set compilation until a few days after the sad news of Chris Squire`s death. With him dead, there are two original musicians from this band who are dead now (Peter Banks died in 2013). I was thinking in the last days that many musicians from the bands that I have listened from a very long time ago are now of more of fifty or sixty years of age, with some being more than seventy years old. And these musicians and bands are still my favorite musicians. I can`t imagine myself listening to today`s Pop bands like many young people in their twenties-thirties do. And I also think that while all these "old" musicians are not really of my generation, they really contributed more to the development of music than the new bands which are for very young people who only record one album or song and they later disappear. So, if the musicians that I like are now more in risk of dying (due to age or illness) or some of them are already dead, I don`t know to what kind of music I`m going to listen in the future. That is one of the reasons I still listen to all these "old" bands and musicians.

I have listened to YES since the early seventies. It was to their very first album ("Yes", 1969) that I remember listening for the first time to the band, maybe in 1971. The next album was "Fragile" (1971) in 1973. By 1976 it was to "Relayer (1974). Later in 1977, in was to "Going for the One" from the same year. By 1981 I have bought all the albums that were available from the band then. Bands like YES became a constant listening, and also they became very good sources from which I could learn to play the drums (and also to sing harmony vocals) when I was a teenager. Their music became a "friend" in lonely and troubled times and in happy times too. Finally, some years later I could see them play in concert in my city, three times (1998, 1999, 2002). So, YES became one of my favorite bands, and it still is one of my favorite bands, even if I sometimes forgot to listen to their albums for a long time. Being albums from which I still can learn something musically (for example, while trying to learn the chords of the songs in a keyboard while I listen to them; a very funny and relaxing way for me to forget the problems of some days, even if I don`t play the keyboard very well, not really being a keyboard player) it is obvious that they still have a lot to me to still be listened to after all these years.

Now, about this Box Set: this is a good compilation Box Set from YES, released in 2002. Five CDs which include songs from every studio album from 1969 ("Yes") to 2001 ("Magnification"), plus a few previously unreleased tracks (some from the aborted Paris sessions from late 1979, one from the "Magnification" album sessions from 2001, and one recorded as a trio by Howe-Squire-White before the "Drama" album sessions in 1980). Some alternate mixings and versions of some songs ("Fist of Fire" from the ABWH album, and one extended version of "I Would Have Waited Forever" from the "Union" album, plus a different spoken introduction which was added to "Clap" from "The Yes Album" from 1971, and a longer introduction added to "The Revealing Science of God " from the "Tales from Topographic Oceans" album from 1973). I could have included some of my favorite album tracks which were not previously included in other compilations ("Harold Land", for example, which I still consider as one of the best songs from their first album). In a few words, while this Box Set still includes some songs which were previously released in other compilations, it still is very good because it includes songs from all the studio albums which were available until 2002, including songs from albums which were released in other labels, not only in the Atlantic / Atco labels (as it was the case in the "Yesyears" Box Set from 1991). So, I think that this "In a Word" Box Set is maybe the most exhaustive compilation of the band`s music, including every member that the band had in the line-ups that were recorded in the studio until 2001 (with the Box Set titled "The Word is Live" from 2005 being a very good companion to this "In a Word" Box Set, but with only having live recordings from 1970 to 1988). There are not really "perfect" compilations from this band, but this Box Set is still very good. It also includes a very informative Booklet with the history of the band and photos, plus some essays written about the band. The Booklet has some inaccuracies, but it still is very informative.

As I write this review, the band has to play some tour dates without Squire from August to November of this year and some dates even in 2016, tour dates which were planned when Squire was still alive. Squire in fact a month ago announced that he was ill with Leukemia and that Billy Sherwood was going to replace him in these tour dates until his recovery. Unfortunately, Squire died, and it seems that these previously contracted tour dates are still going to be played by the band. I really don`t know if the band is going to carry on after these tour dates are played. But I still think that with Squire being the only original musician that played with the band all these years (and also being the only original musician of the band still playing recently with the band until before his death), I think that the band maybe could say "farewell " to the fans after all these previously contracted tour dates are played. But who knows? Maybe Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood could have other plans to carry on playing together as YES indefinitely.

