The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection

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The Ultimate Yes:
35th Anniversary Collection
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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 track listing 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. The album was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry (for over 100,000 copies sold in the UK). 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" (Anderson)
    b. "Disillusion" (Chris Squire)
    c. "Würm" (Steve Howe)
  3. "Yours Is No Disgrace" (Anderson/Squire/Howe/Tony Kaye/Bill Bruford) – 9:41
  4. "I've Seen All Good People" – 6:56
    a. "Your Move" (Anderson)
    b. "All Good People" (Squire)
  5. "Roundabout" (Anderson/Howe) – 8:32
  6. "Long Distance Runaround" (Anderson) – 3:31
  7. "Heart of the Sunrise" (Anderson/Squire/Bruford) – 10:37
  8. "South Side of the Sky" (Anderson/Squire) – 7:56
  9. "And You and I" (Anderson; Themes by Bruford/Howe/Squire) – 10:09
    I. "Cord of Life"
    II. "Eclipse" (Anderson/Bruford/Howe)
    III. "The Preacher the Teacher"
    IV. "Apocalypse"
  10. "America" (Single edit) (Paul Simon) – 4:10
  11. "Wonderous Stories" (Anderson) – 3:49

Disc two[edit]

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

Disc three[edit]

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

UK track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

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

Disc two[edit]

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

Song Origins[edit]

US Release[edit]

  • Track 1 of Disc 1 from Time and a Word
  • Tracks 2-4 of Disc 1 from The Yes Album
  • Tracks 5-8 of Disc 1 from Fragile
  • Track 9 of Disc 1 and track 1 of Disc 2 from Close to the Edge
  • Track 10 of Disc 1 released as a non-album single
  • Track 2 of Disc 2 from Relayer, later released as a single, new edit previously unissued
  • Track 11 of Disc 1 and track 3 of Disc 2 from Going for the One
  • Track 4 of Disc 2 from Tormato
  • Track 5 of Disc 2 from Drama
  • Tracks 6-9 of Disc 2 from 90125
  • Track 10 of Disc 2 from Big Generator (the latter is a remix previously unissued)
  • Track 11 of Disc 2 from Union
  • Track 12 of Disc 2 from Talk
  • Track 13 of Disc 2 from Open Your Eyes
  • Track 14 of Disc 2 from The Ladder
  • Track 15 of Disc 2 from Magnification
  • Tracks 1-5 of Disc 3 previously unissued

UK Release[edit]

  • Track 2 of Disc 1 from Yes
  • Track 4 of Disc 1 from Time and a Word
  • Tracks 1, 5, and 7 of Disc 1 from The Yes Album
  • Tracks 3 & 6 of Disc 1 and track 2 of Disc 2 from Fragile
  • Tracks 1 & 4 of Disc 2 from Close to the Edge
  • Track 8 of Disc 1 from Tales from Topographic Oceans
  • Track 5 of Disc 2 from Relayer
  • Tracks 3, 6, & 13 of Disc 2 from Going for the One
  • Track 7 of Disc 2 from Tormato
  • Tracks 8 & 9 of Disc 2 from 90125
  • Track 10 of Disc 2 from Big Generator
  • Track 11 of Disc 2 from Talk
  • Track 12 of Disc 2 from The Ladder

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) (except on track 13 of Disc 2, U.S. Release)

Additional Personnel[edit]

  • Steve Porcaro - 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 - Acoustic bass 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.

Certifications[edit]

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
  3. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certified-awards.aspx