Yes (British progressive rock band)

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Yes are an English rock band who achieved success with their 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. The band's current line-up since February 2012 consists of singer Jon Davison, guitarist Steve Howe, bass guitarist Chris Squire, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and drummer Alan White.

Squire formed Yes in 1968 with singer Jon Anderson. 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 line-up. Their early sets were a mix of original material and cover versions. In the 1970s, Yes reached their creative peak in the progressive genre when most notably Anderson, Squire, Howe, Kaye, Bruford, drummer Alan White, and keyboardists Rick Wakeman and Patrick Moraz were part of the band's line-ups, and produced what many critics consider their finest works: 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). The rise of punk rock at the end of the decade led to a decline in creativity and sales; in 1980, Anderson and Wakeman left the band and the album Drama featuring Downes and new vocalist Trevor Horn was released. The band disbanded at the beginning of 1981, with Howe and Downes subsequently creating Asia.

Yes reformed in 1982 with Anderson, Squire, White, original keyboardist Kaye and guitarist Trevor Rabin and adopted a more pop rock sound. Their sales peaked across the decade 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 worldwide between 1997 and 2004 that included their 30th and 35th anniversary shows. After a four-year hiatus due to health issues for Anderson and Wakeman, Yes resumed touring after replacing them with BenoƮt David and Oliver Wakeman respectively. In 2011 they released Fly from Here featuring Downes, who returned on keyboards after 30 years, and the following year David left the band due to illness and was replaced by Jon Davison from band Glass Hammer.

Yes are one of the most popular, influential and critically acclaimed acts in the history of the progressive genre, and have influenced bands such as Dream Theater and Rush. Nine of their twenty studio albums have reached the top ten in either the UK or the US charts, with two reaching the number one spot in the UK. They have sold 13.5 million certified units in the US. Despite always being considered as an English band, Yes also included Swiss, South African, American, Russian, and Canadian members in its history.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1969 Yes 3 10
1970 Time and a Word 4 8
1971 The Yes Album 4 11
1971 Fragile 4.65 19
1972 Close to the Edge 4.9 15
1973 Tales From Topographic Oceans 4 9
1974 Relayer 4.65 10
1977 Going for the One 4 11
1978 Tormato 2 8
1980 Drama 3.5 9
1983 90125 3.5 14
1987 Big Generator 3 6
1991 Union 2 12
1994 Talk 5
1997 Open Your Eyes 5
1999 The Ladder 4
2001 Magnification 5
2011 Fly From Here 3 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1975 Yesterdays Compilation 5
1991 YesYears Compilation 2
1991 YesStory Compilation 2
1993 Highlights: The Very Best of Yes Compilation 2
1994 Classic Yes Compilation 4
1998 Yes, Friends and Relatives Compilation 2
1999 Astral Traveller Compilation 1
1999 Millenium Collection Compilation 1
2000 Best of Yes Compilation 2
2001 Keystudio Compilation 1
2002 In a Word Compilation 2
2002 Essential Elements Compilation 1
2003 The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection Compilation 2
2004 Topography: The Yes Anthology Compilation 1
2005 The Collection Compilation 1
2005 The Solid Gold Collection Compilation 1
2006 Yesstories Compilation 1
2009 Introducing: Yes Compilation 1
2011 Wonderous Stories: The Best Of Compilation 1
2013 High Vibration Compilation 1
Live and Solo Compilation 1
The Definitive Rock Collection Compilation 1
The Yes Album / Going for the One Compilation 1
Yes-Today Compilation 1
Yes, Friends and Relatives, Volume 2 Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1973 Yessongs Live 16
1980 Yesshows Live 4 9
1985 9012Live: The Solos Live 3
1990 They! Live 1
1996 Keys to Ascension Live 3 2
1996 Extended Versions: The Encore Collection Live 2
1997 Something's Coming: The BBC Recordings 1969-1970 Live 2

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