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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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3.23 | 1092 ratings
Yes
1969
3.28 | 1145 ratings
Time And A Word
1970
4.29 | 2391 ratings
The Yes Album
1971
4.44 | 2961 ratings
Fragile
1971
4.65 | 3788 ratings
Close To The Edge
1972
3.89 | 2064 ratings
Tales From Topographic Oceans
1973
4.36 | 2556 ratings
Relayer
1974
4.04 | 1690 ratings
Going For The One
1977
2.96 | 1279 ratings
Tormato
1978
3.76 | 1411 ratings
Drama
1980
2.95 | 1314 ratings
90125
1983
2.50 | 956 ratings
Big Generator
1987
2.51 | 882 ratings
Union
1991
3.06 | 795 ratings
Talk
1994
2.05 | 693 ratings
Open Your Eyes
1997
3.28 | 828 ratings
The Ladder
1999
3.75 | 944 ratings
Magnification
2001
3.42 | 942 ratings
Fly From Here
2011
2.38 | 459 ratings
Heaven & Earth
2014

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

4.31 | 805 ratings
Yessongs
1973
3.62 | 413 ratings
Yesshows
1980
2.26 | 207 ratings
9012 Live: The Solos
1985
4.09 | 443 ratings
Keys to Ascension
1996
3.95 | 414 ratings
Keys to Ascension 2
1997
2.56 | 126 ratings
BBC Sessions 1969-1970 Something's Coming (2 Cds)
1997
3.59 | 188 ratings
House of Yes: Live From the House of Blues
2000
2.67 | 36 ratings
Extended Versions
2002
2.91 | 31 ratings
Roundabout: The Best Of Yes- Live
2003
3.84 | 157 ratings
Live at Montreux 2003
2007
4.22 | 262 ratings
Symphonic Live
2009
4.50 | 130 ratings
Keys To Ascension (Full)
2010
3.27 | 30 ratings
Astral Traveller (The BBC Sessions)
2011
3.56 | 117 ratings
In The Present - Live From Lyon
2011
3.65 | 49 ratings
Union Live
2011
2.92 | 43 ratings
Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome
2014
4.18 | 52 ratings
Progeny - Seven Shows from Seventy-Two
2015
3.57 | 39 ratings
Like It Is - Yes at the Mesa Arts Centre
2015

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

3.65 | 157 ratings
Yessongs (DVD)
1973
3.15 | 91 ratings
9012 LIVE (DVD)
1985
4.12 | 82 ratings
Yesyears (DVD)
1991
3.67 | 38 ratings
The Union Tour Live
1991
2.90 | 48 ratings
Greatest Video Hits
1991
4.80 | 5 ratings
The Best Of MusikLaden Live
1999
3.59 | 108 ratings
House Of Yes: Live From The House Of Blues (DVD)
2000
3.68 | 118 ratings
Keys to Ascension (DVD)
2000
4.59 | 290 ratings
Symphonic Live (DVD)
2002
3.09 | 67 ratings
Yesspeak
2003
2.37 | 76 ratings
Live in Philadelphia 1979
2003
3.14 | 33 ratings
Inside Yes 1968-1973
2003
3.56 | 81 ratings
Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss
2004
4.29 | 153 ratings
Songs From Tsongas: 35th Anniversary Concert (DVD)
2005
3.43 | 64 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 1
2005
3.33 | 57 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 2
2005
3.62 | 52 ratings
Yes (Classic Artists)
2006
3.93 | 124 ratings
Montreux 2003 (DVD)
2007
3.82 | 43 ratings
Yes - The New Director's Cut
2008
3.83 | 40 ratings
The Lost Broadcasts
2009
3.19 | 28 ratings
Rock Of The 70's
2009
3.90 | 56 ratings
Union - Live
2010
3.00 | 2 ratings
Live Hemel Hempstead Pavillion October 3rd 1971
2013

