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

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

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

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YES shows & tickets


  • Yes + Toto at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater on 23 Aug 2015
  • Yes + Toto at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, Littleton, CO on 30 Aug 2015
  • Yes + Toto at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, Coquitlam on 12 Sep 2015
  • Cruise To The Edge 2015 on 15 Nov 2015

YES discography


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

3.24 | 959 ratings
Yes
1969
3.27 | 1004 ratings
Time and a Word
1970
4.29 | 2108 ratings
The Yes Album
1971
4.43 | 2621 ratings
Fragile
1971
4.65 | 3386 ratings
Close To The Edge
1972
3.88 | 1846 ratings
Tales From Topographic Oceans
1973
4.36 | 2275 ratings
Relayer
1974
4.04 | 1503 ratings
Going for the One
1977
2.93 | 1140 ratings
Tormato
1978
3.75 | 1248 ratings
Drama
1980
2.93 | 1175 ratings
90125
1983
2.46 | 847 ratings
Big Generator
1987
2.48 | 784 ratings
Union
1991
3.03 | 706 ratings
Talk
1994
2.04 | 617 ratings
Open Your Eyes
1997
3.28 | 732 ratings
The Ladder
1999
3.75 | 844 ratings
Magnification
2001
3.41 | 838 ratings
Fly From Here
2011
2.47 | 340 ratings
Heaven & Earth
2014

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

4.29 | 730 ratings
Yessongs
1973
3.61 | 376 ratings
Yesshows
1980
2.24 | 189 ratings
9012 Live: The Solos
1985
4.11 | 386 ratings
Keys to Ascension
1996
3.95 | 361 ratings
Keys to Ascension 2
1997
2.53 | 112 ratings
BBC Sessions 1969-1970 Something's Coming (2 Cds)
1997
3.59 | 167 ratings
House of Yes: Live From the House of Blues
2001
2.81 | 69 ratings
YesSymphonic
2001
2.64 | 34 ratings
Extended Versions
2002
2.89 | 30 ratings
Roundabout: The Best Of Yes- Live
2003
3.23 | 125 ratings
The Word Is Live
2005
3.82 | 136 ratings
Live at Montreux 2003
2007
4.21 | 229 ratings
Symphonic Live
2009
4.50 | 99 ratings
Keys To Ascension (I & II + DVD)
2010
3.28 | 25 ratings
Astral Traveller (The BBC Sessions)
2011
3.57 | 105 ratings
In The Present - Live From Lyon
2011
3.53 | 34 ratings
Union Live
2011
2.84 | 20 ratings
Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two
2015
5.00 | 1 ratings
Progeny - Seven Shows from Seventy-Two
2015

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

3.63 | 141 ratings
Yessongs (DVD)
1973
3.13 | 81 ratings
9012 LIVE (DVD)
1985
4.31 | 71 ratings
Yesyears - A Retrospective
1991
3.68 | 35 ratings
The Union Tour Live
1991
2.89 | 42 ratings
Greatest Video Hits
1991
3.58 | 98 ratings
House Of Yes: Live From The House Of Blues (DVD)
2000
3.66 | 106 ratings
Keys to Ascension (DVD)
2000
4.59 | 266 ratings
Symphonic Live (DVD)
2002
3.15 | 60 ratings
Yesspeak
2003
2.34 | 70 ratings
Live in Philadelphia 1979
2003
3.13 | 29 ratings
Inside Yes 1968-1973
2003
3.60 | 75 ratings
Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss
2004
4.28 | 138 ratings
Songs From Tsongas: 35th Anniversary Concert (DVD)
2005
3.39 | 56 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 1
2005
3.28 | 51 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 2
2005
3.62 | 52 ratings
Yes (Classic Artists)
2006
3.92 | 113 ratings
Montreux 2003 (DVD)
2007
3.82 | 42 ratings
Yes - The New Director's Cut
2008
3.81 | 35 ratings
The Lost Broadcasts
2009
3.17 | 28 ratings
Rock Of The 70's
2009
3.88 | 50 ratings
Union - Live
2010
3.00 | 1 ratings
Live Hemel Hempstead Pavillion October 3rd 1971
2013

