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The Yes catalog is to prog rock what the Sinatra discography is to the Great American Songbook: the genre's defining, dominating body of work. So it's only right that the group's legacy should be writ large via the grand treatment of this collection, which offers remastered, expanded versions of every studio album from Yes's self-titled 1969 debut to 1987's Big Generator, 12 in all. It charts the band's evolution from folk-rockish post-psychedelia to structurally sophisticated, technically dazzling fusions of rock and classical that inspired legions of prog purveyors, and then an '80s rebirth as arena-ready art-poppers. Plus, there are tons of bonus tracks further illuminating the adventure. As big a kick as it is to have sonically state-of-the-art versions of the band's classic cuts all in one place, hardcore fans will be fascinated by the ample extras, which include everything from properly progged-up covers of Simon & Garfunkel's "America" and the West Side Story showtune "Something's Coming" to studio rehearsals of the complex Close to the Edge–era material. It's the ultimate compendium of the classic Yes years.

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Has Big Generator been remastered?

Is Big Generator remastered? The samples sound like the original where most of the tracks sound way lower in volume than track 1.......


Description notes all of the bonus material, none of which is included here for at least $20 more than anywhere else you could buy it.

The Studio Albums 1969-1987

iTunes: $89.99 and is available at other websites for $44.95!!!! Instead, bring some of that good music that is available at the iTunes store in the UK!! Gry Brooker, Rare Bird, Wondrous Stories, and many other Prog titles!!!


Formed: 1968 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Far and away the longest lasting and the most successful of the '70s progressive rock groups, Yes proved to be one of the lingering success stories from that musical genre. The band, founded in 1968, overcame a generational shift in its audience and the departure of its most visible members at key points in its history to reach the end of the century as the definitive progressive rock band. Their audience remained huge because they had always attracted younger listeners drawn to their mix of daunting...
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