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Yessongs
Yessongs cover
Live album by Yes
Released 18 May 1973
Recorded 1972
Genre Progressive rock
Length 2:09:55
Label Atlantic Records
Producer(s) Yes and Eddie Offord
Professional reviews
Yes chronology
Close to the Edge
(1972)
Yessongs
(1973)
Tales from Topographic Oceans
(1973)

Yessongs is the first live album by the British progressive rock group Yes and was released in 1973. It mostly documents the tour for the album Close to the Edge but also features two tracks ("Perpetual Change" and "Long Distance Runaround/The Fish") recorded during the previous Fragile tour. Yessongs was originally a 3-disc set on vinyl, but is now a double CD. Cover by Roger Dean for the Yes album Yessongs featuring the painting Pathways, 1973. ... A live album is a musical recording containing recorded concert performances. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... May 18 is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Eddie Offord is a noted record producer and engineer, who worked in his ADVISION Studio in London on some of the most famous albums in the 1970s. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 4. ... This article is about the magazine. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Close to the Edge is the fifth album by British progressive rock band Yes. ... Tales From Topographic Oceans is the sixth studio album by British progressive rock band Yes. ... A live album is a musical recording containing recorded concert performances. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Close to the Edge is the fifth album by British progressive rock band Yes. ... Fragile is the fourth album by British progressive rock band Yes. ...

Contents

History

The two Fragile tour tracks ("Long Distance Runaround/The Fish" and "Perpetual Change") are the only tracks on the album to feature Yes's original drummer, Bill Bruford, who left the group after recording Close to the Edge. For that album's tour, Yes were joined by drummer Alan White, who remains with the band to this day. White was only three years into his career as a session drummer, but had already worked with such notable acts as The Plastic Ono Band and Joe Cocker. Fragile is the fourth album by British progressive rock band Yes. ... Bill Bruford on the cover of his album, Feels Good to Me William Scott Bruford (born May 17, 1949 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England), better known as Bill Bruford, is an influential British drummer known for his forceful, highly precise, polyrhythmic style. ... Close to the Edge is the fifth album by British progressive rock band Yes. ... Yes drummer Alan White Alan White (born June 14, 1949 in Pelton, County Durham, England and now resident in Seattle, USA) is a rock and roll drummer best known for his 34 years of work with the progressive rock band Yes. ... For the 1970 album, see John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band The Plastic Ono Band was a conceptual supergroup formed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1969 before the dissolution of The Beatles. ... Joe Cocker (born John Robert Cocker, 20 May 1944, Sheffield) is an English rock/blues singer who came to popularity in the 1960s, and is most known for his gritty voice, and his cover versions of popular songs. ...


The album opens with an excerpt from Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird, which has been a standard opening Yes concerts ever since. Later in the album, vocalist Jon Anderson briefly sings a passage from Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (Russian: Игорь Фёдорович Стравинский, Igor Fëdorovič Stravinskij) (June 17, 1882 – April 6, 1971) was a Russian composer, considered by many in both the West and his native land to be the most influential composer of 20th-century music. ... The Firebird (French: LOiseau de feu; Russian: Жар-птица, Žar-ptica) is a 1910 ballet by Igor Stravinsky. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Rite of Spring, commonly referred to by its original French title, Le Sacre du printemps (Russian: Весна священная, Vesna svjaščennaja) is a ballet with music by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. ...