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

0.00 | 0 ratings
2 Originals Of Yes
1973
3.15 | 180 ratings
Yesterdays
1975
3.86 | 147 ratings
Classic Yes
1981
3.26 | 95 ratings
Yesyears
1991
3.41 | 64 ratings
Yesstory
1992
3.05 | 64 ratings
Highlights: The Very Best of Yes
1993
2.58 | 30 ratings
The Best of Yes
2000
3.53 | 437 ratings
Keystudio
2001
2.74 | 21 ratings
Yestoday
2002
4.29 | 102 ratings
In A Word
2002
3.20 | 88 ratings
Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection
2003
2.14 | 57 ratings
Yes Remixes
2003
2.50 | 22 ratings
Topography: The Yes Anthology
2004
4.14 | 21 ratings
Essentially Yes
2006
3.48 | 18 ratings
Collection 2CD: Yes
2008

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

4.26 | 22 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
3.89 | 38 ratings
Your Move
1971
5.00 | 1 ratings
Carrusel (Roundabout)
1972
5.00 | 4 ratings
And You And I (Part 1 & 2)
1972
3.19 | 38 ratings
America
1972
5.00 | 4 ratings
And You And I
1974
2.78 | 14 ratings
Yes Solos
1976
3.21 | 36 ratings
Soon - Sound Chaser - Roundabout
1976
3.62 | 38 ratings
Wonderous Stories 12''
1977
4.02 | 35 ratings
Going For The One 12''
1977
4.00 | 3 ratings
Turn Of The Century
1977
2.60 | 43 ratings
Don't Kill The Whale
1978
3.21 | 31 ratings
Into The Lens / Does It Really Happen?
1980
4.17 | 35 ratings
Roundabout
1981
2.27 | 36 ratings
Owner of a Lonely Heart (promo single)
1983
2.19 | 35 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
3.24 | 22 ratings
Love Will Find A Way
1987
2.45 | 31 ratings
Rhythm of Love (EP)
1987
3.29 | 19 ratings
Saving My Heart
1991
2.45 | 36 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
1991
2.82 | 19 ratings
Make It Easy
1991
2.52 | 10 ratings
Yesyears - Sampler
1991
2.82 | 15 ratings
The Calling (single edit)
1994
3.18 | 57 ratings
We Can Fly - Single (Radio Edit)
2011

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 Heaven & Earth by YES album cover Studio Album, 2014
2.47 | 340 ratings

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Heaven & Earth
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by fredblue

3 stars Yes have successfully transitioned into Starcastle.

In response to their opening song, I desperately want to Believe Again. But when I listen to H&E and then play some of their previous material (even as recent as Magnification), I can only pine for what used to be.

There is nothing worse than wanting to like an album beyond just inoffensive background music. It used to be that Yes would command/demand your attention. This album just isn't there for me. Even as I try to listen to it on its own merits without comparing it to older works, there is no spark. To quote Gertrude Stein, "There's no there there".

Excuse me while I go play "Astral Traveller".

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 Going for the One by YES album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.04 | 1503 ratings

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Going for the One
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by TCat
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4 stars For the longest time, I had a hard time appreciating this album. I thought it was too dense and it never really left an impression on me after I would listen to it. But I kept at it because I love Yes so much and I wanted so bad to love this album. I would listen to other people talk about how great of an album it was, and I just couldn't agree. To me, it didn't have the greatness of Fragile, Close to the Edge, Relayer and even Tales...I even grew to love some of their later albums like The Ladder and Gates of Ascension before I actually grew to understand this album. Somewhere along the way, I can't quite pinpoint where, I fell in love with this album. Now, I don't understand why I didn't love it like I do now. It is true that it is very dense. It is almost like the amazingness of the album is buried a little deeper on this one. But now I rate it up there as being almost (not quite) as good as the other albums I've mentioned. There is only one track on here that bothers me and that is "Parallels". I still can't get that one to leave any impression on me.

