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[[caption-width-right:330:Yes' ''Union'' 8-man lineup, circa 1991 (l-r: Trevor Rabin, Tony Kaye, Rick Wakeman, Alan White, Chris Squire, Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe).]]

Yes is a British group that has been instrumental in the formation of ProgressiveRock, embodying the best (incredible instrumental proficiency) and worst of the genre (EndingFatigue-inducing endless jamming). Formed in 1968, their music is marked by [[EpicRocking long song lengths]], instrumental prowess, {{uncommon time}}, sudden dynamic shifts, [[WordSaladLyrics incomprehensible lyrics]], lush vocal harmonies and lead singer Jon Anderson's distinctive high-pitched voice.

Members:
* Jon Anderson - vocals (1968–80, 1983–88, 1990–2008)
* Peter Banks - guitar (1968–70, died 2013)
* Music/BillBruford - drums (1968–72, 1990–92)
* Tony Kaye - keyboards (1968–71, 1982–94)
* Chris Squire - bass, backing vocals (1968–81, 1982–present)
* [[Music/{{Asia}} Steve Howe]] - guitar, backing vocals (1970–81, 1990–92, 1995–present)
* Rick Wakeman - keyboards (1971–74, 1976–80, 1990–92, 1995–96, 2002–08)
* Alan White - drums (1972–81, 1982–present)
* [[Music/TheMoodyBlues Patrick Moraz]] - keyboards (1974–76)
* [[Music/TheBuggles Geoff Downes]] - keyboards (1980–81, 2011–present)
* [[Music/TheBuggles Trevor Horn]] - vocals (1980–81), [[RecordProducer production]] (1983–87, 2011)
* Music/TrevorRabin - guitar, vocals, keyboards (1982–94)
* Billy Sherwood - guitar, keyboards, vocals, bass (1997–2000, 2015)
* Igor Khoroshev - keyboards (1997–2002)
* Benoît David - vocals (2008–12)
* Oliver Wakeman - keyboards (2008–11)
* Jon Davison - vocals (2012–present)

Despite ''Yes'' and ''Time and a Word'' suffering from mixed reception and EarlyInstallmentWeirdness ({{cover version}}s, overproduction, orchestras overpowering everything, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Peter Banks on guitar]]), the band's "classic lineup" (Anderson-Howe-Squire-Wakeman-Bruford) and distinctive ProgressiveRock sound and look (the latter supplied by Roger Dean's DesignStudentsOrgasm artwork) coalesced at the start of TheSeventies, resulting in the critically acclaimed trilogy of ''The Yes Album'', ''Fragile'', and ''Close to the Edge'', the latter considered their masterpiece. But it didn't last, as they came back to earth with the widely-reviled double album ''Tales from Topographic Oceans'', which was roundly panned for its self-indulgence (although it got to the top of the charts at the time). Notably, Rick Wakeman was so [[CreatorBacklash displeased]] with the album that he left soon afterwards. However, the band soldiered on, managing to make two more reasonably well-received albums influenced by jazz fusion, ''Relayer'' and ''Going for the One'' (the latter getting to number one at the height of punk's popularity) and bringing back Wakeman before once again sabotaging their career with the horribly-received ''Tormato'' (although it reached the Top 10 in the Album charts just like ''Tales from Topographic Oceans'' did).

After an internal conflict and falling out, Anderson and Wakeman left in 1980, being replaced by vocalist/experienced RecordProducer Trevor Horn and keyboardist Geoff Downes of Music/TheBuggles. The resulting lineup recorded one album, ''Drama'', which showcased a heavier, harder rock sound than before and earned mixed reception, before disintegrating the next year.

The band's former rhythm section of Chris Squire and Alan White soon joined up with South African guitarist Trevor Rabin, whose sensibilities were far more mainstream, and formed a new band called Cinema. Squire also brought back Yes' original keyboard player Tony Kaye and got Trevor Horn to produce the album. During a chance encounter between Anderson and Squire, the former heard Cinema's demos and was so impressed he joined right away, re-singing all the previously recorded vocals and re-writing the lyrics. The resulting album, ''90125'' was released under the "Yes" moniker and showcased a departure from the band's previous formula, being made up of catchy, accessible poppy hard-rock tunes that still preserved enough of the band's former weirdness like incomprehensible lyrics, complex production, abrupt time changes and multitracked vocal harmonies. The [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks predictable whining from older fans]] couldn't drown out the critical acclaim, and ''90125'' became the band's highest-selling album and spawned their biggest-selling single, "Owner of a Lonely Heart".