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 Tormato by YES album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.94 | 1172 ratings

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Tormato
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars On "Going For The One" YES had come full circle regarding their musical differences and successfully reunited the lineup of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Alan White, Chris Squire and Rick Wakeman. It was a transitional album that honed down the bombastic complexities of albums like "Relayer" and "Tales From Topographic Oceans" and simplified the song structures with the intent to fit into a changing musical world where simplified music had dethroned the earlier 70s perceived excesses. YES successfully crafted an album that stayed true to their sound while taking the first step into their progressive pop style without totally severing the progressive umbilical chord from the past by adding the beautiful "Awaken" to finish off the album and perhaps the era of fully progressive rock.

Their 9th studio album TORMATO finally jumps ship altogether from the full-fledged progressive rock of the earlier years and delivers one of their very first progressive pop albums that would usher in a couple decades of similarly inspired music to follow. The first thing about this album that confuses the first time listener is the question of just where in the world did they get the album title? Is a TORMATO a tornado that hit a vegetable market that happened to have all tomatoes that day? A craggy outcrop of rock on the summit of a hill in the town of Mato on the island of Sarawak in Malaysia? Or is it a radioactive tomato that morphed into a Godzilla type creature that is ready to devastate Baltimore? Guess again. The name was actually derived from Steve Howe's idea of naming the album "Tor" after the highest point in Dartmoor, England. The artist Hipgnosis who designed the "Going For The One" album also did this one and after Wakeman objected to the design he threw a tomato at it which ended up as the album cover of choice, so TORMATO is simply a combination of the "Tor" idea and the tomato being thrown. Not my favorite album title or cover either, but there it is.

Musically TORMATO is a strange beast which features virtuosic classical trained progressive rockers unleashing their full musical prowess into short radio friendly track lengths. It's actually kind of interesting if you can embrace the irony of it all. As horrible as this album is purported to be, i personally don't find it that way at all. No doubt i do find this to be the weakest album of their 70s output, but a weak album by one of the greatest prog bands in history is still a worthy album to experience and much better than some of the utter crap like "Union". Right from the get go "Future Times / Rejoice" embraces a musical glee with the vocals of Jon Anderson who seems to take lead on this album as the centerpiece which the musical "noodling" revolves around. While the melodies tend to be pleasant enough pop inspired songwriting, the virtuosic performances around them are a bit surreal to say the least. The lyrics of YES have always tended to be a little spacey and hippie dippy and they only become more so here whether it be about environmental concerns on "Don't Kill The Whale" or new age fantasies on "Arriving UFO."

Overall this is not a horrible album but after all i love good pop music as much as i love good prog. There are many examples where a band is successful in one style and is pathetic in the other. YES proves here that they have what it takes to create a very decent middle of the road album that peaks and troughs in both arenas of pop and prog. I assume the main objection to this album revolves around that it went in the pop direction at all, but for me that is not a problem as living in the real world of the day, YES also proved they had the foresight to see the writing on the wall and adapted to the new world without compromising the sounds and style they were known for. Ingenious if you ask me. I can honestly say i like every track on this album except for the "Circus Of Heaven" track which kinda makes me wanna hurl. While i wholeheartedly concede that this was indeed a major step down in quality and the beginning of a loathsome era for their original prog fans, i can only admire the tenacity of YES for steering their musical vehicle into arenas that kept them relevant at the time without totally watering down the music to unlistenability (that would eventually come). By keeping the band name alive and kicking was relevant for new fans discovering older progressive rock and wished to delve into their discography. Successfully maneuvering the business aspects of the musical world in the late 70s aside, i actually find this to be an enjoyable album for the most part and while not a desert isle pick it is by no means designated to the completists only file because i find the melodies on this one infectious.