So, I think the understanding of this album came when I really listened to the title track, the one that starts of the album. It starts with a very straightforward rock and roll guitar hook with a boogie bass. The first time I realized this, I thought, wow, I've never realized this before. It was like the little bit of light that had to shine through the density of the album that admitted me into it's embrace. It is a heavy song and the straightforward rock sound is quickly replaced with the true progressive sound of the band. I just love the pedal steel guitar that drives the song throughout. At first that sound was annoying to me, before my ears were opened to the album, but now I can't imagine the song done any other way. Anderson says the song is about sport, mostly inspired by horse racing and also by a trek down the Grand Canyon in "a rubber dinghy" as he puts it. Next comes the emotional and exquisite "Turn of the Century". I really don't know how this song slipped past me for so many years as being one of the most beautiful tracks sung by Anderson. It has suddenly become one of my most favorite Yes tracks, of which there are many, but it's amazing how it just seemed to spring out of nowhere when I was let in to the understanding of this album. The 3rd track is "Parallels" and for some reason, this one just refuses to pierce my soul like the other songs on the album have been able to. It was written by Chris Squire for his solo album "Fish Out of Water" but it was left off because of time constraints. Yes performed it for this album and so it was included here. But, unfortunately, for me it weakens the album and is the reason why the album only garners 4 stars from me. No matter how I try, I just can't find the love for this track.

The 4th track is "Wonderous Stories" which, even though it was written as a single, still manages to carry the magic of the great Yes songs. It is the least dense of the songs here being mostly acoustic and also a testament to Jon Anderson's vocals. Short and sweet. The final track on the original album is "Awaken" which is the epic song of the album at over 15 minutes. The band had decided to make shorter tracks for this album to make it somewhat more accessible, which I don't really consider it accessible any more than any of their other masterpieces. I don't know if the production made this album more dense, but it was still a big seller despite this, but to me, and also in my personal experience, it was very inaccessible for the longest time. Anyway, back to the last track....This one is more similar to the epic works that came before this album. There is time on here for each member to shine through, but the person that shines through the most here is Rick Wakeman, who, Thank the Gods, came back to the band for this album. Wakeman plays the keyboards, specifically the organ, from a remote location and it was recorded over high definition telephone lines. It is simply amazing that they were able to get the sound they did from this recording technique, because the sound is excellent. The Wakeman solo here is beautiful as you would come to expect from him. He also leads the choir that was put together for that part of the song. How in the world did I miss this before?

Wakeman was originally only going to be a session musician for this album, but, after firing Moraz because, according to Anderson, he just wasn't "playing like he was involved". When Wakeman returned to record with the band, he was amazed that the band had lightened up so much, that he felt that he had more in common with them than before and that they were easier to work with, plus the fact that they had moved past the health food kick they were on previously. He said that they all had done some growing up to do, probably even himself more than any. Anyway, it was good, at least for a short time, to have him back again.

The other complaint I have about this album is one that also made it hard for me to understand the album and that is Chris Squire's amazing base is underplayed in the album, it's not pushed to the front with the other instruments as it had been in the past. I miss that a lot. I think it's interesting that the reason for one less star here is both because of Squire, one from the track that he wrote (too much involvement) and the other because there isn't enough of him in the mix (not enough involvement). Be that as it may, I at least now consider this an excellent album not where before, I even had a hard time calling it good. There are some excellent tracks here that, despite the flaws, make this close to being essential, but not quite. But at least now I appreciate the album and even love hearing it where before I could barely tolerate it and only listened to it because it was Yes and I only wanted to understand it. Now I do. At least I can give it the 4 stars it really deserves, but there are places where it is 5 star material, just not consistently enough.

By the way, the bonus tracks on the reissue do not really add to the album as far as making it better or worse. The tracks are interesting however because you can hear the development of the music and they can be fun to listen to once in a while, but only once you are more familiar with the official versions that they represent.

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 Keys to Ascension (DVD) by YES album cover DVD/Video, 2000
3.66 | 106 ratings

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Keys to Ascension (DVD)
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Matti
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4 stars Me and my darling - she's a beginner in prog - viewed this DVD last weekend (tracks 4 - 11 only), and so I thought to be the eleventh collaborator to finally review it. The opinions are rather strongly divided here, and it's easy to spot the main reason: the visual effects. They do look silly and cheap at times, I admit. They also left my companion with a false impression afterwards, ie. in doubt whether it was a real live concert all the way. Even that's understandable. However, I will place myself on the more positive side of the reception for this DVD.

This 1996 concert in San Luis Opisbo, California, was a historical one. The classic line-up of Anderson, Howe, Wakeman, Squire and White played the classic 70's material, and that only. And in my opinion they did it well. That's enough to place Keys to Ascension among the best of YES DVD's, I firmly believe. I'm familiar with many of them, not all that I have seen on sale.

