The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection

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The Ultimate Yes:
35th Anniversary Collection
Box set by Yes
Released 28 July 2003 (UK)
27 January 2004 (U.S.)
Recorded 1969 - 2003
Genre Progressive rock
Length 2:38:01 (UK)
2:59:07 (U.S.)
Label Warner Music (UK)
Rhino Records (U.S.)
Producer Yes, Paul Clay, Tony Colton, Eddie Offord, Trevor Horn, Trevor Rabin, Paul De Villiers, Jonathan Elias, Bruce Fairbairn and Tom Weidner
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection is a triple compilation album by progressive rock band Yes, was released in 2003 in the United Kingdom and in early 2004 in the United States, and covers the length and breadth of the band's thirty-five-year career.

Released on Warner Music in the UK as a double CD, the United States edition - on Rhino Records - included a bonus disc of acoustic recordings of old and new material recorded in October 2003. One song from the third disc, "Show Me," is based on a recording from the "Fragile days," according to Jon Anderson in Yesspeak Live: The Director's Cut. Both editions also feature a different tracklisting and running order.

The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection entered the United Kingdom charts at number ten upon its mid-2003 release, giving Yes their highest charting album there since 1991. In the United States, it reached only number 131.

With a range of material from 1969's Yes to 2001's Magnification - and beyond - The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection supplants earlier non-box set retrospectives such as Classic Yes and Yesstory.

U.S. track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Time and a Word" (Jon Anderson/David Foster) – 4:33
  2. "Starship Trooper" – 9:29
    a. "Life Seeker" (Jon Anderson)
    b. "Disillusion" (Chris Squire)
    c. "Würm" (Steve Howe)
  3. "Yours Is No Disgrace" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Steve Howe/Tony Kaye/Bill Bruford) – 9:41
  4. "I've Seen All Good People" – 6:56
    a. "Your Move" (Jon Anderson)
    b. "All Good People" (Chris Squire)
  5. "Roundabout" (Jon Anderson/Steve Howe) – 8:32
  6. "Long Distance Runaround" (Jon Anderson) – 3:31
  7. "Heart of the Sunrise" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Bill Bruford) – 10:37
  8. "South Side of the Sky" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire) – 7:56
  9. "And You and I" (Jon Anderson; Themes by Bill Bruford/Steve Howe/Chris Squire) – 10:09
    I. "Cord of Life"
    II. "Eclipse" (Jon Anderson/Bill Bruford/Steve Howe)
    III. "The Preacher the Teacher"
    IV. "Apocalypse"
  10. "America" (Single Edit) (Paul Simon) – 4:10
  11. "Wonderous Stories" (Jon Anderson) – 3:49

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Siberian Khatru" (Jon Anderson; Themes by Jon Anderson/Steve Howe/Rick Wakeman) – 8:56
  2. "Soon" (New Edit) (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Steve Howe/Alan White/Patrick Moraz) – 5:44
  3. "Going for the One" (Jon Anderson) – 5:32
  4. "Don't Kill the Whale" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire) – 3:57
  5. "Tempus Fugit" (Geoff Downes/Trevor Horn/Steve Howe/Chris Squire/Alan White) - 5:16
  6. "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (Trevor Rabin/Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Trevor Horn) – 4:28
  7. "Leave It" (Chris Squire/Trevor Rabin/Trevor Horn) – 4:19
  8. "It Can Happen (Single Edit)" (Chris Squire/Jon Anderson/Trevor Rabin) – 4:18
  9. "Rhythm of Love" (Jon Anderson/Tony Kaye/Trevor Rabin/Chris Squire) – 4:52
  10. "Big Generator" (Remix) (Jon Anderson/Tony Kaye/Trevor Rabin/Chris Squire/Alan White) – 3:39
  11. "Lift Me Up" (Trevor Rabin/Chris Squire) – 6:31
  12. "The Calling" (Single Edit) (Jon Anderson/Trevor Rabin/Chris Squire) – 4:39
  13. "Open Your Eyes" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Steve Howe/Alan White/Billy Sherwood) – 5:15
  14. "Homeworld (The Ladder)" (Radio Edit) (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Steve Howe/Alan White/Billy Sherwood/Igor Khoroshev) – 4:39
  15. "Magnification" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Steve Howe/Alan White) – 7:19

Disc three[edit]

  1. "Roundabout (Acoustic)" (Jon Anderson/Steve Howe) – 4:18
  2. "Show Me" (Jon Anderson) – 3:37
  3. "South Side of the Sky (Acoustic)" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Rick Wakeman) – 4:28
    I. "South Side of the Sky"
    II. "South SIde Variations"
  4. "Australia (Solo Acoustic)" (Steve Howe) – 4:12
  5. "New World Symphony" (Chris Squire, based on Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E min) – 3:33

