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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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  • Dark_Sabbath

    Close to the Edge ! <3

    24 Jan 6:59am Reply
  • Natanaelbp

    Great band.

    24 Jan 2:59am Reply
  • ettori_pf

    i love this band Owner of a Lonely Heart rules

    18 Jan 6:16am Reply
  • tipoftheiceberg

    Everything from the debut to 90125 is pretty fantastic, but i'm surprised as the lack of love for I've Seen All Good People. Such a beautiful song. Close to the Edge will always be their masterpiece though

    16 Jan 10:44am Reply
  • belphegoria

    Relayer gets better over time. I don't necessarily dislike their very recent output like Fly From Here and Heaven and Earth. But after Drama, they were never same. I mean, Closer To The Edge is just from another plane of existence.

    12 Jan 11:56am Reply
  • devlishtwo

    Quit listening to Owner of a Lonely Heart jerks. [9]

    10 Jan 10:40pm Reply
  • Wotsthedeal

    I like The Ladder and Magnification, but they're not in the same league as their 70s output.

    7 Jan 2:37am Reply
  • Flight123

    Yes, also sorry to say that Drama was the last decent Yes album. I last saw them live on the 'Union' tour but lost interest after then...such a shame.

    6 Jan 10:38am Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    Quit listening to Owner of a Lonely Heart jerks. [10] srsly.

    5 Jan 8:28pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    v Drama is excellent. I'd say it's the "last good" Yes album.

    5 Jan 8:28pm Reply
  • menswear2112

    Throw me rotten cabbage but Drama is a convincing album. There, it is said.

    3 Jan 6:46pm Reply
  • quickescapes

    Quit listening to Owner of a Lonely Heart jerks. [8]

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Wotsthedeal

    @niQboy: I love their debut. Looking Around is one of my favs there. Along with "Survival," "I See You" and "Beyond and Before"

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • unikalus

    yes or no?

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • niQboy

    Does anyone here but me like the track "Looking Around" from the debut album? I've never seen anyone mentioning it, but it's one of my favorites.

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Instrumedley

    apparently it is just me enjoying Heaven & Earth lol

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Good call. It's one of their best records. Then again, many of their albums get better with each additional listen!

    7 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Wotsthedeal

    Relayer keeps getting better and better after each listen.

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Musicaestuita

    Procurando parceiros para iniciar um blog sobre música, literatura, cinema... Artes em geral. Quem estiver interessado é só colar.

    27 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Assedor

    This deep and rich music envelops into the atmospheric state of mind and plunges in ambiguous concepts with enormous of interpretations.

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
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