In the end, this album was the breaking point for a band who was obviously placating a musical market to the best of their abilities and after this album and tour both Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman would jump ship leaving the band's future in question, but with hind-sight being 20/20 we know that the band would constantly reinvent itself in most unforeseen and unorthodox ways with some successes and unfortunately, ho hum, way too many that were not.

While i rarely find bonus tracks on the YES remasters to be essential this one actually has some total winners that for me are worth the price of admission alone. The track "Money" for example is so experimental and different from anything the band has done that you would hardly guess that it is a YES track at all.

3.5 but rounded up because TORMATO doesn't get enough love in these here parts ;P

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 Going for the One by YES album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.04 | 1536 ratings

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Going for the One
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars After "Relayer" was released in 1974, YES had gone through five years of progressive rock superstardom and were completely burned out from all the recording, all the touring and most of all each other. They decided to recharge their batteries and take a lengthy break from each other so they could all focus on solo albums, thus during the time span between "Relayer" and this eighth studio album GOING FOR THE ONE, there were many solo albums released and a 1976 Solos Tour Of North America. Once again YES changed their musical vision and after the two super complex and challenging albums that preceded they decided to simplify a bit with shorter songs more akin to the earlier days of "Fragile" and "The Yes Album." The only exception is the monstrous "Awaken" that runs well over fifteen minutes.

After only one album with Patrick Moraz it was decided that his contributions no longer gelled with the band's overall sound and he was asked to leave. Originally asked to be a sit in session musician, Rick Wakeman returned only to find he and the band had come full circle and reached common grounds again allowing him to regain his seat as progressive rock's number one symphonic prog keyboardist. So the reunion of Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White and Wakeman was complete and they headed off to Switzerland to record this wonderful album.

"Relayer" took me a long time to get into because of its complexities but GOING FOR THE ONE took me a while to get into for the opposite reason. I found this album to be too simple. It has much more accessible song structures compared to pretty much every that came before except maybe the very first two albums but somehow these melodic rockers managed to weasel their way into my head and wouldn't let me be, so i succumbed to their charm over time and now i find this to be a very satisfying album although this is truly the beginning of a decline because it doesn't come close to the magical era lasting from 1970-74. I now love every song on here except "Wonderous Stories" which is one that no matter how hard i try it makes me cringe!

Beginning with the raucous rocking title track that sounds a little country with all the slide-guitar action, the album starts off on a good note by keeping the tracks somewhat accessible while not jettisoning the progressive tendencies. This is a trend they would continue from hereon as the band adapted to the changing musical realities the world was experiencing, however this is still very much progressive rock and held its own against the new explosion of punk, pop, arena rock and disco that was conquering the world by this time. The album still sailed up the charts and loyal fans consumed it with glee.

While the first three tracks: the title track, "Turn Of The Century" and "Parallels" are somewhat catchy and poppified progressive rock songs that are guitar heavy with Wakeman eschewing his classical keyboards for more complimentary hard rock embellishments, "Wonderous Stories" is a whiney little ballad that totally rubs me the wrong way and is the first sign that the glory days of YES have waned. The highlight is the extraordinary "Awaken" that very much is a blast from the past with its long drawn out melodic developments showing the band doing what it does best, that is create blissful extended instrumental behemoths that segue into different styles and sections and that always work in tandem with the vocals. This track shows Wakeman conjuring some of the most beautiful church organ runs behind Squire's unique bass line walks up and down the scales. The song has an addicting chord and rhythmic structure and the lyrics are sublime. If the rest of the album was like "Awaken" this would be yet another masterpiece.

GOING FOR THE ONE was the beginning of a new era for YES. They would never return to the glory of their past and instead follow in the path of what is going on with the simplified song structures found here with mixed results. While this album blows away the gazillions of lesser bands of any era, it still comes up short as being one of the greats of the YES discography in my world, but for what it is and compared to what would come down the road in the 80s and 90s, it still ranks high in their discography but just shy from peaking into the classic era. Still though GOING FOR THE ONE is a unique little listen as it has a distinct sound from any other YES album and is one that can easily seduce you into its magical universe.