UK track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Yours Is No Disgrace" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Steve Howe/Tony Kaye/Bill Bruford) - 9:42
  2. "Survival" (Jon Anderson) - 6:20
  3. "Roundabout" (Jon Anderson/Steve Howe) – 8:32
  4. "Then" (Jon Anderson) - 5:47
  5. "I've Seen All Good People" – 6:55
    a. "Your Move" (Jon Anderson)
    b. "All Good People" (Chris Squire)
  6. "Heart of the Sunrise" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Bill Bruford) – 10:36
  7. "Starship Trooper" – 9:29
    a. "Life Seeker" (Jon Anderson)
    b. "Disillusion" (Chris Squire)
    c. "Würm" (Steve Howe)
  8. "Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil)" (Jon Anderson/Steve Howe/Chris Squire/Rick Wakeman/Alan White) - 21:32

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Siberian Khatru" (Jon Anderson; Themes by Jon Anderson/Steve Howe/Rick Wakeman) – 8:56
  2. "Long Distance Runaround" (Jon Anderson) – 3:31
  3. "Wonderous Stories" (Jon Anderson) – 3:49
  4. "And You and I" (Alternate Version) (Jon Anderson; Themes by Bill Bruford/Steve Howe/Chris Squire) – 10:15
    I. "Cord of Life"
    II. "Eclipse" (Jon Anderson/Bill Bruford/Steve Howe)
    III. "The Preacher the Teacher"
    IV. "Apocalypse"
  5. "Soon" (Single Edit) (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Steve Howe/Alan White/Patrick Moraz) – 4:08
  6. "Going for the One" (Jon Anderson) – 5:32
  7. "Don't Kill the Whale" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire) – 3:57
  8. "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (Trevor Rabin/Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Trevor Horn) – 4:28
  9. "Leave It" (Chris Squire/Trevor Rabin/Trevor Horn) – 4:19
  10. "Big Generator" (Remix) (Jon Anderson/Tony Kaye/Trevor Rabin/Chris Squire/Alan White) – 3:39
  11. "The Calling" (Single Edit) (Jon Anderson/Trevor Rabin/Chris Squire) – 4:39
  12. "Homeworld (The Ladder)" (Radio Edit) (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Steve Howe/Alan White/Billy Sherwood/Igor Khoroshev) – 4:39
  13. "Awaken" (Anderson/Howe) – 15:31

Song Origins[edit]

US Release[edit]

UK Release[edit]

Personnel[edit]

This list is in chronological order by who first joined the band (or when they joined the band for the first time).

  • Jon Anderson - Lead vocals (1969-1980, 1983-2004)
  • Chris Squire - Bass guitar, Backing vocals (1969-1981, 1983-2004)
  • Peter Banks - Lead guitars (1969-1970)
  • Bill Bruford - Drums, Percussion (1969-1972, 1990-1992)
  • Tony Kaye - Keyboards (1969-1971, 1983-1994)
  • Steve Howe - Lead guitars, Backing vocals (1971-1981, 1990-1992, 1995-2004)
  • Rick Wakeman - Keyboards (1971-1974, 1977-1980, 1990-1992, 1995-1996, 2002-2004)
  • Alan White - Drums, Percussion (1973-1981, 1983-2004)
  • Patrick Moraz - Keyboards (1974-1976)
  • Trevor Horn - Lead vocals (1980-1981)
  • Geoff Downes - Keyboards (1980-1981)
  • Trevor Rabin - Lead guitars (1983-1994)
  • Billy Sherwood - Rhythm guitars, Keyboards, Backing vocals (1997-2000)
  • Igor Khoroshev - Keyboards (1997-2001)

Additional Personnel[edit]

  • Steve Porcaro - Additional keyboards on track 13 of Disc 2, U.S. Release

Personnel on Disc 3, U.S. Release[edit]

  • Jon Anderson - Lead vocals, rhythm acoustic guitar (tracks 1-3)
  • Chris Squire - Bass acoustic guitar, backing vocals (tracks 1-3 & 5)
  • Steve Howe - Lead acoustic guitars, backing vocals (tracks 1-4)
  • Rick Wakeman - Acoustic piano (tracks 1-3)
  • Alan White - Acoustic drums, percussion (tracks 1-3)

New recordings[edit]

The later US release included a third disc of new recordings. These included three semi-acoustic band recordings, similar to what the band had been playing live: two versions of old Yes songs ("Roundabout" and "South Side of the Sky") and one new song by Anderson ("Show Me"). Also included was a Howe solo recording, a new version of his solo piece from the 1970s, "Australia", recorded with the help of Oliver Wakeman, Rick's son, who would later join Yes. Finally, "New World Symphony" was a solo recording by Squire, an adaptation of Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E min.

The lyrics to "Show Me" are about the Gulf War.[2]

Reception[edit]

The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection (Warner 8122737022/Rhino WTVD 78042) reached #10 in the UK and #131 in the U.S.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jurek, T. (2011). "The Ultimate Yes - Yes | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Jon Anderson interview, XM Radio, May 2010