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In a Word: Yes (1969 - ) [Box set]

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Yes are an English rock band who achieved worldwide success with their progressive, art, and symphonic style of rock music. Regarded as one of the pioneers of the progressive genre, Yes are known for their lengthy songs, mystical lyrics, elaborate album art, and live stage sets. No fewer than 18 musicians have been a part of the band's line-up, with its current form comprising singer Jon ... Read more in Amazon's Yes Store

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  • Audio CD (July 30, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000069RIK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,463 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Every Little Thing
2. Sweetness
3. Survival
4. Then
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Roundabout
2. South Side Of The Sky
3. Heart Of The Sunrise
4. America
See all 6 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Siberian Khatru
2. Long Distance Runaround
3. The Gates Of Delirium
4. To Be Over
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Tango
2. Never Done Before
3. Crossfire
4. Machine Messiah
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Lift Me Up
2. The Calling
3. I Am Waiting
4. Mind Drive
See all 10 tracks on this disc

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The most comprehensive Yes collection ever assembled. 55 tracks on 5 CDs including 'Roundabout', 'Long Distance Runaround', 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart', 'Love Will Find A Way' plus 6 previously unreleased tracks! Features impeccable new mastering, rare phot

Like the prog-rock movement that spawned them, the band name Yes was only supposed to be temporary. But Yes have long outlived prog, spanning five decades, some 14 members, and, at one point, essentially two separate outfits on opposite sides of the Atlantic. This five-disc box set chronicles the musical high points of one of the most successful, if unlikely, careers in all of rock. While contemporaries like ELP and King Crimson often distilled their jazz, classical, or avant-garde influences into potent, often jagged sonic shards, Yes thrived by infusing influences as diverse as Stravinsky, Lennon and McCartney, traditional jazz, the Fifth Dimension, and Paul Simon with their own restless, endlessly ambitious musicianship, then letting them simmer into musical landscapes often as vast as they were lyrically impenetrable. All the band's early staples are here ("Yours Is No Disgrace," "Starship Trooper," "I've Seen All Good People," "Roundabout") along with intact swatches of the epics Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans and Relayer. But the later chapters are equally rewarding: the improbable 1980 replacement of departed Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman by the Buggles' Trevor Horn and Geoff Downs on Drama; the return of Anderson (with Horn and and new guitarist Trevor Rabin sharing producer's duties) for the surprising, megaplatinum success of 90125 and its chart-topping "Owner of a Lonely Heart"; rewarding, diverse '90s outings like Talk and The Ladder. It's a compelling musical vision that's almost utopian, sprinkled with a half-dozen previously unreleased tracks and the epic 1972 reworking of Paul Simon's "America." Chris Welch and Bill Martin's comprehensive and insightful notes are introduced by film director and longtime Yes fan Cameron Crowe, who reminisces about his early days writing about the band. –Jerry McCulley