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 Relayer by YES album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.36 | 2333 ratings

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Relayer
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
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5 stars Hot on the heels of their "Tales From Topographic Oceans" tour Rick Wakeman decided to jump ship from the mighty YES due to creative differences with "Tales From Topographic Oceans," the whopping double album that dipped too much into the ethereal imagination of vocalist Jon Anderson. In order to find the proper replacement to fill Wakeman's hard-to-fill shoes, the band searched high and low and even auditioned Vangelis who didn't quite fit in with this crowd. After the dust settled they settled for the Swiss keyboardist Patrick Moraz whose only real band experience was with the progressive rock band Refugee. The band sallied forth without Wakeman and without him conjured up one of their most complex and challenging albums of their career with RELAYER. This album is really perfect in every way. It takes all the complexities and diverse elements found on pretty much all of their previous works and stitch them together in creative new ways while still adding a lot of experimentation to the mix. This is probably one of the most complex albums that took me the longest to appreciate. The music is so jittery and bombastic that i didn't know what hit me the first time i heard this. I couldn't understand why anyone would like this. Granted it was one of the first progressive rock albums i got into along with other YES albums, but happily after a gazillion and one listens to this i can honestly say not only has it aged well, but it has gotten better after each subsequent listen and continues to do so to this very day.

There are many similarities with previous albums although there are many more differences. The album attempts to take the variety of diverse complexities from "Tales?" and condenses them into a single three track album which in that regard is similar to "Close To The Edge" where the first track "The Gates Of Delirium" takes up a whole side on the original LP and side two consists of two tracks. There is less time for spaced out wandering and more focus on extremely tight band interactions that spiral out a healthy amount of variations on different complex melodies. After the mixed reviews of "Tales?" the band returned to the top of the charts with RELAYER as it was a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic. This is probably one of the most complex albums i can think of to actually hit the top 5 on the Billboard album charts and be certified gold soon after its release. Obviously YES had no problem carrying on without Wakeman and i believe that without him is the reason they could experiment even more leaving behind the classical keyboard approach and taking on harder sounds where the keyboards were more designed to be a surreal fugue behind the guitar and bass.

The album begins with the monstrous behemoth "The Gates Of Delirium" which at 21:50 remained their lengthiest single track for much of their career. The track is based on Leo Tolstoy's "War And Peace" and has different sections that run the gamut of symphonic progressive rock, hard rock, experimentalism and even some musique concrète. The very last section called "Soon" was actually released as a single. This song was designed to convey the feel of a battle scene where each section segues into the next ranging from the chaotic to the melodic as heard in the "Soon" section which concludes the horrific battle with a melodic prayer offering hope for the future. The battle scene is notorious for the crashing of car parts that Alan White and Jon Anderson would collect and hang up to randomly bang upon. There is one chaotic part where Alan White pushes the whole collection over creating a massive cacophony.

The second track "Soundchaser" is easily one of my all-time favorite pieces of musical magic. This track embodies virtually every possible trait of progressive rock that i could imagine. It shows deep emotional connection, outstandingly technical prowess, consonance, dissonance, fantastic structure, OMG soloing, perfectly balanced dynamics between the bombastic and subtle and an excellent adaption of adding funk and jazz-fusion to the YES sound. It is just perfectly paced with Steve Howe's guitar solos being amongst the strongest highlights of an impressive-in-every-way track. The slide guitar adds a slippery slide feel with proggy time sigs to die for with punctuated vocal interruptions a la Jon Anderson's "cha-cha-cha's" . I really want this to be a twenty minute track as well as its mere 9:31 isn't quite enough musical bliss for me!

