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Yesterdays > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 18103
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1975-02

Yesshows > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 2-510
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1980-11

Drama > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 16019
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1980-08
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
In 1979, Manager Brian Lane resuscitated the surviving members of Yes by injecting two musicians from a slightly different ilk to the core of Chris Squire, Steve Howe and Alan White. Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn had just scored a No. 1 single in several different countries as The Buggles with their “Video Killed The Radio Star” single, but as a studio-only effort, were ensconced in the same studio space as Yes languishing over a follow-up. Long-time fans, they offered a song to Yes, “We Can Fly From Here”.

Tormato > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 19202
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1978-09
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
One look at the album cover and you'd have to figure that once again something was different inside Yes' latest record. Recorded at London's Advision Studios, Tormato was another step away from Yes' epic-length proportions, containing nine (count 'em) songs. "Future Times" kicks in immediately and races along in fine Yes tradition. Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman trade leads while Chris Squire delivers one rubbery bass. In fact, that bass tone would lend a particular signature to the album.

Going For The One > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 19106
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1977-07
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Having spent the previous two years getting solo albums out of their system, the individual members of Yes were now pressed with the task of being Yes again. First up was a move to Switzerland (for tax reasons) to record, and second, oddly enough, was to dump their Swiss keyboardist in favor of one old friend. Rick Wakeman had had a relatively successful solo career over the last three years, but was up to the call, bypassing a possible role in U.K. with Bill Bruford and John Wetton. Absent from the album though were two other friends: Eddie Offord and Roger Dean.

Relayer > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 18122
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1974-11
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Following Rick Wakeman's abrupt departure after the TFTO tour Yes set out to find a replacement. Short-listed was London-based Greek keyboard wizard Vangelis, but the band accepted Swiss-born Patrick Moraz instead. The classically trained Moraz had been in the power trio Mainhorse in the early '70s, and more recently in Refugee with Brian Davison and Lee Jackson from The Nice. The band retired to bassist Chris Squire's home, where he had recently finished building a recording studio. The result in some ways was Yes' most un-Yes like recording to date.

Tales From Topographic Oceans > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 2-908
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1974-01
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Tales From Topographic Oceans has the dubious distinction of being either the mother lode or motherf&#ker of all prog rock albums. The initial idea for the grandiose album came to Jon Anderson in a footnote regarding Shastric scriptures in Paramahansa Yogananda's "Autobiography of a Yogi". Evidently this was the grand concept he'd been searching for, allowing his lyrics to blossom into full-blown biblical verse. Together with Steve Howe, they put most of the initial musical ideas down during the same tours of 1973 that generated the triple album Yessongs.

Yessongs > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 3-100
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1973-05

Close To The Edge > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 7244
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1972-09
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
If both prior Yes albums had any shortcomings (and they had very few), it was due to growing pains. The Yes Album brought out the extended epic composition, but suffered perhaps in execution. Fragile was well executed, but really only contained a half-hour worth of music, solo tracks definitely notwithstanding. However by the time Close To The Edge was recorded, the band had remained stable for almost a year. Yes issued a massive arrangement of Paul Simon's "America" in the interim, which managed (in edited form) to climb up to No. 13 in the US singles charts.

Time And A Word > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 8273
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970-07
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Yes' second album didn't break a whole lot of new ground for the band, but it did confirm what most already knew: they were a force to be reckoned with. In the studio, Eddie Offord sat fortuitously at the engineer's desk for the first time with the band. But Time and a Word wouldn't be the quantum leap Yes needed to propel them into the big league. In fact, the only leap here was Tony Cox's orchestral arrangements, a rather de rigueur post-psychedelic ornamentation of the day.