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Yesyears Review

by Gary Hill

It would be really easy for someone to complain about this song or that not being included on this four-disc set. However, when you consider the amount of material in Yes' catalog by the point of this release, such arguments are somewhat silly. There is no way that all the songs everyone wanted included could be here. The disc includes a nice balance of original release material and alternate takes, unreleased songs, etc. Of course, for the die-hard Yes fans, probably the main audience for this box set, the rarities are the true selling point of the compilation. There are some very interesting ones represented here. "Vevey" parts one and two are instrumental cuts performed by Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman. They are songs that were recorded during the "Going for the One" sessions. "Montreux's Theme" is another from that same time. "Money," a humorous track with a raunchy spoken word voiceover by Rick Wakeman, is a sure winner. "Run With the Fox," although not truly a Yes song, but rather a recording by Alan White and Chris Squire, is a great Christmas-oriented piece. Of course, Yes' live take on the Beatles' "I'm Down" is another great addition to any Yes collection. The comprehensive booklet that accompanies the set is very well done. All in all, this set should please both the die-hard fans and those wanting a quick immersion in the works of this classic progressive rock outfit.

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