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Yes is a progressive rock band whose first songs appeared in 1969. Although the composition of the band has changed over the years, founding members Jon Anderson and Chris Squire may be considered the core of the band. Anderson performed in all but one album while Squire performed on all official Yes albums. Rick Wakeman, on the other hand, has joined and left the band at least four times.

Band Members, roughly in order in which they joined the band:

The early works of the band are generally considered to be their best, and they were in the early 1970s at the leading edge of progressive rock. Some consider the album Close to the Edge to be the high point of the whole genre. The classic line-up is usually quoted as Anderson Squire Howe Wakeman, together with either Bruford or White. Fans of this era commonly describe themselves as "Troopers", after the 3-part track "Starship Trooper" from The Yes Album.

After the Tormato album, the band split, with Anderson and Wakeman leaving. They were, rather surprisingly, replaced by both members of The Buggles, Downes and Horn. The Drama album that resulted from this line-up has its fans (named "Panthers" after a feature of the album's artwork), but most Yes followers missed Anderson's unique lyrics and vocal style. Following this period, another split left the band effectively dead.

Later in 1980 after the release of the Drama album, Squire and White teamed up with former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page to form a power trio dubbed XYZ (Ex-Yes-Zeppelin). Though producing some powerful and inspired music, the supergroup fell apart due to creative differences, and Squire and White once again found themselves out to sea. Early in 1981, a promising jazz-fusion guitarist from South Africa named Trevor Rabin[?] (late of the band Rabbitt[?]) shopped his solo material to an A&R executive at Atlantic Records, who suggested that he hook up with Squire and White.

The resulting band called Cinema (Squire, White, Kaye, and Rabin) showed Anderson some of their new music, with the result that Anderson joined the band and it was renamed Yes. The resulting album, 90125 (produced by Horn), was a radical departure from their earlier sound. It was simpler and harder, with modern (for the time) electronic effects. The song "Owner of a Lonely Heart" from this album was even a hit in discos, resulting in the band's only number one single. Fans of this line-up are called "Generators", from this line-up's second album, Big Generator.

From this point, the band's history gets very messy indeed, with two versions of the band existing at the same time. The legal owner of the name Yes was the 90125 line-up (known colloquially as YesWest and based in the USA), but without Anderson, who had defected to form Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe[?] (known as YesEast and based in Britain). There were law suits, a coming together (resulting in the Union album and tour), and another split before the 90125 line-up released its last album, Talk.

After that point, the band reformed with a classic line-up (Anderson Squire White Howe Wakeman). The new music created by this line-up appeared mixed with live recordings on the Keys To Ascension albums, and is considered by many to be their finest music since their 1970s zenith. With the notable exception of Wakeman and the temporary addition of two new members, it has retained this line-up to this day.

Discography:

  • 1969 Yes (Anderson Squire Bruford Kaye Banks)
  • 1970 Time and a Word (Anderson Squire Bruford Kaye Banks)
  • 1971 The Yes Album (Anderson Squire Bruford Kaye Howe)
  • 1972 Fragile (Anderson Squire Bruford Howe Wakeman)
  • 1972 Close to the Edge (Anderson Squire Bruford Howe Wakeman)
  • 1973 Yessongs (live triple - Anderson Squire Bruford White Howe Wakeman)
  • 1973 Tales from Topographic Oceans (double - Anderson Squire White Howe Wakeman)
  • 1974 Relayer (Anderson Squire White Howe Moraz)
  • 1975 Yesterdays (compilation from first two albums, plus Paul Simon's America)
  • 1976 In this year, rather than release a group album, each of the at that time current members of Yes released a solo album, often guesting on each other's albums, these were;
  • Ramshackled (Alan White, Anderson guests on one track)
  • Olias Of Sunhillow (Jon Anderson(Anderson plays all instruments and sings all parts))
  • Beginnings (Steve Howe)
  • Fish out of Water (Chris Squire)
  • Story of I (Patrick Moraz)
  • 1977 Going for the One (Anderson Squire White Howe Wakeman)
  • 1978 Tormato (Anderson Squire White Howe Wakeman)
  • 1980 Drama (Horn Squire White Howe Downes)
  • 1980 Yesshows (live double - Anderson Squire White Howe Wakeman Moraz)
  • 1981 Classic Yes (compilation)
  • 1983 90125 (Anderson Squire White Kaye Rabin)
  • 1985 9012Live: The Solos (live - Anderson Squire White Kaye Rabin)
  • 1987 Big Generator (Anderson Squire White Kaye Rabin)
  • 1989 Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe* (Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe)
  • 1991 Union (Anderson Squire White Howe Wakeman Kaye Bruford Rabin)
  • 1991 Yesyears (compilation)
  • 1992 Yesstory (compilation)
  • 1993 Highlights — The Very Best of Yes (compilation)
  • 1993 An Evening of Yes Music Plus* (live - Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe)
  • 1994 Talk (Anderson Squire White Kaye Rabin)
  • 1996 Keys to Ascension(live/studio - Anderson Squire White Howe Wakeman)
  • 1997 Keys to Ascension 2 (live/studio - Anderson Squire White Howe Wakeman)
  • 1997 Keys to Ascension Volume 1 & 2 (live/studio - Anderson Squire White Howe Wakeman)
  • 1997 Open Your Eyes (Anderson Squire White Howe Sherwood with Khoroshev)
  • 1997 Something's Coming / Beyond and Before (old live material - Anderson Squire Bruford Kaye Banks)
  • 1999 The Ladder (Anderson Squire White Howe Sherwood Khoroshev)
  • 2000 The Masterworks — Mix Your Own CD (compilation)
  • 2000 House Of Yes - Live From The House of Blues (live)
  • 2000 The Best of (compilation)
  • 2001 Keystudio (compilation of studio material from both Keys to Ascension albums)
  • 2001 Magnification (Anderson Squire White Howe with orchestra)
  • 2002 Yestoday (Anderson Squire White Howe Sherwood Khoroshev)

Material marked * was released under the band name "Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe", because the band name "Yes" was then owned by other band members. However, the material has a "Yes" feel and is considered by many to be as much a product of the band as any other release.

Album sleeve artwork[?] for many of these albums was done by Roger Dean[?].



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