Personalities | Yes | Seventies | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1968–81, 1982–2004, 2008–present)

The quintessential progressive rock outfit, Yes were formed in late-1960s London by bassist Chris Squire, singer Jon Anderson and drummer Bill Bruford. Early albums Yes (1969) and Time And A Word (1970) only hinted at their potential. The Yes Album (1970) featured new guitarist Steve Howe and established them as a major force with virtuoso musicianship, epic songs and Anderson’s unique voice and lyrics. The classic line-up was completed when keyboard maestro Rick Wakeman joined for Fragile (1971). 1972’s Close To The Edge saw Yes at the peak of their powers.

Alan White replaced Bruford on Tales From Topographic Oceans (1973), a double set containing four side-long compositions. Disillusioned by the band’s direction, Wakeman left to be replaced by Patrick Moraz on Relayer (1974). He returned for 1977’s Going For The One. Personnel changes continued to bedevil Yes through the 1980s and 1990s, with Squire the only ever-present member.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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