See also: Yes (homonymy)
Yes is a British group of rock'n'roll of progressive style which composed its first songs in 1969. Although the composition of the group changed with the passing of years, the founding members Jon Anderson and Chris Squire can be regarded as the core of the group with Steve Howe. Anderson took part in all the albums except one (Drama) while Squire took part in all the official albums of Yes. Rick Wakeman, on another side, integrated and left the group at least four times.
Members of the group, in the approximate order where they integrated it:
Jon Anderson - voice
- Chris Squire - low/voice
- Tony Kaye - keyboards
- Peter Banks - guitar/voice
- Bill Bruford - battery
- Steve Howe - guitar/voice
- Rick Wakeman - keyboards
- Alan White - battery
- Patrick Moraz - keyboards
- Geoff Downes - keyboards
- Trevor Horn - low voice/
- Trevor Rabin - guitar/voices
- Billy Sherwood - various
- Igor Khoroshev - keyboards
Yes was with the beginning of the year 1970 the figurehead of the progressive Rock. Their the first two albums, left in 1969 and 1970 are rock'n'roll in the line of the Beatles, but it is with The Yes Album , left in 1971, and Fragile , left in 1972, that their music takes a progressive turning. On this album, Steve Howe replaces Peter Banks with the guitar. The following album, Closed to the Edge, is characterized by the integration of Rick Wakeman, substitute Tony Kaye with the keyboards. The album contains three songs, whose it song-title during 18 minutes is built like a traditional part of the XIXe century. At the exit of the album, Bill Bruford leaves the group to integrate King Crimson. Bill found that it had become too complicated to compose. Jon and Chris were very demanding and were due to the right distribution in the composition of the parts. It is replaced by Alan White for the round which will follow and see the recording of triple live Yessongs (Bruford is reproduced on two pieces recorded in 1972). In 1973, the group leaves very discussed Tales from Topographic Oceans, made up of four songs of approximately 20 minutes each one. At the time of the round of this album, the group played all the album Close to the Edge followed by all the album Tales . Wakeman left the group after the round, and was replaced by Patrick Moraz. The group then leaves the very chaotic Relayer, on which figure The Gates off Delirium , another part of a score of minutes, based on the novel of Leon Tolstoï, Guerre and Paix . The members of the group then decide to make a pause to leave each one an album solo. To the autumn 1976, the group returns in studio and whereas the pieces are at a quasi-completed stage, it is requested from Patrick Moraz to leave the group. At the beginning of 1977, the group is reformed, with again Wakeman with the keyboards, and leaves Going for the one, then Tormato in 1978. The traditional line-up is usually quoted as being Anderson Squire Howe Wakeman, with Bruford or White.
After the Tormato album, following sessions fallen through in Paris in 1979, the group burst, with the departure of Anderson and Wakeman. They, with the general surprise, were replaced by the two members of the Buggles, Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn. It resulted the album Drama from it. After the round of this album, the group separates officially.
In 1980 after the exit of the Drama album, Squire and White made team with the ex-guitarist of Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page to form a Power trio called XYZ (Ex-Yes-Zeppelin). Although they produced a music powerful and inspired, the super-group ceased existing because of creative conflicts, and Squire and White found themselves once more without group. They left one 45 turns during this period: Run with the fox . Howe and Downes form as for them the supergroupe Asia with John Wetton (ex King Crimson) with the song and low and Carl Palmer (ex Emerson, Lake & Palmer) with the battery.
At the beginning of 1981, a guitarist promising jazz-rock'n'roll of South Africa named Trevor Rabin (ex- Rabbitt) sold its solo compositions to a director A&R at Atlantic Records, which suggested to him meeting Squire and White.
The resulting group named Cinéma (Squire, White, Kaye, and Rabin) made listen to in Anderson part of its new music, following what Anderson integrated the group, which was famous Yes. The album which resulted from this in 1983, 90125 (produced by Horn), was a radical change compared to their old sound. Simpler, harder, with modern electronic effects (at the time). The song “Owner off has Lonely Heart” of this album was a hit, makes of it only individual number 1 of the group. The same formation left Big generator in 1987, an album in the same vein which will not have the business success of the precedent.
As from this time, the history of the group became very disorganized, with two coexistent formations. The legal owner of the name Yes was the formation 90125 (known familiarly like “YesWest” and based in the United States), but without Anderson, which desisted to form Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (known like “YesEast” and based in the United Kingdom). He held there legal proceedings, a meeting (which had as a consequence the album and the round Union), and another bursting before the formation 90125 did not leave its last album, Talk, in 1994.
After that, the group was found under its traditional formation (Anderson Squire White Howe Wakeman). The new music created by this formation was mixed with recordings live on the two albums Keys To Ascension. However, Wakeman left the group again, and was replaced with the keyboards by Igor Khoroshev, while Bill Sherwood occupied the place of second guitarist. This formation left Open your eyes, and The Ladder, this last album marking a return to more progressive compositions.
After the exit of live the House off Yes: Live from House off Blues in 1999, corresponding to the round of the album The Ladder, like after the Masterworks round in 2000, Khoroshev and Sherwood leaves the group, and Yes records the album Magnification, album without clavierist (if one bars from the interventions with the piano from Alan White) but having a symphony orchestra directed by Larry Groupé (which in also composed the parts). The round Symphonic Tour which followed (with Tom Brislin with the keyboards), in 2001, is the subject of the DVD Yes Symphonic .
In 2002, Rick Wakeman joined the group again. 3 rounds followed, in 2002,2003, and 2004 (round celebrating the 35 years of existence of the group).
(Many) compilations are voluntarily excluded.
- 1970 Time and has Word
- 1971 The Yes album
- Close to the Edge
- Yessongs (triple live)
- Tales from Topographic Oceans (double)
- 1974 Relayer
- 1976 This year, each member left a solo project:
- Ramshackled (Alan White - Anderson and Howe appear on a track)
- Olias off Sunhillow (Jon Anderson - Anderson plays all the instruments and sings all the parts)
- Beginnings (Steve Howe - with Bruford and Moraz)
- Fish Out off Toilets (Chris Squire. Moraz and Bruford take part in it.)
- Story off I (Patrick Moraz)
- 1977 Going for the one
- 1978 Tormato
- 1983 90125
- 1985 9012Live: The Solos (live)
- 1987 Big generator
- 1989 Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe *
- 1991 Union
- 1993 Year Evening off Yes Music More * (live)
- 1994 Talk
- 1996 Keys to Ascension (live/studio)
- Keys to Ascension 2 (live/studio)
- Open your eyes
- Something' S Coming/Beyond and Before (old tracks live)
- 1999 The Ladder
- 2000 House Off Yes - Live from the House off Blues (live)
- Keystudio (compilation of the tracks studio of the two albums Keys to Ascension)
- Magnification (with orchestra)
The albums marked of one * had left under the name of group “Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe”, because the name “Yes” was the property of Chris Squire. However, the music has its private individual of Yes and is considered by much as being a production of the group as well as the remainder.
The drawing of the small pockets of much of these albums was made by Roger Dean, which also drew the logo of the group.
The Yes catalog of Atlantic Records underwent at least two remasterisations and republications out of CD. The first CD publication was at the end of the years 1980, and the first remasters had left in the middle of the years 1990, with a largely improved sound and the restored original artworks. In 2003 a more thorough remasterisation was undertaken by Rhino Records, including this time of the more faithful artworks, the deepened notes of booklet, and the rare tracks no-claims bonus.
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