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Yes Compilations
Yes have released so many compilations that repeat themselves that in our opinion, many make no sense from a musical point of view.  With six compilations and seven live albums there is quite a bit of repetitions. But they have several that may fill a particular niche, or hole in your collection.  

We have listed the compilations below with the track listings.  

Which Yes album is the best?
If you are looking to one get one Yes album on one or two discs, our absolute first recommendation is the double live disc from 1974 entitled Yessongs.  Others may suggest Yesstory which is more of a career retrospective, though much less satisfying.

Yes Song List
We have created a Yes Song List that details each album the song appears on as information such as: if it is a studio or live version, the year it was released, etc.  

Yes Live
In addition to greatest hits releases, Yes' live material can serve as compilations.
Album Comments
Beyond and Before  Live recordings exclusively from the pre Steve Howe era.
Yessongs Their best album period. Music from The Yes Album, Fragile, and the complete Close to the Edge album.

A video of some tracks is available. It is awesome, though short. The DVD is pricey, but the VHS is more reasonable.

The Word Is Live Three discs spanning 1970-1988 containing almost four hours of masterful live performances. 
Yesshows A live album that can also serve as a compilation from Tales From Topographic  Oceans, Relayer, Going for the One, and Tormato. The title track from Time and a Word is also performed.  Features some songs with Rick Wakeman and Patrick Moraz.
9012Live: The Solos An album of the solo material played with this line-up.
An Evening of Yes Music Plus Several  few songs from the Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe album are performed as well as a collection of some their best material, including solo performances. No disrespect to Jeff Berlin, but Chris Squire is vital to Yes. 

A video is available. 

Keys to Ascension &
Keys to Ascension 2
Live material from their most celebrated line-up performing material from the 70's from their infamous performances in San Luis Obispo, CA in March of 1996. Their second best live album.  

The Keys to Ascension series should have been put out originally as a live disc and a separate studio release.  Later they did release the concert complete as a video and repackage the studio material on one disc called Keystudio.

House of Yes: Live From House of Blues A live album from The Ladder tour featuring Billy Sherwood and Igor Khoroshev.  
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Yes ~ Compilations and Box Sets

Yesterdays | Classic Yes|Yesyears |  Yesstory | 
 Highlights - The Very Best of Yes  |  In a Word  | 
Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection
|
The Definitive Collection

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The Word is Live 

Disc: 1
1. Then (BBC 1970) 
2. For Everyone (BBC 1970) 
3. Astral Traveller (Gothenburg 1971) 
4. Everydays (Gothenburg 1971) 
5. Yours Is No Disgrace (London 1971) 
6. I've Seen All Good People (London 1971) 
7. America (London 1971) 
8. It's Love (London 1971) 
Disc: 2
1. Apocalyspse (Detroit 1976) 
2. Siberian Khatru (Detroit 1976) 
3. Sound Chaser (Detroit 1976) 
4. Sweet Dreams (London 1975) 
5. Future Times/Rejoice (Oakland 1978) 
6. Circus of Heaven (Oakland 1978) 
7. Big Medley (Inglewood 1978) 
8. Hello Chicago (Chicago 1979) 
9. Roundabout (Chicago 1979) 
Disc: 3
1. Heart of the Sunrise (Oakland 1978) 
2. Awaken (Chicago 1979) 
3. Go Through This (New York 1980) 
4. We Can Fly rom Here (New York 1980) 
5. Tempus Fugit (New York 1980) 
6. Rhythm of Love (Houston 1988) 
7. Hold On (Houston 1988) 
8. Shoot High, Aim Low (Houston 1988) 
9. Make It Easy/Owner of A Lonely Heart (Houston 1988)

*Three discs spanning 1970-1988 contain almost four hours of masterful live performances. 
*Compilation co-produced by Yes. 
*Many tapes from band member Steve Howe's personal archives. 
All material previously un-issued except Tracks *1-2 on Disc 1 (historic recordings taped at the BBC on March 12, 1970). 
*Disc 1 highlights also include "Astral Traveller" recorded in 1971 in Gothenburg, Sweden, and "I've Seen All Good People" captured live at London's Crystal Palace Bowl, also '71. 
*Disc 2 kicks off with three tracks from a 1976 concert at Detroit's Cobo Hall including "Apocalypse" and "Siberian Khatru." 
Plus a 25-plus-minute medley from the Los Angeles Forum, 1978, including "Time And A Word," "Long Distance Runaround," "Survival," "The Fish," "Perpetual Change," and "Soon." 
*Disc 3 opens with epic versions of "Heart Of The Sunrise" (Oakland, 1978) and "Awaken" (Chicago, 1979). 
*Other gems include three tracks from a 1980 NYC Madison Square Garden show, and four from the Houston Summit in 1988, among them "Hold On" and "Make It Easy/Owner Of A Lonely Heart," which closes the collection. 
*Massive booklet features scores of rare photos and opening comments from fellow prog-rock legend Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. 
*As always, cover art designed by the infamous and revered Roger Dean (designer of all Yes' artwork). 
*Plus in-depth essays by journalists and Yes experts including Mike Tiano, Bill Martin, and Brian Ives, as well as testimonials from artists including John Frusciante, Geddy Lee, and more. 
*Highlighted by concert reminiscences from Yes fans! 

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Yesterdays ~ 1975

Music from the pre Steve Howe era.

America 10:31
Looking Around 3:59
Time and a Word 4:31
Sweet Dreams 3:47
Then 5:46
Survival 6:20
Astral Traveller 5:53
Dear Father 4:18

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Classic Yes ~ 1981

These are all great songs, two unreleased live tracks. 

