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Symphonic Prog • United Kingdom


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

YES formed in London (UK) in 1968 with Jon ANDERSON (vocals), Chris SQUIRE (bass, vocals), Peter BANKS (guitar, vocals), Tony KAYE (keyboards), and Bill BRUFORD (drums). Well-known and influential mainstream progressive from the 1970's, and still around in some form ever since, they were highly influential in their heyday, especially notable for the really creative "Relayer", which included at the time Swiss keyboardist Patrick MORAZ who replaced Rick WAKEMAN

During the 1970s, YES pioneered the use of synthesizers and sound effects in modern music. Driven by Jon's artistic vision, they produced such timeless, symphonic-rock masterworks as "Roundabout," "Close To the Edge," and "Awaken". In the 1980s, YES pushed new digital sampling technologies to their limits, selling millions of records and influencing a generation of digital musicians with classics like "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" and "Rhythm Of Love". Moving through the 1990s and into the new millennium, the band keeps expanding its boundaries by using the latest hard-disk recording techniques and, most recently, working with a full orchestra to create their genre-defying music.

YES gained large popularity with their brand of mysticism and grand-scale compositions. "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge" are considered their best works as it's symphonic, complex, cerebral, spiritual and moving. These albums featured beautiful harmonies and strong, occasionally heavy playing. Also, "Fragile" contained the popular hit song "Roundabout". This was followed by the controversial "Tales from Topographic Oceans" LP, which was a double album consisting of only four 20-minute length suites centering on religious concepts. Also, "Relayer" was their most experimental, yet grandiose and symphonic. They broke up, until the new jewel "Going For The One" and its incredible "Awaken" was issued in 1977. In later years, YES would go through many transformations. There were other very good YES albums after "Going For The One" ("Drama", "Keys To Ascension" and suprisingly "The Ladder") but this is the last great album.

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3.24 | 1195 ratings
Yes
1969
3.29 | 1248 ratings
Time And A Word
1970
4.29 | 2596 ratings
The Yes Album
1971
4.44 | 3205 ratings
Fragile
1971
4.66 | 4061 ratings
Close To The Edge
1972
3.90 | 2210 ratings
Tales From Topographic Oceans
1973
4.36 | 2767 ratings
Relayer
1974
4.03 | 1828 ratings
Going For The One
1977
2.97 | 1384 ratings
Tormato
1978
3.76 | 1528 ratings
Drama
1980
2.96 | 1425 ratings
90125
1983
2.50 | 1042 ratings
Big Generator
1987
2.50 | 962 ratings
Union
1991
3.05 | 874 ratings
Talk
1994
2.03 | 760 ratings
Open Your Eyes
1997
3.27 | 895 ratings
The Ladder
1999
3.75 | 1024 ratings
Magnification
2001
3.41 | 1012 ratings
Fly From Here
2011
2.37 | 534 ratings
Heaven & Earth
2014

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

4.32 | 879 ratings
Yessongs
1973
3.64 | 457 ratings
Yesshows
1980
2.27 | 231 ratings
9012 Live: The Solos
1985
4.11 | 473 ratings
Keys to Ascension
1996
3.96 | 441 ratings
Keys to Ascension 2
1997
2.58 | 134 ratings
BBC Sessions 1969-1970 Something's Coming (2 Cds)
1997
3.58 | 201 ratings
House of Yes: Live From the House of Blues
2000
2.67 | 37 ratings
Extended Versions
2002
2.92 | 34 ratings
Roundabout: The Best Of Yes- Live
2003
3.84 | 168 ratings
Live at Montreux 2003
2007
4.22 | 280 ratings
Symphonic Live
2009
4.49 | 149 ratings
Keys To Ascension (Full)
2010
3.26 | 35 ratings
Astral Traveller (The BBC Sessions)
2011
3.53 | 127 ratings
In The Present - Live From Lyon
2011
3.62 | 54 ratings
Union Live
2011
2.77 | 51 ratings
Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome
2014
4.21 | 66 ratings
Progeny - Seven Shows from Seventy-Two
2015
3.34 | 54 ratings
Like It Is - Yes at the Mesa Arts Centre
2015
3.79 | 19 ratings
Topographic Drama: Live Across America
2017

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

3.66 | 163 ratings
Yessongs (DVD)
1973
3.18 | 97 ratings
9012 LIVE (DVD)
1985
4.13 | 84 ratings
Yesyears (DVD)
1991
3.67 | 39 ratings
The Union Tour Live
1991
2.93 | 53 ratings
Greatest Video Hits
1991
4.80 | 5 ratings
The Best Of MusikLaden Live
1999
3.62 | 114 ratings
House Of Yes: Live From The House Of Blues (DVD)
2000
3.69 | 124 ratings
Keys to Ascension (DVD)
2000
4.60 | 306 ratings
Symphonic Live (DVD)
2002
3.09 | 70 ratings
Yesspeak
2003
2.38 | 79 ratings
Live in Philadelphia 1979
2003
3.14 | 33 ratings
Inside Yes 1968-1973
2003
3.57 | 88 ratings
Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss
2004
4.29 | 162 ratings
Songs From Tsongas: 35th Anniversary Concert (DVD)
2005
3.44 | 66 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 1
2005
3.35 | 60 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 2
2005
3.63 | 54 ratings
Yes (Classic Artists)
2006
3.94 | 128 ratings
Montreux 2003 (DVD)
2007
3.83 | 44 ratings
Yes - The New Director's Cut
2008
3.84 | 41 ratings
The Lost Broadcasts
2009
3.19 | 28 ratings
Rock Of The 70's
2009
3.90 | 58 ratings
Union - Live
2010
3.04 | 5 ratings
Live Hemel Hempstead Pavillion October 3rd 1971
2013

