Without Yes, there would be no Rush or Dream Theater. Mysticism and cosmological imagery are found in their lyrics, and their instrumental and vocal compositions are both intricately complex and exceedingly accessible. That combination helped Yes became one of the most popular and commercially successful bands to emerge from the U.K.’s early 1970s progressive-rock movement, despite a lineup seemingly always in a state of flux. Symphonic and arty, Yes actually came into existence in 1968. They grew out of Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, which included members Chris Squire on bass and Peter Banks on guitar. Eventually, vocalist Jon Anderson and drummer Bill Bruford joined up, and Yes was born, with keyboardist Tony Kaye rounding things out. The ‘70s brought changes to Yes and a series of classic prog-rock albums, when the band included those four talents and later featured others such as guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, and keyboardists Rick Wakeman and Patrick Moraz. Among their most acclaimed LPs are 1971’s The Yes Album and Fragile, 1972’s Close to the Edge, 1973’s Tales from the Topographic Ocean, 1974’s Relayer, and 1977’s Going for the One. The advent of punk sapped interest in Yes, and in 1980, Anderson and Wakeman departed, leaving Yes to carry on with keyboardist Geoff Downes and new vocalist Trevor Horn. This version of Yes released Drama that year, but in 1981, Yes broke up, with Howe and Downes focusing their energies on a new super group, Asia. However, in a year, Yes made a more pop-oriented comeback, as Anderson, Squire and White joined forces with guitarist Trevor Rabin and original keyboardist Kaye. They released 90125 in 1983 and hit No. 1 in the U.S. with the single “Owner of a Lonely Heart.” The LP Big Generator followed in 1987, with Union arriving four years later, but Yes would experience lineup shuffling and commercial disappointments afterward. Hugely influential, Yes placed nine of their 20 albums in the U.S. and U.K. Top 10. Roger Dean’s colorful, alien landscapes are as much a part of Yes’s history as the music, and lithographs of his work are highly prized. Autographs of Yes members enhance the value of any piece of Yes memorabilia, especially signed instruments. Promotional photos of the actual band and individual members are attractive, but inexpensive, collectibles, as many can be had for under $50. Concert posters and tickets, plus tour merchandise, including t-shirts, are also in demand.
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