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Definitive Rock Collection
     

The Definitive Rock Collection

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by Yes
 
This double disc by Rhino includes 26 tracks from virtually all versions of Yes. While it rightly focuses on the band's singles and well-known album tracks from 1968 to 2001, it leaves off Yes' celebrated -- and reviled -- excess from albums like Tales from Topographic Oceans (which needs to be experienced in full to either love it or hate

Overview

This double disc by Rhino includes 26 tracks from virtually all versions of Yes. While it rightly focuses on the band's singles and well-known album tracks from 1968 to 2001, it leaves off Yes' celebrated -- and reviled -- excess from albums like Tales from Topographic Oceans (which needs to be experienced in full to either love it or hate it). Rhino cross-licensed much of the later material. While it's true that there are many compilations out there, none of them go as far as this one in offering such a complete portrait of a band that has undergone many reunions and personnel changes. All the hits are here: there's a complete "Starship Trooper" and "Yours Is No Disgrace," the "I've Seen All Good People" suite, "Roundabout," "Long Distance Runaround," the "And You and I" suite, and "Siberian Khatru." And more. That said, there is also "Going for the One," "Owner of a Lonely Heart," the single edits of "The Calling" and "Homeworld," and a new edit of "Soon" from Relayer. Put sound and content together and you have a truly definitive collection -- insofar as there can be one. Those who have been longtime fans may want this as a quick best-of. Newbies will dig this as a collection builder and a fantastic introduction to one of the bands that helped change the face of rock -- whether for better or worse will be your opinion.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2007
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227418823
catalogNumber:
74188

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yes   Primary Artist
Rick Wakeman   Keyboards,Group Member
Jon Anderson   Vocals,Group Member
Peter Banks   Guitar,Group Member
Bill Bruford   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Steve Howe   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Trevor Rabin   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Chris Squire   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Patrick Moraz   Keyboards,Group Member
Alan White   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Geoffrey Downes   Keyboards,Group Member
Trevor Horn   Vocals,Group Member
Tony Kaye   Keyboards,Group Member
Billy Sherwood   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Igor Khoroshev   Keyboards,Group Member

Technical Credits

Rick Wakeman   Composer
Bill Bruford   Composer
Steve Howe   Composer
Trevor Rabin   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Chris Squire   Composer
Yes   Audio Production
Patrick Moraz   Composer
Tony Colton   Producer,Audio Production
Paul DeVilliers   Producer
Geoffrey Downes   Composer
Jonathan Elias   Producer
Bruce Fairbairn   Producer
Trevor Horn   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Bill Inglot   Producer
Tony Kaye   Composer
Eddy Offord   Producer,Audio Production
Billy Sherwood   Composer
Tim Weidner   Producer
Igor Khoroshev   Composer
Chris Welch   Liner Notes

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3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Yes was a one of a kind band in their heyday. They had very talented players, even though Jon Anderson sung some of the goofiest lyrics in rock, apparently derived from eastern mysticism. The first disc is mostly drawn from The Yes Album, Fragile, and Close To The Edge. The only flaw is the oddball version of Paul Simon's America, which proves they are not a cover band. Disc 2 is where things get messy. the new personnel caused the group to shift to a more new wave commercial sound. The last few tracks recorded by the original members show some signs of a return to form. Fifteen of the 26 tracks are from before 1980. Several more would have improved this anthology. I believe it is a repackage of the earlier Ultimate Yes, which had the same track listing and a bonus disc of acoustic material. Overall, I give this collection 3 1/2 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been buying YES albums for over 35 years. I've spent lots of money on vinyl, cassette, and CD over the span of years " I don't think I've ever had any 8 tracks, though ". This compilation is well worth the price of admission. The musicallity of the band shines through as it always should. The Steve Howe guitar highs and the Chris Squire bass lows balanced by the awesome vocals of Jon Anderson make this cross section of the bands large catalog of songs a pleasure to the ears. Some remasters in recent years have tended to "pasteurize" the sound of the band. This remaster brings out the sound that was meant to be. The "headphone" hits like Starship Trooper and Yours is No Disgrace are recreated with the seperation of sound that we all enjoyed so many years ago.