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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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Close to the Edge [Blu-ray]Close to the Edge [Blu-ray]
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Audio CD$23.40
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Audio CD$43.92
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YES shows & tickets


  • Yes at New Theatre - Oxford, Oxford on 29 Apr 2014
  • Yes at Southend Cliffs Pavilion, Southend On Sea on 30 Apr 2014
  • Yes at S.E.C.C., Glasgow on 2 May 2014
  • Yes at Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne on 3 May 2014
  • Yes at Symphony Hall, Birmingham on 4 May 2014
  • Yes at De Montfort Hall, Leicester on 6 May 2014
  • Yes at Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield on 7 May 2014
  • Yes at Royal Albert Hall, London on 8 May 2014
  • Yes at O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester on 10 May 2014
  • Yes at Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol on 11 May 2014
  • Yes at Le Grand Rex, Paris on 13 May 2014
  • Yes on 14 May 2014
  • Yes at Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Monaco on 16 May 2014
  • Yes at Gran Teatro GEOX, Padova on 17 May 2014
  • Yes at Teatro della Luna, Assago, MI on 18 May 2014
  • Yes at Rockhal, Esch-sur-Alzette on 20 May 2014
  • Yes at Ancienne Belgique, Brussels on 21 May 2014
  • Yes at 013, Tilburg on 22 May 2014
  • Yes at Phönix-Halle, Mainz on 26 May 2014
  • Yes at Admiralspalast, Berlin on 27 May 2014
  • Yes at Haus Auensee, Leipzig on 28 May 2014
  • Yes at Kongresové Centrum, Praha on 30 May 2014
  • Yes at NTC, Bratislava on 31 May 2014
  • Yes at Sala Kongresowa, Warszawa on 2 Jun 2014
  • Yes at Train, Århus C on 4 Jun 2014
  • Yes at Sentrum Scene, Oslo on 5 Jun 2014
  • Yes performing Close To The Edge & Fragile on 8 Jul 2014
  • Yes Perform "Fragile" and "Closer to the Edge" on 9 Jul 2014
  • Yes Perform "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge" on 12 Jul 2014
  • An Evening With Yes on 16 Jul 2014

YES discography


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

3.23 | 824 ratings
Yes
1969
3.25 | 868 ratings
Time and a Word
1970
4.28 | 1833 ratings
The Yes Album
1971
4.42 | 2277 ratings
Fragile
1971
4.65 | 2996 ratings
Close To The Edge
1972
3.87 | 1619 ratings
Tales From Topographic Oceans
1973
4.36 | 1989 ratings
Relayer
1974
4.04 | 1307 ratings
Going for the One
1977
2.92 | 996 ratings
Tormato
1978
3.74 | 1092 ratings
Drama
1980
2.89 | 1037 ratings
90125
1983
2.44 | 742 ratings
Big Generator
1987
2.48 | 686 ratings
Union
1991
3.05 | 612 ratings
Talk
1994
2.07 | 537 ratings
Open Your Eyes
1997
3.27 | 640 ratings
The Ladder
1999
3.77 | 740 ratings
Magnification
2001
3.45 | 719 ratings
Fly From Here
2011

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

4.28 | 646 ratings
Yessongs
1973
3.58 | 319 ratings
Yesshows
1980
2.21 | 162 ratings
9012 Live: The Solos
1985
4.11 | 340 ratings
Keys to Ascension
1996
3.94 | 318 ratings
Keys to Ascension 2
1997
2.50 | 98 ratings
BBC Sessions 1969-1970 Something's Coming (2 Cds)
1997
3.58 | 145 ratings
House of Yes: Live From the House of Blues
2001
2.70 | 58 ratings
YesSymphonic
2001
2.62 | 32 ratings
Extended Versions
2002
2.89 | 28 ratings
Roundabout: The Best Of Yes- Live
2003
3.26 | 108 ratings
The Word Is Live
2005
3.76 | 111 ratings
Live at Montreux 2003
2007
4.25 | 194 ratings
Symphonic Live
2009
4.38 | 72 ratings
Keys To Ascension (I & II + DVD)
2010
3.37 | 19 ratings
Astral Traveller (The BBC Sessions)
2011
3.56 | 87 ratings
In The Present - Live From Lyon
2011
3.29 | 12 ratings
Union Live
2011