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

3.43 | 9 ratings
2 Originals Of Yes
1973
3.10 | 209 ratings
Yesterdays
1975
3.81 | 171 ratings
Classic Yes
1981
3.27 | 111 ratings
Yesyears
1991
3.46 | 74 ratings
Yesstory
1992
3.02 | 72 ratings
Highlights: The Very Best of Yes
1993
2.56 | 32 ratings
The Best of Yes
2000
3.55 | 461 ratings
Keystudio
2001
2.71 | 22 ratings
Yes-today
2002
4.28 | 118 ratings
In A Word
2002
3.13 | 93 ratings
Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection
2003
2.14 | 61 ratings
Remixes
2003
2.52 | 23 ratings
Topography: The Yes Anthology
2004
3.24 | 139 ratings
The Word Is Live
2005
3.96 | 24 ratings
Essentially Yes
2006
3.52 | 18 ratings
Collection 2CD: Yes
2008
5.00 | 2 ratings
Wonderous Stories: The Best of Yes
2011
3.95 | 38 ratings
Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two
2015

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

4.29 | 21 ratings
Something's Coming
1969
3.47 | 15 ratings
Looking Around
1969
2.82 | 26 ratings
Sweetness / Something's Coming
1969
3.29 | 17 ratings
Sweet Dreams
1970
3.40 | 35 ratings
Time and a Word
1970
3.44 | 45 ratings
Your Move
1971
3.03 | 13 ratings
Roundabout
1972
4.64 | 14 ratings
And You And I (Part 1 & 2)
1972
2.86 | 47 ratings
America
1972
4.73 | 15 ratings
And You And I
1974
2.83 | 15 ratings
Soon
1976
3.24 | 38 ratings
Soon - Sound Chaser - Roundabout
1976
2.40 | 15 ratings
Yes Solos
1976
3.66 | 39 ratings
Wonderous Stories 12''
1977
4.04 | 38 ratings
Going For The One 12''
1977
3.91 | 11 ratings
Turn Of The Century
1977
2.65 | 48 ratings
Don't Kill The Whale
1978
3.01 | 35 ratings
Into The Lens
1980
4.23 | 43 ratings
Roundabout
1981
2.35 | 41 ratings
Owner of a Lonely Heart (promo single)
1983
2.15 | 44 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
1983
2.70 | 36 ratings
Leave It
1984
2.82 | 21 ratings
Twelve Inches on Tape
1984
3.07 | 31 ratings
It Can Happen
1984
2.33 | 8 ratings
Rhythm Of Love
1987
2.93 | 29 ratings
Love Will Find A Way
1987
2.23 | 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
2.58 | 24 ratings
The Calling
1994
3.00 | 2 ratings
Lightning Strikes (She Ay ... Do Wa Bap)
1999
2.82 | 71 ratings
YesSymphonic
2001
2.08 | 5 ratings
Selections From The Word Is Live
2005
3.05 | 61 ratings
We Can Fly
2011

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 Topographic Drama: Live Across America by YES album cover Live, 2017
3.79 | 19 ratings

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Review by Matt-T

3 stars I'm not going to indulge in the sheep like, fan boy dribbling that seems to accompany anything from the YES camp. I am not overwhelmed by this recording by any means.

There's nothing major wrong here ..... hence the 3* rating ... it just ..... doesn't quite do it for me.

1. Its so SLOW! ... if they play this stuff any slower they'll never reach the end of a piece without needing a break to take a leak.

2. I'm not going to knock the singer for not being Jon Anderson ... I actually think the earlier live releases he's sung on were really rather good ... but not this time. I can't put my finger on it .... it just doesn't work for me.

3. Crowd noise a little too high in the mix

4. The elephant in the room ..... or should i say the elephant is not in the room? Anyway ... No Chris Squire. One doesn't necessarily appreciate how integral his backing vocals are .... until they're not there anymore.

5. unlike many of the Jon Anderson worshipers ... I love the Drama album ..... but this performance feels inferior.

6. I much prefer the older available performances of the 'oceans' tracks .... although they give it a shot, it just feels ... lacking.

7. Finally, do we really need any more renditions of the other classic YES trax on here? I'd say ... NO .... as a gain these feel weaker than other performances of them, including the recent ones on the last 3 contemporary live albums the band have put out in recent years.

I always want to love a YES release .... this time, I couldn't get there.

with the utmost respect, I think it's time for the guys to recognise, with No Chris AND No John ..... with Alan struggling with health issues ..... maybe this 50th anniversary year is the time to call it a day. They've done enough.

 2 Originals Of Yes by YES album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1973
3.43 | 9 ratings

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Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
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3 stars Review Nº 162

"2 Originals Of Yes" is a very special compilation of Yes. It's an economic package that includes Yes' debut eponymous studio album, released in 1969 and their second studio album "Time And A Word", released in 1970. This is a very interesting compilation because it includes the first two studio albums of Yes' catalogue at a very cheap price, what would be a very worth purchase at the time, when it was released. It's also very interesting because it shows the group giving their first steps before the beginning of their most creative phase, the period of their great masterpieces, which would turn them in one of the best, most important and most influential progressive rock groups ever. This is also very interesting because this compilation reunites together the only two albums with the original line up of Yes. These are also the only studio albums from the group that include songs which weren't written by Yes. So, and all in all, despite both albums can't be properly considered as two fundamental works from Yes, and two indispensable purchases, both have its merits and deserve to be checked and appreciated by all Yes' fans and all progressive rock lovers.