Stravinsky's fanfare-like music for Firebird opens the show, and YES start powerfully with 'Siberian Khatru', followed directly by the title track of the same album, Close to the Edge. OK, there are some cut & paste material of leaves and streams, is it a problem? Not to me. The happy concert perennial 'I've Seen All Good People' has never been among my favourites and usually I skip it. But the simple early song 'Time and a Word' is given here a fantastic performance, full of beautiful art music oriented decorations from Howe and Wakeman. The visual extras are partly plain Kitsch but they fit together quite nicely with the romantic song. One thing begins to annoy a bit, though: why the concert doesn't proceed seamlessly without the black pauses in between the tracks that give the impression of uncontinuity?

'And You And I' is gorgeous, and also visually concentrating on the live performance, unlike the 20+ minute 'Revealing Science of God' during which the director is indeed often quite lost. What is that spinning thing supposed to be? Why such shaky camera? But it's nice to have the album cover (Tales From Topographic Oceans) present every now and then. 'Going for the One' (accompanied visually by downhill skiers) is among the most annoying Yes songs ever - skip! The romantic 'Turn of the Century' - which I have always loved - is accompanied by cinematic narrative that underlines the sentimental love story. That's quite OK.

'America' is surely not too often heard on Yes concerts. For us it was especially interesting as we both admire the Simon & Garfunkel original. 'Onward' is comparable to 'Time and a Word': a little kitschy visuals but overall certainly beautiful! 'Awaken' is a fantastic choice and allows Jon Anderson to play harp. I love the meditative section, so what if there are some aerial artists that have nothing to do with the song? After so much of serene and romantic prog it's very appropriate to end the massive set with 'Roundabout' and 'Starship Trooper'.

This is a cornucopia of the finest Yes music! It's up to you how much the amateurish visual extras water down the concert experience. I'm not that much bothered, and at times I even appreciate them.

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 Fragile by YES album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.43 | 2621 ratings

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Fragile
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by TCat
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5 stars This is Yes' first album with the classic line-up that we have grown to know and love, all the cylinders are firing well and all of the geniuses are in place. The only difference in the line up from the previous "The Yes Album" is the addition of the keyboardist extraordinaire Rick Wakeman who replaced Tony Kaye. The difference in the keyboards is obvious almost immediately as we can hear the confidence in Wakeman's playing. Even though the previous album is a masterpiece also, if there was anything missing, it was a more up-front, in-your-face type keyboardist and they found that in Wakeman. The keys are more defined and technically complex, and thus, you have the classic amazing Yes sound beginning with this album.

This essential album is made up of songs credited to the entire band and also shorter tracks composed and credited to each single member of the band, sort of like ELP's "Works Volumes I and II" but more consistent. (By the way, "Fragile" was released long before "Works", but I just make the statement as a comparison to album structure.) We start off with the ever popular "Roundabout" which should only be heard in the full album version, not the edited versions that were made for radio play. This is the perfect album starter and immediately lets us know what we are in for when listening to this album. The mix is perfect as you can hear every single instrument and each contributor equally and as such you can hear all of the wonderful things that go into each of Yes' most complex works. I know this song has been overplayed, but the amazing thing is that I still love this song and it still has not lost it's amazingness to me like other overplayed radio songs have. Definitely still one of my all time favorites, but then this album has a few of those. Next is Rick Wakeman's solo contribution to the album called "Cans and Brahms" which is a keyboard arrangement of a composition by Brahms. Sort of underwhelming considering the pompousness of Wakeman's other compositions, but still short and enjoyable. Another solo contribution follows, this time from Jon Anderson. "We Have Heaven" is a complex composition of multi-tracked vocals all of Jon in an amazing harmonic blissfulness. There is some support of instruments, but they are minimal and drowned in the vocals. Once we get to the climax of this short song, we are swallowed up in harmonics each singing all the different hooks from the melody at the same time when this is suddenly stopped by the sound of a door slamming and the sound of footfalls of someone running away.