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

3.60 | 123 ratings
Yessongs (DVD)
1973
3.11 | 73 ratings
9012 LIVE
1985
4.30 | 63 ratings
Yesyears - A Retrospective
1991
3.68 | 33 ratings
The Union Tour Live
1991
2.88 | 39 ratings
Greatest Video Hits
1991
3.55 | 91 ratings
House Of Yes: Live From The House Of Blues (DVD)
2000
3.64 | 99 ratings
Keys to Ascension (DVD)
2000
4.59 | 241 ratings
Symphonic Live (DVD)
2002
3.15 | 57 ratings
Yesspeak
2003
2.35 | 67 ratings
Live in Philadelphia 1979
2003
3.09 | 26 ratings
Inside Yes 1968-1973
2003
3.59 | 71 ratings
Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss
2004
4.27 | 126 ratings
Songs From Tsongas: 35th Anniversary Concert (DVD)
2005
3.38 | 55 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 1
2005
3.27 | 50 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 2
2005
3.59 | 47 ratings
Yes (Classic Artists)
2006
3.90 | 102 ratings
Montreux 2003 (DVD)
2007
3.80 | 40 ratings
Yes - The New Director's Cut
2008
4.12 | 32 ratings
The Lost Broadcasts
2009
3.13 | 26 ratings
Rock Of The 70's
2009
3.85 | 47 ratings
Union - Live
2010

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

3.15 | 163 ratings
Yesterdays
1975
3.86 | 129 ratings
Classic Yes
1981
3.23 | 84 ratings
Yesyears
1991
3.35 | 56 ratings
Yesstory
1992
3.04 | 61 ratings
The Very Best of Yes
1993
2.59 | 29 ratings
The Best of Yes
2000
3.54 | 426 ratings
Keystudio
2001
2.72 | 21 ratings
Yestoday
2002
4.30 | 86 ratings
In A Word
2002
3.18 | 82 ratings
Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection
2003
1.94 | 51 ratings
Yes Remixes
2003
2.50 | 22 ratings
Topography: The Yes Anthology
2004
4.05 | 19 ratings
Essentially Yes
2006
3.42 | 17 ratings
Collection 2CD: Yes
2008

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

4.24 | 23 ratings
Something's Coming
1969
3.34 | 13 ratings
Looking Around
1969
2.79 | 25 ratings
Sweetness / Something's Coming
1969
3.24 | 13 ratings
Sweet Dreams
1970
3.76 | 28 ratings
Time and a Word
1970
3.87 | 37 ratings
Your Move
1971
3.21 | 37 ratings
America
1972
3.48 | 14 ratings
Yes Solos
1976
3.17 | 34 ratings
Soon - Sound Chaser - Roundabout
1976
3.61 | 36 ratings
Wonderous Stories 12''
1977
3.93 | 34 ratings
Going For The One 12''
1977
2.58 | 41 ratings
Don't Kill The Whale
1978
3.18 | 29 ratings
Into The Lens / Does It Really Happen?
1980
4.17 | 35 ratings
Roundabout
1981
2.28 | 35 ratings
Owner of a Lonely Heart (promo single)
1983
2.20 | 33 ratings
Owner of a Lonely Heart (EP)
1983
3.27 | 29 ratings
Leave It 12''
1984
3.49 | 26 ratings
It Can Happen
1984
2.81 | 19 ratings
Twelve Inches on Tape
1984
3.27 | 22 ratings
Love Will Find A Way
1987
2.45 | 31 ratings
Rhythm of Love (EP)
1987
3.59 | 17 ratings
Saving My Heart
1991
3.30 | 33 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
1991
2.82 | 19 ratings
Make It Easy
1991
2.43 | 9 ratings
Yesyears - Sampler
1991
2.81 | 12 ratings
The Calling (single edit)
1994
3.17 | 53 ratings
We Can Fly - Single (Radio Edit)
2011