The line up on both albums is Jon Anderson (lead vocals), Peter Banks (vocals and guitars), Tony Kaye (keyboards), Chris Squire (vocals and bass) and Bill Bruford (drums).

As I've already reviewed these two albums previously on Progarchives, in a more extensive way, I'm not going to do it again. So, if you are interested to know, in more detail, what I wrote about them before, I invite you to read those my both reviews. However, in here I'm going to write something about them in a more short way. So, of course, I'm not going to analyze them track by track, as I made before, but I'm only going to make a global appreciation of both albums.

"Yes": Although Yes' eponymous debut album be not exactly what they're remembered most for, it's still a decent piece of proto-prog. From quite obvious reasons this is also their most 60's influenced album. Two of the tracks, "Beyond And Before" and "Sweetness" dates back from the time when Anderson and Squire were in a band called Mabel Greer's Toyshop. Some of the Yes' trademarks can already been heard here, like the falsetto vocal-harmonies and the powerful and distinctive bass playing of Squire. But it's of course a much more basic and rougher album than their symphonic progressive rock classics from the 70's. "Survival" remains the classic track from this album, and it's also the track with most glimpses of what Yes later would made. They also covered The Byrds' "I See You" and The Beatles' "Every Little Thing" in a very refreshing and convincing way. "Yesterday And Today" is a beautiful and atmospheric little tune, but the other ballad on the album "Sweetness" is all too sweet and fluffy. "Looking Around" and "Beyond And Before" is a kind of a late 60's progressive power pop driven song by the excellent Hammond work of Kaye and the gutsy guitar playing of Banks. "Harold Land" is another pretty tune with progressive tendencies and good melodies. In short, "Yes" marked a decent starting point for a band that would become one of the greatest progressive rock bands ever.

"Time And A Word": Yes' second album, the last with the original guitarist Banks, was the first where the band began to move into a more symphonic direction. They even hired a small orchestra to prove the point. Although, their sound was still under development, there was already plenty of excellent progressive rock to enjoy here. "Then", "Astral Traveller" and "Sweet Dreams" were all among the best tracks from very early Yes. The sound on the album is dominated a lot by the tasty Hammond work from Kaye and the orchestral arrangements works, fine nicely in my ears. The beautiful title track was the only track from the first two albums that would remain in their live sets for years to come, while "The Prophet" has a delightful fairytale atmosphere. And as just happened with their first album, "Time And A Word" also included two cover versions of songs. First there was a very tight and "yesified" version of Richie Haven's "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed" and an atmospheric version of Stephen Still's "Everydays" with an incredible instrumental part in the middle. Yes still had some more steps to go before they would reach their creative highlights and definitive masterpieces, but "Time And A Word" is a good piece of early 70's progressive rock, anyway.

Conclusion: If you have already the two individual studio albums of Yes, you don't need this compilation because it hasn't anything new to offer, like bonus tracks, for instance. Unless you are a collector and you have the chance to discover this, as a forgotten vinyl record, in any record store. In this case, this would be a great purchase and a good complement for you, to add a new item to your record collection. Anyway, if you don't have these two albums yet, on vinyl or CD format, I think you must buy them. But, as I wrote above, these two albums aren't properly two fundamental works of Yes. However, they represent a different side of Yes. Still, they witness the first moments as a band starts to develop and watch them progress, is one of the most rewarding things a music enthusiast can take part in. However, two years later the scaffold will be removed and the building work will be complete, and as strong as it would ever be.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Topographic Drama: Live Across America by YES album cover Live, 2017
3.79 | 19 ratings

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Topographic Drama: Live Across America
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Evolver
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4 stars With all that's happened to Yes, it's amazing that they are still a touring band. It's been a few years since Jon Anderson was pushed out of the band, and with Chris Squire's passing, the group now has none of their founding members. Yet this year (2018 if you are reading this review some time in the future) marks a half century since the group was first formed.

I'll admit that I've not been to a Yes concert in many years, as I have been fearful of watching these pioneers of prog rock succumb to the ravages of time. But as the members of the band have proclaimed publicly, Yes is an evolving entity that may survive past all of its members of the seventies.

I was intrigued to hear what the band would sound like without the signature Squire bass sound, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that Billy Sherwood does a masterful job of recreating the power and the glory of the old bass lines. In fact, he's so good that I have to say that his playing is, to me, the highlight of the two complete songs from Tales From Topographic Oceans on this disk.

The first disk is mostly comprised of a performance of the entire Drama album. They are performed very well, but it reminds me (as I am reminded by the original Drama album each time I revisit it), that it is a step below the classic Yes albums. The songs are good, but mostly lacking something. I especially never liked the way Alan White was limited (probably a record company executive's decision) to pedestrian drum beats, except for parts of Machine Messiah and Tempus Fugit (by far the best song on Drama).

And the TFTO renditions here just might be the best versions I've ever heard. This Yes seems to do the most with the dynamics of these compositions, sounding equally as comfortable with the pastoral passages as they are with the bombastic. I only wish they had performed the entire album.

The remaining tracks, And You And I, Heart Of The Sunrise, Roundabout and Starship Trooper are all well played.

I have been listening to this album repeatedly since purchasing it last fall, and my enjoyment of it is still not receding.

 Yesshows by YES album cover Live, 1980
3.64 | 457 ratings

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Yesshows
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
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4 stars Review Nº 156

'Yessongs', was the first Yes' live album that was bound to be a classic. That 1973 triple LP was emblazoned with a hypnotic Roger Dean cover and comprised of material from double-header progressive rock behemoths 'Fragile' and 'Close To The Edge'. In any superficial comparison, 'Yesshows' couldn't possibly stack up. With its awkward snow scene cover, also made by Dean, and the track list spanning critically panned albums like 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' and 'Tormato', it hardly screams an essential purchase. But 'Yesshows', released in November 1980, is just as essential as any of the band's late 70's albums, with songs that often improve upon their studio counterparts.

Yes broke up for the first time in 1978 after 'Tormato', and in the attempt at replacing Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman by Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes, it was then they released their tenth studio album 'Drama'. 'Yesshows' is the second live album of Yes and was released in 1980, shortly after the release of 'Drama'. Issued as Yes were about to disband, soon after this live album, 'Yesshows' is a very important live document of their late 70's era. 'Drama' is an album with a different line up because Anderson and Wakeman left the band. To the remaining members of the group Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White joined two other musicians Horn and Downes, two ex-The Buggles members.

So, the band members involved on 'Yesshows' are Jon Anderson (vocals), Chris Squire (vocals and bass guitar), Steve Howe (vocals and guitars), Rick Wakeman (keyboards), Patrick Moraz (keyboards) and Alan White (vocals and drums).

'Yesshows' is a double live album consisting of recordings from 1976 and 1978. 'Yesshows' comprises live performances ranging from the summer of 1976 to the supporting tour for their last studio album 'Tormato', in 1978, in several locations. Like the band previous debut live album 'Yessongs', 'Yesshows' begins with a classical music recording of Igor Stravinsky's the 'Firebird Suite'. Although, Rick Wakeman is the main keyboardist on the most tracks, the 1976 performances are featured by Patrick Moraz, the keyboardist of Yes in that time, after Wakeman have left the band after the release of 'Tales From Topographic Oceans'. After the release of 'Relayer' and just before the recording of 'Going For The One', Patrick Moraz left also the band and Wakeman returned to recording and release this album.

'Yesshows' has seven tracks. The first track 'Parallels' was recorded at Ahoy'-Hal, Rotterdam, Holland, in 1977 and was released on 'Going For The One', the second track 'Time And A Word' was recorded at Empire Pool, Wembley, London, in 1978 and was released on 'Time And A Word', the third track 'Going For The One' was recorded at Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany, in 1977 and was released on 'Going For The One', the fourth track 'The Gates Of Delirium' was recorded at Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA, in 1976 and was released on 'Relayer', the fifth track 'Don't Kill The Whale' was recorded at Empire Pool, Wembley, London, in 1978 and was released on 'Tormato', the sixth track 'Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil)' was recorded at Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA, in 1976 and was released on 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' and the seventh track 'Wonderous Stories' was recorded at Ahoy'- Hal, Rotterdam, Holland, in 1977 and was released on 'Going For The One'.

So, the material on the album is from the post 'Close To The Edge' period, with the exception of 'Time And A Word', and the album serves as a superb supplement to the live classic 'Yessongs'. The band is in top shape and delivers great performances of the material. 'Parallels' sounds in my opinion better here than it did on 'Going For The One' and the same goes for 'Time And A Word' that works better without the orchestra on the studio version. 'The Gates Of Delirium' is another demonstration of the fact that Yes was one of progressive rock's best live bands ever. Most of the second album is taken up of what I consider to be the ultimate version of 'Ritual'. The track is spread over both sides of the album and it kicks the ass off the studio version on every level, despite the great quality of the studio version.

Conclusion: 'Yesshows' comprises different recordings from different live performances between 1976 and 1978, including two different line ups. 'Yesshows' has negative points and positive points. The negative points are the inclusion of 'Time And A Word' and 'Don't Kill The Whale' that despite are two good songs hadn't quality enough to be chosen, and the non-inclusion of any song from 'Close To The Edge' is unjustifiable. The positive points are the presence of Moraz which is very rare on Yes' live albums and the fantastic performance of the band on 'The Gates Of Delirium' and 'Ritual'. This is more evident on 'Ritual', because is a longer version due to the extended percussion section. It seems even a new song. It's interesting to see the different interpretations of Moraz and Wakeman of the same track. 'Yesshows' isn't as good as 'Yessongs' is, but is undoubtedly one of the best live albums ever made. However, 'Yesshows' remains as a great live album and an essential music piece of the all musical catalogue of Yes.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Yesterdays by YES album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1975
3.10 | 209 ratings

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Yesterdays
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
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3 stars Review Nº 149

Yes, was formed in 1968 with Jon Anderson (vocals), Chris Squire (bass), Peter Banks (guitars), Tony Kaye (keyboards) and Bill Bruford (drums). Yes, always was a band where members often changed, and in some cases the members went out and returned to the group very often. Yes became as one of the most important bands of the 70's, together with Genesis and Pink Floyd. These three bands were the bands who farther contributed to the rise of the movement of Progressive Rock. These are probably the three bands, which more have influenced progressive groups, until today.

'Yesterdays' is a compilation of Yes and was released in 1975. 'Yesterdays' is a collection of songs of the band and was launched at the time in which the band members released their solo musical projects. It consists mostly of material of their first two albums, their eponymous debut studio album 'Yes' and their second studio album 'Time And A Word'. Added to this, it features the B side 'Dear Father' and a cover of the song 'America' of Simon & Garfunkel.