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

4.25 | 4 ratings
2 Originals Of Yes
1973
3.09 | 199 ratings
Yesterdays
1975
3.80 | 159 ratings
Classic Yes
1981
3.25 | 104 ratings
Yesyears
1991
3.42 | 69 ratings
Yesstory
1992
3.04 | 67 ratings
Highlights: The Very Best of Yes
1993
2.58 | 31 ratings
The Best of Yes
2000
3.54 | 451 ratings
Keystudio
2001
2.74 | 21 ratings
Yes-today
2002
4.29 | 110 ratings
In A Word
2002
3.13 | 89 ratings
Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection
2003
2.14 | 59 ratings
Remixes
2003
2.52 | 23 ratings
Topography: The Yes Anthology
2004
3.23 | 132 ratings
The Word Is Live
2005
3.96 | 24 ratings
Essentially Yes
2006
3.52 | 18 ratings
Collection 2CD: Yes
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Wonderous Stories: The Best of Yes
2011
3.89 | 27 ratings
Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two
2015

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

4.30 | 22 ratings
Something's Coming
1969
3.47 | 15 ratings
Looking Around
1969
2.82 | 26 ratings
Sweetness / Something's Coming
1969
3.31 | 17 ratings
Sweet Dreams
1970
3.40 | 34 ratings
Time and a Word
1970
3.43 | 44 ratings
Your Move
1971
2.97 | 12 ratings
Roundabout
1972
4.64 | 11 ratings
And You And I (Part 1 & 2)
1972
2.80 | 42 ratings
America
1972
4.67 | 12 ratings
And You And I
1974
2.78 | 13 ratings
Soon
1976
3.26 | 38 ratings
Soon - Sound Chaser - Roundabout
1976
2.40 | 15 ratings
Yes Solos
1976
3.66 | 40 ratings
Wonderous Stories 12''
1977
4.00 | 37 ratings
Going For The One 12''
1977
3.91 | 11 ratings
Turn Of The Century
1977
2.64 | 47 ratings
Don't Kill The Whale
1978
2.99 | 35 ratings
Into The Lens
1980
4.24 | 40 ratings
Roundabout
1981
2.35 | 39 ratings
Owner of a Lonely Heart (promo single)
1983
2.15 | 43 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
1983
2.70 | 36 ratings
Leave It
1984
2.82 | 21 ratings
Twelve Inches on Tape
1984
3.10 | 32 ratings
It Can Happen
1984
2.44 | 8 ratings
Rhythm Of Love
1987
2.97 | 29 ratings
Love Will Find A Way
1987
2.27 | 37 ratings
Rhythm Of Love (2)
1987
3.33 | 20 ratings
Saving My Heart
1991
2.54 | 40 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
1991
2.43 | 9 ratings
Lift Me Up
1991
2.73 | 18 ratings
Make It Easy
1991
2.60 | 11 ratings
Yesyears - Sampler
1991
2.63 | 24 ratings
The Calling
1994
2.00 | 1 ratings
Lightning Strikes (She Ay ... Do Wa Bap)
1999
2.83 | 71 ratings
YesSymphonic
2001
2.13 | 4 ratings
Selections From The Word Is Live
2005
3.06 | 61 ratings
We Can Fly
2011

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 Tales From Topographic Oceans by YES album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.89 | 2064 ratings

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Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

5 stars My 100th review! What better way to celebrate than one of the most controversial pieces in the prog canon? "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

"Tales" really is an infamous release, whether due to the absolute berating it got from the press or because of the internal tensions in the band which reached mythological proportions. But let's be real here, the press never liked prog to begin with; "Tales" wasn't unique in its scorn. And King Crimson's . History aside, let's get to the music. How does "Tales" actually stack up from a musical standpoint?

Many describe this album as being "less focused" or "looser" than earlier Yes releases, and I agree to a certain degree, but I think that that description is a little misconstrued. It's not like the whole album is spacey, psychedelic jams or a jazz free improvisation. This is still structured, well-constructed symphonic music like the material Yes had recorded in the Bruford era. Really, aside from a less flamboyant performance from Rick Wakeman, this album is a lot more similar to other Yes music than most make it out to be. It's still technical, ever-so-spiritual and driven by Jon Anderson's divine vocals. On top of maintaining the elements that made past Yes music so successful, though, I feel that it actually brings the whole Yes aesthetic up a notch. Where "Fragile" and "Close To The Edge" filled our heads with images of far-off worlds, "Tales From Topographic Oceans" is cinematic, a whole feature-length motion picture weaved seamlessly over four sides of vinyl.

