In a Word: Yes (1969–)

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In a Word: Yes (1969–)
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Box set by Yes
Released 30 July 2002 - remastered re release in 2008
Recorded Spring 1969 – Summer 2001
Genre Progressive rock, pop rock
Length 399:27
Label Rhino
Producer Yes, Paul Clay, Tony Colton, Eddie Offord, Trevor Horn, Trevor Rabin, Paul De Villiers, Jonathan Elias, Billy Sherwood, Bruce Fairbairn and Tim Weidner
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars

In a Word: Yes (1969–) is a 5-CD box set released in 2002 by progressive rock band Yes, encompassing its entire career from its inception in 1969 to 2001, including material from the 1989 Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe album.

The sonically improved and more expansive successor to 1991's Yesyears, In a Word: Yes (1969–) marked the beginning of Yes's association with Rhino Records, who would go on to remaster and reissue the band's core Atlantic Records catalogue throughout 2003 and 2004, adding many of Yesyears' previously unreleased performances as bonus tracks on the individual reissues.

The 100-page booklet contains a comprehensive history of the band by journalist Chris Welch and an essay by philosopher Bill Martin. It also includes a foreword from filmmaker Cameron Crowe and testimonials from King's X frontman/bassist Doug Pinnick, Primus frontman/bassist Les Claypool, Tool drummer Danny Carey, and Phish drummer Jon Fishman.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Every Little Thing" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 5:42
  2. "Sweetness" (Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Clive Bailey) – 4:33
  3. "Survival" (Anderson) – 6:19
  4. "Then" (Anderson) – 5:46
  5. "Sweet Dreams" (Anderson, David Foster) – 3:50
  6. "Astral Traveller" (Anderson) – 5:53
  7. "Time and a Word" (Anderson, Foster) – 4:32
  8. "Dear Father" (Anderson, Squire) – 4:21
  9. "Yours Is No Disgrace" (Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, Bill Bruford) – 9:41
  10. "Clap" (Howe) – 3:17
    • Recorded live at The Lyceum, London, 17 July 1970
    • Includes a different introduction than that of the version on The Yes Album
  11. "Perpetual Change" (Anderson, Squire) – 8:52
  12. "Starship Trooper" – 9:28
    a. "Life Seeker" (Anderson)
    b. "Disillusion" (Squire)
    c. "Würm" (Howe)
  13. "I've Seen All Good People" – 6:55
    a. "Your Move" (Anderson)
    b. "All Good People" (Squire)

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Roundabout" (Anderson, Howe) – 8:33
  2. "South Side of the Sky" (Anderson, Squire) – 7:58
  3. "Heart of the Sunrise" (Anderson, Squire, Bruford) – 10:35
  4. "America" (Paul Simon) – 10:30
  5. "Close to the Edge" (Anderson, Howe) – 18:36
    I. "The Solid Time of Change"
    II. "Total Mass Retain"
    III. "I Get Up I Get Down"
    IV. "Seasons of Man"
  6. "The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)" (Lyrics by Anderson, Howe; Music by Anderson, Squire, Howe, Rick Wakeman, Alan White) – 22:22
    • Includes two-minute intro that was edited out of the original release at the last minute

Disc three[edit]

  1. "Siberian Khatru" (Anderson; Themes by Anderson, Howe, Wakeman) – 8:55
  2. "Long Distance Runaround" (Jon Anderson) – 3:31
  3. "The Gates of Delirium" (Anderson, Squire, Howe, White, Patrick Moraz) – 21:50
  4. "To Be Over" (Anderson, Squire, Howe, White, Moraz) – 9:06
  5. "Going for the One" (Anderson) – 5:32
  6. "Turn of the Century" (Anderson, Howe, White) – 7:41
  7. "Wonderous Stories" (Anderson) – 3:49
  8. "Don't Kill the Whale" (Anderson, Squire) – 3:56
  9. "Release, Release" (Anderson, White, Squire) – 5:44
  10. "Arriving UFO" (Anderson, Howe, Wakeman) – 6:07
  11. "Richard" (Anderson, Howe, Squire, Wakeman, White) – 3:33
    • Previously unreleased
    • Recorded during the Tormato sessions. The melody would later be used for the Jon Anderson song "Time Has Come" during a Mother's Day concert in 1996. Jon would also play an acoustic version of this song during his "Tour of the Universe".

Disc four[edit]

  1. "Tango" (Anderson, Squire, Howe, Wakeman, White) – 3:48
    • Previously unreleased
    • Recorded during the 1979 Paris sessions. This is an edited version - the full song was over 7 minutes long.
  2. "Never Done Before" (Anderson, Squire, Howe, Wakeman, White) – 2:10
    • Previously unreleased
    • Recorded during the 1979 Paris sessions.
  3. "Crossfire" (Howe, Squire) – 2:42
    • Previously unreleased
    • Would later appear with lyrics as part of "That, That Is" from Keys to Ascension
  4. "Machine Messiah" (Geoff Downes, Trevor Horn, Howe, Squire, White) – 10:27
  5. "Tempus Fugit" (Downes, Horn, Howe, Squire, White) – 5:15
  6. "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (Trevor Rabin, Anderson, Squire, Horn) – 4:29
  7. "It Can Happen" (Squire, Anderson, Rabin) – 5:29
  8. "Leave It" (Squire, Rabin, Horn) – 4:14
  9. "Hold On" (Rabin, Anderson, Squire) – 5:16
  10. "Rhythm of Love" (Anderson, Kaye, Rabin, Squire) – 4:47
  11. "Love Will Find a Way" (Rabin) – 4:50
  12. "Holy Lamb (Song for Harmonic Convergence)" (Anderson) – 3:19
  13. "Brother of Mine" (Anderson, Wakeman, Howe, Bruford, Downes) – 10:18
    a. "The Big Dream"
    b. "Nothing Can Come Between Us"
    c. "Long Lost Brother of Mine"
  14. "Fist of Fire" (Anderson, Wakeman, Howe, Bruford) – 3:27
  15. "I Would Have Waited Forever" (Anderson, Jonathan Elias, Howe) – 7:02
    • Extended version that appeared on a promo in 1991 prior to the release of Union.

Disc five[edit]

  1. "Lift Me Up" (Rabin, Squire) – 6:30
  2. "The Calling" (Anderson, Squire, Rabin) – 6:55
  3. "I Am Waiting" (Anderson, Rabin) – 7:24
  4. "Mind Drive" (Anderson, Squire, White, Howe, Wakeman) – 18:37
  5. "Open Your Eyes" (Anderson, Squire, White, Howe, Billy Sherwood) – 5:14
  6. "Universal Garden" (Anderson, Squire, White, Howe, Sherwood) – 6:17
  7. "Homeworld (The Ladder)" (Anderson, Squire, White, Howe, Sherwood, Igor Khoroshev) – 9:32
  8. "The Messenger" (Anderson, Squire, White, Howe, Sherwood, Khoroshev) – 5:13
  9. "Last Train" (Anderson, Squire, Howe, White) – 2:23
    • Previously unreleased
  10. "In The Presence of" (Anderson, Squire, Howe, White) – 10:24
    I. "Deeper"
    II. "Death of Ego"
    III. "True Beginner"
    IV. "Turn Around and Remember"

In a Word: Yes (1969 - ) (Rhino 78186) failed to chart in the UK or US.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thoma (2011). "In a Word - Yes | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011.