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Beyond And Before The BBC Recordings 1969 - 1970 [Double CD]

Yes Audio CD
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Far and away the longest lasting and the most successful of the '70s progressive rock groups, Yes proved to be one of the lingering success stories from that musical genre. The band, founded in 1968, overcame a generational shift in its audience and the departure of its most visible members at key points in its history to reach the end of the century as the definitive progressive rock ... Read more in Amazon's Yes Store

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  • Audio CD (9 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Store For Music
  • ASIN: B002H3ET4G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Something's Coming
2. Everydays
3. Sweetness
4. Dear Father
5. Every Little Thing
6. Looking Around
7. Sweet Dreams
8. Then
9. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Required
Disc: 2
1. Astral Traveller
2. Then
3. Every Little Thing
4. Everydays
5. For Everyone
6. Sweetness
7. Something's Coming
8. Sweet Dreams
9. Beyond And Before

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is a darned interesting record, not just for fans of traditional YES wanting to hear the band's sonic roots, but for folks like me who come at this set as a fan of the Beatles and the Nice etc. On these BBC recordings, YES is energetic and propulsive in their performances; several songs, especially "Beyond and Before," give me the feeling of being yanked about on a short hang-glider ride--later YES is less likely to be as concise, fast, and skittish. The longest song here is
about seven minutes. It is exceptionally neat to hear YES take an early Buffalo Springfield song ("Everyday"), put a rocket under it, and take it through smart, well-defined breaks (including some killer unison accent bits) all in less than five minutes, ending in a ferocious Squire/Bruford "buh-blam"! That track is what this record is about: YES reworking 60's pop-psychedelia and figuring out what they can do with it. Elsewhere on the web someone says of these YES BBC performances, "they play their asses off"--I agree. The rhythm section, especially Bruford at the drums, is superb. The vocals are rough on a few tracks, but fine on others. This band features Tony Kaye on a Hammond organ and the band's original guitarist, Peter Banks. No, he's not Steve Howe, but he's quite fine being who he is. His style is often angular and aggressive; he's not as interested in sounding lyrical or pretty as Howe is, but Banks also does some neat volume pedal work and some lacy effects influenced by jazz guitarists. But the bottom line: Banks is a fine, loud rock'n'roll guitar player, and he's key in giving the early version of YES a raunchier sound than fans of AOR radio might associate with this group.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Catches the band at an interesting time. 14 Mar 2014
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For anyone interested in Yes this is a must have album as it catches the group right at the beginning of their career. These are mainly tracks that were recorded for broadcast on radio and it mainly consists of tracks that ended up on the first two albums. It's a bit rough and ready and the mixes are occasionally rather uneven. For example on one version of 'Something's coming' Peter Banks's guitar seems rather high in the mix. However, there is much to like here as the music is enthusiastically played and gives hints of the greatness that was yet to come! It also shows how some of the tracks were developed as 'For everyone' is basically what will become the second section of 'Starship trooper' from the 'Yes album'. The three star rating is more to do with the quality of the production (I'd probably have give it 3 1/2 but can't due to Amazon rating system) which is rather on the shoddy side. But saying that there is much here for the enthusiastic Yes fan who wants to know what they were doing early on.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Same tracklist as the Millenium Collection 18 May 2011
By AOR_Jim
Format:Audio CD
These tracks have been previously released as Millenium Collectionso if you already have that album don't bother with this one.
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0 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unknown title/recordings 19 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
I am very fond of Yes and have ben since 1993. My favourite album's being Close to the Edge, Yes Songs and Union.
Looking forward to seing them in the Waterfront in Belfast in November this year. Rick Wakeman is an excellent keyboard player amd Jon Anderson has a good singing voice. Long may they continue!!

Brian Gourley.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like early Yes, a must have 20 Dec 1999
By Tom Test - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was surprised to see no reviews yet of this CD, so I guess I'll be the first. This is really strong stuff, the band sounds really tight. The sound quality is variable, but their are some hidden gems here that you've never heard before. Remember that the YES of their first two albums was very different than the mid-70's classic stuff--more "pop" or even "folk" at times. "Something's Happening" (from West Side Story) is an example--and it's great. If you like very early YES, if you have the YesYears box set and liked disc one, by all means you should buy this!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BBC YES PUSHES THE ENVELOPE OF SHORT-FORM PSYCHEDELIA 1 Jun 2001
By Johann Cat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a darned interesting record, not just for fans of traditional YES wanting to hear the band's sonic roots, but for folks like me who come at this set as a fan of the Beatles and the Nice etc. On these BBC recordings, YES is energetic and propulsive in their performances; several songs, especially "Beyond and Before," give me the feeling of being yanked about on a short hang-glider ride--later YES is less likely to be as concise, fast, and skittish. The longest song here is
about seven minutes. It is exceptionally neat to hear YES take an early Buffalo Springfield song ("Everyday"), put a rocket under it, and take it through smart, well-defined breaks (including some killer unison accent bits) all in less than five minutes, ending in a ferocious Squire/Bruford "buh-blam"! That track is what this record is about: YES reworking 60's pop-psychedelia and figuring out what they can do with it. Elsewhere on the web someone says of these YES BBC performances, "they play their asses off"--I agree. The rhythm section, especially Bruford at the drums, is superb. The vocals are rough on a few tracks, but fine on others. This band features Tony Kaye on a Hammond organ and the band's original guitarist, Peter Banks. No, he's not Steve Howe, but he's quite fine being who he is. His style is often angular and aggressive; he's not as interested in sounding lyrical or pretty as Howe is, but Banks also does some neat volume pedal work and some lacy effects influenced by jazz guitarists. But the bottom line: Banks is a fine, loud rock'n'roll guitar player, and he's key in giving the early version of YES a raunchier sound than fans of AOR radio might associate with this group. The playing on this record is frankly more in a 60's idiom than the 70's idiom the later band helped define. And that may actually appeal to people who are more fans of sixties' pop and psychedelia (YES work out on a 1965 Beatle song here) than of the seventies' 17-minute arty excursions the band is famous (or infamous) for.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Last song "Beyond & Before" Rocks! Has other good tunes too. 3 Dec 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Thank Goodness (or Thank "Sweetness") there are two CDs. The first one has some good songs but for me, it seemed lacking. Yeah "Every Little Thing" is interesting and "Looking Around," "Sweetness," etc. are good songs. Still, there seemed to be something missing. On CD2, I knew why I felt unsatisfied!
The version of "Everydays" on CD2 is longer and more of a rocking tune. Speaking of better versions, the version of "Sweetness" is far superior to the previous version discussed. Listen to the different ending on this one! If there was any doubt over which CD is the better, listen to "Beyond & Before"- that is one of the group's best tunes! Wonderful!
(*note -I rated this 4 Stars instead of 5 because about half of the songs throughout are listenable but not very exciting, compared to the better moments that are primarily on CD2)
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great snapshot of the early Yes era 13 Jan 2007
By Rushead 2112-Hemispheres - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This two disc set gives us a great snapshot of the early FM radio era of Yes. The audio quality is not so great at times, but it sounds authentic. Did someone say this sounds like early Pink Floyd? What are you smoking? This is great early prog rock. Gotta love it. I would only recommend this to the hardcore Yes fan - like myself.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wowwww 23 Dec 2004
By Manunggal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
wow, you can hear them play live here, and they played the songs perfectly. different atmosphere compared to studio recording, so this album is really a must. it's like we listen to Zeppelin and buy Zeppelin BBC session. Different way in playing and singing!

buy this now!!
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