The Studio Albums 1969-1987 (12CD)
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.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.2 x 5.24 x 3.31 inches; 1.34 Pounds
- Manufacturer : Rhino
- Date First Available : October 23, 2013
- Label : Rhino
- ASIN : B00FAQW2RS
- Number of discs : 12
- Best Sellers Rank: #75,250 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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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.
All the CDs contain bonus tracks, the same ones from the Rhino/Elektra remasters. There are no sleeve notes, and all CDs are presented in mini-LP style cardboard sleeves.This set is a good cheap way to get these first dozen classic Yes albums.
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".
Top reviews from other countries
TIME AND A WORD
THE YES ALBUM
CLOSER TO THE EDGE
TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS
GOING FOR THE ONE
In this review I want to add detail and confirmation to the one main complaint that folks have about the abysmal packaging for a set that should warrant a LOT more care. Indeed, as I've tried to show in my attached and annotated photos, the packaging is so poor that you could easily end up damaging your CDs. The card cases do nothing to actually hold the CDs securely and if you are careless or just a little too quick, you can find yourself trying to juggle or catch the discs which come tumbling out. BE ESPECIALLY WARY WHEN YOU FIRST OPEN THE BOX WHICH CONTAINS THE CASES as this is when you and the discs are most at risk.
I've chosen to deduct just one star rather than 2 because a 3-star award would be an unfair penalty on what is a glorious archive of music. BUT, the appalling lack of care given to packaging and the total lack of any accompanying information or booklet is truly unforgivable. It detracts from the whole product.
I CAN, HOWEVER, OFFER A SOLUTION for the problem of slippage which I've illustrated in a 4th photograph.
I bought a pack of paper envelopes designed for CDs. These measured 126mm x 126mm. Other envelopes I found were slightly larger, but the 126x126 size is just right. That fact is critical.
Brand New. Compucessory CD Sleeve Envelopes Paper with Window W126xH126mm White Ref 442439 [Pack 50 ]
There are two ways to use them ... with some of the card cases, you can simply place the CD into the envelope and then fold the flap back TIGHT against the rim of the CD. For other covers, you will need to trim off about 2mm from the flapped side. BUT - whichever method proves necessary, the CDs will then fit inside the case and be much less likely to tumble out. Even if they do, they're still protected inside the envelope.
If you don't fancy that idea, another option would be to buy a set of spare CD cases. If I had gone for that solution, I would have bought a set of thin 'crystal' cases. Admittedly this would then give you a set of empty card cases but at least the discs would be safe and secure. When I buy cases like this for my own use for backup CDs and DVDs I use cases which are made by Verbatim as I find them to be of good quality:
Verbatim CD/DVD Slim Case, Assorted Colours, 25 /Pack by Dragon Trading®
However, for me, the paper envelope solution has been perfect. I now have the CDs stored safely inside the card cases. It's just that this sort of hunt for a solution shouldn't have ever been necessary if care and thought had been applied in the first place.
So ... great music but grim packaging.
Check out the photos to see what I've tried to describe, especially the one which illustrates my use of the paper envelopes. I hope this helps you.
However, if you have one or two yYes albums, this a great way of expanding your collection. It contains some great prog rock, the albums from the arly 70's are the best but most albums are worth a listen and contain good stuff.
So all in all a good value set, but the packaging could have been better, the cardboard sleeves feel a bit cheap and will get damaged easily, and lack of sleeve notes or full tracklisting is just poor.
If you are buying a box set of YES albums it is likely you already know and love the band and so there is little I can say which is necessary when preaching to the converted. Though if you are relatively new to them, then you are in for a treat, as they are one of the founding fathers of Progressive Rock (along with the great, King Crimson. YES drummer Bill Bruford joined King Crimson after leaving YES in 1972 after the recording of, Close To The Edge. He didn't do the CTTE tour, Alan White then joined YES for the 1972 tour. Bill Bruford later rejoined Anderson, Wakeman & Howe for a spell in the late 1980's, and toured with ABWH with Tony Levin of King Crimson on Bass and Stick. This was the first time Bill Bruford got to play Close To The Edge live and the live recordings of that tour are well worth a listen... Of Course Bruford went back to King Crimson in the 1990s this was as well as heading his own bands and solo projects during his time with Yes & KC)
But I digress...
I like the idea of the card mini album replicas for the CD covers and labels (much nicer than all that plastic dual case), but it would have been nicer if they did the inner sleeves from the original vinyl albums as well plus a booklet. It is like they have only gone half way in reproducing the replica LP covers. I still have all the original vinyl albums (except Drama), plus many of the albums on cd already, but bought the box set because these are the remixed versions with all the extra bonus tracks. And it was in the Prime Sale Deal for £29.99 making it incredibly hard to resist (Plus the box sits nicely along side the, '7 Shows From 1972' live box set. Which again needed the cds to be put into plastic/paper inner sleeves!) I always put cds that come in card covers into plastic sleeves and put them into the card cover if possible (plastic sleeves trimmed down if necessary) this helps to protect the CD from getting scratched.
