96. Yes would almost always have an optimistic tinge in their atmosphere, but The Yes Album is outright cheerful. The Yes Album marked Steve Howe as the new guitarist. Say what you will about the dated ‘80s cheese, almost every song on the album manages to feel memorable and distinctive. It’s just my luck that there’s no definitive, one-size-fits-all answer with Yes‘ 1994 would-be comeback. Jon Anderson‘s vocals are already strong and distinctive, and his high-register delivery works really well with the ‘flower power’ atmosphere and melodic songwriting. “I’ve Seen All Good People” even echoes the chorus to “Give Peace A Chance” at a point! Going for the One was a final bold statement before Yes‘ quality of output began to dip; it may not have the firm sense of identity or consistency as the five records prior, but the fifteen minute titan “Awaken” alone is more than worth the price of admission. When they’re ambitious enough to emerge beyond the fold of adult-oriented rock, the orchestrations are tired and predictable. All albums made by Yes with reviews and song lyrics. There is no such redemptive value to enjoy on Open Your Eyes. It was inspiration and a sense of excitement in the music they were making that they had done without for so long. Yes‘ sound is usually padded with symphonic warmth, but here, the instrumentation is cutting and sharp. Yes includes covers of … Don’t get me wrong; Close to the Edge was as impressive as albums come, and well-deserving of its status as Yes‘ de facto “essential” album, but with Relayer, they took the formula and went somewhere even more exciting with it. Although Jon didn’t get his wish to record their sixth LP out in the woods with the owls and squirrels, Yes instead decorated their studio to make it look more like a farmyard. I’m sure the album was a well-intentioned effort to bring progressive rock back into the fold, but it completely lacks the energy and sense of adventure that would have made it work. Quite a few of the songs here are otherwise well written: “Onward” and “Madrigal” are two beautiful ballad-type tracks, and “Don’t Kill the Whale” features some great melodic writing—I understand it became a minor hit for the band. What we’re left with is the semblance of a potentially great record; “Machine Messiah” and “Tempus Fugit” have rightfully gone down in history as two of Yes‘ better pieces, but everything in between falls miles short of expectations. Although Alan White‘s “interesting” choice of percussion during this sequence—he pushed a rack of junkyard car parts over during the recording—seems like a crude and risky move, it fits the tone so damned well; in a battle, I don’t imagine there would be time for subtle, refined percussive techniques, and Yes acknowledge this fact well. These songs could have existed well enough on their own, but the symphonic arrangements make them come alive. The Wakeman-orchestrated “Cans and Brahms” is a fine nod to Western classical tradition. …whatever their grievances may be, they’re wrong. Thus was delivered an ultimatum; Yes would have to notch up their act and attract some attention, or the record label would be forced to drop them. Yes‘ transition on 90125 has made it the most polarizing album among fans after Tales from Topographic Oceans. Rather than capitalize on the “best of both worlds” as Union was no doubt supposed to, the strongest suits of Yes‘ prog and pop halves alike have been dulled to make room for one another. I would say that there is a resounding sense of hope here, but that would suggest the potential for a darker outcome. Although Trevor Horn relinquished his vocal duties to Benoit David here, he returns here as the record’s producer. If you view it just as a pop rock album with a lot of prog and hard rock stuff throwin in you might be able to appreciate it more. I know many Yes albums don’t consider Fragile to be top three or even top five but I sure do. What was it someone said about absence making the heart grow fonder? “Five Per Cent for Nothing” is a sporadic, Bruford-led exercise in rhythm, “The Fish” showcases Chris Squire‘s skill with bass grooves, and “Mood for a Day” is a pleasant acoustic piece from Steve Howe. Albums include Close to the Edge, Fragile, and The Yes Album. Home / YES DISCOGRAPHY / YES – The Studio Albums 1969-1987 The Studio Albums 1969-1987 sees YES ‘ legendary Atlantic years revisited in a 13-CD boxed set featuring remastered and expanded versions of the band’s studio albums. As is the case with every less-favoured Yes record, there are a few worthy gems, but it’s not enough to compensate for Union‘s lack of focus and appalling inconsistency. Yes have let themselves fall into a disappointing AOR snag, but that’s nothing new for them. I’m in complete agreement except I would switch GOING FOR THE ONE to #3. Both as an epic and as an album, Close to the Edge did not so much avert these conventions as it put a new spin on them, and took them to new heights of sophistication. Especially in the months prior to the album’s release, the band and fans were left with a question: could Yes exist without the immortal voice of Jon Anderson? I am glad to see RELAYER get the #1 spot…it is, was an amazing album. In any case, Larry Groupë orchestral arrangements here proved to be a wonderful surprise. Yes obviously want to harken back to a proggier sound, but they lack the drive or ambition to push themselves past predictable songwriting. Yes have never shirked away from the risk and rewards an epic potentially offers, and even during their otherwise weakest moments (such as Talk), they’ve managed to do some pretty great things with longform composition. That’s fine, simply look just beneath the