Yes

I've Seen All Good People: Your Move/All Good People

Composed by Chris Squire / Jon Anderson

Song Review by

Although Yes was never a singles band, 1971's The Yes Album netted them a number 40 hit with "Your Move," their first on the American charts. But it was another song in amongst the rest of the tracks that helped send The Yes Album to the number seven spot on Britain's album charts and number 40 in the U.S. "I've Seen All Good People" was a precursor to what was to come for the band, and even though it maintained a progressive feel without going overboard, there were prog elements in both Anderson's vocals and in the instrumental course of the song that were still in their early stages. The track maintains an unsurpassed flow to be sure, and the harmonies are resilient from start to finish, making it one of Yes most singable songs. Without an overabundance of extensive instrumental wanderings that would later become a trademark of the band, "I've Seen All Good People" retains a rock air with progressive rock tendencies hovering around the perimeter. Even Yes' brand of fantastical lyrics and wordy opaqueness haven't fully flourished yet, while musically, keyboardist Tony Kaye struts his stuff on the Hammond organ rather effectively before he's replaced by Rick Wakeman on Yes' next album, 1972's Fragile. "I've Seen All Good People may not be the group's most bewildering piece, but it still stands as one of their most appealing.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Yes Album 1971
Yes
Panegyric 6:59
Yessongs 1973
Yes
Atlantic 7:00
Yesshows 1980
Yes
Friday Music 7:27
Classic Yes 1981
Yes
Atlantic 7:28
Yesyears 1991
Yes
Atlantic 6:53
Classic Rock: 1966-1988 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 6:47
Yesstory 1992
Yes
Atco 6:53
Highlights: The Very Best of Yes 1993
Yes
WEA International 6:54
Keys to Ascension 2 1997
Yes
Cleopatra 7:16
Mr. Deeds 2002
Original Soundtrack
RCA 6:56
In a Word 2002
Yes
Rhino 6:55
The Ultimate Yes 2004
Yes
Rhino / Elektra 6:56
Yesspeak & Yes Acoustic: 35th Anniversary Collection 2004
Yes
DTS Entertainment
Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss 2004
Yes
Classic Pictures
The Word Is Live 2005
Yes
Rhino 7:52
Greatest Video Hits [DVD] 2005
Yes
Rhino
Acoustic 2006
Yes
Classic Studio T / MVD Visual
Essentially Yes 2006
Yes
Eagle Rock / Eagle Records 3:36
The Definitive Rock Collection 2007
Yes
Rhino 6:56
Live at Montreux 2003 2007
Yes
Eagle Records 7:09
Yes: New Director's Cut [DVD] 2008
Yes
Audiovisual
The Studio Albums 1969-1987 2013
Yes
Atlantic / Rhino 6:55
Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two 2015
Yes
Atlantic / GC / Rhino 7:59
Progeny: Highlights from Seventy-Two
Yes
Rhino 7:21
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