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Poll Question: Who was the most integral member of Yes who defined their essence?
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    Posted: January 07 2013 at 19:29
I am sure this has been done many times but what the hell it's 2013 so here we go.
I have purposely left out several members who contributed their talents for a few albums here and there, who although I admire their talents I personally don't consider them as integral to what defines Yes.
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I feel it's a close call between Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, and Steve Howe. However, whenever he's been in the band, I guess the most important member for making the Yes sound has been Anderson.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote smartpatrol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 07 2013 at 19:58
Originally posted by Dellinger Dellinger wrote:

Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, and Steve Howe.

One of these. Without these guys, it just isn't Yes
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Say what you want about Chris SquireDrama is a damn good Yes album and Anderson wasn't on it.  Time and a Word was a damn good Yes album and Steve Howe wasn't on it (on the cover maybe, but not on guitar).

The Fish it is.
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It's hard to determine Squire's importance, because he's played on every Yes album, so we don't have any albums without him to judge what impact his absence would have had. 

I'm going to have to go with Steve Howe; the band made at least one good album (90125) without him, but it didn't sound like Yes.  Whenever he's been a member, the band sounded like itself.
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I'll put it this way: both "Time and a Word" and "Drama" have that characteristic Yes sound... What do they have in common? Squire!

I agree with Epignosis! All hail the Fish!

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I suppose for me it's Anderson and Howe.  If I recall my band history they were the most responsible for the creation of Topographic, which for me is the single greatest achievement of the band.  

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Anderson is the spiritual core, and spirituality is central to what Yes is to me.
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Going with Anderson, Howe would be my second.
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There is no integral member of Yes.  Rick or Jon probably come closest.
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Chris may've been the musical director/leader, but I tend to think Jon was really what made Yes extra special.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dellinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 07 2013 at 21:26
Originally posted by Epignosis Epignosis wrote:

Say what you want about Chris SquireDrama is a damn good Yes album and Anderson wasn't on it.  Time and a Word was a damn good Yes album and Steve Howe wasn't on it (on the cover maybe, but not on guitar).The Fish it is.



Indeed, Squire was part of every album. And those albums may be very good indeed. However, the best, most important, most popular (in the prog perspective, we don't care so much about 90125 here in PA, for the most part) had Anderson in the line-up, and as far as I understand, the chief director of those particular albums was Anderson. Not the only one, and he wouldn't have been able to create such albums by himself, but he is the one whe gave those albums most of their soul (I would be thinking about the albums between The Yes Album up to Going for the One). Still, Squire is a very fine choice too, and I am actually not certain about who contributed to what, so I might be wrong in my perspective.
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Originally posted by HolyMoly HolyMoly wrote:

Anderson is the spiritual core, and spirituality is central to what Yes is to me.
In that case Squire.
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Howe---Yes would not sound like Yes without him----Anderson a close second, but it doesn't help his case that 2 fairly decent Yes albums are without Jon.
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The question itself is different from, yet somewhat similar to, "which member made Yes stand out". I would have to say JA.
Originally posted by Finnforest Finnforest wrote:

I suppose for me it's Anderson and Howe.  If I recall my band history they were the most responsible for the creation of Topographic, which for me is the single greatest achievement of the band.
Pretty much what this man said.

Edited by Dayvenkirq - January 07 2013 at 22:22
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Anderson of course
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Anderson's voice is what makes Yes' sound unmistakeable.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Moogtron III Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 08 2013 at 02:09
Jon Anderson, who was the most important songsmith and visionary man.
Chris Squire comes second, he was a steady backbone of the band.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote someone_else Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 08 2013 at 02:39
Originally posted by Moogtron III Moogtron III wrote:

Jon Anderson, who was the most important songsmith and visionary man.
Chris Squire comes second, he was a steady backbone of the band.
 
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