All tracks on this compilation feature the original line up of the group with Peter Banks and Tony Kaye, except on 'America', which includes Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman, on guitar and keyboards respectively. So, the band members that participate on this compilation are Jon Anderson (vocals), Peter Banks (guitar), Steve Howe (guitar), Tony Kaye (keyboards), Rick Wakeman (keyboards), Chris Squire (vocals and bass guitar) and Bill Bruford (drums).

This was the last Yes' album until their tenth studio album 'Drama' to use a cover of the artwork of Roger Dean. The front cover of the album presents elements of the front cover of 'Time And A Word', and when I say the front cover of the album I mean the U.K. front cover, while the back cover was designed to be used as an alternative front cover.

'Yesterdays' has eight tracks. The first track 'America' is a cover of a Simon & Garfunkel's song released on their studio album 'Bookends', in 1968. It never was released on any studio album of them. It was featured on an Atlantic Record sampler album called 'The New Age Of Atlantic', in 1972, which was a collection of songs that became noted, especially due to two of them. The Yes' 'America' cover song and Led Zeppelin's 'Hey, Hey, What Can I Do', both unavailable elsewhere at that time. The second track 'Looking Around' was released on 'Yes', the third track 'Time And A Word' was released on 'Time And A Word', the fourth track 'Sweet Dreams' was released on 'Time And A Word', the fifth track 'Then' was released on 'Time And A Word', the sixth track 'Survival' was released on 'Yes', the seventh track 'Astral Traveller' was released on 'Time And A Word' and the eighth track 'Dear Father' was also a song which never was released on any studio album of Yes. It was released as the B side of the 'Sweet Dreams' single, a song taken from 'Time And A Word' and that was the single that served to promote the album at the time.

So, 'Yesterdays' is basically a compilation of tracks from the two very first Yes' albums. But Atlantic was of course wise enough to also include a couple of non album tracks, as a bait. The version of Paul Simon's 'America' was originally released as a single in 1972, but here we get the full length, a 10 minute version, in all its glory. It shows very well how a simple and light pop tune can be transformed into a complex progressive rock track. This track is a complete surprise because, besides being an extensive version of the original song, isn't a soft ballad song as the original version. It respects completely the original spirit of the song but is, at the same time, a completely new song. And we also may say that this is practically a Yes' song. This is a great cover song. The other non album track is 'Dear Father', a simple and beautiful song which was only released as a single. It's a very calm song with many time changes and with beautiful Jon Anderson's vocals perfectly supported by Chris Squire's vocals. However, its inclusion here will probably please completists most, as the song has a rather typical B side quality and is really not all that good. The rest of the album consists of thoughtfully selected songs from the first two albums. As I said before, from the debut we have 'Survival' and 'Looking Around', and from the second 'Astral Traveller', 'Then', 'Sweet Dreams' and the title track.

Conclusion: Usually, I don't much care about progressive rock compilations. However, in this case, I'm convinced that somehow 'Yesterdays' is a little bit different. If by one hand this is an historical document of the group, by other hand it has two songs that never were released on any studio album of them. In the third place, and most important of all, this compilation is very good representative of the first musical period of the group, a kind of a pre- musical period, a period where Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman weren't yet present in the group. So, 'Yesterdays' will be a fine alternative if you want to get a glimpse of Yes in their earliest phase without having to buy both their two first albums. The only thing I can't understand is the absence of 'Harold Land', one of the two best tracks on 'Yes'. Despite 'Looking Around' be a good song, it hasn't the progressivity and quality of 'Harold Land' and it should have been replaced by it. But 'America' makes it also worth having for others. And Roger Dean's cover art should also be counted as a bonus.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Magnification by YES album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.75 | 1024 ratings

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Magnification
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars "Magnification" is the followup to the mildly successible "The Ladder" with a lineup consisting of Jon Anderson on lead vocals, acoustic & MIDI guitars, Steve Howe on pedal steel, acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, Chris Squire on bass, Alan White on drums, percussion, and on keyboards we have... NOBODY! This is the only Yes album without a keyboardist. Heck, even Alan White has a go on piano at one point but can a Yes album survive without a Wakeman or Downes on the keys? Yes it can. The most striking thing about this album is it boasts an absolutely beautiful symphonic orchestra conducted by the likes of Larry Groupé, Bruce Donnelly and Frank Macchia. The result is a cinematic soundscape that opens the music of Yes into grand territories. Yes also have returned to their progressive sound and there are a few tracks that are absolute masterpieces such as In The Presence Of.