The last track "To Be Over" is the most accessible track on the album that creates a complex melodic arrangement of the guitar and electric sitar. It starts out as a lovely ballad with dreamy vocals accompanied by slide guitar and a nice mellow break after the frenetic outbursts of "Soundchaser." The counterpoint soloing keyboards are heaven on Earth. This song builds in tempo and breaks into a more hard rocking sound while retaining the overall mellow feel of the introductory melody only with more energetic guitar, bass and drum action. A great way to wind down one of the most bombastic symphonic progressive rock albums in all of history.

And if all the music wasn't enough. RELAYER has one of my favorite album covers of all time by Roger Dean. The silver and grey wrap around ice cavern scene offers up a dreamy fantastical Tolkien type landscape that complements every aspect of the music. It offers the placid otherworldliness with the contrasting hues of grey with the dangers that lurk ahead as witnessed by the serpent that stands in the way of the path to the magical kingdom. I really don't have desert isle lists and the like because my musical tastes are as fickle as a breeze changing at the drop of a hat. I find most music can be satisfying at some particular moment and then not so at others but RELAYER is an album that satisfies anytime, anywhere and as frequently as i want. I still have a hard time retaining these melodies in my head yet they are as pleasant to hear every single time, therefore RELAYER is without doubt my current all-time favorite YES album and a mandatory desert-isle pick for its ability to be the musical gift that never stops giving me what i want out of it. 5 stars to the 5th power and beyond. It doesn't get much better than this.

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 Inside Yes 1968-1973 by YES album cover DVD/Video, 2003
3.13 | 31 ratings

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Inside Yes 1968-1973
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars The inside series of DVDs are certainly very interesting for the progressive rock fan. It is worth noting that there are a series of "Inside" DVDs available, including Pink Floyd, Van der Graaf Generator, early Genesis, Supertramp, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and of course "Inside Yes". Each DVD is in Dolby digital 5.1 and DTS so the sound is incomparable. The Inside series is an independent critical review featuring rare archive footage much of which has been previously unavailable on DVD.

"Inside Yes" looks at the years 1968 to 1973 and of course we are treated to rare film clips of the classic Yes lineup with the indomitable Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson at the helm. There are interviews with Steve Howe guitarist extraordinaire and the great bassist Chris Squire.

Musicologists of varying backgrounds critically assess the music to discover the essence of the band. It is a very brief look at the band as are all of these DVDs of the "Inside" series, clocking just over one hour in length. Therefore it is more of a taster for those new to Yes or for those Yes-aholics who just want to look back at the golden years of this wonderful prog rock band.

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 Close To The Edge by YES album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.65 | 3465 ratings

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Close To The Edge
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by ProgressiveHypocrite

5 stars This blew my mind when I first listened to it. I had no idea what progressive rock, or prog, was. The only prog I had ever listened to was Pink Floyd and some of Rush's songs, which, while fine examples of prog, are dimmed by comparison to this masterpiece. The only Yes song I had ever heard was "Owner of a Lonely Heart", a song that my mom told me real Yes fans didn't like. Whatever, I thought at the time, I don't even know what Yes is. Then I listened to one of the songs off this album, "And You And I". STUNNING. So soaring and majestic, I felt like I'd died. To me it is the stand-out track. I listened to the full album later. "Close to the Edge" is a real roller-coaster ride, as many of you have said. The first part to me is like a volcano erupting; the organ solo in "I Get Up, I Get Down" is awesome; "Seasons of Man" is a beautiful, down-to-earth ending to this mad, frantic, song. The last track "Siberian Khatru" kind of falls flat compared to the others; this is why i prefer the order they play it live; that being said, it's a good song. The entire album is great! It totally merits repeated listens. I recommend it to anybody; I guarantee even non-prog fans will become hooked!

