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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 surprisingly "The Ladder") but this is the last great album.

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

3.25 | 1366 ratings
Yes
1969
3.31 | 1421 ratings
Time and a Word
1970
4.30 | 2947 ratings
The Yes Album
1971
4.45 | 3621 ratings
Fragile
1971
4.67 | 4549 ratings
Close to the Edge
1972
3.90 | 2451 ratings
Tales from Topographic Oceans
1973
4.37 | 3122 ratings
Relayer
1974
4.05 | 2050 ratings
Going For The One
1977
2.98 | 1543 ratings
Tormato
1978
3.77 | 1711 ratings
Drama
1980
3.00 | 1592 ratings
90125
1983
2.54 | 1163 ratings
Big Generator
1987
2.51 | 1069 ratings
Union
1991
3.05 | 982 ratings
Talk
1994
2.03 | 861 ratings
Open Your Eyes
1997
3.26 | 1012 ratings
The Ladder
1999
3.73 | 1140 ratings
Magnification
2001
3.42 | 1124 ratings
Fly From Here
2011
2.35 | 631 ratings
Heaven & Earth
2014
3.14 | 135 ratings
Fly From Here - Return Trip
2018
3.23 | 47 ratings
From a Page
2019

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

4.35 | 981 ratings
Yessongs
1973
3.64 | 511 ratings
Yesshows
1980
2.29 | 260 ratings
9012 Live: The Solos
1985
4.05 | 530 ratings
Keys to Ascension
1996
3.95 | 497 ratings
Keys to Ascension 2
1997
2.64 | 154 ratings
BBC Sessions 1969-1970 Something's Coming (2 Cds)
1997
3.60 | 221 ratings
House of Yes: Live From the House of Blues
2000
4.50 | 4 ratings
Songs From Tsongas: 35th Anniversary Concert
2004
3.88 | 192 ratings
Live at Montreux 2003
2007
4.23 | 308 ratings
Symphonic Live
2009
4.48 | 182 ratings
Keys To Ascension (Full)
2010
3.35 | 40 ratings
Astral Traveller (The BBC Sessions)
2011
3.52 | 147 ratings
In the Present - Live from Lyon
2011
3.55 | 72 ratings
Union Live
2011
2.79 | 68 ratings
Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome
2014
4.52 | 97 ratings
Progeny - Seven Shows from Seventy-Two
2015
3.35 | 74 ratings
Like It Is - Yes at the Mesa Arts Centre
2015
3.49 | 69 ratings
Topographic Drama: Live Across America
2017
4.00 | 63 ratings
Yes ft. ARW: Live At The Apollo
2018
3.23 | 40 ratings
Yes 50 Live
2019
3.17 | 14 ratings
The Royal Affair Tour: Live in Las Vegas
2020

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

3.69 | 183 ratings
Yessongs (DVD)
1973
3.22 | 110 ratings
9012 LIVE (DVD)
1985
4.13 | 94 ratings
Yesyears (DVD)
1991
3.71 | 50 ratings
The Union Tour Live
1991
2.95 | 59 ratings
Greatest Video Hits
1991
4.36 | 11 ratings
The Best Of MusikLaden Live
1999
3.63 | 130 ratings
House Of Yes: Live From The House Of Blues (DVD)
2000
3.71 | 138 ratings
Keys to Ascension (DVD)
2000
4.60 | 335 ratings
Symphonic Live (DVD)
2002
3.11 | 78 ratings
Yesspeak
2003
2.41 | 87 ratings
Live in Philadelphia 1979
2003
3.14 | 38 ratings
Inside Yes 1968-1973
2003
3.61 | 98 ratings
Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss
2004
4.30 | 181 ratings
Songs From Tsongas: 35th Anniversary Concert (DVD)
2005
3.44 | 76 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 1
2005
3.36 | 69 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 2
2005
3.64 | 60 ratings
Yes (Classic Artists)
2006
3.97 | 146 ratings
Montreux 2003 (DVD)
2007
3.85 | 52 ratings
Yes - The New Director's Cut
2008
3.85 | 47 ratings
The Lost Broadcasts
2009
3.24 | 35 ratings
Rock Of The 70's
2009
3.92 | 69 ratings
Union - Live
2010
3.14 | 9 ratings
Live Hemel Hempstead Pavillion October 3rd 1971
2013
3.58 | 35 ratings
Yes ft. ARW: Live At The Apollo
2018

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

3.48 | 14 ratings
2 Originals Of Yes
1973
3.09 | 229 ratings
Yesterdays
1975
3.77 | 193 ratings
Classic Yes
1981
3.28 | 117 ratings
Yesyears
1991
3.47 | 78 ratings
Yesstory
1992
2.88 | 85 ratings
Highlights: The Very Best of Yes
1993
2.59 | 34 ratings
The Best of Yes
2000
3.56 | 477 ratings
Keystudio
2001
2.71 | 23 ratings
Yes-today
2002
4.27 | 126 ratings
In A Word
2002
2.64 | 42 ratings
Extended Versions
2002
2.89 | 37 ratings
Roundabout: The Best of Yes - Live
2003
3.15 | 101 ratings
Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection
2003
2.14 | 68 ratings
Remixes
2003
2.54 | 27 ratings
Topography: The Yes Anthology
2004
3.25 | 147 ratings
The Word Is Live
2005
3.78 | 27 ratings
Essentially Yes
2006
3.50 | 19 ratings
Collection 2CD: Yes
2008
4.67 | 3 ratings
Wonderous Stories: The Best of Yes
2011
4.10 | 52 ratings
Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two
2015
4.73 | 33 ratings
The Steven Wilson Remixes
2018

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

4.28 | 25 ratings
Something's Coming
1969
3.51 | 18 ratings
Looking Around
1969
2.85 | 30 ratings
Sweetness / Something's Coming
1969
3.33 | 21 ratings
Sweet Dreams
1970
3.39 | 38 ratings
Time and a Word
1970
3.44 | 49 ratings
Your Move
1971
3.26 | 20 ratings
Roundabout
1972
4.62 | 21 ratings
And You And I (Part 1 & 2)
1972
2.88 | 51 ratings
America
1972
4.74 | 23 ratings
And You And I
1974
3.25 | 18 ratings
Soon
1976
3.23 | 41 ratings
Soon - Sound Chaser - Roundabout
1976
2.50 | 18 ratings
Yes Solos
1976
3.67 | 42 ratings
Wonderous Stories 12''
1977
4.04 | 40 ratings
Going For The One 12''
1977
4.00 | 13 ratings
Turn Of The Century
1977
2.71 | 53 ratings
Don't Kill The Whale
1978
4.00 | 1 ratings
Run Through the Light
1980
3.02 | 40 ratings
Into The Lens
1980
4.23 | 46 ratings
Roundabout
1981
2.37 | 45 ratings
Owner of a Lonely Heart (promo single)
1983
2.19 | 50 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
1983
2.71 | 40 ratings
Leave It
1984
2.87 | 24 ratings
Twelve Inches on Tape
1984
2.84 | 36 ratings
It Can Happen
1984
2.42 | 12 ratings
Rhythm of Love
1987
2.72 | 33 ratings
Love Will Find a Way
1987
2.21 | 41 ratings
Rhythm of Love (2)
1987
3.33 | 21 ratings
Saving My Heart
1991
2.57 | 42 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
1991
2.48 | 12 ratings
Lift Me Up
1991
2.55 | 24 ratings
Make It Easy
1991
2.65 | 12 ratings
Yesyears - Sampler
1991
2.62 | 27 ratings
The Calling
1994
0.00 | 0 ratings
America
1996
3.00 | 5 ratings
Lightning Strikes (She Ay ... Do Wa Bap)
1999
2.84 | 72 ratings
YesSymphonic
2001
2.26 | 8 ratings
Selections From The Word Is Live
2005
3.06 | 67 ratings
We Can Fly
2011

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 The Royal Affair Tour: Live in Las Vegas by YES album cover Live, 2020
3.17 | 14 ratings

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The Royal Affair Tour: Live in Las Vegas
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by peskypesky

4 stars Ok, this album is really making me eat a healthy serving of crow. Why? Because I'm one of those diehard Jon Anderson fans who has dissed the incarnations of Yes since Anderson was kicked out.

But my brother has seen Yes with Jon Davison a couple of times and swore to me that the concerts were great. So I put my reservations aside and gave this a spin. And right from the start, I was blown away. Opening with "No Opportunity Necessary No Experience Needed" was shocking enough, but the spirited performance really made me sit up and pay attention. This is one of those songs I ha sort of forgotten about, but this performance really dusts it off and breathes life into. Makes you realize what a great love song it is.