The follow-up, ''Big Generator'', had reasonable sales and positive reception, but was widely considered inferior to ''90125''. Anderson, in particular, was so disappointed with it he left Yes to join up with his ''Close to the Edge''-era bandmates to form "Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe", which released one self-titled album in 1989. As both groups were preparing new material, ABWH's label, through some wheeling and dealing, bought out Yes' record contract and name with the intention of improving ABWH's sales by releasing their next album under the Yes name, with contributions from the Rabin-Squire-Kaye-White Yes. The resulting album ''Union'', suffered from severe ExecutiveMeddling and was widely panned. The tour, however, was considered one of their best, with a "Mega-Yes" lineup with all the eight members that were in the band at various points (Anderson, Squire, Howe, Rabin, Kaye, Wakeman, Bruford, and White).

After the mixed reception of ''Talk'' (the last album with Rabin and Kaye), the band's since returned to their old prog sound, reunited their classic lineup and released ''Keys to Ascension'', ''Keys to Ascension 2'', ''Open Your Eyes'', ''The Ladder'', and ''Magnification''. They were going strong until 2008, when Jon Anderson fell ill. The band soldiered on with Rick Wakeman's son Oliver on keyboards (since booted out so Downes could rejoin) and, most surprisingly, [[PromotedFanboy Benoît David]] of tribute band Close to the Edge on vocals for ''Fly from Here''. However, David was released by the band and replaced by Jon Davison, also from a Yes tribute band for their latest album, ''Heaven & Earth''.

Creator/MutantEnemy is named after a line from their song "And You and I".

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!!Discography and notable songs:
* ''Yes'' (1969) – "Beyond And Before", "Every Little Thing" (Music/TheBeatles cover), "Harold Land", "Survival"
* ''Time and a Word'' (1970) – "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed" (Richie Havens cover), "Everydays" (Buffalo Springfield cover), "Sweet Dreams", "Time And A Word"
* ''The Yes Album'' (1971) – "Yours Is No Disgrace", "I've Seen All Good People", "Starship Trooper"
* ''Fragile'' (1971) – "Roundabout", "South Side of the Sky", "Long Distance Runaround[=/=]The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)", "Heart of the Sunrise"
* ''Close to the Edge'' (1972) – "Close to the Edge", "And You and I", "Siberian Khatru" (these are the ''only songs on the album'')
* ''Tales from Topographic Oceans'' (1973) – "Ritual"
* ''Relayer'' (1974) – "The Gates of Delirium", "Sound Chaser", "To Be Over"
* ''Going for the One'' (1977) – "Going For The One", "Wonderous Stories", "Awaken"
* ''Tormato'' (1978) – "Onward", "Don't Kill The Whale", "On The Silent Wings Of Freedom"
* ''Drama'' (1980) – "Machine Messiah", "Into the Lens", "Tempus Fugit"
* ''90125'' (1983) – "Owner of a Lonely Heart", "Leave It", "It Can Happen", "Changes", "Cinema" [[note]]An instrumental that was awarded Yes' only Grammy to date[[/note]]
* ''Big Generator'' (1987) – "Rhythm of Love", "Love Will Find A Way", "Shoot High Aim Low", "Final Eyes"
* ''Union'' (1991) – "Lift Me Up", "Saving My Heart", "Masquerade"[[note]]A Steve Howe guitar instrumental that was nominated for a Grammy[[/note]]
* ''Talk'' (1994) – "Endless Dream", "The Calling", "Walls"
* ''Keys To Ascension'' (1996) – "Be the One", "That, That Is"
* ''Keys To Ascension 2'' (1997) – "Mind Drive", "Foot Prints", "Children of Light"
* ''Open Your Eyes'' (1997) – "Open Your Eyes", "No Way We Can Lose"
* ''The Ladder'' (1999) – "Homeworld (The Ladder)", "The Messenger", "Lightning Strikes", "If Only You Knew"
* ''Magnification'' (2001) – "Don't Go", "In The Presence Of", "System of Survival"
* ''Fly from Here'' (2011) – "We Can Fly From Here" [[note]]a song left over from ''Drama'', played live by the 1980–81 lineup but never recorded properly until 2011[[/note]], "Madman at the Screens", "Solitaire"
* ''Heaven & Earth'' (2014) – "To Ascend", "In a World of Our Own", "Believe Again", "It Was All We Knew"