The album cover is another misfire sadly as Roger Dean made their other albums look so attractive. I ended up getting this on cassette after avoiding it for many years. I was absolutely delighted that it is an excellent album throughout. I first heard tracks from this on the live "Tsongas" DVD as they were touring it at the time. Magnification opens proceedings with a grandiose prog filled track. Infectious hooks and powerful singing are accompanied by sweeping orchestration and a wonderful outro that segued straight into Spirit Of Survival. This second track has a funky bassline and very cinematic orchestrations. I am absolutely loving the orchestra intonationas and the lead guitar of Howe is phenomenal as always. This is a very dramatic song and lifts the spirit with lyrics filled with hope. Don't Go is a catchy thing with Anderson imploring us not to be cruel or dark and not to go as we were supposed to be together forever, but them's the breaks. It is a more commercial feel compared to the opening tracks but the orchestra and Howe's quirky guitar licks keeps it interesting. Give Love Each Day opens with somber orchestra sweeps like a movie soundtrack, glorious it its composition. The bass chimes in and Anderson has some reflection in his lyrics; "Standing here on sacred ground, Some days it's a mad world let it be, Words of promise fill the air, empty voices, How long have we waited? And every time I hold your hand, You bring to me this promised land, I live for you this promised land." It may remind some of Queensryche who had an album about the Promised Land. I like the harmonies Squire provides too, and his bass is exemplary. The outro is a Beatles soundalike passage that works perfectly like Penny Lane or Strawberry Fields revisited. Can You Imagine is a short track compared to the rest at 2:58, and works as a beautiful tribute to Chris Squire who sings on this along with Anderson some potent lyrics "can you imagine what it is like seeing life from the other side". Again the orchestra is simply stunning on this track. We Agree is Yes in a quiet mood with a lot of sweeping orchestrations and a strong theme of believing in the days we will talk about, an optimistic lyrical content throughout "we will perpetuate this song of love".

Soft As A Dove is a lovely song with gorgeous flute and acoustic over violin strings. Anderson has a very good vocal and the lyrics are heartfelt.

Dreamtime is an epic 10:45 track and has a progressive structure beginning with an intro of off kilter musicianship, the after a lovely verse, very upbeat percussion and bass pluck out a very intense rhythm. The orchestra is at its most dramatic and augments the very strong bassline. Howe's guitar finesse is hitting a peak here, and I adore the melody and Anderson gives this everything he has in the tank. This is a hiddden gem in the Yes catalogue undoubtedly ready to unearth for those willing to dig it up. The orchestra at te end is as good as any movie soundtrack and is a powerful addition that really grabs me on every listen. This is a brilliant track, dammit, why couldn't they do this on their previous albums during the 90s?

In the Presence of is the 10:24 epic that appeared on a few compilations and live concerts. It was the only song I owned from the "In A Word" box set and I played it often. Arguably it is the best way for the band to farewell their studio recording days and indeed it was the last for this lineup and Anderson was replaced 10 years later by David Benoit. The song opens with a beautiful Anderson vocal, and is that Alan White on piano? Squire comes in soon and then that orchestra makes the soundscape soar into the heavens. This is a great track, the live performances never disappoint and of course it is the most well known track on this album as a result of the live approach.

The last track though is a short thing called Time Is Time. Perhaps this is Yes saying Goodbye, the lyrics may suggest this. I saw this track live online with Wakeman at the keys and its better than this version as a result, but still its a way to go out on a very good album that stands the test of time.

The complexity, inspired originality and downright bombastic approach of Yes returns on "Magnification" and were'nt the prog community pleased? The orchestra is an embellishment in a similar way to the live Symphonic Yes that is a masterpeice DVD so get hold of that if you can. Those who come to this album may be disappointed if they expect it to be in the vein of the prog giants of yesteryear, but the members still generate that Yes sound that has made them legends of prog. Hopefully this album will lead newcomers to their past masterpieces, namely their albums "The Yes Album" right up to "Relayer", where they really transformed the face of prog rock.

Goodbye Yes.

 The Ladder by YES album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.27 | 895 ratings

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The Ladder
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Yes redeem themselves after a slew of mediocrity in the 90s with "The Ladder". From the outset there is a huge leap back into progressive territory on the opening track Homeworld. Clocking over 9 minutes and full of wonderful instrumental sections and the awesome vocals of Anderson with reflective lyrics, one wonders where the band had disappeared to on their last album "Open Your Eyes". The keyboard workouts of Igor Khoroshev are great, he is now an official member, and it has a definite progressive structure, with a rather provocative ending with wind blowing and Anderson singing to a lonely piano. Its a wonderful way to begin this album.

The Roger Dean album cover is certainly welcome back after some hideous covers, and it perhaps signifies that the band are going for a more progressive sound, not the AOR sound that was permeating their 90s catalogue. It Will Be A Good Day (The River) is a decent song with some hopeful lyrics "make me believe again, making me free again."

Lightning Strikes jumps along at a frenetic pace and may be well placed in a disco with its danceable rhythms. Its okay though because it bounces along with such energy that it shows Yes can do disco when the mood hits them. I like the way it breaks into a new time sig in the half time feel, and Squire has fun on the bass here, and thats not a crime. The opening flute solo is borrowed from The Kinks' song Phenomenal Cat from their album "The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society". Can I? is mercifully short at 1:32, and is basically a didgeridoo going for it while Anderson ad libs jazz mumbo jumbo vocals. Noteable for the didgeridoo only. This segues into Face to Face with very funky bass, and some really nice lyrics. It holds the attention with infectious chorus and great harmonies throughout.

If Only You Knew is a beautiful love song with Anderson in fine form. To Be Alive (Hep Yadda) is okay as an inspirational song with hopeful lyrics. It is a bit repetitious at times but the uptempo beat grows on you.

Finally is a 6 minute song with bright rhythms, powerful singing and some of Steve Howe's best work as he makes his lead guitar soar on some chilling solos. The orchestral keyboards are mesmirising and Anderson sings with an air of beauty.

The album occasionally runs out of steam at the end but there is quality evident. The Messenger has a reggae feel because Anderson wrote it about the person who has influenced his music, the late reggae master Bob Marley. New Language is a lengthy track at 9:19, and has a wonderful bassline and some nice time sig changes as well as keyboard workouts and a ton of reflective lyrics to ponder over; "I speak from some sort of protection of learning, Even though I make it up as I go on, A special trait is that I've tried To reach all feelings, So I speak a new language of love, Some say that it is written in the circle, Others that it is written in the sun, But I protect myself by seeing this experience, As a metaphor for moving on."

