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Classic Yes

a Compilation/Boxed-Set release

Release Year: 1981

Date Label Catalog # Comments
1981 LP
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 5/11/2004 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 1/29/2011 4:28:00 AM by: Rob
  1. Heart of the Sunrise - 10:29
  2. Wonderous Stories - 3:45
  3. Yours Is No Disgrace - 9:40
  4. Starship Trooper: Life Seeker/Disillusion... - 9:24
  5. Long Distance Runaround - 3:30
  6. The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) - 2:38
  7. And You and I: Cordo of Life/Eclipse/The... - 10:04
  8. Roundabout - 7:55
  9. 've Seen All Good People: Your Move/All... - 7:28
Rick Wakeman
Jon Anderson
Bill Bruford
Steve Howe
Guitar, Vocals
Chris Squire
Bass, Vocals
Alan White
Tony Kaye

Reviewed by DBSilver on 15 May 2004

To pinpoint the classic Yes period we can start with the classic Yes line-up: Anderson, Wakeman, Bruford & Howe. The studio albums normally considered to fall into the range start with 1971's The Yes Album and ends with 1972's Relayer and Close to the Edge.

With one exception that is what is delivered in this absolutely correct Classic Yes compilation released in 1981. The only way this album could be better were if it had nearly all the tracks from these 3 albums but as it is, it is hard to argue with the tracks selected here. Sure some of the classics like Close to the Edge are missing but how could it be otherwise on a single disc release?

Not to take anything away from the classic line-up's performance on Tales From Topographic Oceans or the non-classic line-up from the absolutely classic yes ablum Relayer where Alan White replaced Bruford and Patrick Moraz replaced Wakemen - each of these albums having places at the top of the list for many long-time Yes fans, the framework of this compilation is about as good as a 'best of' assemebly as ever released.

On track, from 1977's Going For The One is also included. Wonderous Stories is the one track outside of this period that both includes the classic line-up and sounds as if it could have been released during the classic period. It is the weakest of these tracks in my own opinion and while certainly some other track could have been selected in its place, it does no harm to the mix with its presence. I should note too that on this track (and the entire Going For The One album), Alan White is the band's drummer.

Classic Yes is the disc I would recommend to those new to Yes and looking for a single album of their best works. For me and many Yes fans this complilation (or any compilation) is totally useless since no 40-something fan of this band would be caught without each Yes release from The Yes Album through Relayer. If for some reason a long-standing Yes fan were missing any of the classic era Yes albums - I would say "shame" and suggest investing in the 3 album (2 CD) live release Yessongs because more is better and these live versions are also excellent. Although Yessongs does not include the track Wonderous Stories it will not be missed as that set includes so many other important classic Yes tracks.

Reviewed by Eric on 15 May 2004

I have never cared for ‘Greatest Hits’ packages especially those related to progressive rock and this is a good example why I feel the way I do. Classic Yes is but a mere slice of what Yes were all about, choosing only the FM radio ready cuts that everyone knows and even in 1981 had heard ad nauseum sandwiched between Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Eagles, and in turn Classic Yes comes across as a ‘cash-in’ after the poor selling Drama from just a year earlier. The work Yes did in the 70’s deserves to be heard in it’s entirety, not just snippets here and there. Classic Yes is a rather pedestrian affair considering the magnitude of influence and creativity that was Yes. Spend some money and buy the original albums.

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