Then the next song is another hard-rocking and vibrant "Tempus Fugit", and again, I sort of had to eat crow...because I tend not to think of Drama as being a great album. Good, but not great. Well, this performance of the song just had me smiling and playing air bass. It was so cool to hear a Drama song with vocals that sound so much like Jon Anderson....as I'd always wanted to hear Drama with Anderson on the mic. This gets pretty close, and it's damn good.

I really love the song selection on this, as it's all 1970s material, which is the Yes I love. I really did NOT need yet another version of "Roundabout" though. I mean seriously? Ugh. But I will say that I love the way they end the song here. I'd never heard this ending, and it's quite gorgeous....so I guess I can forgive them. :)

The inclusion of John Lennon's "Imagine" was another big surprise, and it's a good cover...but I honestly would have preferred another Yes song...especially something like "A Venture". This cover of "Imagine" is nothing like their cover of "America", which completely reworks and adds to the original arrangement. Again, it's not bad at all, and Howe adds some extremely beautiful guitar solos...but overall it seems unremarkable.

The things that have really impressed me with this album are: 1. how upbeat, rocking and inspired the band sounds. These are vibrant performances. 2. how much Davison sounds like Anderson...to the point where I keep forgetting it's NOT Anderson. Really digging his vocals. 3. How good the bass sounds!!!! Sherwood is not the Fish....but his tone is fantastic throughout, and the playing is technically proficient and energetic. 4. the crisp, crystal clear recording. Every instrument is heard in detail. And the sound is punchy and alive.

Of course, Howe is amazing as always....my favorite guitarist of all time...and it blows me away that at his age he can still play these incredibly complex parts so well.

And Alan, well, he's solid as always...the addition of a second drummer really helps the band's power and energy. I'd heard reviews of shows from recent years where people thought he was really showing his age...but on this album, with reinforcement, the band has quite an engine driving them.

So...I feel like a gushing fanboy who has just discovered a new favorite band...but I'm someone who has been a Yes fan since 1975...so I am shocked at how excited this album has made me.

I have not read ANY reviews of this album by others, so my views are based solely on the music, and my 45 years of Yes fandom.

Hats off boys....you done good!!!!!!!!!

I'm almost tempted to give this 5 stars...but I'll give it 4 for now.

 Close to the Edge by YES album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.67 | 4549 ratings

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Close to the Edge
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Mark-P

5 stars There are already many excellent reviews about this album, from musical point of view, historical backgrounds and even extensive discussion about the philosophical lyrics, with some of them even has sources from interview or commentary of the band members. So I'll be less technical and share what I feel about this album.

'Close to the Edge' is released in 1972, in the same period as the release of other great works in progressive rock genre such as Genesis' Foxtrot, Gentle Giant's Octopus and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention's Grand Wazoo (what a period of feast !). Still this fifth album of YES stands out until now. The band line up remains the same as previous 'Fragile' album , but Bill Bruford left the band after recording this album.

The best thing about this album for me is that the two lengthy masterpiece tracks 'Close to the Edge' (18:50) and 'And You and I' (10:10) are so well composed to keep the listeners enjoyment before getting confused or bored by excessive noodling. Both tracks have four parts with clear change of mood and nuanced rhythm (yet still very well connected), and has a strong theme. The structure of those songs is a really good definition of what symphonic prog is. Jon Anderson voice gets along so well with these songs. The band also uses a lot of additional sounds like Wakeman's pipe organ ('I Get Up I Get Down' section of CTTE) and Howe's console steel ('Eclipse' section of AYAI) that give the album a very rich timbre. The rhythm by Chris Squire and Bill Bruford is very dynamic and successfully create the different mood of the each part of the track. The third track 'Siberian Khatru' is another distinct work of YES, more rock feel, with a lot of great guitar works from Steve Howe. All three tracks are among YES finest repertoire, and has become staple song in live performance.

I (as well as many, I believe) vote this album as YES best achievement, and one of the important masterpiece in the progressive rock genre. Composition writing and chemistry among the band are sublime. There are articles describing the recording session as very intensive, exhausting and really push all the band members to their limits (while they are already among best instrumentalists in the genre by the way), but we know that extraordinary hard work they had done paid off.

 Fragile by YES album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.45 | 3621 ratings

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Fragile
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Mark-P

5 stars Fourth album of YES, and the first to have Rick Wakeman in the line up. Not to look down to other YES formations (as each of them has unique features), this Squire + ABWH is my favourite one. The presence of Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman indeed contributes a lot to build genuine musical identity of YES. This album is also the first to use Roger Dean paintings as the cover, that brings another artistic feel to the album.