Nine Voices (Longwalker) closes the album with acoustic vibrations and a pensive Anderson thinking about the forces that surround us, nine voices singing as one, this dialogue." Howe drives the song with fast finger picking and strumming and there is a rototum percussion sound.

So in conclusion "The Ladder" is superior to any of their albums since "Going For The One". It is only just a notch above "Talk" but it sits comfortably above any albums in between these. A worthwhile Yes album and it paved the way for the last album to feature Anderson "Magnification", which would turn out to be the last great triumph for Yes.

 Magnification by YES album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.75 | 1024 ratings

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Magnification
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Norbert

4 stars Magnification is the seventeenth (or eightteenth if you count Keystudio as a studio album)studio album by the British symphonic progressive rock legends Yes. The artwork is rather simplisctic, clearly only the band's logo was done by Roger Dean. The album has 10 tracks it has about 60 minutes of playing time.It is their last album recorded with singer Jon Anderson in the band, and their only one recorded as a four-piece and without a proper keyboardist. Drummer Alan White plays some piano parts , we can hear Jon Anderson's MIDI guitar, and a full symphonic orchestra, which is actually not credited in the bookle, only Larry Groupé for orchestral composition, arrangements and as conductor. The orchestrations are excellent and keyboards are mostly not really missed. The performance of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire (RIP) and Alan White is outstanding as usual. The music is more simple as it was in the glory days between 1971 and 1977, but basically this is the beautiful, complex, uplifting smyhonic progressive music, which made Yes famous. I only have some problems with Don't go, which drifts seriously in "silly pop" territory, and they could finish the album with a more memorable track than Time is time. My favourite is probably Dreamtime, Give love each day, We agree, and the opening title track. Magnification may be not a rival for Fragile or Relayer, but a very nice offering of this legendary band towards the twilight of their career. Four solid stars, in my opinion.
 Time And A Word by YES album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.29 | 1248 ratings

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Time And A Word
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
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3 stars Review Nº 145

"Time And A Word" is the second studio album of Yes and was released in 1970. It was the last band's album to feature their original line up, Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Bill Bruford, Peter Banks and Tony Kaye. Banks was fired before the album's release. With the decision of use string arrangements on the most of the album's songs, Banks' role as guitarist was diminished and tensions within the band increased. Just after the album's recording is completed, was asked him to leave the band, which he reluctantly did. Then, Steve Howe would join the line up, replacing Banks.

"Time And A Word" also includes two songs that Anderson wrote with David Foster, a former band mate in The Warriors, the band formed by Anderson and his brother Tony Anderson, in 1964. So, as happened on their eponymous debut studio album "Yes", two of the eight songs of the album are covers. However, this was the last time that Yes recorded songs which were not made by the group. "Time And A Word" marked another difference in the band. From now on, the lyric writing of Anderson began to move from the simple love themes to subjects of a more big scale.

The UK and USA artworks for the album were different. The UK front cover used a black and white photo-montage of a nude woman with a butterfly. As this was inappropriate in the USA, because the American Puritanism, the USA front cover showed a picture of the band. Curiously, the picture shows Howe instead of Banks, despite he doesn't play on the album. However, the back cover of both versions of the album shows a picture of the original line up of the group.

"Time And A Word" has eight tracks. The first track "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experienced Needed" written by Richie Havens is the first cover song on the album. It's a strange way to open the album, because is unusual a band start an album with a cover song. However, I think that happened because this is the most energetic song on the album. It's a very good version of the original song, very powerful, full of energy, with fast drums and a great rhythmic bass line. It reminds me the great western movies, which isn't surprising because it features an orchestral musical arrangement of the main theme from the 1958 film "The Big Country". The second track "Then" written by Anderson is a very good song with some complexity, well elaborated, with interesting musical structures and radical musical changes. The voice of Anderson is very sweet and the addition of violins was an interesting choice. It's a very good and interesting track. The third track "Everydays" written by Stephen Stills is the second cover song on the album. This time is a Buffalo Springfield song, and is another good version very well elaborated of an original song. It's a song very influenced by jazz and in the beginning is a kind of a ballad, but after two minutes the song becomes more aggressive and fast. The fourth track "Sweet Dreams" written by Anderson and Foster is a bit a pop song very enjoyable to listening. It has a simple musical structure but we can hear on it a fine bass line, powerful keyboards and good guitar too. It's a blues oriented song with nice backing vocals. The fifth track "The Prophet" written by Anderson and Squire is a song with a more complex musical structure than some other songs on the album and is one of the most progressive songs too. It's one of the most epic tracks of the group in their early musical period and I have to mention also the fantastic keyboard work of Kaye. The sixth track "Clear Days" written by Anderson is a very short acoustic ballad nicely sung by Anderson and featuring lovely strings accompanied by a nice piano. As with on "Claugroi", the violins remind me Ray Shulman's violin riffs of Gentle Giant. However, this is probably the weakest moment on the album. The seventh track "Astral Traveller" written by Anderson is another very good song with a progressive rock musical structure. It's a song with great instrumental work by all members of the band, very well orchestrated. This is one of the first songs of Yes that represents the future sound of what will be the progressive songs of the group. The eighth track "Time And A Word" is the title track. It was written by Anderson and Foster and is another highlight of the album that became a Yes' classic song. It's a beautiful song with good lyrics, very melodic, with good chorus and very well orchestrated. It's the best known song of the album and it became a live staple for the band. It's a fantastic way to finish this musical work.

