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    Favourite Yes Album by era?

    Inspired by the Rush thread in this style, which is your favourite studio album from the various eras of Yes (including From a Page as a studio release)? It's tricky to break down the periods but I think the following:

    1968-1970: the formative years
    1971: the breakthrough
    1972-74: the Progressive era
    1977-80: the end of the classic era
    1983-1994: the Rabin years
    1996-2001: the "Turn of the Century"
    2008-2021: the post Anderson years
    The Definitive YES Albums

    -The Yes Album-Fragile-Close to the Edge-Tales From Topographic Oceans-
    -Relayer-Going for the One-Drama-90125-Big Generator-Union-Talk-
    -The Ladder-Magnification-Fly From Here-The Quest-

    #2
    For me:

    1968-1970: Time and a Word
    1971: The Yes Album
    1972-74: Close to the Edge
    1977-80: Going for the One
    1983-1994: 90125
    1996-2001: Magnification
    2008-2021: Fly From Here
    The Definitive YES Albums

    -The Yes Album-Fragile-Close to the Edge-Tales From Topographic Oceans-
    -Relayer-Going for the One-Drama-90125-Big Generator-Union-Talk-
    -The Ladder-Magnification-Fly From Here-The Quest-

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      #3
      Yes
      tya
      ctte
      gfto
      abwh
      keys
      ffh


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        #4
        This is actually very close to how I've organized my iTunes playlists:

        1969 - 79, the formation/classic era;
        1983 - 1994, the YesWest era;
        1989 - ABWH/Union
        1996 - K2A
        1997 - 2001 - OYE - Magnification
        2011+ - the non-Anderson albums (including Drama, because I'm like that)

        I have occasionally lumped ABWH and K2A together, because they feel more stylistically linked (Themes, Order of the Universe, and Be the One flow together quite well), I'll call it Recapturing Glory (whether they were successful is another story, of course, but it feels like the first time Yes was looking backwards).

        Given *that*, I'd say:

        Classic: Close to the Edge. I mean, come on.
        YesWest: 90125
        Recapturing: ABWH
        Wilderness: The Ladder
        Non-Anderson: The Quest (it might not actually be my favourite or most-played, but I think it's the most successful at figuring out what this band wants to and can do, which is not the same as what *I* want it to do or be, but they seem justifiably happy with it.)

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          #5
          1968-1970: Time and a Word
          1971: Fragile
          1972-74: Relayer
          1977-80: Going for the One
          1983-1994: 90125
          1996-2001: Magnification
          2008-2021: Fly from Here (Benoît version)

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            #6
            Fragile
            CTTE
            Tales
            Relayer
            G4T1

            ABWH

            The Ladder
            Magnification
            Fly From Here
            The Quest

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              #7
              1968-1970: Time and a Word
              1971: The Yes Album
              1972-74: Close to the Edge
              1977-80: Going for the One
              1983-1994: Big Generator
              1996-2001: The Ladder
              2008-2021: Fly From Here

              Easier than I thought

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                #8
                1968-1970: Yes
                1971: The Yes Album
                1972-74: Tales From Topographic Oceans
                1977-80: Drama
                1983-1994: Big Generator
                1996-2001: Magnification
                2008-2021: Fly From Here

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                  #9
                  The Yes Album
                  Close to the Edge
                  Tormato
                  90125
                  Magnification
                  Fly From Here

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                    #10
                    1968-1970. Time and a Word
                    1971. The Yes Album
                    1972-1974. Close to the Edge
                    1977-1980. Going for the One
                    1983-1994. Talk
                    1996-2001. Magnification
                    2008-2021. The Quest

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                      #11
                      Time And a Word
                      Fragile
                      Relayer
                      Going for the One (if live albums are allowed then maybe Yesshows)
                      Big Generator
                      Magnification (or maybe the Ladder depending on my mood)

                      Not really a fan of the post JA stuff but just to be complete I'll say FFH.
                      Last edited by Soundchaser413; 01-07-2022, 04:33 PM.

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                        #12
                        My choices would be:

                        1) YES - Banks Bruford duet on I See You does it for me
                        2) YES ALBUM - classic rock of the highest order
                        3) TALES - really a toss-up between Tales & Relayer. I almost see them as one triple album set. I'll go Tales for its overall magic.
                        4) PARIS ALBUM - ..........................No, just kidding, DRAMA - one of the best Yes albums ever constructed, and one of the coolest Dean covers.
                        5) BIG GENERATOR - any of these four albums could fit this slot, but BG for late 80's fun factor, with Union very very close second
                        6) THE LADDER - overlooked entry in their catalogue - Ladder had no special feature or angle, other than having 6 members instead of 5. Just a regular Yes album with synth keyboards and harmony vocals and all the trademarks. Yes by numbers, yet the songs are very good. Accessible but not too pop, musically engaging but not too prog. Maybe a 'just right' blend. Magnification lost by one molecule.
                        7)FLY FROM HERE(original 2011 version) - anything stemming from the Drama era is good for me. However, given time, Quest may take this spot - we'll see.

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                          #13
                          1968-1970. Yes
                          1971. The Yes Album
                          1972-1974. Close to the Edge
                          1977-1980. Drama
                          1983-1994. Talk
                          1996-2001. Magnification
                          2008-2021. Fly From Here (2011 Original)

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                            #14
                            1968-1970: Time and a Word
                            1971: The Yes Album
                            1972-74: Close to the Edge
                            1977-80: Drama
                            1983-1994: 90125
                            1996-2001: Magnification
                            2008-2021: Fly From Here (2011)
                            "A lot of the heavier conversations I was having with Chris toward the end were about his desire for this thing to go forward. He kept reiterating that to me. [...] He kept telling me, 'No matter what happens, Yes needs to continue moving forward and make great music. So promise me that that's something you want to do.'. And I have to keep making music. It's just what I do. [...] I'm a fan of the band and I want to see it thrive and that means new music." -Billy Sherwood

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                              #15
                              1968-1970: Yes
                              1971: The Yes Album
                              1972-74: Fragile
                              1977-80: Drama
                              1983-1994: Talk
                              1996-2001: The Ladder
                              2008-2021: Fly From Here

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