As any longtime fan of Yes will tell you, the group has been through quite a few lineups over their years. But through it all, they have been able to retain their diehard fan base, even when they were at their most indulgent (mid-'70s) and most pop-minded (mid-'80s). The 2000 collection, Best of Yes, covers 1970-1987, but since it's a single disc, far too many classics are left out for it to be considered definitive. True, you do get such expected Yes faves as "And You And I" and "Owner of a Lonely Heart," and it's a pleasant surprise that such oft-overlooked tunes as "Siberian Khatru," "Sound Chaser" and "Into the Lens" (the latter which featured the extremely short-lived Buggles-Yes union) are included. But you simply can't call it a Yes 'best of' and leave off such selections as "Starship Trooper," "Yours Is No Disgrace," "Roundabout" (No kidding, it's not here!), and "I've Seen All Good People," among others. You'd be better off paying the extra clams for a better-rounded double-disc set (Yesstory, The Ultimate Yes, etc.) -- too many classics are omitted here.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato