Yesyears

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Yesyears
Yesyears (Yes album) coverart.jpg
Box set by Yes
Released 6 August 1991
Recorded 1969–1991
Genre Progressive rock
Length 4:51:23
Label Atco
Producer Yes, Paul Clay,
Tony Colton, Eddie Offord, Trevor Horn, Trevor Rabin and Paul De Villiers
Yes chronology
Union
(1991)Union1991
Yesyears
(1991)
Yesstory
(1992)Yesstory1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Yesyears is a career-spanning collection of music by progressive rock band Yes released as a four-disc box set in 1991. It was compiled following the release of Union and Yes's departure from Atlantic Records, with whom they had been contracted since 1969 (and the offshoot label Atco Records since 1983). Yesyears covers the band's musical story from 1969's debut Yes to studio material recorded with Billy Sherwood following Jon Anderson's departure in 1988.

One of the major attractions of Yesyears was its inclusion of rare material, including many previously unreleased songs, and a full-colour booklet detailing Yes's history.

A condensed version of this package, entitled Yesstory, would be released in 1992 on two discs.

Yesyears was deleted in the late 1990s, preceding the release of Rhino Records' (five-disc) box set In a Word: Yes (1969–) in 2002. Most of the rare material found on Yesyears but not on In a Word would surface on Rhino's reissues of Yes albums in 2003 and 2004.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Source Length
1. "Something's Coming" Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim Single B-side to "Sweetness", July 1969; while the Yes album reissue (2003) includes the mono mix from the UK single, this is the stereo mix, released as an A-side in the Netherlands in 1970. 7:06
2. "Survival" Jon Anderson Yes (1969) 6:18
3. "Every Little Thing" John Lennon, Paul McCartney Yes (1969) 5:41
4. "Then" Anderson BBC recording on 19 January 1970 4:18
5. "Everydays" Stephen Stills BBC recording on 4 August 1969 4:08
6. "Sweet Dreams" Anderson, David Foster Time and a Word (1970) 3:49
7. "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed" Richie Havens Time and a Word (1970) 4:48
8. "Time and a Word" Anderson, Foster Time and a Word (1970) 4:31
9. "Starship Trooper
  • a. "Life Seeker"
  • b. "Disillusion"
  • c. "Würm"
Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe The Yes Album (1970) 9:25
10. "Yours Is No Disgrace" Anderson, Squire, Howe, Tony Kaye, Bill Bruford The Yes Album (1970) 9:41
11. "I've Seen All Good People"
  • a. "Your Move"
  • b. "All Good People"
Anderson, Squire The Yes Album (1970) 6:53
12. "Long Distance Runaround" Anderson Fragile (1971) 3:30
13. "The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)" Squire Fragile (1971) 2:37
Total length: 72:45
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Source Length
1. "Roundabout" Anderson, Howe Fragile (1971) 8:31
2. "Heart of the Sunrise" Anderson, Squire, Bruford Fragile (1971) 10:35
3. "America" (Single edit) Paul Simon Single A-side, July 1972; full version included on the The New Age of Atlantic compilation (1972), and on Yesterdays (1975) 4:04
4. "Close to the Edge"
  • I. "The Solid Time of Change"
  • II. "Total Mass Retain"
  • III. "I Get Up I Get Down"
  • IV. "Seasons of Man"
Anderson, Howe Close to the Edge (1972) 18:34
5. "Ritual (Nous Sommes du Soleil)" Anderson, Howe, Squire, Rick Wakeman, Alan White Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973) 21:33
6. "Sound Chaser" Anderson, Squire, Howe, White, Patrick Moraz Relayer (1974) 9:22
Total length: 72:39
Disc three
No. Title Writer(s) Source Length
1. "Soon" (Single edit) Anderson Single A-side, January 1975; excerpt from "The Gates of Delirium" from Relayer (1974) 4:06
2. "Amazing Grace" Trad. arr. Squire Previously unreleased, recorded 4 November 1976 in London; included on the Going for the One reissue (2003) 2:31
3. "Vevey, Part One" Anderson, Wakeman Previously unreleased, recorded 23 February 1977 in Vevey; full version included on the Going for the One reissue (2003) 1:07
4. "Wonderous Stories" Anderson Going for the One (1977) 3:49
5. "Awaken" Anderson, Howe Going for the One (1977) 15:35
6. "Montreux's Theme" Howe, Squire, Anderson, White Previously unreleased, recorded during the Going for the One sessions late 1976/early 1977 and included on its reissue (2003) 2:26
7. "Vevey, Part Two" Anderson, Wakeman Previously unreleased, recorded 23 February 1977 in Vevey; full version included on the Going for the One reissue (2003) 0:56
8. "Going for the One" Anderson Going for the One (1977) 5:32
9. "Money" Squire, Anderson, White, Wakeman Previously unreleased, recorded 31 March 1978 in London during the Tormato sessions and included on its reissue (2004); with a spoken overdub by Rick Wakeman 3:12
10. "Abilene" Howe B-side of "Don't Kill the Whale" single (UK), August 1978; included on the Tormato reissue (2004) 3:55
11. "Don't Kill the Whale" Anderson, Squire Tormato (1978) 3:54
12. "On the Silent Wings of Freedom" Anderson, Squire Tormato (1978) 7:46
13. "Does It Really Happen?" Geoff Downes, Trevor Horn, Howe, Squire, White Drama (1980) 6:30
14. "Tempus Fugit" Downes, Horn, Howe, Squire, White Drama (1980) 5:14
15. "Run with the Fox" Squire, White, Peter Sinfield Single A-side, December 1981, by Chris Squire and Alan White 4:09
16. "I'm Down" Lennon, McCartney Previously unreleased, live at Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ, 17 June 1976 2:31
Total length: 73:13
Disc four
No. Title Writer(s) Source Length
1. "Make It Easy" Trevor Rabin Previously unreleased, recorded January 1982 by Cinema; included on the 90125 reissue (2004) 6:08
2. "It Can Happen" Anderson, Rabin, Squire Previously unreleased, recorded January 1982 by Cinema; early version of 90125 song, included on its reissue (2004) 6:01
3. "Owner of a Lonely Heart" Rabin, Anderson, Squire, Horn 90125 (1983) 4:27
4. "Hold On" Rabin, Anderson, Squire 90125 (1983) 5:15
5. "Shoot High, Aim Low" Anderson, Kaye, Rabin, Squire, White Big Generator (1987) 7:00
6. "Rhythm of Love" Anderson, Kaye, Rabin, Squire Big Generator (1987) 4:46
7. "Love Will Find a Way" Rabin Big Generator (1987) 4:49
8. "Changes" Rabin, Anderson, White Previously unreleased, live at the The Summit, Houston, TX, 19 February 1988; studio version on 90125 7:34
9. "And You and I"
  • I. "Cord of Life"
  • II. "Eclipse"
  • III. "The Preacher the Teacher"
  • IV. "Apocalypse"
Anderson, Bruford, Howe, Squire Previously unreleased, live at the The Summit, Houston, TX, 19 February 1988; studio version on Close to the Edge 10:49
10. "Heart of the Sunrise" Anderson, Squire, Bruford Live at The Summit, Houston, TX, 19 February 1988; studio version on Fragile 10:50
11. "Love Conquers All" Squire, Billy Sherwood Outtake from Union, recorded in early 1991 4:58
Total length: 72:37

