92202-2 Yesstory
Reissue producer: Yves Beauvais
Released on October 13, 1991
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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).

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TRACK LISTING

    UK record one
  1. SURVIVAL
  2. NO OPPORTUNITY NECESSARY, NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED
  3. STARSHIP TROOPER
  4. TIME AND A WORD
  5. I'VE SEEN ALL GOOD PEOPLE
  6. ROUNDABOUT
  7. HEART OF THE SUNRISE

    UK record two
  8. CLOSE TO THE EDGE
  9. RITUAL - NOUS SOMMES DU SOLEIL

    UK record three
  10. SOON
  11. WONDEROUS STORIES
  12. GOING FOR THE ONE
  13. DON'T KILL THE WHALE
  14. DOES IT REALLY HAPPEN?
  15. MAKE IT EASY
  16. OWNER OF A LONELY HEART
  17. RHYTHM OF LOVE
  18. CHANGES (LIVE VERSION)

    US disc one
  19. SOMETHING'S COMING (stereo mix)    (Steven Sondheim/Leonard Bernstein)    7:06
  20. SURVIVAL    (Jon Anderson    6:18
  21. EVERY LITTLE THING    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    5:41
  22. NO OPPORTUNITY NECESSARY, NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED    (Richie Havens)    4:48
  23. TIME AND A WORD    (Jon Anderson/David Foster)    4:31
  24. STARSHIP TROOPER    9:26
    a. Life Seeker    (Jon Anderson)
    b. Disillusion    (Chris Squire)
    c. Wurm    (Steve Howe)
  25. YOURS IS NO DISGRACE    (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Steve Howe/Bill Bruford/Tony Kaye)    9:40
  26. I'VE SEEN ALL GOOD PEOPLE    6:53
    a. Your Move    (Jon Anderson)
    b. All Good People    (Chris Squire)
  27. ROUNDABOUT    (Jon Anderson/Steve Howe)    8:31
  28. HEART OF THE SUNRISE    (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Bill Bruford)    10:31

    US disc two
  29. LONG DISTANCE RUNAROUND    (Jon Anderson)    3:33
  30. AMERICA (single edit)    (Paul Simon)    4:03
  31. CLOSE TO THE EDGE    (Jon Anderson/Steve Howe)    18:34
    i. The Solid Time of Change
    ii. Total Mass Retain
    iii. I Get Up I Get Down
    iv. Seasons of Man
  32. RITUAL-NOUS SOMMES DU SOLEIL    (Jon Anderson/ Steve Howe/Chris Squire/Alan White/Rick Wakeman)    21:33
  33. SOON (single edit)    (Jon Anderson)    4:06
  34. WONDEROUS STORIES    (Jon Anderson)    3:45
  35. GOING FOR THE ONE    (Jon Anderson)    5:32
  36. DON'T KILL THE WHALE    (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire)    3:55
  37. OWNER OF A LONELY HEART    (Trevor Rabin/Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Trevor Horn)    4:27
  38. RHYTHM OF LOVE    (Tony Kaye/Trevor Rabin/Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Alan White)    4:46

CREDITS

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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