surface and there’s an equal depth to the sophisticated bass grooves and drumwork. Some rose-tinted listeners went as far to say it ranked up there with the band’s classic material. Night and Day albums but great in their own rite. Kudos to the listing, and as a YES fan, I went into this figuring I was going to be critical. The Yes Album would be Tony Kaye's final moment with Yes until his return in the reformed 90125 lineup, being dismissed by the band citing an unwillingness to expand his musical palette with the rest of them. Yes wouldn’t begin to unlock their potential until The Yes Album, but the debut certainly deserves more recognition than its earned. There was no doubt Close to the Edge enjoyed sophistication and depth that made most rock music look neanderthal by comparison, but I couldn’t help but feel that the album feel far short of its reputation as a masterpiece to trump all others. Although it’s got a twinge of the chaotic wall-of-sound from Relayer, Going for the One tries to express that scope and bombast with a more concise style of songwriting. There’s no knowing whether The Yes Album would have come together the way it did had the band not had that weight of expectation on their shoulders, but it marks the first memorable and style-defining classic of their illustrious career. Even if the other one might ultimately prove to be more popular, the younger of the two sisters strikes you as being more adventurous, risk-taking and intellectually provocative than the other. I suppose Open Your Eyes makes better sense when taken into context. We use cookies and similar tools to enhance your shopping experience, to provide our services, understand how customers use our services so we can make improvements, and display ads. Since the underwhelming mess Union at the start of the decade, the band had been suffering through a crisis of identity—it wasn’t altogether clear where they could go now that the refined pop rock of 90125 and Big Generator had gone out of style. Fragile is the fourth studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released on 26 November 1971 by Atlantic Records. Was I right? The stark contrast between this and the title track feels a little odd in terms of album flow, but both stand out individually. Almost every minute sounded like it was used to perfection, and it’s that “no-filler” attitude that has made it such a crown jewel in their discography. Some will point the finger at Fragile or even Close to the Edge, but I’ve always felt The Yes Album was the perfect point of entry for someone looking to see what Yes were all about. In combination with the in-vogue London psych rock direction, Banks‘ jazz leads gave Yes‘ debut an urbane and cultured feel. Relayer is less balanced than Close to the Edge, Fragile and Tales from Topographic Oceans, but it’s that experimental, choppy nature that keeps listeners engaged. Whereas everything from “Endless Dream” to “That, That Is” and “In the Presence Of” aimed to create a singular, start-to-finish impression, “Fly From Here” is very compartmentalized—three of the parts within could be experienced as self-contained songs outside of their epic context. The idea of teaming up the “classic” Yes with the fashionably poppish ’80s Yes is about as high concept as you can get in prog without spiralling into bombastic operatic narrative. If there’s anything I can say or do in this review to convince someone of the album’s wonder, I would simply ask to approach the album with the assumption that each note has been given the same thoughtful, meticulous care that Yes would put into their other masterpieces. Part of me would like to see Union in a positive light. For proof of the string section’s potential in Yes‘ music, just listen to the way it accentuates the instrumentation on “The Prophet” or the title track. I have a soft spot for Big Generator too even though it typically doesn’t rank very high. As I prepare for a rocking riff to open up the album, the crescendo deceptively leads to an unassuming open acoustic harmonic. Select Your Cookie Preferences. Yes is a solid psych rock album, with strong melodies and tight musicianship; what more could a listener ask for? The instrumentation is soft and gentle, but it’s Jon Anderson‘s vocals that really stand out. Or £8.99 to buy MP3 album. Yes seemed to get the message, and decided to turn their sound around for the better. Steve Howe‘s guitarwork is light and almost certainly classically influenced; the acoustic motif is mysterious, and as it’s played again, the listener is begged to wonder where the band is planning on ultimately going with it. As an album, Fragile has sometimes irked me for its focus on short instrumental cuts and apparent interlude tracks, but when taken as a whole, the album is arguably the most well-rounded and agreeably paced of the band’s career. Unlike their more timeless prog classics, Yes feels very much a work of its time. No. My first impression to consider the shorter pieces as interludes was sorely mistaken in any case; they may be short, but each track makes a clear statement of its own. Whether it would have fared better with a different band is up for half-hearted debate, although I’m guessing things wouldn’t change. If the epic cornerstone of Close to the Edge had married rock and classical music together in some glorious fusion, “The Gates of Delirium” added jazz to the melting pot. Moraz steps in for a fusion key solo towards the end, but it feels sort of underwhelming, given the context of a patchy song structure, and the brilliance the album’s first side had to offer. Going for the One opens with its hyperactive title track, a high-energy rock tune that signifies