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.

The 1970s saw Yes release the albums that are 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 public and critical failure of Tormato (1978) and the rise of punk rock, Anderson and Wakeman left the band in 1980; Squire, Howe and White recorded Drama with Downes and new vocalist Trevor Horn, both also members of The Buggles. The band disbanded in December 1980, 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. 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 almost constantly between 1997 and 2004, including both 30th and 35th anniversary shows, also releasing the albums 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, also of Glass Hammer. The band's twenty-first studio album Heaven & Earth, their first album with Davison, was released in July 2014.

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.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1969 Yes 3 10
1970 Time and a Word 4 8
1971 The Yes Album 4 12
1971 Fragile 4.55 19
1972 Close to the Edge 4.9 18
1973 Tales From Topographic Oceans 4.5 9
1974 Relayer 4.5 10
1977 Going for the One 4.5 12
1978 Tormato 2 8
1980 Drama 3.65 9
1983 90125 3.5 15
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
2014 Heaven & Earth 3 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1974 Yesterdays Compilation 6
1991 YesYears Compilation 2
1991 YesStory Compilation 2
1993 Highlights: The Very Best of Yes Compilation 2
1994 Classic Yes Compilation 5
1998 Yes, Friends and Relatives Compilation 2
1999 Astral Traveller Compilation 1
1999 Millenium Collection Compilation 1
2000 Best of Yes Compilation 2
2000 Yes, Friends and Relatives, Volume 2 Compilation 1
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
2013 Original Album Series 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

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1973 Yessongs Live 17
1980 Yesshows Live 4 9
1985 9012Live: The Solos Live 3
1990 They! Live 1
1996 Keys to Ascension Live 3 2

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