'Fragile' is one of the seminal progressive rock records, with at least two tracks 'Roundabout' and 'Heart of the Sunrise' to be considered among best progressive rock compositions. The album consist of tracks with full-length song, and some short solo tracks.

'Roundabout' is a true masterpiece, an eight and half minutes of musical journey that full with passion, twist and appreciable ideas that the band put in this composition. Its structure is well elaborated, but its complexity does not make it is less enjoyable. The intro itself is already iconic : piano notes (E minor / C major chord) that are played backwards and acoustic guitar lick. The beginning part of the song is really incredible. Howe's nice harmonic rhythm, Anderson's wonderful singing (and similarly for the chorus by the band), Squire's fluid bassline (one of his best basslines) , Wakeman's arpeggio play, and Bruford's cool drum fills. The transition part is also amazing. Bruford use many kind of percussions, with a bit of samba feel. After a short peaceful vocal passage, comes the interlude section, mainly guitar and keyboard solos before continuing to the next verse. The song ended with several bars of choir (with quite tricky rhythm time signature) and guitar lick similar to the intro , except that it is ended wit major instead of minor chord ? as the last twist.

'Heart of the Sunrise' is a vibrant and highly technical compositions. The long (three and half minutes) intro section is a showcase of how good the band chemistry is in performing a fast pace theme. The band members really play their part very well. Then comes the beautiful vocal section, with contrasting peaceful tone. The interlude part gives opportunity of guitar and keyboard to have solos along with the repeated main theme.

'South Side Of The Sky' is a rather dark song (some says it is about an expedition to southern pole that ends in disaster). I like the increasing tension of the song in the beginning, a nice calm section in the middle of the song and again getting heavier to the end, with several key changes. Rick Wakeman plays a lot of piano here. Great guitar riff and solo. I would actually hope this song ends firmly, rather than a fade-out end (the howling wind is not counted).

The other tracks are off course interesting. 'Long Distance Runaround' is a short song, but has interesting complex time signature. It is followed by 'The Fish' ? pretty much as fade-out section from the earlier song. Rick Wakeman's solo tunes 'Cans and Brahms' is an adaptation from third movement of Johannes Brahms' Symphony 4. Very creative adaptation with a lot of keyboard sounds that alter each of the orchestra instruments. Steve Howe solo 'Mood for a Day' is also one of his best piece, that together with 'Clap', are two songs he plays in live most frequently. 'Five Percent for Nothing' demonstrates Bill Bruford complex drumming. 'We Have Heaven' is a short vocal harmony with lighter arrangement.

Another great - or more exactly - one of the best album from YES, a must for progressive rock lovers.

 The Yes Album by YES album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.30 | 2947 ratings

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The Yes Album
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Mark-P

4 stars This is YES first album with Steve Howe in the line-up replacing Peter Banks. Steve Howe brings a profound influence in the YES music. There are at least three tracks in this album that should be listed in YES finest compositions, all marked the beginning of symphonic-progressive era of the band.

The opening track 'Yours Is No Disgrace' is a killer opening, started by a dynamic passage with great guitar lead and vivid rhythm section. The vocal harmony as one of YES signature ornament has grown mature. Steve Howe guitar playing strongly contributes to the overall mood of the song, both in sound (he uses many guitar sounds) and solos.

The third track 'Starship Trooper' is another quintessential YES song and staple song in their live concert. The first part 'Life Seeker' is the main song theme, with a well known guitar intro and riff accompanied with solid rhythm. Bill Bruford drumming is excellent, with nice jazzy feel in some parts. Steve Howe shows one of his signature guitar playing in the acoustic solo in the beginning of second part 'Disillusion'. The last part 'Wurm' is basically an instrumental section with guitar solo as the outro.

The fourth track 'I've Seen All Good People' is another YES signature song. Again Steve Howe brings a unique sound in this song, by using Portuguese guitar in the 'Your Move' part.

Those three songs show great chemistry and excellent song writing skill of the band, and could be considered a seminal tracks for the near future development of the band.

The other three tracks are all wonderful tracks. 'Clap' is definitely one of Steve Howe masterpieces in acoustic solo guitar. It is a short composition with high level of difficulties to play (e.g hybrid picking, muted notes). The version in this album is the live version, which is very powerful and exciting version. The studio version is released only in the 2003 remastered version.