"The Revealing Science of God" begins with a single voice, which gradually builds into an entire chorus of nonabrasive chaos before a brilliantly minimalistic three note keyboard motif brings a sudden release. This tension and release is the first of many that will grace the album, and really sets the tone for what to expect over the next 80 minutes. After a generally heavy, spiritual, first movement with "Revealing", a second release happens with the beginning of "The Remembering". This second movement carries a lighter, airier mood. Like a sunny afternoon out on the water, the lively sections driven by Steve Howe's acoustic guitar are some of the absolute most joyous sections of music ever put to record. The happiness that Jon Anderson expresses in his voice alone makes the album worth owning.

On the album's second disc, "The Ancient" provides a stark contrast, however. The first half of the song is Yes at its most avant-garde, the second half Yes at its most sentimental. While the dissonant and rhythmically-bustling first half is not the most pleasant section of music, it does serve its purpose. After a generally soft first disc, it definitely helps to keep the album from getting too stagnant. It also provides yet another great release when Steve Howe comes back with his acoustic for the gentler "Leaves of Green" section. Another moment of unspeakable beauty, this part of the album contains some of Jon Anderson's most emotive vocals of his entire career. It also gives the perfect lead-up for the album's jubilant finale, "Ritual". As with the acoustic sections of "The Remembering", this final movement also contains some of the most joyous sections of music recorded and brings the album to a close with a furious guitar solo. Wow, what a movie!

Between the album's many climaxes, of course, there are sections that many are quick to judge as "padding". I don't think that this is accurate at all, because what many see as "lazy filler" really serves a vital purpose. When listening to an album so long, it's actually very nice to have little minute-long sections where you can feel free to zone out without missing a major transition, solo or climax. By the time some more interesting music begins to develop, it will seem all the more powerful after having rested up. So while some see "padding" as a weakness, it is in fact an essential part of the album, making the beautiful moments more beautiful, the joyous moments more joyous, the vibrant moments more vibrant. Like in life, the only way to really appreciate positive feelings is to experience the entire spectrum of emotions, even if it means brief moments of anger, disappointment, sadness, or even apathy. Otherwise, things begin to get too homogenous and nothing feels happy anymore.

In all, "Tales From Topographic Oceans" is an album that lives and breathes, and, like life itself, contains such breathtaking beauty that it really is naive to dismiss its entirety for any imperfections that lie within. As it stands, I wouldn't change this album even if I could. It's a masterpiece just the way it is.

 Relayer by YES album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.36 | 2556 ratings

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Review by Scorpius

4 stars More like 4.5/5.

When I picked up this album at a local record store for $5, I wasnt expecting much, but I still gave it a fair shot. What followed was 40 minutes of pure Yes beauty. This was one of my best impulse purchases ever. Patrick Moraz' keyboarding rivals even Wakeman, and all the other members are in fine form. Dont be fooled by my 4 star rating, this is my favorite Yes album.

The album begins with "Gates of Delirium" - a 20 minute epic suite that rivals Close to the Edge and even outlasts it length-wise. One of the most "progressive" songs ever, as it changes pace, tempo, and even style all throughout the song. Probably my favorite Yes song, the last 5 minutes, called "Soon" has to be the most beautiful thing to ever pour out of my headphones. The highlight of the the album for sure.

The second track is "Sound Chaser" - An amazing follow-up to a great suite, this track features probably Steve Howes greatest solo. Not much else to say here, great vocals and great instrumentation. Very fast and almost maddening at times.

The third track is " To Be Over" - The complete opposite of Sound Chaser, this 10 minute track wraps up the album nicely. Very calming an serene, its another beautiful Yes moment, the second on this album alone, along with "Soon".

Track Rating:

"Gates of Delirium" - 5/5

"Sound Chaser" - 4.5/5

"To Be Over" - 4/5

 Union - Live by YES album cover DVD/Video, 2010
3.90 | 56 ratings

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Union - Live
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