the album’s general approach. They signed with Atlantic in early 1969, and entered Advision and Trident Studios in London to record their first album. As far as the title track is concerned, Yes manage to make this backscaling of their sound really work. It’s undeniably a weaker album than 90125, even possibly the first album the band released I might consider truly weak. Basing a progressive epic on Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” may be tantamount to a prog cliche both now and when the album released in 1974, but Yes have by no means tied this epic to its source of inspiration. The Yes Album (Expanded) by Yes | 2003. You often hear people discussing progressive epics as the centrepiece or highlight of an album. One gets the picture of a quiet aftermath; there are no victors, none to reap the victories of warfare, none who have even survived the ordeal without deep scars, in body and soul. Beloved by many, Yes are considered to be one of the greatest progressive rock bands of all time. Steven Wilson‘s recent 2013 remixing of the album for Panegyric Records brings a refreshing new perspective to the album. In fact, I would say TALES assisted in moving YES to record RELAYER. Albums by Yes Main Releases Play The Royal Affair Tour (Live in Las Vegas) Yes Play Canciones para Cuarentena Después de Cuarentena Yes Play Yes 50 Live Yes Play Live at Glastonbury Festival 2003 Yes Play Live At The Apollo Yes Play The Steven Wilson Remixes Yes Play Yes had long-since established themselves as masters of the latter, and the decade prior to the release of 90125 was filled with lasting testaments to their skill as a band. There had been personal differences arising in the band since Tales from Topographic Oceans, and combined with their conflicts of artistic vision and a greater level of alcohol consumption than should normally be attributed to a progressive rock act, suffice to say there was a steady foundation for things to fall apart. Although they’re both among the most gorgeous women you have come across in your travels however, as time goes on, you find yourself slowly gravitating towards one over the other. Fragile was Yes' breakthrough album, propelling them in a matter of weeks from a cult act to an international phenomenon; not coincidentally, it also marked the point where all of the elements of the music (and more) that would define their success for more than a decade fell into place fully formed. Over the years they have released 21 studio albums, 14 live albums, 35 compilation albums, 28 singles and 22 videos. Rather than choosing to welcome the listener in with a resounding theme or overture, Yes erupt into a chaotic swirl of guitar-based jamming and synthesizer-fuelled madness. Even being the lifelong fan of this album as I am, I am not beyond calling that one of the most absurd things I’ve ever heard a band do in order to ‘get in the mood’ for recording. Whether they’re attempting to bring out the proggy side of their sound or opting for lighter fluid pop anthems, the music sounds like it was out of a compromise. After taking a break in activity in 1975 for each member to release a solo album and their 1976 North American tour, the band relocated to Montreux, Switzerland to record their next studio album. Like Yes‘ first two albums, Tormato seems to have flown under the radar, even for many otherwise-hardcore Yes fans. I’m also glad to see TALES get the high grades it so richly deserves. I was excited to find out what I’d think of it—after all, it couldn’t be any worse than Union… Right? If Howe was based in classical music, Peter Banks has a clear love for jazz. “Turn of the Century” was a much easier track to get into. For all of its twelve bar bluesy straightforwardness, “Going for the One” (the song) is incredibly dense sonically and initially struck me as being too cluttered for its own good. A crescendo draws steadily out of my set of speakers. In a long career of beautiful performances, this might be my favourite of his. The Yes Album is the third studio album by YES, released on 19 February 1971 on Atlantic Records.It is their first album with guitarist Steve Howe , and their last until 1983’s 90125. to feature keyboardist Tony Kaye.. But all every estimate, it just about makes this awful mess worthwhile. It’s granted there are none of the sonic highlights that past records offered (including my much-loathed Drama) but there’s a sense of purpose to each of the songs that Yes had struggled with on their best days. In spite of a few weak tracks, The Ladder aptly demonstrated that Yes were still capable of releasing great prog in their fourth decade of existence. Awaken is an incredible Opus, a fullness and maturity of YES. All the singles and albums of YES, peak chart positions, career stats, week-by-week chart runs and latest news. It was the band's first album to feature guitarist Steve Howe , who replaced Peter Banks in 1970, as well as their last to feature keyboardist Tony Kaye until 1983's 90125 . With Close to the Edge, Yes‘ writing had been condensed, with a clear regard for the economy of time. If anything, it’s that quality that makes the album (among) the best this band has ever done. YES relayer, gatefold, K50096. Going for the One is the eighth studio album by English progressive rock band Yes, released on 15 July 1977 by Atlantic Records. Somewhat like the feeling of coming off a highway and feeling like you’re driving more slowly on the normal roads than you really are, Yes‘ change of pace, and their more drawn out instrumental passages have a tendency to feel aimless or wandering compared to the band’s typical fare. Yes is a great band though and I’m disappointed not to see more