YES Reviews


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 Fragile by YES album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.42 | 2277 ratings

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Fragile
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by BatBacon

3 stars This is my standard example of an album with a lot of great tracks, but as an album it doesn't work at all. I have no idea how this is allowed to be one of prog rocks most iconic albums. I have to admit Im not a huge Yes-fan, even though Close to the Edge, The Yes Album and Relayer is some of the best albums ever created. Itīs probably a bit unfair because the Yes-sound has become kind of an blueprint for many of todays wannabe-prog bands who mostly just try to imitate what the bands in the 70s did much better. To imitate old bands is not very proggy, if you ask me. But thats not what this review should be about.

Fragile has never really been my cup of tea, because half of the songs feels like they're not complete or just rushed through. "Roundabout" is a great album starter, its one of the best songs of classic prog ever and itīs really gets me going and makes me hungry for the next awesome track! But next come "Cans and Brahms", and itīs a mystery to me. Why is it there? I really hate to say it, but it strikes me as unserious and badly written. Itīs nothing but a short keyboard- doodle with no real beginning, no real ending and nothing in between. Not a good follow up to the great album starter, I tell you!

Next track "We have heaven" has a nice groove to it, but absolutely nothing more. Two album- fillers in a row? What is this? After that comes "South Side of the Sky", which is exactly what Yes should be doing! A real song with groovy rhythms, a strong melody and some attitude. The song goes through some phases, with the middle part being the right kind of experimental before going back to the songs lead theme. The song gets dynamic and exciting, just as Yes should be!

Next come "Long Distance Runaround" (yes, I am ignoring the fact that the hopelessly boring album filler "Five Percent For Nothing" really comes in between). At the beginning I actually didn't like this song ether, but its pretty happy and grows on you if you give it a chance. Also Long Distance Runaround bleeds into a dramatic ending in "The Fish". Super Cool!

"Mood for the day" is a really nice guitar solo and may sound as just another of those album fillers, but this one is great! Nothing but an acoustic guitar and is a great opportunity for the listener to land after Long Distance? and The Fish, before going on to the grande finale, "Heart of The Sunrise" It's a surprising track because I always assume Roundabout to the album's peak, completely forgetting about Heart of The Sunrise. Itīs a pretty even race, but I would say this is the album's best track! It goes through all this different moods, without losing the listener on the way. It starts out as really aggressive, then becomes slow and dreamy before going back to aggressive again. Itīs like the little adventure you was promised to get, but you started to doubt that you would ever get it! Well here it is, and thanks god, itīs appears at the right place! Itīs an explosive way to end an album! Without that ending the listener would not have the same experience of the album, it would be remembered by an awesome opening track and a bunch of rubbish to follow! A good example how a nice ending can save a lousy album!

I feel like I should say something about the musicians as well. Jon Anderson is for many people the one and only voice of Yes. Understandable I would say, its a voice so unique and great! It never really sounds as aggressive as the rest of the album sometimes sound, but that is a beautiful contrast! Chris Squire is one of my all times favorite bass players, he's playing is both groovy and very melodic! Probably he is responsible for much of the Yes-sound, there is no other bass player like him. Rick Wakeman is a bit overrated, I never felt like I understood what he's up to. He is great when it comes to a big mighty sound, like great organs and pipes, but otherwise I think he's a bit lame... Don't kill me! Bill Bruford is a great drummer and he gave the band a nice jazzy sound that sadly were gone when he left the band! Steve Howe is great, he can do (and does) all kind of styles and is a perfect match for the dynamic and adventures songs of Yes. Classical or rock, he does it all! Also the album cover is one of the best things ever! I love Roger Dean for it! When I think of it, its probably answers my question in the beginning of this review; How can this album be one of the true icons of progressive rock? Well, this artwork is really the true face of the album! I just wish the album it self was just as good as the cover!s

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 House of Yes: Live From the House of Blues  by YES album cover Live, 2001
3.58 | 145 ratings

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House of Yes: Live From the House of Blues
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by lazland
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4 stars These days, you can probably buy a copy of Yes Live On Order In Anytown Theatre, there are that many live Yes album releases, audio and visual. I am guilty of owning a fair few of them, but I have to say that this is one of my particular favourites.

Recorded at the legendary House Of Blues, this is from The Ladder tour, and is virtually note for note from the gig I saw in Cardiff, Wales, and this was easily one of the finest shows I saw the band on.

The major reason? Well, I thought The Ladder was a fine, excellent release, the sound of a band still forcefully relevant over 30 years since their formation, and well before they could be accused of needing incarceration in the nearest retirement home. In fact, I rather regret that this particular version of the band were so short lived, because at the heart of this is the incredible performance by one Igor Khuroshev, the Russian born keyboardist brought into the band by Anderson (they allegedly recorded an album together which never saw the light of day) following one of Wakeman's by now regular strops and exits, and what an addition he was, too. Sorry, but listening to Awaken, and Homeworld, in particular, this only goes to show that this man was vastly superior to anything Geoff Downes could possibly bring to Yes.

The way in which Perpetual Change is hammered out, and jammed, takes one back to those halcyon days of the 1970's, when this great band had so much to say to the world musically.

The production is crystal clear. The band sound like they are genuinely enjoying every single second of performing (just witness Squire harmonising and thumping out that bass and White crashing away as if his very life depended upon it, the sound of prog's greatest ever rhythm section), and all of the new material comes over very well indeed.

A gem of a live album, and very highly recommended. This is not merely a "greatest hits live" recording, but the chronicle of a genuine tour promoting very strong new material, and all sit together extremely nicely.

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 Rock Of The 70's by YES album cover DVD/Video, 2009
3.13 | 26 ratings

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Rock Of The 70's
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Review by Guillermo
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2 stars This DVD collects several Belgian Promo Videos (it looks more like they were made for a special TV programme) made in 1970 for their "Time and a Word" album, but made without Peter Banks (who recorded the guitars in that album but left the band before its release) and with Steve Howe appearing as his replacement, miming to Banks`s guitar parts, with all the other members of the band also doing playbacks to the studio tracks. There are also some "introductions" of the members of the band done in a "funny " way (well...maybe for the writer of the script they were "funny", but not for me). The "concepts" of the videos also look not very interesting for my taste. In fact, I think that some of the "concepts" look very dated now and sometimes "absurd" for my taste (similar to other TV programmes and other promo video clips that I watched on youtube from the Dutch band Ekseption, also done in the early seventies which also look very dated now and which also marred a bit the band`s TV appearances).

Well. A brief description of every promotional video (all filmed in Color):

"Astral Traveller": made in a TV studio with brief scenes taken on a beach and with the "strange" appearance of a very conservative British bussinesman (!).

"Everydays": filmed with the band appearing in a forest or in a park and also on a boat on a river or canal, with the "strange" appearance of a nun (!) first chasing them (!) in the forest or park and then travelling with them in the boat (!).

" Then": filmed on a beach with Tony Kaye "playing"the bass guitar (!) and with Chris Squire "playing" the organ (!).

"No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed": filmed on the streets of a city or town with the band driving a Volkswagen Boogie Car (a very popular car during those years; even I had a plastic toy version of that car when I was 5 years old in 1970!) and also "playing and singing" the song in a cars cemetery. The band appears driving the car very fast and taking some unnecessary "risks" while doing it.

