Yes: 90125 (1983)

After the detour of 1980’s Drama, another version of Yes emerged from the remains of the group. The lineup for Drama was Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes.  After the resulting tour, Howe, Horn and Downes left the band.  Squire and White almost hooked up with Jimmy Page after the … More Yes: 90125 (1983)

Yes: Drama (1980)

I have always loved the band, Yes, through their ups and downs (including keyboardist Geoff Downes). In their sixth decades, Yes has had tremendous personnel changes and at times, two different versions of the band, each performing and recording. At the end of the 1970s, Yes suffered through loss of keyboardist Rick Wakeman (which would … More Yes: Drama (1980)

80 Minutes of Yes

The mission.  Fill one 80-minute CD with the best of Yes from the 1970s. Arguably, Yes was perhaps the best of the progressive rock bands, and the 1970s was their greatest period. My view anyway. I found a CD that I made a couple of years ago. It differs slightly from the list below.  I … More 80 Minutes of Yes

Fragile (1971)

Best Yes album? Fragile or Close to the Edge?  Both are outstanding.  I’ll go with Fragile. The decision was made that the album would include individual as well as group songs.  Some critics referred to this approach as showing off, each wanting their time in the spotlight.  According the band, they felt it was important … More Fragile (1971)

Progressive Rock: Coming in for a Landing

An exciting genre of music enjoyed a tremendous popularity from the late 1960’s through the 1970’s, but even stalwarts like Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, ELP, Jethro Tull, Moody Blues and Renaissance either changed their style or broke up.  Progressive rock didn’t die, it soldiered on but with less popularity as waves of new musical style … More Progressive Rock: Coming in for a Landing

Yes at 50

How many bands are still performing 50 years after they were formed?  Not many.  The debate starts when you ask how many original members are still with the band.  In the case of Yes, that’s where the battle begins and gets furious.  This year, there are two different groups of Yes alumni touring with the … More Yes at 50