'A Venture' has a strong jazz feel, but for me is less exciting. 'Perpetual Change' has a complex song structure, with several moods and time signature changes. It starts with powerful guitar riffs, with great bass and drum companions. The vocal section starts quite calm, with nice harmonic notes as background. It has a very nice polyrhythmic section in the middle of the song, with great keyboard ? guitar arrangement.

This album is not only remarkable for the development of the band, but is also successful commercially. They are very close to their best identity and creativity. The vocal harmony, fluid bass, unconventional drum fills and symphonic keyboard as the band ingredient is now enhanced with unique guitar sound and style.

 Time and a Word by YES album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.31 | 1421 ratings

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Time and a Word
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Mark-P

4 stars The second album of YES, with the same line up as their debut album. The arrangement of the songs started to be more complex and has stronger rock feel, and the YES sound as we know in some of their next signature albums are getting more and more entrenched, particularly in rhythm section. The use of orchestra makes this album distinctive from others. In some tracks it adapts themes from classical piece or earlier movie soundtrack.

Among highlights of this album is off course the title track 'Time and a Word' written by Jon Anderson and late David Foster (British musician and songwriter). This song has a very nice hook in its chorus and has been becoming one of most frequently performed song in live, with several versions or as part of medley. The orchestra goes beautifully well with guitar, and the rhythm sections.

'Astral Traveller' has a nice complexity, catchy keyboard theme with great guitar and bass companions. Another showcase for the talent of the band members, and should be in YES essential catalogue.

'Then' is a meticulous composition built by contribution of each of band members, blended by the orchestra. Great performance and arrangement as a band. 'Sweet Dreams' has the same quality (with catchier melody) but a bit lighter 'The Prophet' has more influence from classical music (including adaptation of Gustave Holst 'The Planet Op.32 ? Jupiter the Bringer of Jollity' in the intro section). It is a catchy song, with complex drumming and good guitar fills. In my opinion, the orchestra part is too loud in this song, thus make the intensity of the band playing complex arrangement is a bit hindered.

YES covers two songs in this album. The opening track 'No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed' is a cover version from Richie Havens song (from 1968 album 'Something Else Again'). Orchestration part is an adaptation from Jerome Moross score for the movie 'The Big Country'. Chris Squire bass playing is fascinating,

'Everyday' is another cover version from Buffalo Springfield. The re-arrangement is for me a prototype of typical YES complex but artistic arrangement, that will be emerging as their core beauty in the next few albums. Bill Bruford drumming is really excellent and provide a great rhythm for Steve Banks solo (including a playful phrase from Bach's 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring).

In short, this second album is still not the band's masterpiece, but it was a great starting period to develop their foundation. Squire's dynamic and melodic bassline and Bruford's complex drumming are started to be unique features of the band. A step closer to their golden period.

 The Royal Affair Tour: Live in Las Vegas by YES album cover Live, 2020
3.17 | 14 ratings

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The Royal Affair Tour: Live in Las Vegas
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by ScarRitual

1 stars Unfortunately i had just finished watching the Todmobile and Jon Anderson video before listening to this. While the former was vital and full of life, the latter is the exact opposite, bland, lightweight and lacking passion. When you compare the delivery of the much older Jon Anderson to Jon Davison it is truly abysmal the difference between them. Jon Anderson is still powerful, passionate and diverse. Davison is boring, flat and predictable. Even my beloved Steve Howe's playing lacks fire and even precision. I would be happy with Yes music played at a very high level regardless of the line up, but this is just pathetic. There are some surprises in the set list that would be very welcome otherwise, but played like this it becomes rather uninteresting. Such a pity.
 Yes by YES album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.25 | 1366 ratings

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Yes
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Mark-P

3 stars In their long career span of more than 50 years, YES best period in terms of musical creativity and the depth of their composition in my opinion was the first 8-10 years, in which most of their quintessential works were in the first half of that period. This makes every early YES album important, at least in the development of what would YES become. The characteristic of early YES represent more or less the British music period of folk rock and psychedelic, even make reference of band like Beatles, but the root of the YES sound is already set.

The line-up for the first two albums (1969-1970) are Squire, Anderson, Banks, Kaye, and Bruford. They started to build the unique character of the band sound, like vocal harmony, fluid and dominating bassline, complex keyboard and guitar works and unconventional fills and time signature of the drums.