All band members except Anderson and White are given extended solo space. The track "Mood for a Day" is an unaccompanied guitar performance by Steve Howe, who also takes extended solos during "Yours Is No Disgrace" and at the end of the "Würm" section of "Starship Trooper", which might be considered his best electric guitar showcase on the album. The Yessongs version of "the fish (Schindleria Praematurus)" is considerably longer than the studio version on Fragile, with bassist Chris Squire taking an extended solo (and jamming with Bruford) in mid-song. Bill Bruford performs a drum solo on "Perpetual Change," which is preceeded by an extended guitar performance by Howe accompanied by Bruford and Squire. The album also contains a medley of excerpts from Rick Wakeman's debut solo album The Six Wives of Henry VIII, and Wakeman's keyboards add much to the tracks when compared to the studio albums, particularly "Starship Trooper" and "Roundabout". Stephen James Steve Howe (born April 8, 1947 in Holloway, North London, England) is a guitarist best known for his work with the progressive rock group Yes. ... Christopher Russell Edward Squire (born 4 March 1948), better known as Chris Squire is an English musician and the bassist and backing vocalist for the progressive rock group Yes, and is the only member of the group to appear on every album (co-founder Jon Anderson appeared on all but... Bill Bruford on the cover of his album, Feels Good to Me William Scott Bruford (born May 17, 1949 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England), better known as Bill Bruford, is an influential British drummer known for his forceful, highly precise, polyrhythmic style. ... Richard Christopher Wakeman (born May 18, 1949 in Perivale, London) is an English keyboard player best known as the keyboardist for progressive rock group Yes. ... The Six Wives of Henry VIII is the title of a 1973 album by progressive rock keyboard player Rick Wakeman. ...


The album showcases Yes's ability to breathe new life into their songs in live performances which made them a top draw for concerts. Some songs are extended to almost double the length of their studio counterparts as well as given a more high-octane performance. Guitarist Steve Howe offers an extended improvised guitar solo on "Yours Is No Disgrace" specifically for this album which was decided on at the last minute.


The album was initially released on three discs in a unique fold-out package featuring artwork by Roger Dean. Inside are four individual panels by Dean which continue a theme that began with Fragile in 1971. On the back cover of Fragile is an image of a small planet breaking apart into several large pieces with a giant sailing spacecraft nearby. The first panel in Yessongs, titled "Escape", shows the craft apparently leading the planetary fragment through space. The second panel ("Arrival") depicts these fragments landing in the waters of a new world. In the third image ("Awakening") this new landscape becomes the habitat for various plant and animal species. The final image ("Pathways") depicts the emergence of civilization. This theme is also the basis of the film Floating Islands. The sailing craft was used as a small logo on many of the band's subsequent albums, and the image sequence inspired Yes vocalist Jon Anderson's first solo album Olias of Sunhillow in 1976, although Roger Dean was not involved with that album's artwork. Freyjas Castle, 1987 Roger Dean (born August 31, 1944, in Ashford, Kent) is a contemporary English artist best known for his work on album covers, which he began painting in the late 1960s. ... Fragile is the fourth album by British progressive rock band Yes. ... Fragile is the fourth album by British progressive rock band Yes. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Olias of Sunhillow is a progressive rock concept album by Jon Anderson, the lead singer of the band Yes. ... Freyjas Castle, 1987 Roger Dean (born August 31, 1944, in Ashford, Kent) is a contemporary English artist best known for his work on album covers, which he began painting in the late 1960s. ...


Yessongs was both a critical and commercial success.

Yessongs Concert Film

A film, also titled Yessongs, was released in 1973. It documents their concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre on Christmas night, 1972. The only part common to recording and film is "Close To the Edge", and "Würm", the final movement of "Starship Trooper", recorded at the Rainbow. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. ...

  1. Overture
  2. Your Move/I've Seen All Good People
  3. The Clap
  4. And You and I
  5. Close to the Edge
  6. Excerpts from "The Six Wives of Henry VIII"
  7. Roundabout
  8. Yours No Disgrace
  9. Würm (excerpt from "Starship Trooper")

On December 17, 1997, the film was released on DVD with Dolby. December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Track listing

CD Track listing

Disc one

  1. "Opening (excerpt from 'Firebird Suite')" (Igor Stravinsky) – 3:47
  2. "Siberian Khatru" (Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman) – 9:03
  3. "Heart of the Sunrise" (Anderson, Bill Bruford, Chris Squire) – 11:33
  4. "Perpetual Change" (Anderson, Squire) – 14:11
  5. "And You and I" (Anderson, Bruford, Howe, Squire) – 9:33
    1. "Cord of Life"
    2. "Eclipse" (Anderson, Bruford, Squire)
    3. "The Preacher the Teacher"
    4. "Apocalypse"
  6. "Mood for a Day" (Howe) – 2:53
  7. "Excerpts from 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII'" (Wakeman) – 6:37
  8. ”Roundabout" (Anderson, Howe) – 8:33

The Firebird (French: LOiseau de feu; Russian: Жар-птица, Žar-ptica) is a 1910 ballet by Igor Stravinsky. ... Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (Russian: Игорь Фёдорович Стравинский, Igor Fëdorovič Stravinskij) (June 17, 1882 – April 6, 1971) was a Russian composer, considered by many in both the West and his native land to be the most influential composer of 20th-century music. ... Siberian Khatru is the third song on progressive rock band Yess albums Close to the Edge and also appears live on Yessongs. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Stephen James Steve Howe (born April 8, 1947 in Holloway, North London, England) is a guitarist best known for his work with the progressive rock group Yes. ... Richard Christopher Wakeman (born May 18, 1949 in Perivale, London) is an English keyboard player best known as the keyboardist for progressive rock group Yes. ... Bill Bruford on the cover of his album, Feels Good to Me William Scott Bruford (born May 17, 1949 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England), better known as Bill Bruford, is an influential British drummer known for his forceful, highly precise, polyrhythmic style. ... Christopher Russell Edward Squire (born 4 March 1948), better known as Chris Squire is an English musician and the bassist and backing vocalist for the progressive rock group Yes, and is the only member of the group to appear on every album (co-founder Jon Anderson appeared on all but... And You and I is the second track from progressive rock band Yess album Close to the Edge. ... The Six Wives of Henry VIII is the title of a 1973 album by progressive rock keyboard player Rick Wakeman. ...

Disc two

  1. "I've Seen All Good People" (Anderson, Squire) – 7:09
    1. "Your Move" (Anderson)
    2. "All Good People" (Squire)
  2. "Long Distance Runaround/The Fish (Schindleria Præmaturus)" (Anderson, Squire) – 13:37
    1. "Long Distance Runaround" (Anderson)
    2. "The Fish (Schindleria Præmaturus)" (Squire)
  3. "Close to the Edge" (Anderson, Howe) – 18:13
    1. "The Solid Time of Change"
    2. "Total Mass Retain"
    3. "I Get Up I Get Down" (Anderson, Squire)
    4. "Seasons of Man"
  4. "Yours Is No Disgrace" (Anderson, Bruford, Howe, Tony Kaye, Squire) – 14:23
  5. "Starship Trooper (Anderson, Squire, Howe) – 10:08
    1. "Life Seeker" (Anderson)
    2. "Disillusion" (Squire)
    3. "Würm" (Howe)

Close to the Edge is the title track to progressive rock band Yess album of the same name. ... Tony Kaye (born January 11, 1946) is a British musician born in Leicester, England with the name Anthony John Selvidge (some mistaken authors spell it Selridge). He was the original pianist and organist for the legendary progressive rock group Yes. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Starship Troopers Starship Troopers is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, first published (in abridged form) as a serial in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (October, November 1959, as Starship Soldier) and published hardcover in 1959. ...

Original LP Track listing

For songwriting credits, see above.


Side one

  1. "Opening (excerpt from 'Firebird Suite')"
  2. "Siberian Khatru"
  3. "Heart of the Sunrise"

Side two

  1. "Perpetual Change"
  2. "And You and I"

Side three

  1. "Mood for a Day"
  2. "Excerpts from 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII'"
  3. "Roundabout"

Side four

  1. "I've Seen All Good People"
  2. "Long Distance Runaround/The Fish (Schindleria Præmaturus)"

Side five

  1. "Close to the Edge"

Side six

  1. "Yours Is No Disgrace"
  2. "Starship Trooper

Yessongs (Atlantic K 60045) reached #7 in the UK. It also reached #12 in the US during a chart stay of 32 weeks.


