Yes Releases “Yes 50 Live”

Yes 50 LiveLegendary prog-rock band Yes turned 50 last year, and they celebrated the occasion with a massive tour. Now they’ve released a new double live album called Yes 50 Live that features 13 performances from the trek of what the band calls “key songs that helped make Yes the most enduring, ambitious, and virtuosic progressive band in rock history.”

Much of the album was taken from a concert in Philadelphia where ten members of Yes were onstage for the encore: (current members) Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, Alan White, Billy Sherwood, and Jon Davison, Jay Schellen, plus (former members) Tony Kaye, Patrick Moraz, Tom Brislin and Trevor Horn. Sherwood has been anchoring the band since founder Chris Squire passed away in 2015.

“The live performances on Yes 50 LIVE seamlessly weave together several eras from the band’s past with songs from 10 different studio albums recorded between 1970 and 2011,” Yes writes. “Naturally, the collection highlights some of the group’s most important music, including ‘Starship Trooper,’ from The Yes Album (1971), ‘Roundabout’ from Fragile (1971) and the title track from Close to the Edge (1972). But the new live album also highlights some of Yes’ most adventurous work with an excerpt from ‘The Ancient,’ a track that appeared on 1973’s Tales From Topographic Oceans, and ‘Soon,’ which is the final section in ‘The Gates Of Delirium’ from 1974’s Relayer.”

Get a taste of the album with this clip of Yes from The Fillmore in Philadelphia on July 21st, 2018:

Yes 50 Live is available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download (iTunes and Amazon MP3).

Yes 50 Live Track List:

Disc One:

  1. Close To The Edge
    1. (v) The Solid Time Of Change
    2. (vi) Total Mass Retain
    3. (vii) I Get Up I Get Down
    4. (viii) Seasons Of Man”
  2. Nine Voices (Longwalker)
  3. Sweet Dreams
  4. Madrigal
  5. We Can Fly From Here, Part 1
  6. Soon
  7. Awaken

Disc Two:

  1. Parallels
  2. Excerpt From The Ancient
  3. Yours Is No Disgrace
  4. Excerpt From Georgia’s Song And Mood For A Day
  5. Roundabout
  6. Starship Trooper
    1. Life Seeker
    2. Disillusion
    3. Wurm

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  1. Weezer

    50 years my ass. This cover band is NOT Yes!!!!!

    • Ken Bennett

      Agreed. This is not YES in any way, shape or form. Without Anderson, Wakeman, and Bruford it ain’t YES IMO… sorry.

  2. Nicholas Woodburn

    Not Yes without Jon Anderson!

  3. William Brierly

    It will never be YES again without Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman and Chris Squire

  4. Anthony P Nolan

    YES was Anderson, Squire, Howe, Bruford & Wakeman. Period. Alan White did a good job, but he’s no B.B.

  5. Nina J Gamble

    I agree that it’s not the original Yes lineup, but how wonderful to keep the music alive and honoring Chris!