** ''Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe'' (1989) is considered by many fans to be a ''de facto'' Yes album, both due to the fact that was made up entirely of ex-Yes members and the ABWH members were absorbed back into Yes proper with ''Union'' (which actually started life as an ABWH album).

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!!'''''Owner of a Lonely Trope''''':
* AdaptationExpansion: The incredibly obscure ''Yes Remixes'' (see SomethingCompletelyDifferent) turns the 37-second "Five Per Cent For Nothing" from ''Fragile'' into a 4:44 dance song. [[AdaptationDistillation Conversely]], the same album condenses the 21:33 "Ritual" way down to 6:20.
* AlbumFiller: The "solo" pieces on ''Fragile'', recorded to get the album out the door quickly to pay the bank loan on Rick Wakeman's instruments. Their "filler" is still pretty good, with Steve Howe's acoustic piece "Mood for a Day" considered one of his best. That's how awesome they are.
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Completely averted for Bill Bruford and Alan White, which makes White's heavy, frenetic drum solo on "Release, Release" all the more surprising.
* AllThereInTheManual: The liner notes to ''Fragile'' explain the "solo" pieces mentioned above.
* ArcWords: Plenty of examples.
** The first example may be the lyrics "I'll ask her for some time to go and look around" being sung on the ''Yes'' track "Sweetness". "Looking Around" is another track on the album.
** In "The Remembering" on ''Tales from Topographic Oceans'', the word "Relayer" is sung. This ended up becoming the title of the next album.
** "Roundabout" is the name of the opening track of ''Fragile'', and it is also sung on the ''Going for the One'' tracks "Going for the One" and "Parallels".
** "Ten true summers" is sung in "Roundabout" and the ''Tormato'' song "Rejoice".
** "Round and round" is sung on ''Tormato'' songs "Rejoice" and "On the Silent Wings of Freedom". Since it is on the first and last tracks of the album, it also counts as BookEnds.
** "Talk, talk, talk" are the last words sung on "Give & Take", the final track on the European edition of ''Union.'' This foreshadows the title of the next album.
** "New State of Mind" is the opening track of ''Open Your Eyes'', and the phrase is also sung on "From the Balcony" from the same album.
** "We Have Heaven" from ''Fragile'' is sung on ''The Ladder'' track "Can I?"
** "New Language" is the penultimate track on ''The Ladder'', and the closing track "Nine Voices" contains the phrase "speaking new languages."
** "Magnify" is sung on both "Magnification" and "Spirit of Survival".
** On ''Magnification'', the phrase "sacred ground" is sung on both "Give Love Each Day" and "In The Presence Of".
* AscendedFanboy: Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes of Music/TheBuggles, both Yes fans, count as well. They tried to submit a song to Yes in 1980, and were asked to join as replacements for Anderson and Wakeman, since both bands had the same manager (Brian Lane). They hadn't even known about the shake-ups in the band lineup yet.
** Benoît David was lead vocalist for Yes tribute band Close to the Edge before becoming the lead vocalist of Yes. Similarly, Jon Davison has also been involved in a Yes tribute band before his hiring. (see IronicEcho)
* TheAssimilator: In a weird (but not evil) way. Yes absorbed Music/TheBuggles, then Cinema (which was originally supposed to be a new band with Trevor Rabin as frontman), [[UpToEleven and then]] Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe. Interestingly, each time Yes "absorbed" a band, their musical style was incorporated as well.
* TheBandMinusTheFace: ''Drama'', made without Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson. There's also the current incarnation with Benoît David and later Jon Davison due to Anderson's [[StealthPun fragile]] health.
* BigYes: "Tempus Fugit" has one.
** Thanks to their name, this is played graphically as well. Yes christened themselves that as a promotional trick, forcing concert promoters to use a larger font size for their slot due to how short the word "yes" is, making their name stand out more compared to the other bands sharing the bill. And of course, there are several albums where there is a rather large Yes logo of one flavor or another on the cover.
* BookEnds: ''Tales from Topographic Oceans'' and ''Fly from Here'' respectively: A riff from "The Revealing Science of God" appears at the end of "Ritual", and David can be heard singing "And we can fly from here..." numerous times in the cooldown to "Into the Storm".