Some bits of most of these promo video clips (with the exception of the one made for "Everydays") previously appeared briefly in the "Yesyears" documentary from 1991. They are mostly of historic importance.

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 The Lost Broadcasts by YES album cover DVD/Video, 2009
4.12 | 32 ratings

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The Lost Broadcasts
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Review by Guillermo
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4 stars A compilation of TV appearances by YES done between 1969 and 1971 and released on the DVD format in 2009. Mostly of historical interest, but they show how good as a band was YES in their early years and they also show them having a good time in front of the TV cameras without the presence of an audience.

The original line-up of the band (Jon Anderson, Peter Banks, Bill Bruford, Tony Kaye and Chris Squire) appears on the next songs:

"No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed" (from "Beat Club" in Germany, 1969): a very good version of this song, a bit of which previously appeared briefly in the "Yesyears" documentary. Despite having some mixing problems (particularly with Peter Banks`guitar) this song is played live and without the orchestral arrangements which were used in their "Time and a Word" album. I like this song more without the orchestral arrangements .

"Looking Around" (from "Beat Club", 1969): also from the same show, they play a fast version of this very good song from their first album titled "Yes". One of my favourite songs from their early years.

"Survival": (from "Beat Club", 1969): the only live version of this song (also one of my favourites from their early years) that I have listened to until now, but it is a bit marred by the fast playing and by Bruford`s changed drums playing pattern.

All the previous videos were filmed in Black and White. The rest were filmed in Colour.

"Time And A Word " (Belgian TV,1970): the band doing a playback to the studio version of this song.

The "The Yes Album" line-up (Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye and Chris Squire) appears in the next songs (all from "Beat Club" in Germany, in 1971):

"Yours Is No Disgrace": a good live version of this song with Jon Anderson playing the Moog parts (well, it looks and sounds like a Moog keyboard anyway ) and with the use of some "psychedelic" visual effects. A bit of this live version also previously appeared briefly in the "Yesyears" documentary, the same as one of the "All Good People" takes.

"All Good People" (Takes 1, 2 and 3): three different takes of the "All Good People" part of the "I`ve Seen All Good People" song (without the "Your Move" part) played almost in the same way but with different camera angles and "psychedelic" visual effects.

All these live performances (with the exception of the playback of "Time and a Word") show the band playing very well in general, with a lot of energy. A very good compilation DVD from their early years.

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 Going for the One by YES album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.04 | 1307 ratings

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Going for the One
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Review by Prog 74

4 stars Yes! I always look forward to listening to them and they always have such cool album covers. Wait a minute. There is a naked dude on here. Did I grab a Rush album by mistake? No, unfortunately this is what they intended. A bad sign perhaps? Maybe. The first song, which is the title track, gets things going with a bluesy guitar riff courtesy of Steve Howe. Unusual. Not Yes like at all. A decent rocker, but nothing really special. Perhaps it was a stab at more radio play? Things improve with "Turn of the Century" which starts with Steve Howe playing acoustic guitar. Jon Anderson sings nicely throughout this track. This song sounds more like the Yes I know. Rick Wakeman plays beautifully as well. This song has a really great atmosphere. "Parallels" begins with some very powerful organ playing courtesy of Rick Wakeman and some great bass playing from Chris Squire. This is another great Yes track. This song could easily have been on Fragile. Steve Howe is outstanding on this song too. Excellent all around effort from the band. "Wonderous Stories" is very melodic and gentle in the mode of "And You and I". Again, Rick Wakeman makes his presence felt with some very beautiful keyboard playing. Steve Howe plays some lovely acoustic guitar accompaniment and Jon Anderson sings quite passionately. This album is getting better and better with each song. The true standout is the 15 minute closer, "Awaken", which begins with Rick at the piano. Atmospheric keyboards begin to swirl as Jon starts to sing. The song then kicks into gear with some driving, melodic guitar riffs from Steve Howe. Around the 7:00 minute mark some nice chimes, flutes and recorders begin to play. Rick plays some ambient organ melody as well. This song is really uplifting. Sounding almost spiritual. The spiritual sensation is heightened when some angelic voices begin to sing in the background. My only complaint is that Chris Squire's bass is too buried in the mix. This entire album could use more of his presence. Perhaps a remix of the album is in order? Besides Chris Squire's bass, the only real issues for me are the first song and awful album cover (nothing Roger Dean couldn't fix). Many folks have stated that this is the last great Yes album and I'm inclined to agree. This album is also a bit of a "grower". I didn't like it instantly like I did Fragile or Close to the Edge, but it is an improvement over Relayer. An essential purchase for any proghead.