A nice booklet in the box and a full track list for each studio album would have been welcome, as the track listing on each cd cover is only the track list of the original album release and doesn't include the bonus tracks.
All in All, for the price this is a very good box set and worth the £42 asking price, though watch for Amazon Prime Deals, as bargains come up which are worth jumping on.
For those who have bought or are buying the box set, it is worth printing out the below track list and placing it in the Box Set (this is re-ordered list from the above product description on Amazon)
01. Beyond and Before
02. I See You
03. Yesterday and Today
04. Looking Around
05. Harold Land
06. Every Little Thing
09. Everydays (Single Version)
10. Dear Father (Early Version #2)
11. Something's Coming
12. Everydays (Early Version)
13. Dear Father (Early Version #1)
14. Something's Coming (Early Version)
Time And A Word
01. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed
04. Sweet Dreams
05. The Prophet
06. Clear Days
07. Astral Traveller
08. Time and a Word
09. Dear Father
10. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed (Original Mix)
11. Sweet Dreams (Original Mix)
12. The Prophet (Single Version)
The Yes Album
01. Yours Is No Disgrace
03. Starship Trooper
04. I've Seen All Good People
05. A Venture
06. Perpetual Change
07. Your Move (Single Version)
08. Starship Trooper: Life Seeker (Single Version)
09. Clap (Studio Version)
02. Cans and Brahms
03. We Have Heaven
04. South Side of the Sky
05. Five Per Cent for Nothing
06. Long Distance Runaround
07. The Fish
08. Mood for a Day
09. Heart of the Sunrise
11. Roundabout (Early Rough Mix)
Close To The Edge
01. Close to the Edge
02. And You and I
03. Siberian Khatru
04. America (Single Version)
05. Total Mass Retain (Single Version)
06. And You and I (Alternative Version)
07. Siberia (Studio Run-through of Siberian Khatru)
Tales From Topographic Oceans
01. The Revealing Science of God
02. The Remembering
03. The Ancient
05. Dance of the Dawn (Studio Run-through)
06. Giants Under the Sun (Studio Run-through)
01. The Gates of Delirium
02. Sound Chaser
03. To Be Over
04. Soon (Single Edit)
05. Sound Chaser (Single Edit)
06. The Gates of Delirium (Studio Run-through)
Going For The One
01. Going for the One
02. Turn of the Century
04. Wonderous Stories
06. Montreux's Theme
07. Vevey (Revisited)
08. Amazing Grace
09. Going for the One (Rehearsal)
10. Parallels (Rehearsal)
11. Turn of the Century (Rehearsal)
12. Eastern Numbers (Early Version of Awaken)
01. Future Times/Rejoice
02. Don't Kill the Whale
04. Release, Release
05. Arriving UFO
06. Circus of Heaven
08. On the Silent Wings of Freedom
12. Some Are Born
13. You Can Be Saved
17. Everybody's Song (Early Demo of Does It Really Happen)
01. Machine Messiah
02. White Car
03. Does It Really Happen?
04. Into the Lens
05. Run Through the Light
06. Tempus Fugit
07. Into the Lens (I Am a Camera) (Single Version)
08. Run Through the Light (Single Version)
09. Have We Really Got to Go Through This
10. Song No. 4 (Satellite)
11. Tempus Fugit (Tracking Session)
12. White Car (Tracking Session)
13. Dancing Through the Light
14. Golden Age
15. In the Tower
16. Friend of a Friend
01. Owner of a Lonely Heart
02. Hold On
03. It Can Happen
06. Leave It
07. Our Song
08. City of Love
10. Leave It (Single Remix)
11. Make It Easy
12. It Can Happen (Cinema Version)
13. It's Over
14. Owner of a Lonely Heart (Extended Remix)
15. Leave It (Acapella Version)
01. Rhythm of Love
02. Big Generator
03. Shoot High, Aim Low
04. Almost Like Love
05. Love Will Find a Way
06. Final Eyes
07. I'm Running
08. Holy Lamb (Song for Harmonic Convergence)
09. Love Will Find a Way (Edited Version)
10. Love Will Find a Way (Extended Version)
11. Rhythm of Love (Dance to the Rhythm Mix)
12. Rhythm of Love (Move to the Rhythm Mix)
13. Rhythm of Love (The Rhythm of Dub)