Highlights - The Very Best of Yes is a 1993 best of collection by progressive UK rock band Yes.
*Jon Anderson - vocals
*Chris Squire - bass and vocals
*Patrick Moraz - keyboards on 7
*Tony Kaye - keyboards on 1-4, 10-12
*Rick Wakeman - keyboards on 5-6, 8-9
*Alan White - drums on 7-12
*Bill Bruford - drums on 1-6
*Peter Banks - guitars on 1-2
*Trevor Rabin - guitars and vocals on 10-12
*Steve Howe - guitars on 3-9
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Yes are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968, generally regarded as one of the archetypal bands and pioneers of the genre. Despite many lineup changes, occasional splits within the group, and the ever-changing trends in popular music, the band has continued for more than 40 years and still retains a large following. They have sold over 30 million albums. The band's music blends symphonic and other classical structures with their own brand of rock music.
Although the band's sole consistent member has been bass player Chris Squire, Yes are also generally noted for the distinctive high-register vocals of former lead singer Jon Anderson and the eclectic musical stylings of a succession of guitarists (Steve Howe, Peter Banks, Trevor Rabin, Billy Sherwood), keyboard players (Rick Wakeman, Tony Kaye, Patrick Moraz, Geoff Downes, Igor Khoroshev, Oliver Wakeman), and drummers (Alan White and Bill Bruford). Several band members became celebrated musicians and/or bandleaders in their own right, and a 1980 lineup of the band was briefly fronted by Trevor Horn (shortly before he became one of rock music's most celebrated record producers). The band's current lineup includes Squire, Howe, White, Oliver Wakeman (keyboards) and Benoît David (lead vocals).
Early years (1968–1971)
Yes was formed in 1968 by vocalist Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire. Anderson had already recorded a single in 1964 as a member of The Warriors, a beat band formed by his brother Tony, and later sang on a couple of 45s for Parlophone Records under the pseudonym Hans Christian. He was also briefly a member of the group The Gun. Squire had been a member of The Syn, who recorded a couple of singles for Deram Records (one, "14-Hour Technicolour Dream," celebrating the "happening" held at Alexandra Palace on 29/30 April 1967). After the break-up of The Syn, Squire spent a year developing his bass-playing technique, strongly influenced by The Who's bassist, John Entwistle. In May 1968, he met Anderson in a Soho nightclub, La Chasse, where Anderson was working. The two had a common interest in vocal harmony, especially that of Simon & Garfunkel, and began working together soon afterwards.
At the time, Squire was in a band called Mabel Greer's Toyshop with guitarist Clive Bayley and drummer Bob Hagger, and he invited Anderson to begin singing with the group. Hagger was soon replaced by Bill Bruford, a jazz aficionado who had played just three gigs with Blues revivalists Savoy Brown before leaving, and who was recruited from an ad he had placed in Melody Maker.
An earlier lineup of Mabel Greer's Toyshop had featured guitarist Peter Banks, who had previously worked with Squire in The Syn, and who now returned to replace Bailey. Finally, the band expanded to include an organist and occasional piano player, Tony Kaye, a classically trained musician who'd abandoned his studies to pursue rock and roll and had already been in a series of unsuccessful groups (Johnny Taylor's Star Combo, The Federals, and Jimmy Winston and His Reflections). In search of a more commercially useful band name, Mabel Greer's Toyshop soon became Yes.
The newly rechristened Yes played their first show at East Mersea Youth Camp in England on 4 August 1968. Soon afterward, they opened for Cream at their 1968 Farewell Concert from The Royal Albert Hall. Chris Squire stated in an interview that both he and Jon Anderson were influenced by an album by The 5th Dimension called The Magic Garden.Close to the Edge: The Story of Yes by Chris Welch and Chris Squire on Real Rock News Early on, influenced by bands such as 1-2-3 (later Clouds),Mojo Magazine November 1994 '1-2-3 and the Birth of Prog'; The Illustrated History of Rock ' Clouds by Ed Ward' the group earned a reputation for taking other people's songs and drastically changing them into expanded, progressive compositions. In September 1968, Yes subbed for an absent Sly & the Family Stone at Blaise's and, as a result of that performance, gained a residency at The Marquee club. Soon after that, they made their first radio appearance on John Peel's programme. Melody Maker columnist Tony Wilson selected them and Led Zeppelin as the two bands "Most Likely To Succeed" (as he states on the liner notes of the band's debut LP).
The first two albums
Yes's eponymous debut album was released on 25 July 1969. The harmony vocals of Anderson, Banks, and Squire were an immediate trademark of the Yes sound. Tracks included cover versions of The Beatles' "Every Little Thing" and The Byrds' "I See You" as well as original material. Lester Bangs gave the album a favourable review in Rolling Stone magazine, describing the band as promising and the album as displaying a "sense of style, taste, and subtlety" This text has been derived from Yes (band) on Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 3.0