Close To The edge
Jon Anderson (vocals), Chris Squire (bass, vocals), Peter Banks (guitar, vocals), Tony Kaye (keyboards) and Bill Bruford (drums) formed Yes in 1968, going on to create some of the most innovative progressive rock music of their generation, pioneering the use of synthesizers and sound effects. Albums included "Roundabout," ‘Relayer,” "Close To the Edge," and "Awaken", using fantastic graphic images on their album covers by Roger Dean. By this time Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman were full members.
In the 1980s, Yes continued to experiment with digital technology producing in particular "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" and "Rhythm Of Love" and indeed pushed at the boundaries of rock through the following years and even set up their own record label, Yessongs.
Yes specialized in grandiose works, complex and often symphonic in style. "Tales from Topographic Oceans" for example consists entirely of four twenty minute pieces, in fact many would question whether they could be classed as rock at all.
As is the way, the band split after numerous member changes, although has had a few reincarnations over the years and has recently reformed, however, replacing a somewhat surprised Jon Anderson with Benoit David from a Yes tribute band (it just shows there’s always hope!).
Original members include Jon Anderson (born October 25, 1944, in Lancashire, England; left group, 1980, rejoined, early 1980s, left, late 1980s, performed with Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, and Howe [ABWH], beginning in 1989, and with Yes, 1991), vocals; Peter Banks (left group, 1969), guitar; Bill Bruford (born May 17, 1948, in London, England; left group, 1972, performed with ABWA, beginning in 1989, and with Yes, 1991), drums; Tony Kaye (left group, 1969, rejoined, 1982), keyboards; and Chris Squire (born March 4, 1948, in London), bass.
Later members include Geoff Downes (joined group, 1980, left, early 1980s), keyboards; Trevor Horn (joined group, 1980, left, early 1980s), vocals; Steve Howe (born April 8, 1947, in London; joined group, 1969, left c. 1981, performed with ABWH, beginning in 1989, and with Yes, 1991), guitar; Patrick Moraz (born June 24, 1948, in Morges, Switzerland; joined group, 1973, left, 1976), keyboards; Trevor Rabin (joined group c. 1981), guitar, Rick Wakeman (born May 18, 1949; joined group, 1971, left, 1973, rejoined, 1976, left c. 1979, performed with ABWH, beginning in 1989, and with Yes, 1991), keyboards; Alan White (born June 14, 1949, in Durham, England; joined group, 1972), drums.
Group formed in London, England, 1968; released first album, Yes, on Atlantic Records, 1969.
Awards: Five gold albums; two platinum albums.
Addresses: Record company—Atco, 1290 6th Ave., New York, NY 10104.
Albums: (all albums produced by Atlantic unless noted)
Time and a Word, 1970.
The Yes Album, 1971.
Close to the Edge, 1972.
Tales from Topographic Oceans, 1973.
Going for the One, 1977.
90125, Atco, 1983.
Big Generator, Atco, 1987.
Union, Arista, 1991.
Talk, Victory, 1994.
Keys to Ascension 2, Essential Records, 1997.
Open Your Eyes, Eagle Records (UK) and Beyond Music (US), 1997.
The Ladder, Eagle Records (U.K.) and Beyond Music (U.S.), 1999.
Magnification, Eagle Records (U.K.) and Beyond Music (U.S.), 2001.
Fly from Here, Frontiers Records (Europe, U.S.) and Avalon (Japan), 2011.
Source: Simon Glickman
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