The Definitive Rock Collection

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2007
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227418823
  • Catalog Number: 74188
  • Sales rank: 90,781

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
Dan Hersch Remastering
Trevor Horn Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
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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  • Posted July 4, 2011

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    The Rise And Fall Of Prog Rock

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YES, this is a Definitive Collection

    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.

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