Conclusion: I agree with the opinions of some of my colleague reviewers on Progarchives, when they say that "Time And A Word" was a major step forward from Yes' eponymous debut studio album. But it was still, somehow, very distant of the musical quality of its successors, especially from their fifth studio album "Close To The Edge", the greatest masterpiece of the band. In reality, "Time And A Word" makes an incremental improvement over the previous eponymous debut studio album, because its songs are more mature, adult, cohesive and having, in general, superior quality. By the other hand, the inclusion of an orchestra on their music, despite the risks, shows us that it was an excellent idea. So, concluding and in short, Yes still had some more steps to go before they would reach their creative highlights and definitive masterpieces, but "Time And A Word" is a good piece of early 70's progressive rock, anyway.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Yes by YES album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.24 | 1195 ratings

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Yes
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
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3 stars Review Nº 144

Yes was founded in 1968 by vocalist Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire. In May 1968, Squire met Anderson in a Soho nightclub, where Anderson was working with a band. As they had a common interest in vocal harmony they began working together. After a while, both decided they needed a new drummer and Bill Bruford was recruited from an ad in Melody Maker. As the previous guitarist Clive Bailey left the band, Peter Banks joined them and soon another new member also joined the group, the keyboardist Tony Kaye. After the entry of Tony Kaye, the band was complete and they adopted the name Yes. The name was suggested by Banks, with the argument that the word would be highlighted in advertising posters. According to Anderson, the name was accepted because it represented a very positive word.

'Yes' is the eponymous debut studio album of Yes and was released in 1969. It's considered as one of the first progressive rock albums in the history of the progressive rock music. Although Yes' debut album isn't exactly what they're remembered most for, but still is a decent piece of proto-prog. From quite obvious reasons this is also their most 60's influenced album. Two of the tracks, 'Beyond And Before' and 'Sweetness' dates back from the time when Anderson and Squire were in a band called Mabel Greer's Toyshop. Some of the Yes' trademarks can already been heard here, like the falsetto vocal harmonies and the powerful and distinctive bass playing of Squire. But, this is of course a much more basic and rougher album than their following symphonic progressive rock classics from the 70's.

'Yes' has eight tracks. The first track 'Beyond And Before' written by Squire and Clive Bailey is a good opener for the album. It's a very interesting song with good drumming, a very nice distorted guitar work, and here, we can clearly hear the typical sound of the bass of Squire. The song has also some harmony and beauty, and represents the beginning of Yes' sound. The second track 'I See You' written by Jim McGuinn and David Crosby is the first song on the album that wasn't written by the band. It's a cover of a song of The Birds and I must confess that this is a brilliant version made by Yes of the original song. This is, for me, the really great surprise on the album. Banks is at his best and did a fantastic guitar work and the voice of Anderson goes beautifully on this song. The third track 'Yesterday And Today' written by Anderson is the shortest song on the album. This is a sweet and beautiful acoustic ballad with some nice acoustic guitar and keyboard sounds in the background of Anderson's voice. This is really a very beautiful song. The fourth track 'Looking Around' written by Anderson and Squire is a song that, despite be one of the first songs of the group, we can call it a typical classic Yes' song. It's a song with some musical progressivity and where Banks and Kaye have very good musical contributions. However, the vocal parts are the most memorable due to the great and nice choral work. The fifth track 'Harold Land' written by Anderson, Bruford and Squire is a truly progressive song that reminds me strongly some of the first songs of Genesis. This is, in my humble opinion, one of the first progressive songs ever made. It has everything that should have. It has a pretty vocal performance, nice guitar, great keyboards, good bass line and a fantastic drum work. This is one of the highlights of the album and one of my favourite songs too. The sixth track 'Every Little Thing' written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney is the second song on the album that wasn't written by the band. It's a cover of a song of The Beatles and is also a very good version of the original song. This is a track with great drumming work, a good bass line and fantastic guitar work that opens the song with a great solo. This is a song that shows the great capacity of the band to transform songs in their own way. The seventh track 'Sweetness' written by Anderson, Bailey and Squire is another sweet, nice and pretty ballad. It has good vocal performance, nice background keyboards and good drumming work too. However, this is one of the weakest tracks on the album. The eighth track 'Survival' written by Anderson is, in my humble opinion, with 'Harold Land', one of the two highest points on the album. This is, probably, the best song on the album. It has beautiful vocals, great bass, catchy keyboards, good guitar and nice drumming. It has also beautiful lyrics and great choral work. This is a wonderful musical piece and an excellent example of the early progressive rock songs. This is a great and perfect way to close the album.

Conclusion: 'Yes' is a good debut album of the group. Despite two of the songs are covers and only two other songs, 'Harold Land' and 'Survival', can be considered great, this is a very interesting debut musical work, because even the cover songs are good and interesting versions of the original songs. If we compare this debut studio album with other debut studio albums of some other great bands from the 70's, we can say that 'Yes' is better than 'From Genesis To Revelation' of Genesis, is as good as 'The Aerosol Grey Machine' of Van Der Graaf Generator but is far away from being as good as 'In The Court Of The Crimson King' of King Crimson. So, all in all, 'Yes' marked, definitely, a very decent and solid starting point for a band that would become one of the greatest progressive rock bands ever.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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