The next track is a long epic "South Side of the Sky" which is not one of my most favorite epic songs but it is still a great one. I do love the long piano interlude from Rick here though, and it is at this point that we know that Yes has made a wise choice. The interlude is full of flourish, beauty and excitement, and proves that you don't need special effects and fancy synthesizer to create a powerful passage, this time it is all done acoustically and it is amazing. The rest of the song is great, but not one of their best. The next track is the short contribution from Bill Bruford. At only :35 seconds, this composition has more going on in it than most other bands can put in a typical 5 minute song. It goes by quickly, but still begs to be listened to closely. There is nothing typical about this song, but it does plenty to prove that Bruford is an amazing musician. Another band composition follows, this time a relatively short one called "Long Distance Runaround" which ends up segueing into "The Fish" which is the outstanding contribution by Chris Squire. These two songs have always been expected to be heard together almost as one song. Of course, this features the bass which is amazing. The good thing about this entire album is you can hear the bass as much as all of the other instruments, but in later albums like "Relayer" and "Going for the One" the bass seems to be pushed down into the mix. Even though the version of "The Fish" is longer and slightly better on the "Yessongs" live 3 album set, this one is still amazing.

Finally, the last track is another one of my all time Yes favorites "Heart of the Sunrise". This has to have one of the best bass/guitar hooks in existence that switches back and forth from 6/8 to 3/4 time without even blinking. The introduction of the song goes on for quite some time and I love this part of it. It starts right off on a tension filled riff at high power and lots of energy before calming down for a while with a killer bass line and building back up slowly to the high energy riff again before the tension breaks again and it comes into the main melody. Jon sings softly in 6/8 with a 5/8 riff thrown in just to keep it unconventional and Rick adds a 9/8 meter keyboard riff and the song builds and releases several times repeating several riffs, especially that crazy powerful hook that is so entrancing. This song just has to be heard, that's all there is to it. If there ever was a perfect rock composition, this is it! I just can't say enough about it. Oh, then "We Have Heaven" has a short reprise thrown in at the end.

Anyway, yes I love "Heart of the Sunrise", but I love this whole album and even though "South Side of the Sky" is one of their weaker epics (except for that piano solo), it is still better than most musicians can even hope to come up with and still does not take away the fact that this is by all means an essential Yes album and essential prog album.

If you get the 2003 reissue, you also get the excellent cover of the Paul Simon song "America" which is Yes-ified completely and made into a progressive rock marvel sounding almost nothing like the Simon & Garfunkel version and stretched out to over 10 minutes. You also get an early version of "Roundabout" which has some interesting twists from the version we are used to.

Anyway, no progressive rock collection should be without this album. It's just as important as their next album "Close to the Edge". 5 stars, but if there was a 6th star for perfect albums, this one would have it.

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 Fly From Here by YES album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.41 | 838 ratings

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Fly From Here
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by TCat
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2 stars Okay, so I am admittedly a huge fan of Yes and I even gave "Drama" 5 stars which I still and always will believe it deserves. So, with the return of Trevor Rabin and Geoff Downs (both from the "Drama" lineup) and the long standing band members Steve Howe, Alan White and Chris Squire, I thought we had something that would really work here. But wait, who is this Benoit David? Why isn't Trevor singing lead this time around? Oh well, it's bound to be another great album like "Drama" right? Even without Jon Anderson? It all worked before!

Not this time. This sounds like Yes cover band. Oh wait a minute, it almost is! The lead singer here sounds like a poor man's version of Jon Anderson, he sounds like a cheap imitator. Even with the amazing musicians who are Yes regulars sound like they are forcing everything. Everything about this album screams out Imitation Yes.

Okay, so we do at least have a 24 minute multi song suite, so that looks interesting, right? Don't be fooled. It is a song that was already demoed to be a song by The Buggles (Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes new wave band) and it was rejected from any original track listings on any of their albums. So how in the hell did they think it would be worthy of a Yes album? Do you know what it sounds like? It sounds like a Buggles song.

I can't help but be disappointed here. This album just lacks emotion and heart felt dynamics. It sounds like a bunch of amateurs trying to copy a progressive rock formula. The only thing going for it is the sound is well produced, but that is all wasted by having to listen to a plastic sounding imitation. No originality here either. Everything just sounds like a poor rip off.

I don't like being so negative, but I hold some very high standards for a band I have loved throughout the years, a band as hugely influential as Yes. This album is a shame for me, it makes me hesitate to admit my love for Yes. But, Yes afficianados will understand, I'm sure. Yes is still one of the best, just not in this incarnation. This isn't Yes, it's only a bad imitation. I wish they would have released this under The Buggles moniker. At least then everyone would have expected the results, not that it would have made them any better.