4 stars In late 1988, Jon Anderson left YES again. He wasn't then very happy with the musical direction of the band which then tended more to Pop Rock music with albums like "90125" and "Big Generator". So, he was planning to return to his solo career when his then wife suggested to him to form a new band with other YES's former members (Bill Bruford, Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe). They recorded a self -titled album ("Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe") which was released in mid 1989, while the remaining members of YES (Chris Squire, Alan White, Tony Kaye and Trevor Rabin) were thinking to carry on as a band trying to find a new lead singer. But by early 1991, things changed for both bands when some people (maybe their respective managers, maybe Squire and Anderson, maybe some record label executives, maybe all the previously mentioned people) finally decided to bring the two bands together under the YES's band name to release an album titled as "Union", which really wasn't a real "union", because each band recorded their songs separatedly with only Anderson singing lead vocals on all tracks. The "Union" album wasn't liked very much by most of the members of the band and by some fans. Anyway, they went to do a big tour in 1991, with some additional dates in Japan in early 1992. It was a good tour, but some members were not very happy with it (Bruford, for example, who was the first to leave the band after the Japanese tour dates were played). So, this eight members line-up existed for a brief time only. One of my brothers, who then was living and working in Germany , had the chance to see the band playing in Frankfurt in 29-May-91, and I had the chance to listen to most songs they played at their concert in Wembley (29-June -91) with them being broadcasted twice by two differenty FM radio stations of my city in late 1991.

This 3 DVD package offers the chance to see the band playing during the "Union" tour during 1991 on three different dates: their first concert in Pensacola, Florida (9-April-91), their concert in Denver (9-May-91), and the last concert of their American Tour in Mountain View, California (8-August-91).

The Pensacola concert video in fact is an audience recorded video which has more or less good quality in audio and images. It shows several songs which the band didn't play in other concerts of the tour, with some of them being dropped very quickly from the set list ("City of Love", "Soon", and "Take the Water to the Mountain", which were only played in this concert; "Hold On", which was not played on every date, and "Starship Trooper" which was only played six times during that tour). This first concert of the tour was good but still shows that the band needed to change the set list a bit and they sound a bit like they needed more rehearsals and more concerts to sound better playing as an eight members line-up. Anyway, they played well.

The Denver concert video has the band playing better and it is a professionally recorded video. Both this and the Pensacola concert show the band playing "in the round", using a moving circular stage which was situated at the center of the venues, and the videos of both concerts show the full set list that the band played at the concerts.

The Mountain View concert video, which also was profesionally recorded, was in fact the last concert that this line-up played during the 1991 tour. It wasn´t played using the circular stage, but was played on a more "conventional" stage. It was recorded better than the Pensacola and the Denver concerts, and the band also played better despite some of the members of the band (particularly Anderson) obviously look tired of being on tour for several months. But this Mountain View concert is not shown with the full set list that the band played in that concert. Anyway, it shows a song called "Saving My Heart" (which sometimes replaced "Lift Me Up" in the setlist, with "Lift Me Up" being shown in the Pensacola and Denver concert videos). Unfortunately, during "Saving My Heart" Trevor Rabin's guitar solo was cut a bit due to a technical problem, and one can see the guitar roadie briefly on stage finally solving the technical problem.

Despite some of the problems that the band had during the "Union Tour", this was a very interesting tour. The band sounded very well playing together, with some songs ("Awaken", "Lift Me Up") sounding really very well being played with an eight members line-up. Songs like "Owner of a Lonely Heart" and "Rhythm of Love" showed Wakeman (who didn't play in the original studio versions) playing very good solos at the end of both songs.

Of the several audio recordings that I have listened to from this tour, I think that one of the best concerts of that tour was the Wembley concert, with them playing very good versions of "Awaken", "Lift Me Up" and "Shock to the System". Anyway, these DVDs show very good video recordings from that tour.

 Union by YES album cover Studio Album, 1991
2.51 | 882 ratings

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Union
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Progfan97402

