|Reissue producer: Yves Beauvais|
|Released on October 13, 1991|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
|92202-2 booklet cover
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K ronomyth 19.5: WHERE HALF THE YEARS GONE. In the Summer of ’91, mere months after the release of the nostalgia-fueling Union, Atlantic issued a four-disc digitally remastered retrospective liberally peppered with rarities (single edits, B sides, unreleased tracks) as Yesyears. Which, apparently, nobody bought. So, in the sweaty mind of whoever came up with the idea to glut the market with more Yes product in the first place, a second, equally dubious decision was made: to release a more affordable two-disc distillation of Yesyears in the European market for the millions of people who presumably would spend their money on Yes songs they already owned but would grouse about spending twice that amount for more of the same plus a disc’s worth of rarities. Only those millions collectively sneezed when Yesstory was announced two months later and so it fell on the same deaf ears as the first. I bought it, of course, but that was the US version released in the Fall of ’92, at which point it had been a whole year since I had purchased anything new from Yes and, where Yes is concerned, I’m not made of stone. I can’t say I found it that illuminating; the only “new” song for me was the nonalbum B side, “Something’s Coming,” that leads off the disc. The digital remastering sounds good, but I’d pored over these songs so many times that I wasn’t about to discover anything I hadn’t already heard. And the sequencing breaks the story at its most interesting part--between “Heart of the Sunrise” and “Long Distance Runaround”--which is nearly as frustrating as that 8-track of Close to the Edge I used to own. Since the entire Yes catalog wasn’t remastered and re-released until 1994, the Yesyears/Yessstory series could be seen as a kindness to impatient Yes fans (although I’m pretty sure we’re a patient lot, especially those of us who have made it through Tales more than a dozen times). Note that the original UK release and subsequent US release of Yesssstory differ substantially, so in the likely event that you’re talking to someone from Europe about Yesstory and you ask “Had you known Something’s Coming?,” don’t be offended if an awkward pause follows. Oh, and thanks to whoever packaged this for the track/photo insert; it really brought back a lot of memories (of other, crappy trifold track/photo inserts).
|7 92202-2 picture sleeve||7 92202-2 back sleeve|
Roger Dean -- cover design and painting
Larry Freemantle -- art direction and booklet design
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||October 13, 1991||Atco||3LP/2CS||91747||trifold cover|
|US||September 15, 1992||Atco||2CD||92202-2|
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