Where is the band that I loved so much? This gets 2 stars only because the production is great, the rest of it is awful.

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 Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome by YES album cover Live, 2014
2.84 | 20 ratings

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Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Forgive me for ignoring the two CDs in this three-disc set and going straight to the DVD. Both formats document the same May 2014 performance song for song, the redundancy in presentation matched by a likewise unessential performance. And that's a sad thing to write, especially about one of the bands that made this web site possible. What happened / To this song / We once knew so well..?

Pop the video disc into its player, and the menu opens with a montage of ticket stubs, stage photos, and other concert memorabilia from the band's mid-'70s peak, underneath the familiar symphonic walk-on of Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite". The visual medley, together with the evocative touchstone of Roger Dean's cover illustration, are sentimental reminders of a Yes nowhere to be found elsewhere in the package.

Forty years later the band with the same name has been reduced to little more than a tired nostalgia act, something Progressive Rock was never meant to become. A freshly-minted studio album with new vocalist Jon Davison ("Heaven and Earth", 2014) was already in the can, albeit not yet released when this show was recorded. But the setlist for the gig was strictly regressive, exhuming the classic albums "Going for the One" and "The Yes Album" in their entirety, every note played verbatim but at a more age-appropriate tempo.

It's hard to maintain your Progressive credentials with such a complacent agenda. Were it not for the (relative) fresh blood in the 44-year old Davison, the show might have been an ideal afternoon's diversion for the shut-ins at the local Bristol geriatric hospital. The new singer actually presents a not-unpleasing facsimile of expatriate Yes-founder Jon Anderson, lacking only his role model's infectious New Age charisma and enthusiasm. But the combined age of the remaining quintet, if placed end-to-end, would stretch all the way back to the American War of Independence, and their energy level here was equally fusty.

To be fair, the Bristol audience wasn't any livelier. You can see them whenever the cameras pan over the crowd, sitting stone-faced in passive attendance to the museum display on stage. There's a discouraging sense of obligation to the whole event, visible on either side of the footlights. Older fans can be very forgiving, but not even the strongest of rose-colored prescription lenses can restore the band's youthful vitality, or transform Geoff Downes into Rick Wakeman (the latter is sorely missed on the "Going for the One" songs).

The final insult to Yes aficionados can be glimpsed on the big overhead screen during the song "Yours Is No Disgrace": images of "The Yes Album" cover from 1971, cut to match the Bonanza-like rhythm of the opening theme but carefully framed to omit every band member except Steve Howe and Chris Squire. Was it an unhappy legal necessity, or an obvious historical whitewash?

At least the album's title is honest. "Like It Is"...which I suppose can be translated to mean "Take It Or Leave It". Given that choice, even the most devoted Proghead might be tempted to consider the second option. One guttering star, with a second white dwarf added in memory of bygone glories.

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 Big Generator by YES album cover Studio Album, 1987
2.46 | 847 ratings

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Big Generator
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Star_Song_Age_Less

3 stars First, I must say that I love this album. For me personally, it's four stars. However, I recognize that it's not *really* prog... and therefore "excellent addition to any prog rock music collection" doesn't make too much sense. Taken as an island unto itself, though, without any previous expectations that Big Generator *should* be prog, I think this is a great album. The whole thing has a super '80s feel to it - you can date it immediately upon hearing the first few bars - and I rather think Yes managed to do that style much more successfully than a lot of other bands did. I think this is, in no small part, due to Chris Squire's choirboy-like voice (and Trevor Rabin's, too) combining with Anderson's. They sound very thick together and make satisfying vocal walls-of-sound that don't come off as hokey as a lot of other 80's rock vocals did.

In the context of Yes' history, this is one of few albums on which they came up with some incredibly catchy tunes. Big Generator is nowhere near as artistically ambitious as the vast majority of Yes' discography, but it *is* fun. I think of it in a completely different light from serious, artsy prog.

