There is not a band more instrumental in the progressive rock movement than Yes. And even Yes, themselves were not afraid to push their boundaries, and explore new horizons. And explore they did. Yes went from a band who was trying to find their own ground in the ‘60s to a band with refined style in the ‘70s, and reinvented themselves in the ‘80s with the most modern sounding recordings of the decade - all of which accomplished with a never ending list of members who would come and go, and often resume their roles in the band. These changes continue to this day, and certainly make Yes the intriguing band they are today.
Yes formed in the late ‘60s, but it wasn’t until the ‘70s their style became vital, and widely recognized for its originality. The band would at ease go from a five-minute track to complex twenty some minutes musical suites - in either case, employing skilled and creative musicianship. The group certainly let their imaginations flow, and they projected this image into the audience. Even their album covers reflected this futuristic mindset.
Yes went through many personnel changes over their years. Their history is quite complicated, as many of the members would leave, and then reappear in the band some years later. The most classic line up from the ‘70s included Jon Anderson on vocals, Steve Howe on guitar, Chris Squire on bass, Rick Wakeman on keyboards, and Alan White on drums. In that decade, Yes also included Bill Bruford on drums, Tony Kaye and Patrick Moraz on keyboards. The above mentioned line-ups were responsible for the bulk of the material from the 1970s. In 1979, Anderson and Wakeman left the band, and Trevor Horn (vocals,) and Geoff Downes (keyboards,) were brought in. The two new members came from a new wave duo called The Buggles. This line-up wrote and recorded “Drama” in 1980 - a highly controversial, yet incredibly original record. After the tour, the band broke up for good.
In 1982, Chris Squire, Alan White, Tony Kaye, and newcomer Trevor Rabin (guitar and vocals,) were about to launch a new band named Cinema. In no time, Jon Anderson was involved, adding his vocals to the music, and name Yes was revived. The album in question was 90125, produced by Trevor Horn, proved to be an absolute smash in terms of hits, musicianship, and production. It was one of the defining records for the 1980s, and the band rode the wave of success. As it always was with Yes more changes and tribulations followed. By 1991, the band was touring and recording as an eight-piece band, including just about every former and current member there was. Then it was the return to the “90125” line-up for one more album, and Trevor Rabin exited the band for good. At that point, Yes took a few years off, and came back with its most classic 1970s line-up. Currently, the band includes the core members Chris Squire, Steve Howe, and Alan White. Joining the original trio are Oliver Wakeman who took over for his father on keyboards, and vocalist Benoit David replacing Jon Anderson. The current incarnation of Yes is writing and recording new music with Trevor Horn producing.
Grammy Award winners YES is back with their first all original new album in ten years. As a dominant force for more than four decades, YES has sold more than 33 million albums worldwide. Their symphonic use of sound and innovative musical style has made each of the group’s players’ virtuosos in their own right.
Fly From Here (2011) encompasses YES’ signature brand of mysticism and grand-scale compositions. Maintaining a complex, symphonic sound that features the beautiful harmonies and strong heavy riffs they are known for. Fly From Here sees YES teaming up again with legendary, two-time Grammy Award-winning producer, Trevor Horn (Buggles, Tina Turner, Pet Shop Boys, Paul MCCartney, Simple Minds, etc). Horn also collaborated with the songwriting and brought in the sessions his former Buggles and Yes partner Geoff Downes (of Asia) on keyboards, thus recreating the creative environment of the Drama album.