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For The Most Part, I'm Happy With It August 2, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The first reason for buying a box set is to have a collection of music from your favorite band, all in one place. From this particular box set, I was expecting to get a well thought-out, chronologically ordered collection of my favorite Yes songs from 1969 up to the present. In that respect, it really delivers. I have to say that I am a bit dissapointed in the exclusion of such masterpieces as "And You And I" and "Awaken". But this is MORE than made up for by including ABWH and Keys To Ascension material. A sampling from literally every Yes line-up is included. We get Anderson, Squire, Banks, Kaye, Bruford, Howe, Wakeman, Moraz, Horn, Downes, Rabin, Sherwood, Khoroshev, and even Groupe. How can we complain about that?
The second reason for buying a box set like this is to have a great colorful book on the band. In this respect, this collection really delivers as well. The book is authored, in two distinctly separate sections, by two classic Yes authors. The first section is by Chris Welch who is famous for his excellent Yes biography entitled "Close To The Edge". The second section is authored by Bill Martin who is known for his philosophical analysis of Yes music entitled "Music of Yes: Structure and Vision in Progressive Rock". Both authors do an excellent job with the text, providing two very different perspectives - one which is more biographical, and the other which is more analytical. The book summarizes the history of the band and includes a very nice discography of the albums from which the box set songs were taken. We also get an excellent introduction from Cameron Crowe who references his film "Almost Famous" and tempts us into watching for the scene which was based on his experiences with Yes.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In A Word Great Introduction To New Fans August 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Yes formed in the late sixties, became one of the most important practitioners of progressive or art rock. While the band at times has been both acclaimed and disparaged. They have however, continued to produce albums and stick to their musical ideals. This set is a 5 disk set with 5 unissued tracks and an alternate take. It also contains the full length version on their 1972 cover of Paul Simon's "America". The set features material from 1969-2002. This set is meant as more of an introduction to casual Yes fans. It provides remastered versions of some of their best songs. This is especially helpful to those upgrading from lp and who can not afford to convert every lp to cd. The "classic" line up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Bill Bruford/Alan White is well represented. Classic cuts include "Starship Trooper", "I've Seen All Good People", "Roundabout", "Long Distance Runaround", "Close To The Edge" and "Wonderous Stories". The set also includes more commercial material like "Owner Of A Lonely Heart", "Hold On", "Leave It" and "The Calling" from later editions of the band. In addition it contains forgotten favorites like "Sweet Dreams", "Time And A Word", "Perpetual Change", "South Side Of The Sky", "Siberian Khatru" and "Don't Kill The Whale". The music has an ethereal quality due to Jon Anderson's vocals and the mixture of acoustic and electric guitars from Steve Howe while keyboardists Wakeman, Kaye and Moraz provide interesting textures. Along with Emerson Lake and Palmer the use of keyboards by Yes became somewhat standard among progressive bands. Chris Squire was the bass hero of many a player while the complex time changes never seem to bother Bill Bruford and Alan White. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Less Than Successful Box Set August 2, 2002
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I suppose there's two obvious ways to put together a box set for a band with a catalog as large as Yes has. One way would be to strictly include the most popular/successful songs from each of their albums in order to please casual fans of the group. The second way might be to rely heavily on unreleased and rare live material in order to please the diehard fans. Of course, you can also try to do both. And that's what it appears this boxset tried to do, but it kind of shoots itself in the foot.
The choices of material from the studio albums is for the most part excellent. The first Yes boxset, _YesYears_ left off some pivotal Yes moments such as "South Side of the Sky", "The Gates of Delirium", "To Be Over", and "Turn of the Century," which are all included here. In addition, a lot of Yes music has been released since 1991 and Disc Five is dedicated to these years. Disc Five reminds people that Yes still were making good music in the 90s like "The Calling", "I Am Waiting", and "Homeworld."
The sound quality on the studio material is excellent; the unreleased tracks are another story. For the most part, they are pretty underwhelming, with only "Richard" (taken from the _Tormato_ sessions) seeming like it could've realistically appeared on a Yes album. "Tango" and "Never Done Before" are taken from the 1979 Paris sessions before Anderson and Wakeman left and it's a good thing for everyone involved that they did as these songs are not a good representation of what each musician was capable of. "Crossfire" is a short little instrumental piece that is nothing special.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 1969-2001 (it should've been 7 discs)
In a Word: Yes (1969-) was first released in July 2002 (remastered in 2008) by Warner Bros./Rhino and includes stuff up to 2001's Magnification. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Grateful Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes
Great compilation of one of the most underrated bands of all time. This is definitely a complete collection of Yes tunes.
Published 6 months ago by Jay Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars yes fan
i enjoy demos and rare stuff from bands and this one is a great one to get if you like that type of stuff.
Published 17 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Meditational music
The combination and weaving of eastern and sixties genre have evolved yes as it has continued to evolve in positive and thought provoking ways. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Wendell H. Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent retrospective of Yes from 1968 through 2001...
As a casual Yes fan looking for a boxed set to provide a solid overview of the band's studio recordings, I selected the five CD set In A Word (2002), and was not disappointed. Read more
Published 22 months ago by trebe
5.0 out of 5 stars A skillfully edited History of Yes.
Yes / Yes in a Word (5 CD set): Yes made a lot of albums. They made a few Classic albums and they made a LOT of filler. Read more
Published on January 3, 2012 by J. Bynum
3.0 out of 5 stars More is less...Ultimately inferior to the previous YesYears 4CD box it...
About ten years after the release of YesYears, Rhino attempted to replace that 4CD career retrospective box with this 5CD set. Read more
Published on October 18, 2011 by David Pearlman
5.0 out of 5 stars a great overview of yes music
a real nicely presented box set 5 disc cover 50 years of music my opion yes is the band that started the progressive sound the mix classical and jazz with rock and r and... Read more
Published on February 23, 2011 by Mr. Vincent Palmieri
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Yes
My alltime favorite band has made a lot of music since 1968.
Got a good deal on this and it is now out of print so I am keeping this unopened since I have 99% of this music... Read more
Published on July 22, 2010 by Richard Schulz
3.0 out of 5 stars What's Next?
I was mostly disappointed by the missing single version of "I'm Alive" which was issued for the most part on single cassette tape format. Read more
Published on December 20, 2009 by Occam's Razor
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