1. Rhythm Of Love - Catchy and fun right off the bat. Morning daydream, midnight fever - one notices that the lyrics here make considerably more sense than those on some other Yes albums. However, they don't have that sense of awe that I find Anderson's usual lyrics-for-their-sound inspire. 2. Big Generator - Okay. A little plodding. Still rather fun to listen to. 3. Shoot High Aim Low - A much more laid-back song with lyrics that seem to either be talking about making out in a car or getting caught in the middle of a slaughter. It has an expansive feel, a lot of organ, and a lot of thick vocals. 4. Almost Like Love - Another catchy fun one in the vein of Rhythm of Love, but I enjoy this one more. Somehow Yes injected some of that "awe" quality they usually have in more proggy songs into this one, and it's one of my favorites on the album. 5. Love Will Find A Way - A heartstring-tugging song about resisting becoming involved in a relationship - rather similar in topic to Owner of a Lonely Heart. However, I find this song more emotionally compelling. The guitar work in this one is at once melancholy and quick/catchy - a nice combination, making the song relatively light but still carrying a lot of feeling. 6. Final Eyes - Definitely my favorite of the tracks. It's basically a proggy ballad done seamlessly well. Every part of it has a hook and it sounds so thick I feel fully immersed in it the entire time. Some nice shiver-inducing chord changes. The lyrics in this one are a high for Anderson, not only understandable but emotionally engaging. 7. I'm Running - I think this is Yes' attempt to still be "progressive" on this album, but in my opinion it falls flat. It loses that catchiness that many of the songs on here have, and yet does not recover the performance flair of their earlier work. 8. Holy Lamb (3:15) - Unfortunately, a waste of a track. Nothing much occurs in it at all, and it makes for a disappointing ending to an album that previously had a great deal of energy.

So... not one of my favorite albums of all time, but an '80s rock album executed well overall.

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 Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome by YES album cover Live, 2014
2.84 | 20 ratings

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Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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3 stars A live album recorded by YES during their "Three Albums Tour" in 2014, on which they played all the songs from their "The Yes Album", "Close to the Edge" and "Going for the One" studio albums, with a line-up which still consists of Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes and Jon Davison. The songs from their "Close to the Edge" album were not released in this album, so only they released the songs from "The Yes Album" and "Going for the One".

They previously released another live album in 2011 which was recorded in late 2009 by Squire, Howe, White, with Oliver Wakeman on keyboards and Benoit David on lead vocals. But that album has other songs from other albums, not only from the three albums which I mentioned above. So, until now, the band have released two live albums without lead singer Jon Anderson, who had to leave the band in 2008 due to health problems. Rick Wakeman also left the band before Anderson also due to health problems, with both of them not doing long tours for the same reasons. So, Squire, Howe and White since 2008 have to tour without them.

I think that the idea to play full albums on tour is good, and despite the absences of both Anderson and R. Wakeman, the band still sounds well, but different. It is clear for a listener like me that both are not in the band anymore, a thing which is clearer from listening to both live albums. But I think that lead singer Jon Davison`s vocals are more close to Anderson`s vocals in comparison to Benoit David`s , who also is a good singer, but he sounded like he maybe had some problems reaching some high notes in concert. Davison`s vocals sound more "natural" to YES` music, and he even gives with his singing his own "musical personality" to the songs, doing a very good job as lead singer in YES. He seems to not have many problems reaching those very high notes that Anderson sang.

Geoff Downes is also a very good keyboard player, and he also brings his own "musical personality" to these old songs. He sometimes seems to have some problems to find the right sounds of the keyboards to the songs, and some problems in trying to reproduce some parts of the songs from the "Going for the One" album (this is particularly clear to me in "Awaken"), but his playing in these songs is very good. He also includes some new arrangements to some songs (in "Wonderous Stories", and an organ part in the song "Going for the One", an instrument which R. Wakeman did not use in that song) which bring some variety to the music. It is good to listen to some variety in the arrangements in comparison to the original studio versions. But for the most part the band as a whole tended to play the songs more close to the original studio versions, more particularly in the case of the songs from "The Yes Album".

This live album also includes "A Venture", a song which was never before included in a live album from the band. The song is played very well, with a good piano solo by Downes at the end of the song.

Chris Squire still plays very well and he also sings very good backing vocals. Steve Howe is also a very good guitarist, and Alan White still is a very good drummer. But White sounds a bit "restrained" in most songs, playing them in a very professional way, but maybe lacking some "power" in his playing.

Anyway, the band still sounds well, but different. The change of lead singer, particularly, is the more clear element for me in the change of their sound, like in other bands.Maybe it is inevitable. But for listeners like me it is also inevitable to think that they sound a bit like a "tribute band" for their own music. But it is also good that bands like YES are still playing on tour and recording albums, even with some new musicians in the line-up. They still play very well...even with the absence of some former members like Anderson and R. Wakeman.

