Yesterdays (Yes album)

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Yesterdays front cover.jpg
Compilation album by Yes
Released 28 February 1975
Recorded 1969-1970, 1972
Genre Progressive rock
Length 45:36
Label Atlantic

Paul Clay, Tony Colton, Yes and Eddie Offord

Back cover
Back cover
Back cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (not rated) [2]

Yesterdays is a 1975 compilation album by the British progressive rock band Yes. Released as the band were about to explore their own solo projects, it consists mostly of material from their first two albums, Yes and Time and a Word. In addition, it features the b-side "Dear Father" and their cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "America" which was featured on an Atlantic Records sampler album in 1972 called The New Age of Atlantic. An edit of this extended recording was also released as a US single that year.

All of the tracks on this album feature Yes’s original line-up with Peter Banks and Tony Kaye except "America," which includes Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman.

This was the last Yes album until Drama to use cover artwork by Roger Dean. The front cover incorporates imagery from the cover of Time and a Word, while the back cover was designed to be used as an alternate front cover.

The inner sleeve has photographs of all band members past and present, except then-current keyboardist Patrick Moraz, but including Alan White, who does not play on any of the tracks.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "America" (Paul Simon) (from The New Age of Atlantic, 1972) – 10:30
  2. "Looking Around" (Jon Anderson, Chris Squire) (from Yes, 1969) – 4:00
  3. "Time and a Word" (Anderson, David Foster) (from Time and a Word, 1970) – 4:32
  4. "Sweet Dreams" (Anderson, Foster) (from Time and a Word, 1970) – 3:50

Side two[edit]

  1. "Then" (Anderson) (from Time and a Word, 1970) – 5:45
  2. "Survival" (Anderson) (from Yes, 1969) – 6:20
  3. "Astral Traveller" (Anderson) (from Time and a Word, 1970) – 5:53
  4. "Dear Father" (Anderson, Squire) (b-side of "Sweet Dreams" single, 1970) – 4:21



  • "Top Pop Albums 1955-2001", Joel Whitburn, c.2002[citation needed]



Year Chart Position
1975 UK Albums Chart 27
Billboard Pop Albums 17


Year Single Chart Position
1972 "America" Single version to be found on expanded Close to the Edge Billboard Pop Singles 46


  1. ^ Paul Collins. "Yesterdays". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived 5 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine.