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Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary

Album: Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary
# Song Title   Time
1)    Time and a Word
2)    Starship Trooper: Life Seeker/Disillusion/Wrm
3)    Yours Is No Disgrace
4)    I've Seen All Good People: Your Move/All Good People
5)    Roundabout
6)    Long Distance Runaround
7)    Heart of the Sunrise
8)    South Side of the Sky
9)    And You and I
10)    America - (single edit)
11)    Wonderous Stories
1)    Siberian Khatru
2)    Soon - (new edit)
3)    Going for the One
4)    Don't Kill the Whale
5)    Tempus Fugit
6)    Owner of a Lonely Heart
7)    Leave It
8)    It Can Happen - (single edit)
9)    Rhythm of Love
10)    Big Generator - (Remix, remix)
11)    Lift Me Up
12)    Calling, The - (single)
13)    Open Your Eyes
14)    Homeworld (The Ladder) - (radio edit)
15)    Magnification
1)    Roundabout - (previously unreleased, acoustic)
2)    Show Me - (previously unreleased)
3)    South Side of the Sky: South Side of the Sky/South Side Variations - (previously unreleased, acoustic)
4)    Australia - (previously unreleased, solo acoustic)
5)    New World Symphony - (previously unreleased)
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Performer Notes
  • Yes: Jon Anderson (vocals); Peter Banks (guitar); Tony Kaye (keyboards); Chris Squire (bass, background vocals); Bill Bruford (drums).
  • Recorded at Advision Studios, London, England in 1969-70. Originally released
  • on Atlantic (8273).
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • Yes: Jon Anderson, Trevor Horn (vocals); Bill Sherwood (guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Trevor Rabin, Steve Howe (guitar, background vocals); Peter Banks (guitar); Igor Khoroshev, Geoff Downes, Patrick Moraz, Rick Wakeman, Tony Kaye (keyboards); Chris Squire (bass, background vocals); Bill Bruford, Alan White (drums, percussion).
  • Producers include: Tony Colton, Eddie Offord, Yes, Trevor Horn, Tim Weidner.
  • Compilation producers: Yes, David McLees, Bill Inglot.
  • Recorded between 1969 & 2003. Includes liner notes by Chris Welch.
  • Personnel: Billy Sherwood (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Steve Howe, Trevor Rabin (vocals, guitar); Chris Squire , Jon Anderson , Trevor Horn (vocals); Peter Banks (guitar); Geoffrey Downes, Patrick Moraz, Rick Wakeman, Tony Kaye, Igor Khoroshev (keyboards); Alan White , Bill Bruford (drums, percussion).
  • Audio Mixer: Tim Weidner.
  • Audio Remasterers: Daniel Hersch; Bill Inglot.
  • Audio Remixer: Paul Fox .
  • Liner Note Author: Chris Welch .
  • Recording information: Los Angeles, CA.
  • Yes' second (and least successful) album was a transitional effort; the group trying for a more produced and sophisticated sound through the use of an orchestra -- the use of orchestra was apparently Jon Anderson's idea, and the rest of the group, except for Peter Banks, went along with it, as did producer Tony Colton, a member of Head Hands & Feet and a friend of Anderson's. Even so, the results weren't conventional, because the group didn't tone down or turn down its sound. Much of Time and a Word relies on bold, highly animated performances by Bill Bruford, Chris Squire (whose bass is very audible throughout), and Tony Kaye. Additionally, by this time the group was developing a much tauter ensemble than was evident on their first LP, so there's no lack of visceral excitement here, though a lot of the sound is still unfocused. "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed" was a bold opening, a highly amplified, frenzied adaptation of the Richie Havens song, melded with Jerome Moross's title music from the movie The Big Country. Somewhat more successful musically is "Then," which keeps the orchestral accompaniment to a minimum and allows Kaye and Banks to stretch out on organ and guitar. "Everydays" is highlighted by Anderson's ethereal vocals and Kaye's dueting with the orchestra -- it also features a few guitar sounds that anticipate some of Banks's work on his first solo album, The Two Sides of Peter Banks, as well as his quotation of Johann Sebastian Bach on electric guitar. A surprising amount of the material here seems rather tuneless, but the group was solidifying its sound and, in the process, forcing Banks out of the lineup, despite some beautiful moments for him (and Tony Kaye) on the prettiest parts of "The Prophet," a piece that also contains fragments of music that anticipate Yes' work right up through Tales from Topographic Oceans. "Astral Traveller," as a title anticipates, the themes of future group work, though they still don't have the dexterity to pull off the tempo changes or the brittle mix of sound they're trying for. By the time the record was completed, Banks was out of the band, which is why Steve Howe, his successor, ended up pictured on the cover of most editions. The 1997 remastering does make the orchestral accompaniments work better than they did on the original LP. ~ Bruce Eder
Professional Reviews
Uncut (6/03, p.117) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...[The album] continued to expand the basic rock format with increasingly symphonic arrangements..."

Uncut (6/03, p.117) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...[The album] continued to expand the basic rock format with increasingly symphonic arrangements..."
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