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 Live Hemel Hempstead Pavillion October 3rd 1971 by YES album cover DVD/Video, 2013
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Live Hemel Hempstead Pavillion October 3rd 1971
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars This is an interesting (but short) video documentary done by the BBC about YES and their then new line-up (Anderson, Bruford, Howe, Squire and Wakeman) with excerpts from songs played in a concert at Hemel Hempstead, in England, in 3-October-1971. The documentary also includes interviews with all the members of the band and some brief scenes filmed during a rehearsal of the song called "The Fish", plus some scenes of the tour crew doing their jobs before the concert. This video shows a still young band playing before an also young audience. In fact, this concert was the sixth of this new line-up, and they played very well, sounding very well rehearsed, and playing some songs from "The Yes Album" and some songs from their still forthcoming album titled "Fragile", which was released in the U.K. in November 1971. Wakeman joined the band in August 1971 and "Fragile" was recorded during September of that year. So, this video caughts the band in the early days of their so- called "classic line-up", and the filmed images from this concert maybe are the only ones available from this line- up (I could be wrong) because Bruford left the band in mid 1972 to join KING CRIMSON and before their next album ("Close to the Edge") was released. So, Bruford never toured with YES again until 1991-92 (during the "Union Tour"). So, this video documentary is more interesting for this fact despite it only includes excerpts from songs played at that concert. Maybe this video documentary was done to introduce the then new line-up to the general public shortly before the release of one of their most popular albums ("Fragile"). The quality of the sound and of the images is very good for the time it was filmed (1971). But...like other videos from YES and other Prog Rock bands the showing of only excerpts from songs played during a concert could be not very interesting for some fans. Anyway, it still is a interesting video documentary from the band done in a very good moment of its history.

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 Yesshows by YES album cover Live, 1980
3.61 | 376 ratings

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Yesshows
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by TCat
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3 stars After the greatness of the first 3 record live set "Yessongs" back in 1973, Chris Squire was asked to put together another live album in 1980. The tracks on this new collection came from several shows recorded earlier and the tracks were all different from the "Yessongs" album, there were no repeats between this new collection and the previous live collection, so it was basically a continuation. This new live collection was entitled "Yesshows" and would be a 2 record set this time.

This collection featured two very long tracks, "Gates of Delirium" from "Relayer" and "Ritual" from "Tales from Topographical Oceans". These two songs take up most of the time on the album leaving room for only 5 more shorter tracks. Patrick Moraz plays keyboards for the two longer tracks. He was the original studio musician for "Gates of Delirium" but was taking on the "Ritual" track which was originally done by the master Rick Wakeman. Moraz does a very impressive job on both tracks and proves himself very well here. However, Moraz left the band just before the release of "Going for the One" and the other tracks on this album are played by Rick Wakeman, who returned to the band. Other than those two tracks, you have one of the classic Yes lineups with Alan White on the drums (who is considered a classic lineup, but so is Bill Buford, they were both awesome and interchanged with each other in their comings and goings to and from the band).

Unfortunately, the sound on this collection suffers mainly because of the mix. The good thing about the mix is you hear Steve Howe and Chris Squire quite well. But overall it is unbalanced because the keyboards are mixed too deeply into the mix and get buried in the sound. Every instrument in Yes after the first inclusion of Rick Wakeman was important, and having the keyboards buried really makes the overall sound suffer greatly.

Jon's vocals do stand out in the mix okay, and his singing is on target. However, the studio versions of these songs are so much better because of the overall sound. The sound was a little weak also in "Yessongs" but not this bad. That album still turned out to be an amazing live document. This one however, pales compared to the original. As other reviewers have said, you are better off getting the previous live album or "Keys to Ascension Vol. 1 and 2" over this one. The only problem with that though, is "Gates of Delirium" is not performed live on either of those, so that makes this collection still of value and not completely obsolete. If you really need that song in a live setting, then this is the best album to get that song on.

It is always great to hear how Yes can still perform these songs so well in a live setting and it is a testament to their musicianship in the playing of these complex masterpieces. I only wish the sound and the mix was better on this. As it is, I can only rate this with 3 stars. Good, but not essential unless you need to have a live recording of "Gates of Delirium".

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