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 The Word Is Live by YES album cover Live, 2005
3.26 | 108 ratings

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The Word Is Live
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Review by Guillermo
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4 stars A Box Set with mostly previously unreleased live recordings of diverse quality that YES released in 2005. It covers recordings done between 1970 and 1988, the years on which YES was signed to Atlantic / Atco Records. The tracks "Then" and "For Everyone" were previously. released in the "Something`s Coming" and "Beyond and Before -The BBC Recordings 1969-70" albums from 1997-98. The rest of the tracks, as long as I know, were officially released for the first time in this Box Set. Most of the tracks are interesting for my taste, but, as I mentioned before, the quality of the recordings varies. I have to say that until the late eighties-nineties the quality of the recordings of most official live albums released by YES left a bit to be desired. Not only the recordings were not very good but the mixings were not very good too. The same happens with most of these live recordings, with the exception of the live recordings done in 1988 (which I previously recorded from the radio in 1989; in fact, these recordings complete some of the live recordings from 1988 done in Houston which were previously released in the "Yesyears" (1991) Boxset, but still leaving as unreleased tracks some other songs from the same concert). I think that the recordings from 1970 and 1971, despite sounding well, are Mono recordings. The rest of the songs are Stereo recordings.

There are several line-ups of the band included in the recordings used in this Box Set: the original line-up (Anderson, Banks, Bruford, Kaye and Squire), "The Yes Album" line-up (Anderson, Bruford, Howe, Kaye and Squire), the "Relayer" album line-up (Anderson, Howe, Moraz, Squire and White), the "Going for the One" and "Tormato" albums line-up (Anderson, Howe, Squire, Wakeman and White), the "Drama" album line-up (Downes, Horn, Howe, Squire and White), and the "90125" and Big Generator" albums line-up (Anderson, Kaye, Rabin, Squire and White). As the "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge" albums line-up (Anderson, Bruford, Howe,Squire and Wakeman) was previously presented in three tracks in the "Yessongs" album, I think that it was the reason it was left out of this Box Set, but I think that it could have been very interesting to listen to live versions of songs like "Heart of the Sunrise" and "Rondabout" done live by this line-up.

One really can listen to some differences in the playing of some live tracks by different line-ups. For example, the live versions of "Astral Traveller" and "Everydays" are played with Steve Howe on guitar and I really prefer the live versions with Peter Banks on guitar from the BBC albums. "Siberian Khatru" is played with Patrick Moraz on keyboards, but I prefer the live versions recorded with Rick Wakeman."Soon" (from "The Gates of Delirium") was played with Rick Wakeman in the "Big Medley" from 1979, but I prefer the live recordings done with Patrick Moraz.

Fortunately, they only included live recordings of the "Drama " album line-up playing songs which originally were only played by that line-up (with "We Can Fly from Here" and "Go Through This" being songs that they only played live during that tour and they did not include studio versionsof them in the "Drama " album), because now it is very known that Trevor Horn did not sing old songs from YES very well. The live version of "Awaken" from 1979 included in this Box Set is very good, in my opinion, and the live tracks from Houston 1988 done during the "Big Generator" tour are very good. The same could be said of "Sweet Dreams" done by the "Relayer" album line-up in 1975.

