82687-2 Classic Yes
Compiled by Chris Squire
Released on November 30, 1981
US CHART POSITION #142
Find it at GEMM
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This is the first and, arguably, best attempt at collecting the band’s greatest music in a condensed format. Classic Yes was actually assembled by cofounder Chris Squire -- a refreshing change from compilations put together by jilted labels (ahem, Yesyears). Not only are the choices eminently informed, but the track order makes a real difference. Rather than warming up with early stuff, the album immediately kicks things into high gear with “Heart of the Sunrise.” A respite is offered with “Wonderous Stories,” then the majesty of The Yes Album is allowed to sink in, followed by another track from Fragile and the entire version of “And You And I.” Two live tracks from the 1978 tour (originally released as a free single with the elpee) appear at the end. Twenty years later, this is still the band’s classic music: from The Yes Album to Yessongs (with Going for the One earning an honorable mention). The 1994 digital remaster from Atlantic sounds great and features additional artwork from Roger Dean. Read the review at All Music Guide.

SD 19320 front cover SD 19320 back cover
SD 19320 front cover SD 19320 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. HEART OF THE SUNRISE    (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Bill Bruford)    10:32
  2. WONDEROUS STORIES    (Jon Anderson)    3:45
  3. YOURS IS NO DISGRACE    (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Steve Howe/Bill Bruford/Tony Kaye)    9:41
  4. STARSHIP TROOPER:   9:26
    a. Life Seeker    (Jon Anderson)
    b. Disillusion    (Chris Squire)
    c. Wurm    (Steve Howe)
  5. LONG DISTANCE RUNAROUND    (Jon Anderson)    3:33
  6. THE FISH (SCHINDERLIA PRAEMATURUS)    (Chris Squire)    2:35
  7. AND YOU AND I:    10:07
    a. Cord of Life    (Jon Anderson)
    b. Eclipse    (Chris Squire/Bill Bruford)
    c. The Preacher The Teacher    (Jon Anderson)
    d. The Apocalypse    (Chris Squire/Bill Bruford)
  8. *ROUNDABOUT (LIVE)    (Jon Anderson/Steve Howe)    7:23
  9. *I'VE SEEN ALL GOOD PEOPLE (LIVE):    7:00
    a. Your Move    (Jon Anderson)
    b. All Good People    (Chris Squire)

CREDITS

YES & Eddie Offord -- producer (8,9)

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK November 30, 1981 Atlantic LP/CS   LP incl. free 7" w. live tracks (*)
US November 30, 1981 Atlantic LP/CS SD/CS 19320 LP incl. free 7" w. live tracks (*)
JPN 1981 Atlantic LP P6482 insert
UK December 1986 Atlantic CD    
US 1988 Atlantic CD/CS SD/CS 19320  
US Sep/Oct 1994 Atlantic CD 82687 digitally remastered w. bonus tracks (*)

 

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