Wed July 10th, 2002
Wed June 14th, 2000
Wed October 13th, 1999
Wed March 10th, 1999
Mon April 18th, 1994
Wed September 25th, 1991
Mon May 13th, 1991
Mon April 15th, 1991
Mon October 19th, 1987
Mon November 25th, 1985
Mon April 9th, 1984
Mon September 28th, 1981
Talk (2002)
Yestoday (2002)
Extended Versions (2002)
Keystudio (2002)
In a Word: Yes (1969-) (2002)
Magnification (2001)
Jon Anderson (1968-Present), vocals/percussion
Chris Squire (1968-Present), bass/vocals
Steve Howe (1971-Present), guitar/vocals
Rick Wakeman (1971-Present), keyboards
Alan White (1972-Present), drums
Over the years Yes has been through a bevy of personnel changes, some more fractious than others. In 1980, Trevor Horn and Geoffrey Downes joined Yes after producing the band's Tormato album. Previously, they were members of the whimsical British pop outfit the Buggles, who were responsible for the hit single that yielded the first video ever aired on MTV, "Video Killed the Radio Star".
Yes wasn’t the first rock group to mix art concepts and music — the Beatles, Pink Floyd and the Who beat them to the punch — but it was one of the first bands to unabashedly make progressive rock its calling card. Melding elements of classical, jazz and rock into an opulent tapestry of sound, Yes would become an institution, appealing to a multi-generational fan base for over three decades and unintentionally contributing to the rise of punk rock, which was a virulent reaction against the very aesthetic values that Yes’s music embodied.

The concept of Yes first stirred in the minds of co-founders Jon Anderson and Chris Squire in 1968, and the original line-up (singer Anderson, bassist Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, drummer Bill Bruford and keyboardist Tony Kaye) came together later that year, in time to land an opening slot on Cream’s London farewell concert. The group’s self-titled debut album was released the following year, and the band made it through a second full-length (1970’s Time And a Word) before the first of many personnel changes transpired with Banks’s resignation.

Over the years everyone in the band except Squire would quit, some several times. The interpersonal conflicts would eventually evolve into a legal battle between rival Yeses, each claiming exclusive rights to use the name. By 1991, however, both factions had grown weary of the conflict and reconciled. The collective Yes recorded Union and embarked on a world tour with an eight-man line-up.

But conflict never impaired Yes’s ability to create music, the group’s triumphs over the years ranged from the art-intensive to the ultra-populist. Critics made no attempt to conceal their disdain for the excesses of Tales From Topographic Oceans, a double record containing four tracks, each one album-side long, while aspiring guitarists everywhere embraced the vibrant acoustic introduction to “Roundabout,” still a rock radio staple decades after its release.

The goodwill that led to Yes’s 1991 reunion was not an enduring peace, however, and in 1993 Bruford and Howe left, though Howe returned to the fold a few years later. By the time Rhino Records issued the deluxe box set In a Word: Yes (1969-) in 2002, the line-up had reverted to Anderson, Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Rick Wakeman and drummer Alan White.
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