This debut album has some strong compositions that I think should be among YES best repertoires. 'Looking Around' has a strong rock feel, and a showcase of the level of musicianship of each of the band member: great guitar riffs, dynamic bassline and great keyboards. 'Survival' is a really great composition, very fluid, well-structured from intro to ending, and has a beautiful and catchy theme. Jon Anderson angelic voice and Peter Banks guitar works really fit on this song.

There are two cover songs: 'I See You' (The Byrds' 1966 Fifth Dimension) and 'Every Little Thing' (The Beatles' 1964 Beatles for Sale). Worth to mention is the complex intro arrangement in 'Every Little Thing' that is ended by Peter Banks' playful phrase from well-known riff of antoher Beatles song 'Day Tripper' before entering to the song.

This album, although not a masterpiece, is important for those who love YES (particularly their earlier and more progressive works) or generally progressive music. Here we go, the nascent giant of progressive rock.

 The Royal Affair Tour: Live in Las Vegas by YES album cover Live, 2020
3.17 | 14 ratings

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The Royal Affair Tour: Live in Las Vegas
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Heart of the Matter

4 stars This set was recorded during the concert played by Yes with their current official line-up at the Hard Rock Hotel of Las Vegas in July, 2019, featuring classics from their mature period, such as "Roundabout" and "Starship Trooper", some of their early material, like "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed", and also some samples of their late seventies output, like "Tempus Fugit".

The opener is as powerful and cinematic as it has to be every time the name "Yes" is involved: the twin drummers really work together and supply every bit of the rhythmic soundness we are accustomed to expect from this band. Jon Davidson makes a very decent job, and, even when he never come to actually hit the high notes of the other Jon, he has some of their own (listen to "Going for the One", for instance). Now, to be fair, the band doesn't sound so tight and intense as in days of former glory, particularly if one compares this take on "Siberian Khatru" with those found in, let's say, "Progeny", but, who are to blame for passing time?, these people do a hell of a job anyway.

There's a special moment for covers in the concert: first comes a Paul Simon song very well-rooted in the band's history, "America" and after that, the great premiere of the evening with Lennon's "Imagine", guesting John Lodge of Moody Blues fame in bass and sharing vocals with Davidson. A nice simple moment (with immense magic added by Steve Howe's guitar), and a real treat to be thankful for. I guess this wouldn't have been out of place in an album like "Tormato".

 Yes by YES album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.25 | 1366 ratings

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Yes
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Yes debut album is miles ahead of their peers Genesis album. One reason being the age - these lads were more mature and they played together for a longer time. We have a very solid 60's oriented album with touches of psychedelia, hard-rock, harmony vocals and a few sonic trademarks of the band - harmony vocals by Anderson/Squire, high-pitched and aggressive bass guitar playing, Hammond/piano leanings by Kaye and precise drumming by Bruford.

It's true that there aren't many virtuoso moments but the band sounds cohesive, tight, yet a bit adventureous thanks to some instrumental moments like the jazzy "I see you". Compositional abilities are placed on the same height as playing abilities. "Yesterday and today" is a nice pastoral piece with chord sequences that would be repeated on later albums. The most hit potential had "Looking around" with churning Hammond and very 60's sounding guitar. I usually don't like cover songs but the Yes version of not-so-known "Every Little Thing" by the Beatles presents an interesting choice that provides enough sophistication even to a progressive rock fan. "Survival" shows first signs of epicness in the composition - quite instrumental parts, sung conventional part and dynamic playing.

A very decent start of one of the best progressive rock bands, but let's be honest nothing can match the King Crimson debut album ;-)

 Talk by YES album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.05 | 982 ratings

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Talk
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by chiang

1 stars IMHO this is not a "Yes" album, it's not even a prog album. I have read Travor Rabin views in many interviews and he seems to believe he was leading Yes in a futuristic direction. I think he was leading the band in a pop direction. It may seem like the right decision on 1990, but from a 2020 perspective, it was clearly not a good idea. In fact in semms to me that he was believing that "He" was Yes. (of course he wasn't). When I listen to this album I heard to a bunch of pop songs, very well performed: great singing and great bass lines and a guitar player trying to sound "rocker". My problem is that YES is a prog band and to me here are no prog songs in this album, nor the sound is "Yessish". You may like pop, but pop is pop and Yes is Yes.
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