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Yesterdays [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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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 (September 20, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1975
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: East/West Records
  • ASIN: B000002J22
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. America
2. Looking Around
3. Time And A Word
4. Sweet Dreams
5. Then
6. Survival
7. Astral Traveller
8. Dear Father

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine introduction to early Yes March 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Before they became the world's biggest progressive rock band, Yes released two albums that flew under popular music's radar, "Yes" (1969) and "Time and a Word" (1970). After reeling off 5 consecutive top ten records from 1972-1974, Yes took a 3-year break from recording; to fill the gap they released "Yesterdays," a compilation of highlights from the first two records with some extras thrown in. Most of the tracks feature the original lineup (Anderson/Bruford/Kaye/Squire/Banks), with only the Simon & Garfunkel cover 'America' featuring guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Rick Wakeman.
It's a somewhat uneven compilation, with only two songs from their debut album and four from "Time And a Word." "America" and 'Dear Father' (a B-side from the "Time and a Word" sessions) complete the set. While the 10-minute "America" is the standout track, other highlights include the mini-epic "Survival," the groovy "Looking Around," the ballad "Time and a Word" and the dynamic "Then." Yes' early work exhibits influences from the Beatles and other mod/British invasion bands, as well as American folk/rock artists like Simon & Garfunkel, Richie Havens, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Most of the "Time And a Word" songs feature an orchestra, which adds a touch of grandeur to the band's sound and signals the symphonic development of their music.
Original members Tony Kaye (organ) and Peter Banks (guitar) acquit themselves nicely. In particular, Kaye's organ work is stellar. It's a shame he couldn't make the transition to synthesizer that Yes' ambitions required.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LOOKING AROUND at YESTERDAYS... March 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This was Yes' very first compilation album, released in between RELAYER and GOING FOR THE ONE while Yes were on tour. But rather that a best of, it's a collection of material from mostly the first two albums, which were somewhat ignored in America and were released before Yes started to make it big with their third album, THE YES ALBUM. I suppose the reason for releasing this album was to tie up a few loose ends tracks like 'America' with some forgotten early material to round everything up for fans.

To appreciate this album better, you could try to imagine this was 1975 and this album new and then compare it to the current album(RELAYER) and judge for yourself how it holds up to the current line-up(Anderson/Squire/Howe/White/Patrick Moraz). This music is mostly early Yessongs. On most of it, you won't hear Howe's country licks, Wakeman's spacey synths or Trevor Rabin's squealy AOR rock stylings. You will hear Bill Bruford's jazzy drumming, Peter Banks' eclectic, almost Pete Townshendish guitar and Tony Kaye's swirling and gritty R&B-laced hammond organ. It holds up well to what came later, just Yes in a different mode. There are a few features that make the 1969-70 material different to what happened next, one being no synthesizers yet. The music is organ-driven. The other is shorter tracks. The average length of an early Yessong is 2-6 minutes. They hadn't gotten to epics yet. With that in mind, the same multi-sectioned instrumentation apply, as well as the classic Yes vocal harmonies. It holds up well. The trax:

AMERICA - worth the price of the disc alone, and the only one here to feature the FRAGILE/CLOSE TO THE EDGE line-up.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blew Me Away February 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I am surprised there are so many negative reviews for this CD, but then again they appear to be written by dedicated fans of this group, whereas I am a newbie to the Yes sound.

Before hearing this CD, my knowledge of Yes included their hit song Owner Of A Lonely Heart, which in my opinion is a less than good song. So when I opened up the packaging to this to find that the first song, America, is a cover of the Simon and Garfunkel tune, I was a little prejudiced and put the CD on expecting a complete butchering of the song.

Very shortly thereafter, my jaw was on the floor. Not only was I listening to amazing musicianship, but the folk-sounding song I knew and loved by Paul Simon had been given new life--a much jazzier and funkier one.

The rest of the songs on here held up the same level of musicianship and I finished listening to the CD without one negative thought.

Perhaps as I hear more and more of this band (as I intend to) I will begin to understand where this recording may be lacking, but as an introduction to the music of Yes, I would have to say this CD is a very worthwhile compilation.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not essential. November 11, 1999
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The nearly eleven minutes of Yes' cover of Paul Simon's America make this disc worth purchasing. This cut presents the classic Yes line-up with Anderson, Bruford, Howe, Squire and Wakeman. It is just an outstanding gem and this is by far Yes' best version of this tune. The rest of the material is taken from their first two albums with original guitarist Peter Banks and keyboardist Tony Kaye. Where Kaye performs admirably, Banks' playing is not up to the task. The compositions are not up to the standard of their other 70's work as they are often underdeveloped and lyrically unsophisticated. Still the interplay between Bruford, Squire and Kaye is impressive even then. Collect The Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales of Topographic Oceans, Relayer and Going for the One before opting for this one...Simon
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5.0 out of 5 stars yes fan
I enjoyed there albums for years. this is a good one to get if you like there hits and albums.
Published 3 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent collection in the days of vinyl
The album was first released in early 1975 and is a collection of songs from the first two albums, a single b side and a cover that appeared on an Atlantic Records sampler. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Grateful Jerry
4.0 out of 5 stars A stepping-stone to the real thing
I enjoy reading all the reviews of this release. I think the thing to keep in mind is the songs on this release represent a sort of an evolution. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Eric Hamacher
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!!!!!!
This compilation has one of the finest covers I've EVER heard.....Simon's "America" was recorded as Yes' contribution to Atlantic Records issue "Age of Atlantic" in... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gary D. Kaylor
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice sampler of early Yes
I originally had this 1975 compilation on vinyl and as I recall, liked it solely for the extended prog rock rave up of the Paul Simon tune America - this was recorded with the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jeffrey J.Park
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
Yesterdays is another classic by Yes.
Gorgeous! Absolutelt one of the best Yes albums and one of the best progressive rock albums ever released. Read more
Published on July 1, 2011 by Luminator
2.0 out of 5 stars Yes Are A Great Band, But This Is Not Them At Their Best.
Yesterdays brings together songs from Yes, their self titled debut and 2nd album Time And A Word, plus a 10 minute version of Paul Simon's America. Read more
Published on June 4, 2011 by J. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Yes
Yes's cover of Paul Simon's America is, in my opinion, perhaps the best re-make of an original ever made. Read more
Published on June 12, 2010 by Shannon P. Hickman
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor choices
This is supposed to be a compilation of the pre-Yes Album Yes, and as such, it's not very consistent. Read more
Published on December 23, 2008 by P. Schlingemann
4.0 out of 5 stars Bumper release
This was released shortly after "Relayer" in early 1975. This is mainly tracks by the original lineup, with the exception of the Simon & Garfunkel cover "America" from 1971,... Read more
Published on October 21, 2008 by John Sposato
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