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2 stars 1.75; The very best of Yes, you say? I think not.

Not a bad compilation in its own right, especially regarding the commercial department. But for the progger, the title of the compilation is quite deceiving. It is almost more a greatest hits compilation in disguise, with a couple hints of other periods in their music as of when the compilation was forged, though I'm really only talking about the songs Survival, Time and a Word, The Fish, and the tongue-in-cheek four minute excerpt of Gates of Delirium, Soon. It contains nothing from Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, or (really) Relayer, all Yes' most ambitious albums. I remember the only time I listened to the whole thing (after already being quite exposed to their hits anyways) was on a long trip home from a family vacation a few years ago. After getting my hands on the albums The Yes Album through Relayer, the period which culminates the REAL best of Yes (which I suppose is a matter of opinion), as well as 90125, there was practically no reason for me to have this album afterward. And it only has one song off Big Generator, and it's the most pop oriented one on the album. Now the compilation just sits and collects dust on the shelf.

I suppose the main reason for anyone to get this album is if they are not very familiar with the music Yes, or prog overall for that matter. I could see it having great use in getting the more commercial-minded listener familiar with Yes and thus maybe into prog. But other than that, on real progressive terms, better to skip this one and go to a better compilation like Ultimate Yes, or maybe something less expensive.

Draith | 2/5 |


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