- Audio CD (29 Sept. 2008)
- Number of Discs: 5
- Format: Box set
- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B001FBWVD2
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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In A Word: Yes (1969 - ) Box set
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I will admit that the unreleased material here is pretty throwaway stuff and I don't believe it's the reason to purchase this collection. I find it more encompassing than Yesyears but as ever, there's only so much material available so there's going to be some crossovers. Later years are covered well although the exclusion of certain tracks (in my case 'Silent Talking' from Union) will be puzzling but different strokes etc. etc.
I don't agree that the production is flat although there are slight differences with mixes to copies I already have on CD and vinyl. Generally I wasn't disappointed with the production quality and playback at high volume stood up well on my system.
The attached book does seem to restate the Chris Welch 'Close To The Edge' tome. I doubt we'll get the real story on departures/arrivals for some time if ever. To be fair I'd rather not read about my favourite musicians slagging each other to death anyway !
I'd rather concentrate on the music and the thought that these blokes are still performing/writing/recording is pretty incredible. The colour of the music here says it all for me personally. Yes are untouchable, unique and this collection, while not being all things to all fans, is pretty close to the potted history from then until now... and beyond.
But enough about that. The spread of music here was desirable for me, because, being 16, i had only just started getting into Yes and other prog rock about a year and a half ago. I was quite surprised by a lot of the tracks i had never heard, most notably the Drama stuff (I always presumed Anderson-less Yes would be mostly irrelevant, however it is positively thrilling and fresh). Anyhoo, the tracks range from all the many crevices and corners of Yes' lifespan. Although most of the unreleased tracks are not that great, they are certainly nice enough to warrent release sooner or later.
The packaging and the booklet are sublime, and while the second half features some quite odd waffling and noodling, they certainly provided supremely entertaining reading.
So, despite some glaring ommisions ("Endless Dream" from Talk, "And You and I" from Close to the Edge, and perhaps a live track or two), this package is well worth the money it sells for. This sort of thing is a collectors item of unrivalled presentation. I love it to bits.
Oh and great artwork from Roger Dean.
The songs from CD1 through to the tail end of CD3 show a band taking risks and yet continually coming up with strong songs and excellent playing. Is it just a co-incidence that the most dated sounding CD is the fourth one covering thier best selling eighties output. CD5 shows a band gradually working their way back to their true musical roots and ends with material from the latest album, the excellent ' Magnification '.
The five bonus tracks are what you would expect ie maybe not strong enough to have made a finished album but still interesting, 'Richard' in particular stands out. The packaging and booklet are superb and really add to the whole box set experience.
In summary, Although I already own most of the tracks on 'In a Word', getting this as a present allowed this Yes fan to re-live the whole experience again as well as reminding me why I enjoyed them so much in the first place. For those with only a passing interest this box set will let you in on the secret at a relatively low price when compared to buying the individual albums. The Yes back catalogue has not always been re-packaged with quality in mind, this time they have got it just right.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The 3 stars is not for the content or packaging,but because The Studio Albums box eclipses this for content.There you have 13 cd's,here 5. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Music Lover
Excellent appraisal of this quintessential prog rock supergroup,good spread of classic and lesser known material all remastered in excellent sound quality,good comprehensive... Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2013 by michael delaney
Bought this CD (5 CDs in all) for my partner who has always been a very big Yes fan and has most of the tracks on vinyl but nothing on CD. Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2010 by Wildchild
I bought this CD for my husband for Christams. He is absolutely delighted with it and it is getting continuous play. The artwork in the booklet is beautiful. Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2010 by Gill
This is the more wallet-friendly re-release of the Box Set that has been out for some time now but no less beautifully packaged and with all 5 discs present and correct (its a... Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2008 by C. H. Turnbull