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The version of Yes heard on this collection of their earliest BBC recording differs greatly from the cosmic prog-rockers who defined their genre throughout the '70s. On their first two albums, which provide most of the material for these live-in-studio performances, Yes pursued a relatively raw, visceral, post-psychedelic sound. Heavily inspired by Vanilla Fudge's reinventions of contemporary pop tunes, Yes peppered their early repertoire with radically reimagined versions of songs from The Beatles ("Every Little Thing"), Buffalo Springfield ("Everydays"), and even West Side Story ("Something's Coming"), all expanded into wild art-rock rave-ups. Guitarist Peter Banks and keyboardist Tony Kaye sported a tougher, simpler sound than their more famous replacements (Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman). And even on gently melodic tunes like love ballad "Sweetness," the band have a distinct psych-pop sound. Plus, these performances pack even more energy and excitement than their studio counterparts.

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For hardcore Yes fans only.

The fidelity is poor and the songs sound exactly like the studio versions. I am a Yes-phile so I bought this to complete my extensive collection and I am glad I did.


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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