Heart Of The Sunrise 10:32
Wonderous Stories 3:45
Yours Is No Disgrace 9:41
Starship Trooper 9:26
Long Distance Runaround 3:33
Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) 2:35
And You And I 10:07
Roundabout 7:23 (Live)
I've Seen All Good People 7:00 (Live)

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Yesyears  ~ 1991

The first Yes box set, a second one was released with additional content.


Disc 1
Something's Coming 7:06
Survival 6:18
Every Little Thing 5:41
Then 4:18
Everydays 4:08
Sweet Dreams 3:49
No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed 4:48
Time and a Word 4:31
Starship Trooper 9:26
Yours is no Disgrace 9:40
I've Seen All Good People 6:53
Long Distance Runaround 3:33
The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) 2:35

Disc 2
Roundabout 8:31
Heart of the Sunrise 10:31
America (edit) 4:03
Close to the Edge 18:34
Ritual 21:33
Sound Chaser 9:23

Disc 3
Soon 4:06
Amazing Grace 2:31
Vevey, part 1 1:07
Wonderous Stories 3:45
Awaken 15:34
Montreaux's Theme 2:26
Vevey, part 2 0:57
Going for the One 5:32
Money 3:12
Abilene 3:55
Don't Kill the Whale 3:55
On the Silent Wings of Freedom 7:45
Does It Really Happen? 6:34
Tempus Fugit 5:14
Run With the Fox 4:09
I'm Down 2:31

Disc 4
Make it Easy 6:08
It Can Happen 6:01
Owner of a Lonely Heart 4:27
Hold On 5:15
Shoot High Aim Low 7:00
Rhythm of Love 4:46
Love Will Find a Way 4:49
Changes 7:34
And You And I 10:49
Heart of the Sunrise 10:50
Love Conquers All 4:57

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Yesstory ~ 1992

This is a pretty good collection of material through the Trevor Rabin era, smartly leaving out Drama

Disc 1
Something's Coming 7:06
Survival 6:18
Every Little Thing 5:41
No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed 4:48
Time and a Word 4:31
Starship Trooper 9:26
Yours is no Disgrace 9:40
I've Seen All Good People 6:53
Roundabout 8:31
Heart of the Sunrise 10:31

Disc 2
Long Distance Runaround 3:33
The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) 2:35
America (edit) 4:03
Close to the Edge 18:34
Ritual 21:33
Soon (edit) 4:06
Wonderous Stories 3:45
Going for the One 5:32
Don't Kill the Whale 3:55
Owner of a Lonely Heart 4:27
Rhythm of Love 4:46

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Highlights: The Very Best of Yes ~ 2000

One album is not enough for a Yes best of, though it is a very good collection.. 

Survival 6:18
Time and a Word 4:31
Starship Trooper 9:26
I've Seen All Good People 6:53
Roundabout 8:31
Long Distance Runaround 3:33
The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) 2:35
Soon (edit) 4:06
Wonderous Stories 3:45
Going for the One 5:32
Owner of a Lonely Heart 4:27
Leave It 4:10
Rhythm of Love 4:46

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In a Word  ~ 2002

The most definitive Yes retrospective ever produced, featuring more than three decades of music, ranging from 1969s Yes on Atlantic Records to 2001s Magnification. An 80-page booklet, featuring liner notes is included.

Disc 1
Every Little Thing 5:41
Sweetness
Survival 6:18
Then 4:18
Sweet Dreams 3:49
Astral Traveller
Time and a Word 4:31
Dear Father
Yours is no Disgrace 9:40
Clap
Perpetual Change
Starship Trooper 9:26
I've Seen All Good People 6:53

Disc 2
Roundabout 8:31
South Side of the Sky
Heart of the Sunrise 10:31
America
Close to the Edge 18:34
The Revealing Science of God

Disc 3
Siberian Khatru
Long Distance Runaround 3:33
The Gates of Delirium
To Be Over
Going for the One 5:32
Turn of the Century
Wonderous Stories 3:45
Don't Kill the Whale 3:55
Release, Release
Arriving UFO
Richard

Disc 4
Tango
Never Done Before
Crossfire
Machine Messiah
Tempus Fugit 5:14
Owner of a Lonely Heart 4:27
It Can Happen 6:01
Leave It
Hold On 5:15
Rhythm of Love 4:46
Love Will Find a Way 4:49
Holy Lamb (Song for Harmonic Convergence)
Brother of Mine
Fist of Fire (Alternate Version)
I Would Have Waited Forever

Disc 5
Lift Me Up
The Calling
I Am Waiting
Mind Drive
Open Your Eyes
Universal Garden
Homeworld (The Ladder)
The Messenger
Last Train
In The Presence Of

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The Definitive Rock Collection

Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection  ~ 2004 

In 2007 the same songs that appeared on Ultimate Yes... with a new title, The Definitive Collection.

Spanning their entire career. Some of the songs are edited. It does offer a lot of music for the money, and these are the remastered versions. For a casual fan this is a consideration. 

Disc: 1

1. Time and a Word 
2. Starship Trooper 
3. Yours Is No Disgrace 
4. I've Seen 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
11. Wonderous Stories


Disc: 2

1. Siberian Khatru
2. Soon
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
9. Rhythm of Love
10. Big Generator
11. Lift Me Up
12. The Calling
13. Open Your Eyes
14. Homeworld (The Ladder)
15. Magnification

There is a limited edition version that includes a third disc with five bonus tracks. 

1. Roundabout (Acoustic)
2. Show Me
3. South Side of the Sky (Acoustic)
4. Australia (Solo Acoustic)
5. New World Symphony

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