The Studio Albums 1969-1987 (12CD)
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The most successful and influential progressive rock band in the world, Yes will celebrate its prolific tenure at Atlantic Records with a new boxed set that contains all 12 of the studio albums they recorded with the label. Each one features the remastered sound and bonus tracks that originally appeared in 2003 and 2004, when Rhino s reissued the band s catalog.
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The only reason I give it 4 stars is because such a great compilation should have a booklet with liner notes. I don't have a real problem with the packaging as some of the reviewers do, I will admit that some of the covers are too big for the CDs and make it easy for them to fall out.
That said, This is probably Too much for the casual Yes fan, but this is pretty much everything musically that a hard core Yes fan could want, you definitely get your moneys worth.
The other frustration is that all the YES bonus tracks are listed ONLY on the discs themselves. The sleeves, since they represent the original albums, lack the bonus information. None of the albums have individual booklets.
One Word about this set: FRAGILE. (I plan to return mine).
However, the presentation is badly flawed. Each album nicely recreates the original, but since lyrics and even song listings had appeared on inserts, and these are missing, many of these albums have absolutely no supporting material. You can't determine what songs were on the original albums, you can't figure out what the bonus tracks are, there are no lyrics, and often even personnel information is gone. This was a cheap and hastily done project.
It can't ruin the music though!
Perhaps (yeah, likely) Rhino can create a website with all the supporting material so at least it will "be there".
Now for the good news, try finding this collection for this price anywhere else. If you're a casual or up-start YES fan like I am then this set is a decent place to start. You get the bands entire studio collection (not the live stuff) from 1969-1987.
I imagine someone who has invested their time listening to this music for 30 plus years would want more extras for their money (I get that). However, as a guy who has been into prog for awhile but never found YES it was a solid purchase for me. Plus, if they added the booklet and invested more in the packaging this set could reach 100 dollars. Is it possible they were targeting casual listeners and sided on affordability?
For what it's worth I like the following albums the most: close to the edge, relayer, the yes album, and fragile.
The album that didn't speak to me: Big Generator
Jury is still out on: Tales from the topographic oceans. Does this album require 10-12 listens before you start to get it? I'm willing to invest the time if that time will be rewarded later (happened with other prog albums). Only exceptionally talented musicians can release memorably bad albums. Is this one of those albums, or do I need to give it more time?
6 of the CDs had read errors that slowed down the rip process to a crawl. Three of the CDs had unrecoverable errors with corrupted tracks.