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London, United Kingdom (1968 – 1981, 1983 – present)

Yes is a British band which formed in London, United Kingdom in 1968. They are best known for 1970’s “I’ve Seen All Good People”, the 1972 9-minute US Top 20 smash “Roundabout” and their 1983 #1 hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart”. Despite many lineup changes, occasional splits and the influence of the many changes in popular music, the band has endured for 40 years and still retains a strong international following. Their music is marked by sharp dynamic contrasts, lush harmonies, often extended song lengths and a general showcasing of members’ instrumental prowess. Arguably one of the most musically ambitious bands of their genre, Yes manages to use symphonic and other so-called “classical” structures with their own blend of musical styles - including some innovations - in a happy constructive “marriage” of music.

The original line-up consisted of Jon Anderson (vocals), Chris Squire (bass, vocals), Peter Banks (guitar, vocals), Tony Kaye (keyboards), and Bill Bruford (drums). Personnel changes brought musicians Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman into the group in 1970 and 1971 respectively. Steve Howe appears on the cover of Time and a Word, even though soon-to-be-ousted Pete Banks is the guitarist on the album. Alan White then replaced Bill Bruford in 1972. These changes had arguably the biggest influence on their music and subsequent success. The early 1970’s saw Yes as one of the few influential mainstream progressive acts.

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  • mathiha

    RIP Chris

    27 Jul 7:22am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    @CelsoBonutti I was shocked how good it is. Plus, the setlist comprises all of Close to the Edge and Fragile, which is excellent. And on a sadder note, it's the last Yes show featuring Chris Squire to have been recorded professionally.

    26 Jul 4:52pm Reply
  • CelsoBonutti

    new live album (live at the mesa arts center) is really great. Jon is as good as Jon. *ba dum tss*

    24 Jul 9:58pm Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    Very impressed with what I've listened to of Progeny thus far (I've already listened to the Maple Leaf Gardens set and just started the Ottawa set). I'm honestly amazed some of these versions weren't released in place of the versions on Yessongs; the performances are just as good, and the sound quality is significantly better. I'm not sure if this is just due to expert remastering or because the recordings were better to begin with.

    24 Jul 12:53pm Reply
  • kikyoumarss

    RIP CHRIS X.X

    24 Jul 4:03am Reply
  • kaihesse

    Thank you Mr. Chris Squire

    21 Jul 6:35pm Reply
  • Panzerfaust

    RIP Chris Squire. You were an amazing bassist.

    21 Jul 2:16pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Trying to break up the feeling of sadness around here: What does everybody think of the Progeny set? I haven't listened to all of it yet, but from what I have heard I think it's safe to say the band was on fire as a touring act at the time. It's a bit of a shame that Bill Bruford didn't play any of the Close to the Edge material live since his drumming was such a vital part of what made that record the masterpiece it is, but Alan White acquits himself remarkably well on such complex material that he had so little time to learn. So far my favorite of the four shows I've heard from the set is Ottawa.

    18 Jul 1:33am Reply
  • Echlackowalex

    No one can replace Chris:(

    9 Jul 8:56pm Reply
  • opethdude

    RIP Chris! :(

    9 Jul 4:13pm Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    Only just heard the news. Day ruined. Chris was one of the greatest bass players of all time, if not the greatest.

    6 Jul 6:52pm Reply
  • uriah_stsch

    rip chris squire

    5 Jul 12:00pm Reply
  • MotionJD

    To be an ever open flower…no explanations need to work it out. Thank you Mr Christopher Squire….Onward through the night our Astral Traveller extraordinaire!

    4 Jul 10:54am Reply
  • GuitarEffects

    RIP Chris Squire! One great man

    4 Jul 10:07am Reply
  • LucasLinoMota

    RIP Chris Squire :(

    4 Jul 6:04am Reply
  • TheYoungDon

    RIP CHRIS SQUIRE

    3 Jul 8:32am Reply
  • mgpixlab

    Gutted. Very sad news.

    3 Jul 12:55am Reply
  • stasson

    R.I.P. Mr. Squire, thank you for the great music. The real Yesstory is over, I'm afraid(((.

    2 Jul 8:14pm Reply
  • zunari

    RIP Chris!!

    2 Jul 11:52am Reply
  • RomanyDagger

    RIP

    2 Jul 8:53am Reply
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