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.

Yes 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. 19 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 1983 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 original members.

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

Album + Compilation

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

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