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Still very much a going concern, the London-formed Yes are foremost architects of progressive and art rock, often with a symphonic twist. Renowned for their increasingly elaborate albums – the ambitious double, Tales From Topographic Oceans, being the icing on the cake – their music delighted fans and polarised critical opinion, with some feeling the group helped usher in the antidote styling of punk rock. But for musical accomplishments, Yes albums are hard to fault. The virtuosity of vocalist Jon Anderson, guitarists Peter Baker and then Steve Howe, and the classically-trained keyboardists in their ranks – Rick Wakeman being the most famous – enabled the group to realise many flights of fancy, while their early albums provided great songwriting that translated into charismatic stagecraft. Key 70s outings such as The Yes Album and Fragile gave us the classics ‘Yours Is No Disgrace’, ‘I’ve Seen All Good People’ and ‘Roundabout’, while their version of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘America’, included on the intriguing 1972 sampler The New Age Of Atlantic, further widened the group’s appeal. Though fans can discuss the merits of subsequent line-ups, personnel changes didn’t always dilute the Yes sound. The arrival of Buggles’ Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes on Drama gave them a new wave cachet that culminated in the hit single ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’ – their only No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. And in acknowledgement of the group’s varied career, in 2017 they were belatedly inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush.
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The Yes Album

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Fragile

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Close to the Edge

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Yessongs

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90125

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