Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection (3CD, Digi-Pak)

Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection (3CD, Digi-Pak)
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Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection (3CD, Digi-Pak)

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Emerging as one of the most ambitious groups of the fertile late 1960's British music scene that produced Led Zeppelin, Cream, and Pink Floyd, Yes have become a touchstone for more than a generation of artists. Q Magazine recently dubbed Yes "The long haired dads of Radiohead," and their sprawling, experimental legacy and fearless chancetaking has informed not only that band but a diverse range of artists from Dream Theater and The Mars Volta to Incubus and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. ULTIMATE YES now offers a concise and comprehensive summary of this orchestral and visionary band's remarkable artistry.

Three solid discs of indispensable Yes, including one full CD of previously unreleased material!

Comprehensive and career spanning 31 tracks from 1969-2003.

Previously unissued Disc 3 features newly recorded acoustic versions of "Roundabout" and "South Side Of The Sky." Plus brand new performances from Steve Howe and Chris Squire.

Guitarist Steve Howe contributes the solo piece "Australia," and "New World Symphony" shows off bassist Chris Squire's ambitious interpretation of the Dvorak classic.

Yes fans will be excited to find the Roger Dean artwork, Chris Welch essay, and deluxe packaging they have come to expect from Rhino's Yes reissues.

In its day, the British prog-rock band Yes's three-letter name was a four-letter word to many diehard rock & roll fans. In time, though, its musical hallmarks have become intrinsic to college radio, that arbiter of cool. Its epic instrumental suites foretold jam bands, and its rapturously twee vocals were echoed in later groups like the Flaming Lips and the Polyphonic Spree. Packed into this three-CD set are tracks dating from Yes's origin as a uniquely virtuosic folk-rock act, covering Simon & Garfunkel's "America" of all things, to its resurrection in the mid-1980s in the hands of producer Trevor Horn, who would later gain renown with Art of Noise and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. In between are its cornerstone hits, the suite-like "I've Seen All Good People," "Long Distance Runaround," and "Yours Is No Disgrace." Inevitably, the later work, from the early 1990s on, fails to match the joy and rawness of the earlier recordings (sounds amplified thanks to remastering), but there are some new treats, including a spirited acoustic rendition of the band's signature "Roundabout." --Marc Weidenbaum

Key Product Details

  • Artist: Yes
  • Genre: Rock - Classic