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 Classic Yes by YES album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1981
3.80 | 148 ratings

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Classic Yes
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars Yesterdays II

I don't review compilations unless there is something extra that is not available on a band's regular albums. The present compilation is a borderline case in this respect because the only extras that you get here compared to the regular albums are two previously unreleased live tracks. On the original 1981 vinyl release of Classic Yes, the two live tracks came on a separate 7" disc that accompanied the LP which held the studio recordings. On later CD editions, the two live tracks were tagged on at the end of the same disc.

The two live tracks are Roundabout and I've Seen All Good People, both recorded in 1978 but on two separate occasions and in two different locations. These are both good and constitute worthy additions to a Yes fan's collection, but these particular versions are not exactly essential. Earlier recordings of both songs were included on Yessongs. Yet, the inclusion of these live tracks together with the nice Roger Dean cover art is what brings Classic Yes it's primary value.

When it comes to the seven studio tracks, these are of course all excellent but in every case better heard in their original album contexts. The selection focuses narrowly on the 1971-72 period with all but one of the seven tracks being taken from the trio of masterpieces The Yes Album, Fragile, and Close To The Edge. That there is nothing from the two first Yes albums is easily forgiven as the earlier Yesterdays compilation had already focused on that early period, but the fact that there is nothing at all from either Tales From Topographic Oceans, Relayer, Tormato, or Drama, and only one song from Going For The One, is somewhat harder to overlook. Of course, there is only so much space on a vinyl LP which is a mitigating circumstance, but they could perhaps have expanded this into a double disc set.

Moving now from what isn't here to what is here. The Yes Album is well represented by Yours Is No Disgrace and Starship Trooper, two of that album's best tracks. Close To The Edge is similarly well represented by the wonderful And You And I. Heart Of The Sunrise is a perfect choice from Fragile but I think that Long Distance Runaround and especially Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) are somewhat odd choices for a compilation.

Progressive Rock is not very well suited for compilations and it is strongly recommended to go straight to the original albums from which these songs were taken (plus the live Yessongs). As far as compilations go, the four disc set Yesyears is a better choice than the present one.

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 Yesterdays by YES album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1975
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Yesterdays
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars Then

Yesterdays is a very fitting name for this compilation which gathers together tracks from the early days of Yes' career with Peter Banks as the band's guitarist. The sole exception to this is the Simon & Garfunkel cover America which opens this collection. The latter was recorded in 1972 and features Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman. Even though it was recorded later than the rest, it fits in very well on Yesterdays because it really sounds as if it came out of an earlier age when Yes used to record covers of other people's songs. By the time of The Yes Album in 1971, however, Yes had moved beyond this embryonic phase of their career and now were focusing exclusively on their own material. In this context, the recording of another cover song at this point constituted a bit of a throwback to the band's earlier days that this compilation primarily celebrates. Hence, America fits in here among the older songs much better than you would expect.

Yes' version of America was first released on a multi-artist, label sampler compilation album called The New Age Of Atlantic in 1972. An edited version of the song was also released as a single in the same year. While the single edit runs for just over four minutes, the full version of the song has a running time of ten and a half minutes. It is the latter, full version that appears on Yesterdays and this is clearly the more interesting version as it develops the song to a much greater extent from the Simon & Garfunkel original. While it doesn't measure up to the band's own songs from this period, it is definitely a song that Yes fans need to hear and the Yesterdays compilation was for a long time the best way to get hold of it. However, it has since been included as a bonus track on the 2003 remastered CD resissue of Fragile.

The bulk of this compilation holds tracks that originally appeared on the band's self-titled 1969 debut album and the 1970 follow-up Time And A Word. If you have those albums there is not much here of interest. The exception is Dear Father, a non-album b-side, only available previously on the Sweet Dreams single. This one too has since been included as a bonus track on the remastered CD version of Time And A Word which makes Yesterdays obsolete.

The cover art of Yesterdays is of course by the amazing Roger Dean who started making the covers for Yes with Fragile and has created many album covers for the band since then. This particular picture is somewhat uncharacteristic of his style in that it has a naked woman floating in the air in an otherwise recognisable Dean background. The art work makes this a valuable collectors item.

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