2 CDs of career-spanning classics, plus an entire CD of unreleased material-Yes, indeed! Includes Roundabout; Yours Is No Disgrace; I've Seen All Good People; And You and I; America (single edit); Siberian Khatru; Going for the One; Owner of a Lonely Heart; Leave It; It Can Happen (single edit); Lift Me Up; Starship Trooper , and 14 more. And the bonus CD includes unreleased acoustic takes of Roundabout and South Side of the Sky , plus unreleased tracks like Show Me and Chris Squire's interpretation of Dvorak's New World Symphony !
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