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Updated on August 17, 2014

YES is one of the cornerstones and hallmarks of British progressive rock, a style that mixed modern rock with classical elements. Their sound was complimented by the illustration style of Roger Dean, who produced their signature logo and a stunning series of distinctive album covers for the band.

Most members of YES have had productive solo careers or also been in other successful bands. The lineup has changed over the years, most notably with numerous changes to their keyboard players. The only member who has been in every single incarnation of YES is bass player Chris Squire.


Tales From Topographic Oceans
Tales From Topographic Oceans

This double album was the sixth from YES. Comprised of just four tracks, this record was written by lead singer Jon Anderson and guitarist Steve Howe. Each album side is a single song, with each piece being between 18 and 22 minutes in length.

Although critically panned when first released, this album went on to earn a gold record and become a fan favorite.


The Band YES - official websites for the band

At the moment, there aren't really any big group projects for YES as an entity, but the various band members are all busy with a variety of solo and side projects.

This list includes the members of the band as it exists presently. Further down this lens are links to former band members.


When Greg Lake went on his 2012 solo music tour, mixing songs and stories, one story he told was of the "rivalry" between ELP and YES. According to Lake, both bands got on, but they did have nicknames for each other. YES liked to refer to Emerson Lake and Palmer as "Henderson, Snake and Charmer."

And ELP liked to refer to YES as "Maybe."

90125 - the reinvention of YES


When YES reformed in the early 1980s, Steve Howe was busy with ASIA, so they recruited guitarist/songwriter Trevor Rabin in his place. This proved to be a great decsion as his contributions to the band helped bring them some top 10 hits and their most wide-reaching and commercial album to date.


Yes Vids

Other Great Yes Albums - further explorations into the music of YES

Other YES Band Members

YES has shifted their line-up from time to time. Here are links to other musicians who have recorded and played with the band.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      yes have all the elements, great players , interesting arrangments, cosmic ideology, and humanity that has always impressed me, going to a yes gig in australia is a long wait, 90125 got me in the early eighties....i was abducted by that record and subsequently searched everything i could from that point......what no 'yes' in the rock and roll hall of can that be?

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      CleanerLife 9 years ago

      Great Lens! I love to listen to XM Radio's "Fine Tuning" ch. 76 every August, because they celebrate it as "Yes Month" and showcase some great Yes music! :)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      First song I've heard from YES was Long Distance Runaround and after that everything else is history. I was a teenager then when they released 90125 and Owner of a Lonely Heart, Cinema and Changes did changed my life! YES was one of the bands and the reason why I've been still rockin's after all these years. They're one of the best prog rock in the land! Thanks for sharing this lens! You've made a great deal of favor for YES! YES!

      -Mark Serra ( Shih Tzu Checks )

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      qoquaq 9 years ago

      Married,Wife,Children,Grandchildren,Cat,Introvert,Devotee of YES,Sufferer of OCD(or so my wife says)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Petition the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio to induct YES!

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      Jeff Wendland 10 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      Yes is awesome, nice choice for a lens.