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A Brief History: The progressive rock band Yes formed in 1968 in London, England. They originally consisted of Anderson, Squire, Kaye, Bruford, and guitarist Peter Banks, but have had various members through the years. Below are the members from 1968 to 1981.
The Studio Albums: This page offers snapshots of eight studio albums released by Yes from 1969 to 1977, although only four of these albums are represented on Classic Yes. Links go to specific DMDB pages devoted to those albums.
Under each album snapshot, songs featured on Classic Yes are noted. Song titles are followed by the names of writers in parentheses, the song’s length in brackets, and then the date the song charted and its peaks on various charts. Click for codes to singles charts.
The debut album from Yes featured mostly original songs, including singles “Sweetness” and “Looking Around” as well as covers of the Beatles’ “Every Little Thing” and the Byrds’ “I See You.” The album did not chart in the UK or U.S.
Time and a Word (1970):
The second album from Yes included singles for the title cut and “Sweet Dreams” and a cover of Richie Havens’ “No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed.” Like its predecessor, the album failed to chart in the UK or U.S.
The Yes Album (1971):
The album marked the debut of guitarist Steve Howe and became the band’s breakthrough, reaching the top 10 in the UK. “Your Move,” an excerpt from “I’ve Seen All Good People” reached the top 40 in the U.S.
Fragile, which was the first to feature keyboardist Rick Wakeman, pushed Yes to even greater commercial success. “Roundabout” reached the top 20 in the U.S. and became the group’s signature song. The album reached the top 10 in the UK and U.S.
Close to the Edge (1972):
Close to the Edge reached the top 5 in the UK and U.S. The album was comprised of three cuts, running 18, 10, and 9 minutes.
Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973):
This double album went to #1 in the UK and top 10 in the U.S. It was the first album to feature drummer Alan White.
Wakeman left the group and was replaced by Patrick Moraz. The album was another top 5 success in the UK and U.S. and was supported by the single “Soon,” an excerpt from the 21-minute “The Gates of Delirium.”
Going for the One (1977):
After a three-year break, Yes returned with Wakeman back in tow. The album topped the charts in the UK, where the single “Wonderous Stories” also went top 10. In the U.S., the album reached the top 10.
Classic Yes (1981):
While released in 1981, Classic Yes did not include any cuts from the previous two albums, 1978’s Tormato and 1980’s Drama. It also skipped over the band’s first two albums, covering from 1970 to 1977. Even with those years, however, the Tales from Topographic Oceans and Relayer were not represented on the collection.
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