Best Yes Albums

Best Albums by the British Progressive Rock Band Yes.

The Top Ten

1 Tales from Topographic Oceans Tales from Topographic Oceans

This album is a notoriously hated album, not just by a lot of fans, but by the keyboardist Rick Wakeman. He thought it was so bad that he left the band after it was completed. I do agree that it has a very odd sound and production. It feels like a lot for the instruments are crashing into each other and fighting for frequencies. And this album is their first double album with 4 songs, and a run time of 80 minutes. Each song is about 20 minutes. It is a very boring album in some aspects, but its also a very rewarding one. It accomplishes having the musical complexity of a normal yes album, and it gives way to experimentation. The first song The Revealing Science of God, it has many nuances of classic yes, as well as weird experimentation. Remembering is a very good mellow song that feels very drawn out. It feels more like a collection of song segments. The Giants is a very disjointed and experimental noodling song. Its good for trying something new and having several instrumental ...more

I love this monumental masterpiece. This is Yes doing what they are best at, long and complex and atmospheric songs. The zenith of their work. I consider this, and To Our Children's Children's Children by the Moody Blues, to be my favorite albums of all time.

I am not a fan really of the structure but the songs and the performance is some of the best of Yes ever.

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2 Close to the Edge Close to the Edge

An album that took my a while to get into. But once you get past that jarring chaotic intro, the song and album becomes pure brilliance. The Title Track is non stop great progressive rock that doesn't let you go until the very end. And You And I used to strike me as filler, but it's a slow build up, big pay off song that feels very peaceful. Siberian Khutru is almost the complete opposite of And You And I. Instead of being peaceful, its hard rocking for 9 minutes. This is my all time favorite yes song that features several great sections, my favorite being the one right after the guitar riff intro. Incredible album from beginning to end, 10/10.

Nice but colossally over-rated. It sounds positively juvenile compared to Tales From Topographic Oceans and later albums.

The highpoint of the band's career - they have spent the rest of their lives trying unsuccessfully to recapture what they had here.

3 Fragile Fragile

Many fans are going to kill me for putting this here. As much as a love some songs on here, I had to take into account the filler tracks. The album has 3 very great epics tat are the highlights of yes's career, Roundabout, South Side of the Sky, and Heart of the Sunrise. And it also has 2 really good shorter songs, Long Distance Runaround, and the instrumental acoustic piece A Mood For a Day. But the problems revolve around the pointless snippets of songs that have a very bold stamp on them, a stamp that says FILLER. Cans and Brams is an alright piano piece, but it isn't original. We Have Heaven is a torturous song that has Anderson looping different irritating vocal tracks in a progressing sequence. Five Percent For Nothing is 30 seconds of messing around on the drums and bass. The Fish is torturous randomness with a good riff buried in the messiness. If they had cut those horrible fillers and added America, this could have been a better album for sure. I should give it a 8.6/10 but ...more

I hate it when reviewers praise the group songs and slur the little solo songs. Group songs occur on every album, and while these are good, Yes have done even better ones elsewhere. The solo songs are what makes this album special, and We Have Heaven is beautiful!

This is by far the best Yes album with just Roundabout alone, add South Side of the Sky, Five Percent for Nothing, Long Distance Runaround, The Fish, and Heart of the Sunrise and you've got one of the best prog albums out there. Few albums are this good.

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4 Relayer Relayer

This album is very weird at times, especially with the last two tracks. Its very similar to their classic album Close to the Edge in song structure. Long suite, then 2 9 minute or so songs. The beginning Suite Gates of Delirium is in my opinion Yes's most masterfully written progressive song. It has a very peaceful vibe until you reach the classic progressive breakdown at the center of the song. The breakdown sounds like an epic battle, and the band even rolled trash cans around in the studio. Sound Chaser is a bit too long, but it's a very great heavy song. It feels like 2 songs, one of them very fast and crazy, the other is more mid tempo and rocking. Both sections are connected by a very passionate guitar solo from Howe. The last song is my least favorite which is known as To Be Over. It has a very mellow and stonery vibe at the beginning. But halfway through it becomes a great rocking song. This was also my favorite yes album at a time, 9.6/10

5 The Yes Album The Yes Album

This is one of the yes albums I find to be a bit overrated. On one hand you have very classic amazing songs like Yours is No Disgrace, Starship Troopers (which I find to be a bit overrated), A Venture, And Perpetual Change is pretty good. But The Clap is alright, and I've Seen All Good People is a very good mellow song, bit it doesn't explore enough, but its still a good song. 9.2/10

An amazing album. Every song is great. Starship Trooper is a masterpiece. definitely my favorite Yes album.

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6 Going for the One Going for the One

This one is very hated among some of the yes fans. Some think its too mainstream, but others including myself think it's a classic. This used to be my favorite yes album and it is the album that got me into the band. It is a very easy listen that is more reminiscent of when the band was becoming prog rock. But if you can't get into the first couple songs, your in for a treat with the epic finale that is Awaken! Going For the One is a lot like Permanent Waves because it perfectly fixes prog rock and pop rock. 9.8/10

7 Tormato Tormato

Why any Yes fan would dislike Tormato is beyond me. It's in my top 5 favorite Yes albums, and I absolutely love most of the songs. Wonderfully crafted.

8 90125 90125

This was the first Yes album I bought (I was young at the time). A few MTV videos that were cool. It obviously isn't their best, but I wanted to give it some love.

My first introduction with Yes also not the best but still a great album that I listen now and then.

9 Drama Drama

This one is also not liked by many yes fans because this is the first album that doesn't feature Anderson on vocals. But there are some great and heavy progressive songs on here, but the poppy songs on here really collide with the great songs. They should have kept going into that progressive direction with songs like Machine Messiah instead of making those crap albums 90125 and Big Generator. 8.6/10

I love this album! My absolute favourite when I was younger.

10 Union Union

The Contenders

11 Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe
12 Open Your Eyes Open Your Eyes
13 Fly from Here Fly from Here

This one is easily one of their most underrated as well. People ignore this one because it is one of yes's newer albums that doesn't feature Anderson on vocals. But this and the great comeback album Magnification have both a great sound, and amazing songs. Not only does this feel like classic 70s yes, but its structured like the classic rush album 2112. The title track is a 20 minute epic suite that is truly one of their best songs. The rest of the songs are really great, but Into the Storm is the true highlight of the normal songs. Fly From Here is a 9.4/10

14 Big Generator Big Generator
15 Yes Yes
16 Talk Talk
17 Keys to Ascension Keys to Ascension

This is easily one of their most underrated albums. It was released as a double album, half of each cd was a live show, and the other half of each cd was new material. I always got the vibe that they did this to sell the live album which I dint care about. They released a cd known as Keystudio which was all the studio material. Live album aside, this has not only great material, but classic yes material. It features 7 tracks that are all pretty long. Each song brings something new to the table, the almost 20 minute songs like mind drive bring back classic yes noodling and progression. The 7-9 minute songs are very rocking yet not poppy, just like Siberian Khutru. And some of the tracks are very experimental, yet also great. This album is one that you don't want to miss, 9.5/10

18 Magnification Magnification

This is truly a comeback album for yes. A lot of the albums before this were very good, especially Keys to Ascension, but there is this bizarre, nostalgic, 70s feeling you get from this album. Magnification easily is one of the best sounding yes albums and it succeeds at recapturing the classic 70s yes sound and making it sound heavy, clear, and melodic. It also features a lot of epic moments and orchestral sections. What a great final album for Anderson and it could have been a great finale for the band 8.9/10

19 The Ladder The Ladder
20 Time and a Word Time and a Word
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