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Progressive Rock - Released June 29, 2018 | Rhino Atlantic

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Progressive Rock - Released June 29, 2018 | Rhino Atlantic

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In 2013, in addition to his many recording and remixing projects, Steven Wilson remixed a sizable chunk of the Yes catalog. Interestingly, he didn't proceed chronologically, but by using an inner aesthetic that has become his trademark through previous projects with King Crimson and Jethro Tull. In 2013, he completed 1972's Close to the Edge; in 2014, he did a stellar job on 1974's Relayer (arguably never properly heard until this mix) and 1971's The Yes Album. The following year it was 1972's Fragile, and in 2016, 1973's double-length Tales from Topographic Oceans. These high-resolution remixes were previously available only on Blu-ray and DVD (while the conventional CDs contained 16/44.1 resolution mixes). In commemoration of Yes' 50th anniversary, Rhino has boxed and re-released all of these titles on vinyl. According to Wilson, they have used the 24/96 hi-res, DVD-A/Blu-ray mixes for each LP. The outer housing of the package features artwork created specifically for this set by original album artist Roger Dean -- whose work has been synonymous with the band's identity for more than 40 years. Additionally, two of these albums – Close to the Edge and Tales from Topographic Oceans -- feature brand-new cover art, while the remaining three covers were reworked by Dean. ~ Thom Jurek
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Progressive Rock - Released June 29, 2018 | Rhino Atlantic

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Progressive Rock - Released November 24, 2017 | Rhino

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For this one album, ex-Buggles Geoffrey Downes and Trevor Horn were drafted in to replace Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman. It rocks harder than other Yes albums, and for classically inclined fans, it was a jarring departure; but it was a harbinger of Yes and Asia albums to come. A newly emboldened Chris Squire lays down aggressive rhythms with Alan White, and Steve Howe eschews his usual acoustic rags and flamenco licks for a more metallic approach, opting for sheets of electric sound. Prime cuts include the doom-laden "Machine Messiah" and the manic ska inflections of "Tempus Fugit." Despite the promise of this new material, the band soon fell apart; Horn went into production, Howe and Downes joined Asia, and Squire and White toyed and then gave up on a pair-up with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, which was to be titled XYZ (i.e., Ex-Yes and Zeppelin). ~ Paul Collins
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Progressive Rock - Released November 24, 2017 | Rhino

Prog rockers Yes present their latest live record, which was recorded during their 2016 North American tour. The release marks their first since the death in 2015 of bassist and founding member Chris Squire. The tour featured the band performing their 1980 album Drama in its entirety, as well as sides one and four of Tales from Topographic Oceans, their 1973 double album. ~ Bekki Bemrose
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Progressive Rock - Released May 26, 2015 | Rhino Atlantic

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Progressive Rock - Released May 26, 2015 | Rhino Atlantic

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Progressive Rock - Released May 26, 2015 | Rhino Atlantic

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Progressive Rock - Released May 26, 2015 | Rhino Atlantic

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Progressive Rock - Released May 26, 2015 | Rhino Atlantic

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Progressive Rock - Released May 26, 2015 | Rhino Atlantic

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Progressive Rock - Released May 26, 2015 | Rhino Atlantic

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Progressive Rock - Released May 26, 2015 | Rhino Atlantic

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Progressive Rock - Released November 11, 2013 | Rhino Atlantic

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Rhino reissued expanded versions of all the Yes albums in the early days of the new millennium, so this 2013 set doesn't see either a massive sonic upgrade or expansion. Instead, those acclaimed remasters -- including the expansion of Big Generator, which hadn't seen U.S. release prior to this -- are now packaged in mini-LP cardboard sleeves and put into a box with new artwork designed by Roger Dean. Apart from the art, this may not offer hardcore Yes fans anything they don't already have -- that's assuming they didn't opt to purchase an import of Big Generator in the first place -- but this is an easy, attractive, and relatively affordable way to get the band's core catalog in one fell swoop. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Progressive Rock - Released June 24, 2013 | Rhino Atlantic

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In many ways, the extravagance of this package equates the profligacy of the prog rock combo themselves. After all, how else but on a triple-LP collection could one hope to re-create (and/or contain) an adequate sampling of Yes' live presentation? Especially since their tunes typically clocked in in excess of ten minutes. Although they had turned in five studio long-players, the vast majority of Yessongs (1973) is drawn from their three most recent endeavors The Yes Album (1970), Fragile (1971), and Close to the Edge (1972). There are two exceptions, the first being the "Opening (Excerpt from "Firebird Suite")" -- which comes from the 1969 Boston Symphony Orchestra's recording, conducted by Seiji Ozawa. The other is Rick Wakeman's keyboard solo "Excerpts from 'The Six Wives Of Henry VIII'." Yes had just undergone a personnel change shortly after concluding work on Close to the Edge as Bill Bruford (percussion) left to join King Crimson in July of 1972. Bruford can be heard on "Perpetual Change," as well as the medley of "Long Distance Runaround" and "The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)." Enthusiasts keen on various and arguably irrelevant minutia should note the spelling of "praimaturus" as credited on Yessongs. It is slightly different from Fragile, which is denoted as "praematurus." That bit of trivia aside, the new lineup finds Alan White (drums), quite ably filling Bruford's shoes, alongside Jon Anderson (vocals), Steve Howe (guitars), Chris Squire (bass/vocals), and Rick Wakeman (keyboards). One of their trademarks has always been an ability to re-create their often densely layered sound in concert. They effortlessly pull off the tricky chord progressions and changes in time signatures of "Siberian Khatru" and a sublime "Heart of the Sunrise," which unquestionably bests the dexterity of its carefully crafted studio counterpart. Both Howe and Squire's respective solos during "The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)" are highlights as they give the entire unit an opportunity to show off their capacity for dramatic dynamics. The remainder of Yessongs is similarly strong, particularly the note-perfect "Close to the Edge," and the inspired concluding instrumental jam during "Starship Trooper." However, one criticism that can be leveled at the entire Yessongs release is the less than optimal audio quality throughout. The sound is generally muddy with no real fidelity to speak of and an even less precise stereoscape. But until someone goes back to the multi-tracks and remixes them for 21st century ears, this is as good as it gets when documenting Yes during this seminal transition period. ~ Lindsay Planer
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Progressive Rock - Released November 11, 2013 | Rhino Atlantic

Rhino reissued expanded versions of all the Yes albums in the early days of the new millennium, so this 2013 set doesn't see either a massive sonic upgrade or expansion. Instead, those acclaimed remasters -- including the expansion of Big Generator, which hadn't seen U.S. release prior to this -- are now packaged in mini-LP cardboard sleeves and put into a box with new artwork designed by Roger Dean. Apart from the art, this may not offer hardcore Yes fans anything they don't already have -- that's assuming they didn't opt to purchase an import of Big Generator in the first place -- but this is an easy, attractive, and relatively affordable way to get the band's core catalog in one fell swoop. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Progressive Rock - Released September 13, 1972 | Rhino Atlantic

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Progressive Rock - Released October 29, 2013 | Rhino Atlantic

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Progressive Rock - Released September 17, 2013 | Rhino Atlantic

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Progressive Rock - Released August 25, 2003 | Rhino - Elektra

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