Yes (British progressive rock band)

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Yes are an English rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music. They are distinguished by their use of mystical and cosmic lyrics, live stage sets, and lengthy compositions, often with complex instrumental and vocal arrangements. Nine of their twenty studio albums have reached the top ten in either the UK or US, with two reaching number one in the UK. They have sold 13.5 million certified units in the US. Nineteen people in total have been a part of the band's line-up, including Swiss, South African, American, Russian, and Canadian members. The band's most recent line-up consists of singer Jon Davison, guitarist Steve Howe, bass guitarist Billy Sherwood, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and drummer Alan White.

Squire and guitarist Peter Banks had played together in The Syn and then Mabel Greer's Toyshop. Anderson and later drummer Bill Bruford joined a line-up of Mabel Greer's Toyshop, which evolved into Yes. Keyboardist Tony Kaye completed the first Yes lineup. The 1970s saw Yes release the albums widely viewed as their creative peak: The Yes Album, Fragile (both in 1971), Close to the Edge (1972), Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973), Relayer (1974) and Going for the One (1977). For most of this period, the band included Anderson, Squire, Howe (who replaced Banks in 1970), Rick Wakeman on keyboards and Bruford, or later Alan White, on drums; Kaye and Patrick Moraz each play keyboards on one of these albums. After the relative failure of Tormato (1978) and rise of punk rock, Anderson and Wakeman left in 1980; Squire, Howe and White recorded Drama with Downes and new vocalist Trevor Horn, both also members of The Buggles. Yes disbanded in 1981, with Howe and Downes subsequently creating Asia.

Yes reformed in 1982 with Anderson, Squire, White, a returning Kaye, and singer and guitarist Trevor Rabin, adopting a more pop rock sound. This quickly became the most commercially successful Yes lineup with 90125 (1983), which spawned the US number one single "Owner of a Lonely Heart", and Big Generator (1987). The tour in support of Union (1991), which amalgamated members of Yes and Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, was a commercial success that featured an eight-man line-up (instead of a quintet). Subsequent albums and singles have sold less well.

The band toured almost constantly between 1996 and 2004, including both 30th and 35th anniversary shows, also releasing the albums Keys to Ascension (1996), Keys to Ascension 2 (1997), Open Your Eyes (1997), The Ladder (1999), and Magnification (2001) during this period. After a four-year hiatus, Yes resumed touring, replacing Anderson with Benoît David and Wakeman with his son Oliver Wakeman due to health issues. In 2011, they released Fly from Here featuring Downes, who returned on keyboards after 30 years. The following year David left the band due to illness and was replaced by Jon Davison of Glass Hammer. The band's twenty-first studio album Heaven & Earth, their first album with Davison, was released in July 2014. On 19 May 2015, Yes announced that due to leukemia, Squire was taking a leave from the band - for the first time in its history, with Sherwood, a former member as guitarist from 1997 to 2000, announced as his temporary replacement. Since Squire's death on 27 June 2015, Yes no longer features any founding members.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Yes Yes 3.5 12
1970 Time and a Word Yes 4 9
1971 The Yes Album Yes 4 17
1971 Fragile Yes 4.5 22
1972 Close to the Edge Yes 4.85 24
1973 Tales From Topographic Oceans Yes 4.35 11
1974 Relayer Yes 4.15 16
1977 Going for the One Yes 4.35 12
1978 Tormato Yes 3 8
1980 Drama Yes 3.75 12
1983 90125 Yes 3.65 16
1987 Big Generator Yes 3.35 6
1991 Union Yes 3 12
1994 Talk Yes 4 6
1997 Open Your Eyes Yes 5 5
1999 The Ladder Yes 4 7
2001 Magnification Yes 5 6
2003 Relayer Yes 1
2011 Fly From Here Yes 3 5
2014 Heaven & Earth Yes 3 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Yesterdays Yes 7
1988 Classic Yes Yes 6
1991 YesYears Yes 2
1991 YesStory Yes 2
1993 Highlights: The Very Best of Yes Yes 2
1998 Yes, Friends and Relatives Yes 3
1999 Astral Traveller Yes 1
1999 Millenium Collection Yes 1
2000 The Best of Yes: 1970–1987 Yes 2
2001 Yes, Friends and Relatives, Volume 2 Yes 1
2001 Keystudio Yes 2
2002 In a Word: Yes (1969– ) Yes 3
2002 Essential Elements Yes 1
2002 Yes-Today Yes 1
2003 The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection Yes 2
2004 Topography: The Yes Anthology Yes 1
2005 The Collection Yes 1
2005 The Solid Gold Collection Yes 1
2006 Live and Solo Yes 1
2006 Yesstories Yes 1
2007 The Definitive Rock Collection Yes 1
2009 Introducing: Yes Yes 1
2011 Wonderous Stories: The Best Of Yes 1
2013 Original Album Series Yes 1
2013 High Vibration Yes 1
2013 The Studio Albums: 1969–1987 Yes 1
2014 The Very Best of Yes Yes 1
2014 The Greatest Hits Yes 1
2014 The Many Faces of Yes Yes 2
2015 The Early Years Yes 1
Sweet Dreams Yes 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 The Word Is Live Yes 1
2015 Progeny: Seven Shows From Seventy-Two Yes 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Yessongs Yes 5 20
1979 Yesshows Yes 4 11
1985 9012Live: The Solos Yes 3
1990 They! Yes 1
1996 Keys to Ascension Yes 3 2
1996 Extended Versions: The Encore Collection Yes 2
1997 Something’s Coming: The BBC Recordings 1969–1970 Yes 3
1997 Keys to Ascension 2 Yes 2
1998 Keys to Ascension, Volumes 1 & 2 Yes 2
2000 House of Yes: Live From House of Blues Yes 1
2003 Roundabout: The Best of Yes Live Yes 1
2004 Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss Yes 1
2007 Live at Montreux 2003 Yes 1
2009 Symphonic Live Yes 4
2009 The Lost Broadcasts Yes 1
2010 Union Live Yes 1
2011 In the Present: Live From Lyon Yes 2
2013 Yessongs (video) Yes 1
2014 Songs From Tsongas: 35th Anniversary Concert Yes 2
2014 Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome Yes 2
2015 Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two Yes 2
2015 Like It Is: Yes at the Mesa Arts Center Yes 2

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Yes Remixes Yes 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Sweetness Yes 1
1970 Time and a Word Yes 1
1970 Sweet Dreams Yes 1
1972 Roundabout Yes 4 1
1972 America Yes 1
1975 Soon / Sound Chaser Yes 4 1
1977 Wonderous Stories Yes 2
1983 Owner of a Lonely Heart Yes 3.5 4
1984 Leave It Yes 1
1987 Love Will Find a Way Yes 1
2005 Owner of a Lonely Heart Max Graham vs. Yes 3
2011 We Can Fly Yes 1

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