Yesyears (Atco 791 644) failed to chart in the UK or United States

Personnel[edit]

Yes[edit]

  • Jon Anderson – lead vocals (1.1 – 1.13, 2.1 – 2.6, 3.1, 3.4 – 3.5, 3.8 – 3.12, 3.16, 4.3 – 4.10), harp (3.3, 3.7), guitar (3.6)
  • Peter Banks – guitar, backing vocals (1.1 – 1.8)
  • Bill Bruford – drums (1.1 – 1.13, 2.1 – 2.4)
  • Tony Kaye – keyboards (1.1 – 1.11, 4.1 – 4.11)
  • Chris Squire – bass, backing vocals (all)
  • Steve Howe – guitar, backing vocals (1.9 – 1.13, 2.1 – 2.6, 3.1, 3.4 – 3.6, 3.8 – 3.14, 3.16)
  • Rick Wakeman – keyboards (1.12 – 1.13, 2.1 – 2.5, 3.3 – 3.12)
  • Alan White – drums (2.5 – 2.6, 3.1, 3.4 – 3.6, 3.8 – 3.16, 4.1 – 4.11)
  • Patrick Moraz – keyboards (2.6, 3.1, 3.16)
  • Geoff Downes – keyboards (3.13 – 3.14)
  • Trevor Horn – lead vocals (3.13 – 3.14)
  • Trevor Rabin – guitar (4.1 – 4.11)

Additional musicians[edit]

  • David Foster – backing vocals (1.6), acoustic guitar (1.8)
  • Billy Sherwood – additional background vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards (4.11)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r78747