Personnel

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Christopher Russell Edward Squire (born 4 March 1948), better known as Chris Squire is an English musician and the bassist and backing vocalist for the progressive rock group Yes, and is the only member of the group to appear on every album (co-founder Jon Anderson appeared on all but... Stephen James Steve Howe (born April 8, 1947 in Holloway, North London, England) is a guitarist best known for his work with the progressive rock group Yes. ... Richard Christopher Wakeman (born May 18, 1949 in Perivale, London) is an English keyboard player best known as the keyboardist for progressive rock group Yes. ... Bill Bruford on the cover of his album, Feels Good to Me William Scott Bruford (born May 17, 1949 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England), better known as Bill Bruford, is an influential British drummer known for his forceful, highly precise, polyrhythmic style. ... Yes drummer Alan White Alan White (born June 14, 1949 in Pelton, County Durham, England and now resident in Seattle, USA) is a rock and roll drummer best known for his 34 years of work with the progressive rock band Yes. ...

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
1973 UK Albums Chart 7
1973 Billboard Pop Albums 12

The UK Albums Chart is a chart of the sales positions of albums in the United Kingdom. ... It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ...

Certifications

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold March 17, 1973
CRIAA – Canada Gold December 1, 1976
RIAA – USA Platinum April 10, 1998

is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. ... December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the 1976 Gregorian calendar. ... April 10 is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...

Miscellaneous

  • The original concept (AKA "Bob White plot") for the ending of the 1999 computer game Ultima IX: Ascension involved the planet Britannia being destroyed and the island of Skara Brae lifting off and flying into space. White (no relation to drummer Alan White) commented that this part of the ending "looks like an old Roger Dean painting form [sic] the Yessongs album".

Ultima is a series of fantasy computer role-playing games from Origin Systems, Inc. ... Britannia on a 2005 £2 coin. ... Skara Brae is a large stone-built Neolithic settlement, located in the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of mainland Orkney, Scotland. ...

Reissues

February 18, 1987 - Original CD Issue - Atlantic Records (CD)
September 27, 1994 - 2-CD Remaster - Atlantic Records (CD) February 18 is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 27 is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ...


Sources

Yes
Jon Anderson | Chris Squire | Steve Howe | Rick Wakeman | Alan White
Peter Banks | Tony Kaye | Bill Bruford | Patrick Moraz | Geoff Downes | Trevor Horn | Trevor Rabin | Billy Sherwood | Igor Khoroshev
Discography
Studio albums: Yes | Time and a Word | The Yes Album | Fragile | Close to the Edge | Tales from Topographic Oceans | Relayer | Going for the One | Tormato | Drama | 90125 | Big Generator | Union | Talk | Open Your Eyes | The Ladder | Magnification
Live albums: Yessongs | Yesshows | 9012Live: The Solos | Keys to Ascension | Keys to Ascension 2 | House of Yes: Live from House of Blues
Compilations: Yesterdays | Classic Yes | Yesstory | Keystudio | Yes Remixes | The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection
Video releases: Yes: Live - 1975 at Q.P.R.
Box sets: Yesyears | In a Word: Yes (1969 - ) | The Word is Live | Essentially Yes
Related Articles
Band members | XYZ | Cinema | Asia | Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe | Circa:

The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Joel Carver Whitburn (born November 29, 1939 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) is an American author and music historian. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Christopher Russell Edward Squire (born 4 March 1948), better known as Chris Squire is an English musician and the bassist and backing vocalist for the progressive rock group Yes, and is the only member of the group to appear on every album (co-founder Jon Anderson appeared on all but... Stephen James Steve Howe (born April 8, 1947 in Holloway, North London, England) is a guitarist best known for his work with the progressive rock group Yes. ... Richard Christopher Wakeman (born May 18, 1949 in Perivale, London) is an English keyboard player best known as the keyboardist for progressive rock group Yes. ... Yes drummer Alan White Alan White (born June 14, 1949 in Pelton, County Durham, England and now resident in Seattle, USA) is a rock and roll drummer best known for his 34 years of work with the progressive rock band Yes. ... Peter Banks is the stage name of Peter Brockbanks (April 8, 1947—). He was the original guitarist of the progressive rock band Yes. ... Tony Kaye (born January 11, 1946) is a British musician born in Leicester, England with the name Anthony John Selvidge (some mistaken authors spell it Selridge). He was the original pianist and organist for the legendary progressive rock group Yes. ... Bill Bruford on the cover of his album, Feels Good to Me William Scott Bruford (born May 17, 1949 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England), better known as Bill Bruford, is an influential British drummer known for his forceful, highly precise, polyrhythmic style. ... Patrick Moraz Patrick Moraz (born June 24, 1948 in Morges, Switzerland) is a progressive rock keyboard player. ... Geoff Downes Geoffrey Downes (born August 25, 1952 in Stockport, Cheshire, England) is a rock keyboard player. ... Trevor Charles Horn, born July 15, 1949 in Durham, England, is a British pop music record producer, songwriter and musician. ... Trevor Rabin onstage with Yes, 1995 Trevor Rabin (born Trevor Charles Rabin on January 13, 1954) is a South African guitarist and film composer, best known for being the guitarist and songwriter for the progressive rock band Yes from 1983 - 1995, and since then, as a film composer. ... Billy Sherwood William Billy Wyman Sherwood (born March 14, 1965), is a musician, record producer, and engineer. ... Igor Khoroshev (born July 14, 1965 in Moscow, Russia), is a musician best known as the keyboards player of Yes from 1998 to 2000 for their albums The Ladder and House of Yes: Live From the House of Blues. ... This is a discography of the progressive rock band Yes. ... For the Morphine album of the same name, see Yes (Morphine album). ... Time and a Word is the second album by progressive rock band Yes, released in mid-1970 in the UK and November 1970 in the US. This was the last Yes album to feature the groups original line-up, as Peter Banks was fired before the albums release. ... The Yes Album is the third album by British progressive rock band Yes. ... Fragile is the fourth album by British progressive rock band Yes. ... Close to the Edge is the fifth album by British progressive rock band Yes. ... Tales From Topographic Oceans is the sixth studio album by British progressive rock band Yes. ... Relayer is the seventh studio album by the progressive rock band Yes. ... Going for the One is the eighth studio album by British progressive rock band Yes. ... Tormato is the ninth studio album by British progressive rock group Yes. ... Drama is the twelfth album by British progressive rock group Yes. ... 90125 is the eleventh album by progressive rock group Yes, released in 1983. ... Big Generator is the twelfth studio album by progressive rock band Yes. ... Union is an album by British progressive rock band Yes, released in 1991 . ... Talk is an album by progressive rock band Yes and was released in 1994. ... Open Your Eyes is an album by progressive rock band Yes and was released in 1997. ... The Ladder is an album by progressive rock band Yes and was released in 1999. ... Magnification is an album by progressive rock band Yes released in 2001. ... Yesshows is the twelfth album by British progressive rock group Yes, and their second live package. ... The painting Arches Mist, as featured in the liner notes Keys to Ascension (1996) is an album by the British progressive rock group Yes. ... slipcase booklet Keys to Ascension 2 (1997) is an album by the progressive rock group Yes. ... Yesterdays (1975) is a compilation album by the British progressive rock band Yes. ... Classic Yes is the second compilation album by British progressive rock group Yes. ... Yesstory is a double CD career-spanning distillation of music by progressive rock band Yes that had originally appeared on the 1991 box set Yesyears. ... Keystudio is a compilation album released by Yes in 2001. ... Yes Remixes is a remix album by progressive rock band Yes and was released in 2003. ... Yesyears is a box set of career-spanning material by progressive rock band Yes and was released in 1991. ... The Word Is Live is a 3-CD set of a collection of live tracks from various times in Yes history. ... Essentially Yes is a box set by progressive rock band Yes. ... This is a list of past and present Yes band members. ... XYZ was one of the first supergroups of the 1980s. ... Asia is an arena rock/progressive rock group. ... Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (sometimes referred to by the acronym ABWH) was a permutation of the progressive rock band Yes. ...

External links

  • Yesworld: The Official Yes site

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