Classic Yes

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Classic Yes
Greatest hits album by Yes
Released 30 November 1981
Recorded Autumn 1970 -
Spring 1977
Genre Progressive rock, Art Rock
Length 65:14
Label Atlantic
Producer Yes and Eddie Offord
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Classic Yes is the second compilation album by British progressive rock group Yes.

Originally released as a single LP with a bonus 7-inch 3313 RPM disc featuring live versions of "Roundabout" and "I've Seen All Good People" from 1978, everything has been compiled onto one CD. It was taken out of circulation by 2003.

Atlantic Records cassette tape CR 19320 has bonus tracks "Roundabout" as the last selection on side one and "I've Seen All Good People" as last selection on side two.

Atlantic Records also released in Brazil a similar single LP including the bonus tracks from the single 7-inch disc. Side one was the same, side two included "I've Seen All Good People", "Roundabout" and "And You And I" (Atlantic 20.072, distributed by EMI-ODEON).

Although it was initially not a strong seller, Classic Yes ultimately went platinum in the US and still remains an ideal entry point for Yes novices.

Track listing[edit]

Original vinyl LP release[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Heart of the Sunrise" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Bill Bruford)– 10:35
  2. "Wonderous Stories" (Anderson) – 3:50
  3. "Yours Is No Disgrace" (Anderson/Squire/Steve Howe/Tony Kaye/Bruford) – 9:41

Side two[edit]

  1. "Starship Trooper" – 9:25
    a. "Life Seeker" (Anderson)
    b. "Disillusion" (Squire)
    c. "Würm" (Howe)
  2. "Long Distance Runaround" (Anderson) – 3:30
  3. "The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)" (Squire) – 2:37
  4. "And You and I" (Anderson; Themes by Bruford/Howe/Squire) – 10:05
    I. "Cord of Life"
    II. "Eclipse"
    III. "The Preacher the Teacher"
    IV. "Apocalypse" (called "The Apocalypse" in the album's liner notes)

Bonus record side one[edit]

  1. "Roundabout" (Anderson/Howe) – 7:53 (live version recorded at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California, USA, 7 October 1978)

Bonus record side two[edit]

  1. "I've Seen All Good People" – 7:29 (live version recorded at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London, UK, 28 October 1978)
    a. "Your Move" (Anderson)
    b. "All Good People" (Squire)

Cassette release[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Heart of the Sunrise" – 10:35
  2. "Wonderous Stories" – 3:50
  3. "Yours Is No Disgrace" – 9:41
  4. "Roundabout" – 7:53 (live version recorded at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California, USA, 7 October 1978)

Side two[edit]

  1. "Starship Trooper" – 9:25
    a. "Life Seeker"
    b. "Disillusion"
    c. "Würm"
  2. "Long Distance Runaround" – 3:30
  3. "The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)" – 2:37
  4. "And You and I" – 10:05
    I. "Cord of Life"
    II. "Eclipse"
    III. "The Preacher the Teacher"
    IV. "Apocalypse"
  5. "I've Seen All Good People" – 7:29 (live version recorded at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London, UK, 28 October 1978)
    a. "Your Move"
    b. "All Good People"

CD remastered version (1994)[edit]

  1. "Heart of the Sunrise" – 10:35
  2. "Wonderous Stories" – 3:50
  3. "Yours Is No Disgrace" – 9:41
  4. "Starship Trooper (song)|Starship Trooper" – 9:25
    a. "Life Seeker"
    b. "Disillusion"
    c. "Würm"
  5. "Long Distance Runaround" – 3:30
  6. "The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)" – 2:37
  7. "And You and I" – 10:07
    I. "Cord of Life"
    II. "Eclipse"
    III. "The Preacher the Teacher"
    IV. "Apocalypse"
  8. "Roundabout" – 7:53 (live version recorded at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California, USA, October 1978)
  9. "I've Seen All Good People" – 7:29 (live version recorded at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London, UK, 28 October 1978)
    a. "Your Move"
    b. "All Good People"

Classic Yes (Atlantic K 50842) failed to chart in the UK. It reached #142 in the US during a chart stay of 5 weeks.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Connolly, D. (2011). "Classic Yes - Yes | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 

Sources[edit]

  • AllMusicGuide.com
  • "Top Pop Albums 1955–2001", Joel Whitburn, c.2002