Quantity:1
Yessongs has been added to your Basket
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by musicMagpie
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Buy with confidence from a huge UK seller with over 3 million feedback ratings, all items despatched next day directly from the UK. All items are quality guaranteed.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Available to Download Now
Buy the MP3 album for £9.99

Yessongs Double CD, Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

4.5 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

Price: £5.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
AutoRip is available only for eligible CDs and vinyl sold by Amazon EU Sarl (but does not apply to gift orders or PrimeNow orders). See Terms and Conditions for full details, including costs which may apply for the MP3 version in case of order returns or cancellations.
Only 9 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
Complete your purchase to add the MP3 version to your Amazon music library. Provided by Amazon EU S.à r.l.
54 new from £4.58 13 used from £3.99 2 collectible from £4.99
£5.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details Only 9 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Amazon's Yes Store


Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • Yessongs
  • +
  • Tales from Topographic Oceans
  • +
  • Fragile [Expanded & Remastered]
Total price: £19.96
Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002J1Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
1
30
3:47
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
2
30
9:03
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
3
30
11:33
Album Only
4
30
14:11
Album Only
5
30
9:33
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
6
30
2:53
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
7
30
6:37
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
8
30
8:33
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
9
30
7:09
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
10
30
13:37
Album Only
11
30
18:13
Album Only
12
30
14:23
Album Only
13
30
10:18
Album Only

Product Description

Product Description

Yes - Yessongs - Cd

Amazon.co.uk

Opening with a few bars of Stravinsky to set the adoring crowd on its feet, this once-three-LP set is Yes at their finest. This was, after all, probably the most mainstream act that had even provisional "prog rock" status, and their tunes show it. While "Heart of the Sunrise" may be one of the more modestly titled Yes songs (compare it with "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" or "The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)" or even "Total Mass Retain"), it also bears marks of the band playing at its most frenetic pace around Jon Anderson's soaring near-falsetto. Rick Wakeman's grand synthesizer flashes are more than textural, finding visual meshes aplenty with Roger Dean's cryptic cover art--most of which is shrunken or absent on this two-CD reissue. When Yessongs was cut, Marshall stacks were in their heyday, and Yes happily engaged in harmonic and melodic excessiveness as well as carefully planned layers of complexity. "Roundabout" was the band's biggest hit to this point. It appears here faithfully reproduced. As for the rest, it's entertaining in a 1970s way--full of light shows, staged visuals, and more. It took a few years for prog rock to dwindle and for punk-coloured art rock to swerve toward songs about buildings and food. On Yessongs, the band was peaking, singing songs with far grander purpose (Siberia, the Apocalypse, etc.). By any account, this is one of the classic live albums of its generation, and as the soundtrack to the hip 1998 film Buffalo 66 hinted, at least one manic Yes song ("Heart of the Sunrise") passed muster for drama in the 1990s. --Andrew Bartlett

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
With "Keys to Ascension", the Symphonic Tour and most recently the 35th Anniversary concert recordings, you can hear how Yes have mastered their back catalogue to give outstanding, mature renditions of their classic material from the 1970s; they're so on top of the songs that there's the kind of range of nuance and interpretation that you can only get from artists of their calibre. How amazing, then, to return to 1972 and hear how they delivered the songs when they were still in their twenties. The contemporary criticism of their music was often that they over-arranged, that there was posture, pretention and almost painfully meticulous production. "Yessongs" blasts this criticism out of the water. Not only does the complexity and breadth of the music shine through, but it's delivered with a blistering energy that never really came out in the studio albums.
The main difference between these live versions and the originals is that this is the first time we hear Alan White on drums, and he drives the songs along with a kick (literally) that brings them right into the rock genre. You can't fault former drummer Bill Bruford's skill - he appears in this recording on "Perpetual Change", with a typically paradiddling top-kit solo - but it's White that lifts the rest of the material.
Read more ›
1 Comment 68 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: MP3 Download
Having owned and enjoyed a vinyl copy of this album for over 30 years I was rather annoyed to discover that "Heart of the Sunrise" and "Perpetual Change" have been replaced by, what I consider to be, inferior versions.
The original album was utterly stunning; I loved it from the first play. I only bought the MP3 download because my vinyl is too badly worn to digitize.
If you are replacing your vinyl, beware.
2 Comments 35 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Potential customers for this CD should note that notwithstanding the claims of Amazon in the product description, this is not a Rhino remaster, but the Joe Gaswirt remaster from 1994. The date (26 September 1994) is correct, but the 'Label' and 'Format Description' are misleading. I do not believe that Rhino has ever remastered this live set, so if you're expecting an improved sound like the other Rhino Yes remasters then you'll be disappointed. Caveat emptor.
Comment 26 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Loved this album ever since I bought it in the mid seventies. All the way back then I had never seen a triple gatefold album before so really surprised this time round to unwrap the new re-mastered CD with its slim little jewel case)

Very happy to report the sound quality is a bit better, clearer and with a touch more body/punch. I was relieved because even though the album is a classic the sound was originally terrible (Especially after many plays on your record player) so it's great to hear it cleaned up. I had no trouble with disc 2 as some reviewers have stated...

All Yes fans will have there favorite parts from this recording. For me it is tracks like "Perpetual Change" "Long Distance Runaround" "Yours is No Disgrace" and "Starship Trooper" because the raw energy and sometimes savage power of the bands performance is simply breathtaking; plus the extended solos in theses tracks are wonderful and I feel in a way have never been bettered. Sometimes the power is a little too much for example "And You and I" is a little spoilt by the lack of subtlety, but it's only a small detail and indeed a matter of individual taste.

Incidentally I found it interesting that both Wakemans solo offering and Howe's "Mood For A day" although listened to with pleasure on the first run through, I find now that I tend to skip theses tracks as older and wiser ears find them a wee bit more trivial and flowery. Contrary to this is Chris Squires bass solo on "Fish" Which I now find more impressive than ever: this powerful and stunning exhibition of virtuoso playing surely goes down in history as one of the most exciting bass solos ever. Chris for me was always the heart of "Yes".
Read more ›
1 Comment 25 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
My wife and I will be seeing Yes at the Albert Hall in May and it will be interesting to see how the music from this era comes across live over forty years on as they will be playing both 'The Yes album' and 'Close to the edge' live along with 'Going for the one' which was recorded five years later. But this album catches them at the peak of their creative powers in the 70s and playing to their strengths here as the songs are from the 'Yes album' onwards, hence the style that became instantly identifiable as Yes, rather than the style of the first two albums. The only thing that lets this down is the production which is only to be expected from such an old live recording, hence minus one star. Also, I have read that Alan White wasn't over pleased with his own performance having just joined the band and not really having got to grips with all the dynamics of what was extremely complicated music! But besides that it oozes with energy and is a showcase for some fantastic playing. Yes were never a great in the studio, lousy onstage band and this album proves they could deliver some of their most innovative music of that time confidently in a live setting.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Customer Discussions

This product's forum
See all discussions...

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for similar items by category


Feedback