January 13, 2007 10:57am CST
I went to see Yes live a few times in the late 70's, when they were at their (to me) musical pinacle. The line-up was Jon Anderson (vocals), Steve Howe (guitar), Chris Squire (bass), Rick Wakeman (keyboards), Alan White (drums). To me, that was their best ever line-up, although I also rated Bill Bruford as a brilliant drummer. The songs that really stood out were "Yours is no Disgrace", "Roundabout", "Close to the Edge", "And You and I", "Heart of the Sunrise", "Long Distance Runaround" and "Starship Trooper". Of course, there were so many other brilliant songs, too numerous to list here, but I loved them all. Its a shame that there's nothing that good around today - chart music seems to have stagnated in a sea of electronic mishmash. We need DJs with some real taste, radio producers with smaller egos and more real musicians!
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5 Apr 07
I wasn't even born when YES started to rock.. My parents used to listen to them (my dad was regular on their concerts when he was young. I was born when "Owner of a Lonely Heart" was a hit and I loved it. Later, when I grew up a little I found out that YES used to make totally different kind of music and then I heard "Roundabout", "Yours is no Disgrace" etc. I realised it was an art back then. It's still art for me, I own two albums they've made... Sorry for going off topic a little, my point was that I never had a chance to see them live (maybe I might see them, but that wouldn't be "it"). I wish I could get back in time to see live shows of YES, Genesios, Jethro Tull and many other great legends in early '70s.