2 stars I remember very well in 1991 hearing of a new Yes album. In 1989 I knew about the Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe album, and the local radio station would play "Brother of Mine". It sounded like a modernized, updated version of a progressive Yes. At that time I wasn't sure why they couldn't be called Yes, until I discovered it was because Chris Squire wasn't present. Two years later ABWH and Yes West were working on their followups, only to think these two projects should make a new Yes album. Let's just say this album is a huge mess. I can at least say the album is pretty listenable, but where's the inspiration? I remember "Lift Me Up" and "Saving My Heart" getting radio airplay, these were the Yes West cuts (the ones with Trevor Rabin), although the latter is a bit of a mistake, Yes and reggae doesn't go together (but isn't as cringeworthy as the Calypso-influenced "Teakbois" off ABWH, which would be an infinitely better album if that song was thrown in the trash). Most of the songs really failed to leave an impression on me, but I kinda liked the ambient "Ankgor Wat" (obviously an ABWH track, sounds like Rick Wakeman had just picked up a Korg M1, because it sounds like one here). Way back in '91 I thought all eight members played together, they didn't. It was simply Yes West and ABWH tracks, with Chris Squire participating in it all. Rolling Stone wasn't exactly kind to this album, gave it a * 1/2 star rating, the one part I remembered of that review was they felt they should have included Peter Banks and Geoff Downes (maybe also Trevor Horn, but I don't remember) because "eight isn't enough". The other annoying thing is they felt they needed to cram as much music as they could on one CD, because it's 1991, and no one was interested in vinyl (it was available on CD and cassette, and even vinyl) so obviously it because a bit tedious to listen to. Rick Wakeman called this "Onion" because it brings tears to his eyes every time he hears it or is reminded of it.

While I was never a fan of Yes-West, it's actually rather good pop/rock, much like Genesis was, because they did make some solid music, even if you might not go for the more commercial approach (Genesis was much the same, although I started developing less tolerance for '80s Genesis after hearing the Gabriel-era material), but on Union it wasn't much of a "union", and making great songs seemed to gone awry. This is one where I could agree on the Rolling Stone review. Luckily I bought this on cassette, for cheap. Two stars because most of the material isn't particularly cringeworthy, but isn't too remarkable either.

 Fragile by YES album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.44 | 2961 ratings

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Fragile
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Rodrigo Andrade7

5 stars This album is good stuff, no doubt. It's pretty awesome to have a prog album like this one, however this record doesn't reach the "Close to the edge" greatness for me. After understanding the magic of "Close to the edge" I knew that I would have a hard time appreciating any other Yes album. But I wasn't disappointed at all listening to it, its a different record from "Close to the edge" so people have to learn how to appreciate each of them. This album features the usual greatness from every element of the band, amazing vocals,bass,guitar,keyboard and drums work as expected. The album structure is fine, I've seen better, even with modern prog, but the good thing about it is that it has really remarkable songs in between, but I really found some of the fillers really unnecessary as they only distracted me from the original sounding itself, tracks like "We have heaven" and "five per cent for nothing" are really meh, they lead into great songs but I wish they weren't there. As for my highlights: "Roundabout" , "South side of the sky" , "Long distance runaround" , "The Fish" and obviously "Heart of the sunrise"

I am giving this album 5 stars because it really is a masterpiece of prog rock and the feel I got from listening to it is that I want other prog rock lovers to listen to it aswell, specially if you know Yes and still didn't listen to this record for whatever reason... it's an amazing album!

 Close To The Edge by YES album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.65 | 3788 ratings

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Close To The Edge
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Rodrigo Andrade7

5 stars I'm quite new to Yes but not to prog, I've listen bits of "the yes album" and "fragile" (which are albums that I want to take my time on) but I've known "Close to the edge" for way more time, glad I am finally taking some time for this band. I've read many of the reviews of this album and I really tend to agree with many of 5 stars ones I've read and yes many of the things are already said, so I will only leave my small contribute for this outstanding godlike work. We're not only dealing here with a album which is one of the best Yes records, as we are also dealing with what it is regarded to be the best progressive rock album of ALL TIME. (which is a fact) There's a reason its so highly rated,there's a reason this album is number 1 on all history of progressive rock, there's a lot of reasons why there are so many suggestions on the reviews to listen this album. This right here is only another honest one. Tastes may differ from person to person, on which can or not be the best album of progressive rock, I really don't have time or interest to be discussing that, but one cannot deny the intense greatness of this album. This album set a new ground and created a new concept of what the progressive music came to be, even today, not matter what genre we are talking about. If you consider yourself to be a person that likes prog, you need to know this album and I won't highlight any song of this album, no need, just listen tthe whole album and pay attention to where everything fits together coming down to perfection. Feel the "take this super album in your face" punch from Yes.

"Fragile" will be the next one for me to take some time on... hopefully it will be fun.

I can't still believe that such a super album like this was ever made. It still shocks me. What a masterpiece.

 Drama by YES album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.76 | 1411 ratings

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Drama
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead

4 stars Review Nş 76

"Drama" is the tenth studio album of Yes and was released in 1980. It's a unique and special album because it's the only studio album released by the group, until then, without their front man Jon Anderson. After "Tormato", while the group was working to release a new studio album, Anderson left the band due to creative and financial differences. Soon he was followed by Rick Wakeman who believed that Yes couldn't continue without the Anderson's voice. It seems that the really creative differences were because Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White didn't like the music composed by Anderson for the band. They thought that it was very light and soft for the Yes' standards. So, some of these songs appear on the Anderson's second solo studio album "Song of Seven" released in 1980. The fourth last bonus tracks on my 2004 remastered and expanded CD version belong to these songs. It seems that they were right.

The remaining band's members, Howe, Squire and White, had to "carry the piano alone". While working in the studio, they met Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn of The Buggles, who worked in a next door studio. The duo had recently released their first studio album "The Age Of Plastic", and they were having great commercial success because of their single "Video Killed The Radio Star". As they were great fans of Yes, the duo was invited to participate in some sessions to help them on vocals and keyboards, and soon they were invited to join them as band's members.

After the previous collaboration, partially failed, with Hipgnosis, Yes invited again Roger Dean to design the art cover for the album. Moreover, they invited again Eddie Offord who had co-produced the band in the early 70's. Eddie was one of the most famous producers of the time. However, the major part of the production work was handled by Horn.

"Drama" has six tracks. The writing credits of the songs are assigned by all band's members. The first track "Machine Messiah" is the lengthiest track on the album and represents the return of the band to longer songs. The lyrics are similar to Yes' usual style despite they're made by Horn. Still being one of the hardest rocking songs of the band and has sometimes characteristics of hard rock and heavy metal, the song keeps intact the main features of the Yes' sound. In my humble opinion, this is the best track on the album. The second track "White Car" is the smallest track on the album and is also the shortest Yes' song ever. It's a nice song with interesting and good Horn's vocals. The third track "Does It Really Happen?" is a very good track and where we can see more the influences of the two new elements. On this track, the main thing we can hear is the fantastic dynamic bass line from Squire. The end of the song is absolutely wonderful. The fourth track "Into The Lens" was originally written by Downes and Horn, and one year later, it would be part of the new The Buggles' studio album "Adventures In Modern Recording" released in 1981. It was called "I Am A Camera". This is, for me, one of the highest points of the album. It's a song with fantastic individual works of all band's members and is, in my humble opinion, the perfect way to catch a pop song and turn it in a progressive song. The fifth track "Run Through The Light" is also a very good track and is another song where we can see more the influences of the two new elements. It has a more modern musical structure and is probably a clever way of making music in the 80's. The sixth track "Tempus Fugit" is, in my humble opinion, the second best track on the album and is probably the best well known of it. This is the other heavy and aggressive song of the album and it has also a fantastic and dynamic bass line from Squire, which is unmistakable and very unique in the progressive rock.

Conclusion: All we can say is that everything had pointed that "Drama" would be a huge failure. The previous album "Tormato" had partly failed, and so, there was much pressure on the new Yes' album. The exit of Anderson and Wakeman, left the group orphan of two of their most influential members. If the group could survive without Wakeman was obvious, but it seemed to be impossible survive without the Anderson's voice. Finally, the participation of the two new band's members, without great musical experience, mostly POP musicians that coming from the new wave musical movement, it seems to be an impossible thing that can goes well. However, I must say that the test was largely exceeded and that "Drama" doesn't become on a really true drama. In my humble opinion, "Drama" is the best studio album without the classic line up, and I dare even say that "Drama" is somehow a better album than "Fragile", because is a more collective effort and is more uniform and balanced than "Fragile" is. "Drama" has the different but beautiful voice of Horn and has also the new keyboard sound of Downes. Both brought a new sound to Yes. By the other hand, Howe, Squire and White demonstrated fully that Yes could survive without their front man Anderson. They turn it in an essential work of one of the best progressive bands. It represents also one of the best progressive albums of the 80's.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Tormato by YES album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.96 | 1279 ratings

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Tormato
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead

3 stars Review Nş 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 | 1690 ratings

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Going For The One
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead

5 stars Review Nş 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

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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).

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