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" (Jon Anderson) – 3:50
  3. "Yours Is No Disgrace" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Steve Howe/Tony Kaye/Bill Bruford) – 9:41

Side two[edit]

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

Bonus record side one[edit]

  1. "Roundabout" (Jon Anderson/Steve 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" (Jon Anderson)
    b. "All Good People" (Chris Squire)

Cassette release[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Heart of the Sunrise" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Bill Bruford) – 10:35
  2. "Wonderous Stories" (Jon Anderson) – 3:50
  3. "Yours Is No Disgrace" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Steve Howe/Tony Kaye/Bill Bruford) – 9:41
  4. "Roundabout" (Jon Anderson/Steve Howe) – 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" (Jon Anderson)
    b. "Disillusion" (Chris Squire)
    c. "Würm" (Steve Howe)
  2. "Long Distance Runaround" (Jon Anderson) – 3:30
  3. "The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)" (Chris Squire) – 2:37
  4. "And You and I" (Jon Anderson; Themes by Bill Bruford/Steve Howe/Chris Squire) – 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" (Jon Anderson)
    b. "All Good People" (Chris Squire)

CD remastered version (1994)[edit]

  1. "Heart of the Sunrise" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Bill Bruford) – 10:35
  2. "Wonderous Stories" (Jon Anderson) – 3:50
  3. "Yours Is No Disgrace" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Steve Howe/Tony Kaye/Bill Bruford) – 9:41
  4. "Starship Trooper" – 9:25
    a. "Life Seeker" (Jon Anderson)
    b. "Disillusion" (Chris Squire)
    c. "Würm" (Steve Howe)
  5. "Long Distance Runaround" (Jon Anderson) – 3:30
  6. "The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)" (Chris Squire) – 2:37
  7. "And You and I" (Jon Anderson; Themes by Bill Bruford/Steve Howe/Chris Squire) – 10:05
    I. "Cord of Life"
    II. "Eclipse"
    III. "The Preacher the Teacher"
    IV. "Apocalypse"
  8. "Roundabout" (Jon Anderson/Steve Howe) – 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" (Jon Anderson)
    b. "All Good People" (Chris Squire)

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