So, while not being a "perfect" live Box Set in the general quality of the performances and of the recordings, this Box Set it is a very enjoyable listening experience.It also could be a very good Box Set for the most die-hard fans of the band.

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 Close To The Edge by YES album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.65 | 2996 ratings

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Close To The Edge
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by mneil1968

5 stars I really have no idea how to "review" this album. I unabashedly feel that this album is perhaps the best music album of all time, any genre, any era. Okay, that's an overstatement, but it is truly great. This is maybe not the place to START for newbies to Yes and progressive rock in general, but after being introduced to prog with something like Roundabout, this should be the very next step. First, the musicians are simply stellar. Steve Howe never played better than here, and his leads are staggering. Chris Squire's bass is undulating, melodic, thunderous and more all at the same time. Bill Bruford is just unbelievable. And, Rick Wakeman, ridiculously proficient. As amazing and intricate and virtuosic as the instrumentation is, Jon Anderson's lyrics and voice are just as indispensable. Here is where he perfected the practice of using the way words sounded as an instrument without too much regard for logical meaning, and yet...and yet...there is meaning in many of the passages that have grown in my mind over the years. I think of "smiled a whisper" or a "seasoned witch" with affection and wonder, sometimes thinking I know what he means, and then maybe not. No one seemed to come up with these kind of strange couplings like Jon, and even he doesn't do it anymore either. A masterwork.

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 Fragile by YES album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.42 | 2277 ratings

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Fragile
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by mneil1968

4 stars Four (five if you count "The Fish" separately) essential, masterful, brilliant, perfect progressive rock songs surrounded by somewhat uneven solo projects. I don't really enjoy listening to Fragile all the way through that much (only because of some of the solo pieces), so a kind of strange album for me. Roundabout, South Side of the Sky, Long Distance Runaround, Heart of the Sunrise. These stand alone as some of the best compositions in the genre. By far. If I had to pick only one song to serve as an example of symphonic prog to someone unfamiliar, it would probably be HOTS. Of the solo pieces, I love Mood for a Day, Steve's acoustic guitar solo. The Fish goes with LDR indelibly in my mind...the two are as one song. Cans and Brahams never did it for me, same for We Have Heaven. Five percent is fine, but there's just so little there.

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 The Yes Album by YES album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.28 | 1833 ratings

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The Yes Album
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Review by mneil1968

5 stars It was 1984, and I was 14 years old. I had discovered Yes that year. Not because of Owner of a Lonely Heart, which I liked but didn't pay much attention to, but because of Leave It. When I heard the a cappella sections I knew I had to check it out. Then, to acquire the back catalogue. This, The Yes Album, was my very next purchase. At that time in my life, I eschewed "old" music, and at first this album sounded so very strange to me. I could not understand what was going on, and it seemed like ancient music (although only 12 years prior to 90125, how very strange that is now!!). Obviously, I "got it" as I continued to listen over and over. I vaguely remembered my older brother having this album, and I remembered singing to Starship Trooper when I was maybe 5 years old! This music is special to me in so many ways. A perfect album.

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 Time and a Word by YES album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.25 | 868 ratings

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Time and a Word
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by mneil1968

2 stars I really don't enjoy Time and a Word very much. I find the orchestration, as has often been mentioned, to be overdone and a bit fake, and it takes away from rather than adds to the music. Nonetheless, there are some fine tunes on here, most notably The Prophet, Sweet Dreams, and the title track. Unlike many folks, I don't really like the Ritchie Havens cover, but I see why some do like it. A word about Peter Banks' guitar: years ago, I discounted him as far inferior to Steve Howe, but nowadays, upon re-listening, I can see that he was actually quite great. It would have been interesting to hear what else he would have done with Yes.

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