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    Default Recommend me some good YES albums

    I've been listening to Fragile and Close to the Edge all day and am in a YES mood.
    Wow, those 2 albums sound amazing on my Polk SDA 2Bs. The music is all-engrossing.

    What other YES albums should I get?

    I am partial to 1970's YES but any recommendations would be welcome.
    I do not know a lot of their material other than Close to the Edge and Fragile and a few others.

    Thanks.

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    Going for the one, The Yes Album, Relayer, Tormato, Try those.

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    You have been listening to good music today then...I also prefer the 70's Yes. I would recommend The Yes Album, Relayer, and Going for the One to add to your collection.

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    Yessongs

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    Thanks for the advice. I had Going for the One on vinyl many years ago and will have to get the CD.
    I am not familiar with the Yes album or Relayer or Tomato but will definitely check those out.

    Have you ever heard Tales from Topographic Oceans?
    I have not but it seems to get good reviews and looks interesting.

    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brgman View Post
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    This, The Yes Album and Tales of Topographic Oceans. With the 2 you have thats there best work. IMO

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    Tales From Topographic Oceans in my favorite YES album made. It's phenominal! The shortest song (of the 4 songs on the album) is 19 1/2 minutes! The YES album is good (buy the 24Kt. gold MFSL version as it has BY FAR the best sound). Going For The One is also good. Relayer is nice, but my least favorite of the ones listed above. Not saying by any means it's not good!
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    +1 on the mofi cd of The Yes Abum. $25 at Amazon now.

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    Definitely The Yes Album.
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.

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    The guys are right on. Close to the Edge and Fragile, along with Tales From Topographic Oceans and The Yes Album, and Yessongs. Those are the albums I absolutely love. I also like some of the latter ones, but not as much. There was something real special about the early period. There are some bootlegs out there of some Yes concerts that are really good also. I'll have to look at my stuff, but I'm thinking one from Boston 12/11/74 (Can't remember about the sound quality of that one though) and I think there was a King Biscuit Flower Hour show (I think that was exceptional sound quality but I'm going on memory on those last two,) but there's some good boots out there. Also, all the guys from Yes did solo work in the mid-70's. Jon Anderson's Olias and Chris Squire's Fish Out Of Water come to mind as good albums. Anderson has done a lot of good work since then and I like his new one with Rick Wakeman called The Living Tree, as well as his recent one called Toltec. They're pretty laid back but really good IMHO. I know that Yes is touring but some call them the Fraudulent Yes because Jon Anderson isn't in the band. Jon Anderson solo is a real good show. The Audio Fidelity SACD Close To The Edge is really good also.

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    There's not a lot of love out there it seems for the '87 release of Big Generator, but I always liked it. It's been rereleased as a SHM-CD which I don't have, but would love to hear. Anybody own the SHM version?

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    The Yes Album
    Fragile
    Close to the Edge


    The odds and sods album called Yesterdays is pretty cool,too... even if one buys it only for the (to my way of thinking) excellent and idiosyncratic cover of Paul Simon's great song America :-)

    I am not a fan of any other Yes output, which got really self-indulgent, particularly during most of Rick Wakeman's tenure with the band (just my opinion of course, YMMV and all that).
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    Thanks for all of the input. I will definitely get some more of their early stuff. From the comments, I think I will start with The Yes Album and Tales From Topographic Oceans and go from there. The first concert I ever attended was a YES show at Madison Square Garden in 1979 (I was in 8th grade, wow!). An amazing show that got me hooked on YES and also on going to live shows. I had not listened to YES a lot in the past few years and am just "rediscovering" how great they were both as musicians and as a band. Rhino has done a great job on the CD re-releases, adding a lot of bonus tracks to the albums and providing great sound quality to the CDs. Thanks again to everyone for their feedback!

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    mhardy, The song America is one of the bonus tracks on the re-released version of both Close to the Edge and Fragile.
    It is a wonderful song as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pglbook View Post
    mhardy, The song America is one of the bonus tracks on the re-released version of both Close to the Edge and Fragile.
    It is a wonderful song as well!
    Yes! One of my favorite remake songs!
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    oh :-)
    That's cool.

    Here's a useless and ephemeral bit of ego-centric trivia.
    The first LP record I bought with my own money was The Yes Album :-)
    Still have that copy... it's not in the best of shape :-P
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    Their first album, released in 1969, is called simply Yes. Very very good, has some jazz influences and they cover a Roger McGuinn/David Crosby song as well as a Beatles song.

    Their second album is also one of my favorites, Time and a Word. Outstanding!

    These were done before they went so far into Prog Rock, but still pretty out there. These were done with Tony Kaye on keys, pre Rick W. I always liked their music that had Bill Bruford on drums. They seemed much more adventurous than when Alan White replaced him. Bruford is sort of the Max Roach of Prog Rock.
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    Bill Bruford was/is an extremely good drummer. Tony Kaye was a bit heavy-handed but at least he was rather more... restrained than Mr. Wakeman :-P

    For my money, The Yes Album was their best - pretentious but not embarassingly so, with excellent musicianship and without the audacity of album-side length "songs".

    As a ReVox kind of guy, I've always liked this photo from Fragile...

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    If you like 'Tales', then you might give 'Relayer' a try. I'd consider those two their most 'off the wall' or 'progressive' albums, however you want to look at it.

    As for newer stuff that hasn't already been mentioned, I really did like '90125', and the non-Yes labeled 'Anderson-Bruford-Wakeman-and-Howe' was also quite good.

    Ok, I've been a Yes fan for years, and there isn't much they've done that I didn't like...

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    Here's a Yes history site for anyone interested: http://forgotten-yesterdays.com.

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