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AelianAnderson-Bruford-Wakeman-HoweBig PictureCherry FiveChris SquireDruidEsquireExodusGrandbellJon AndersonRick WakemanStarcastleWelcomeWobblerYou & I ♦  

When a band has been around as long as Yes, and with the line-up changes that results, there tends to be different styles and periods.  The core of the band is considered to come from the 'classic period' and contains Jon Anderson (lead vocals), Chris Squire (bass), Steve Howe (guitar), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and Bill Bruford (drums).  These performers will depart and reappear as band members at various times after the classic period passed.

Each of the musicians listed here have extensive recordings as soloists and as members of other bands. You can explore this by visiting the individual artist pages on Proggnosis.

  • Early Yes - from 1969 through 1971's The Yes Album. A Yes sound is being defined and there are some songs that are part of the classic era, but no album as a whole falls into the classic period. Thi sis basically a pre-Wakeman/Howe Yes. Original members during this period included Tony Kaye and Peter Banks.
     
  • Classic Yes - from 1972 Fragile through 1975's Relayer. The most beloved Yes albums are from this period - Fragile and Close to the Edge. Relayer closes this period and did not feature Bruford and Wakeman but instead had new drummer Alan White and keyboardist Patrick Moraz. Though this is not the classic line-up, Relayer's overall sound and construction makes it serve as an end-cap top this musical period.  Following Relayer, the Yes sound was in flux - with songs that harkened back to the classic period and others that were transistional towards the defining Yes sound of the 80's.
     
  • 80's Yes - 90125 is often considered the pinnacle of this period and sound. The music remained symphonic in many ways, but also with contemporary and commercial sensibilities. Trevor Rabin and Trevor Horn (Buggles) would become members and play a key role in defining the band's new sound.  With varying degress of success, Yes delivered albums in the 80's and 90's that bounced between the old styles and contemporary rock styles. Also the band started showing different mixes of Yes members but under new names such as Anderson-Bruford-Wakeman-Howe.
     
  • New Millenium Yes - At the end of the 90's it seems that Yes has found another direction - new music grown from their earlier styles but both updated and consistent. The Ladder may mark the beginning of this latest period and 2001's Magnification clearly falls in this category.
     
  • Geriatric-Yes this period is post-post millenium and here we have the band touring heavilly in mixed compositions and little original music. Until his death, every band calling itself Yes includedc Chris Squire, in the line-up. Squire wished the band to continue on and that is the cause for the continuation of the band in this format where the band mostly revisits old material.

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