comments here. 4.7 out of 5 stars 855. Yes - Yessongs (Full Album - 1973) Live - Remastered CD1 + CD201. Even the album’s most ambitious piece—the nine minute would-be epic “Subway Walls”— colours within the lines so much so as to induce a coma. Even on the most disastrous albums (their latest one included), there were always a handful of tracks that stood out, at least a passage or two that stuck after the record ended. Yes and Time and a Word were solid records to be certain, but they weren’t enough to keep Atlantic records happy. Much like the album, I too find myself torn between sides. Before the notion was rightly dismissed by the others, Jon Anderson was said to have expressed a wish to record Tales from Topographic Oceans in the middle of a forest at nighttime. Horn manages to fill the void left by Anderson well enough; his performance here falls short in virtually every respect when compared to Anderson, but he goes through the motions well enough and without a personality of his own, very much like a stand-in. Tales I wouldn’t put quite as high. In its wake, the second half of Relayer feels like an addendum to the main attraction; “Sound Chaser” and “To Be Over” are nowhere near as powerful or perfect in their writing or execution. Of course, a remixing isn’t so much an improvement as it is a fresh interpretation, and there are some parts of Wilson‘s reimagining—most notably the upmixing of Howe‘s thinly performed background vocals on “I Get Up, I Get Down”—that should have been approached differently. Although the focus remains almost always on the band themselves, these songs were clearly written with enough “fill in the blanks” room for Groupë to make the orchestral contribution relevant. Find the latest tracks, albums, and images from Yes. If any of classic members truly benefited from the newfound pop leanings on 90125, it would be Anderson. Check out Yes on Amazon Music. No. Shop Yes Album by Yes. Where rivals such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer withered away commercially after the mid-’70s, and Genesis and King Crimson altered their sounds so radically as to become unrecognizable to their original fans, Yes retained the same sound, and performed much of the same repertoire that they were doing in 1971, and for their trouble, they found themselves being taken seriously a quarter of a century later. Like the proggy-mellow dichotomy enjoyed between “Siberian Khatru” and “And You And I” respectively on Close to the Edge, these two pieces contrast each other, this time to an even greater degree. Not having employed a full-bodied orchestra since 1970 with Time and a Word, the fact alone that Yes were bringing symphonic prog full circle was pretty audacious, particularly for a band who, earlier on Union, didn’t sound like they had a clue where they wanted to go. The band had been through a number of lineup changes in the past, but so much of the band’s atmosphere and personality came through in his voice, equal parts angelic, innocent and lively. The remix is by no means flawless enough to be the new “definitive” edition of the album, but it has enough changes to warrant a check-out from veterans and newcomers alike. The approach was in its rough stages, but I think Yes could have done some cool things with an orchestra, had they stayed the course. I think the thing that’s missing most in retrospect is Steve Howe‘s unique fingerstyle, but it’s also clearly a case of a band needing time and experience before making a bolder statement. Clap (Studio Version) - the album version is a Steve Howe 'live' acoustic instrumental recorded at the Lyceum in London, 17 July 1970. It’s not enough to earn a recommendation, but its enough to deserve some sort of defence against some of the “worst album ever” comments made against it. Tracks 1 to 6 are the vinyl LP "The Yes Album" - released March 1971 in the UK on Atlantic 2400 101 and Atlantic SD 8283 in the USA BONUS TRACKS: 7. “To Be Over” honestly bored me when I first heard it, but it’s one of the most tender things Yes ever created. Shop The Yes Album by Yes. Whereas so much of Yes‘ post-Drama material is cumulatively shat upon by their fans and critics, the short period beginning with their Keys to Ascension duology and ending with Magnification escaped the brunt of the storm. Whereas most symphonic prog makes use of synthesizers to get the “symphonic” element across, Time and a Word hosts a full string section. A more tender acoustic piece in the style of “And You And I” or “To Be Over,” it’s one of the most beautiful things Yes have ever done. The instrumentation feels more lively and balanced than before, Chris Squire‘s bass guitar in particular has finally been given a well-deserved showcase in the mix. Even compared to their other post-70s epics, “Fly From Here” is irregular. Released 29 January 1971 on Atlantic (catalog no. Drama may have corrected many of the issues suffered on the tumultuous Tormato and even spawned a pair of great tunes in the process, but so much of the magic I loved up to this point from Yes (Yes, even including Tormato) seems to be lost here. Yes completely revamped their sound in the ‘80s, reforming their line-up with new guitarist Trevor Rabin, original keyboardist Tony Kaye, and of course the return of their trademark voice, Jon Anderson. The only part of the “Fly From Here” suite that seems out of place is the aptly titled “Bumpy Ride”, an instrumental climax composed by Howe that seems intent on giving the epic a proggier flair, but lacks the tact and intensity to properly accent it. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Siberian Khatru - 03:4703. 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