* BoringButPractical: Tony Kaye's keyboard style, compared to the flashier players that followed him like Rick Wakeman.
* BowtiesAreCool: Jon sports one in the video for "It Can Happen".
* BreakupSong: "Long Distance Runaround".
* BrickJoke: From ''Fragile'', the song "We Have Heaven" abruptly ends with the sound of a door closing. At the end of the album, a HiddenTrack has the sound of a door opening and (part of) "We Have Heaven" heard again.
* TheBusCameBack:
** Rick Wakeman has left and rejoined the band several times.
** Tony Kaye in the "Yes West" era. Quite a bit of the keyboards on those albums were actually played by Trevor Rabin or (on ''90125'') Trevor Horn, though. On ''Talk'', he is explicitly credited with Hammond organ only, with Rabin playing all other keyboards.
** Bill Bruford's brief return to the band for ''Union''.
** Guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Billy Sherwood was in the running to replace Jon Anderson for what would have been the follow-up to ''Big Generator'' (his collaboration with Chris Squire, ''The More We Live--Let Go'' is featured on ''Union'', while the outtake ''Love Conquers All'' appears on the ''[=YesYears=]'' box set), came back as a SixthRanger to help on the ''Talk'' tour, came back again as an official member alongside Jon Anderson for ''Open Your Eyes'' and ''The Ladder'', and most recently did some engineering work on ''Fly from Here'' and ''Heaven & Earth''. He would also fill in for an ailing Squire on bass for a 2015 tour.
** Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes for ''Fly From Here'', with Downes continuing to play in Yes since then.
* CanonDiscontinuity:
** While they don't deny the existence of the ''Yes'' or ''Time and a Word'' albums, they are never mentioned in interviews. Nothing but the latter's title track has been played live in decades.
** Wakeman refuses to play material from ''Relayer'' (Patrick Moraz's one studio album) which was recorded between his first two tenures with the band. Evidenced by the Masterworks tour with Khoroshev on keyboards, which brought "The Gates of Delirium" out of the vault.
** Since he wasn't involved in it in any way, Anderson refuses to perform any material from ''Drama''.
** Steve Howe avoided the '80s material for a while, but eventually acquiesced to playing it occasionally.
* CommonTime: Averted. ''You'' try playing in 13/8 time.
* CheapHeat: "Our Song" mentions Toledo, Ohio prominently. It got so much airplay from there that it made the Billboard charts, despite never being released as a single.
* ChekhovsGun: Remember that demo song Horn and Downes played to the remaining members of the band before being asked to join? Well, it didn't make it onto ''Drama''... it was eventually reworked into the title track of ''Fly from Here'' 31 years later.
* CherubicChoir: Squire and Anderson managed to achieve this in their vocals. It helps that Squire had actually been a choirboy.
* ChromaKey: The video for [[http://youtu.be/Gz0s7-uGWJ8 "Leave It"]], while groundbreaking for its time has some notable Chroma Key issues with the white shirts on the white background.
** Kevin Godley and Lol Creme were the masterminds behind the "Leave It" video, which they reportedly made ''fifteen different versions'' of. They were all variations of the five band members standing in a lineup against a white background: Most were upside-down, some were right-side-up, one version had their backs to the camera, and one version had some choreography involved. The most familiar version – and the only one to be found so far on Website/YouTube – has them upside-down while their images are altered by various visual effects.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Jon Anderson comes across as one.
* TheConstant: Chris Squire is the only original member left. Alan White has also been in every lineup since joining the band.
* ContemptibleCover: ''Going for the One'', the U.K. version of ''Time and a Word''.
* CoolOldGuy: Despite pushing 70, Anderson is very active on social media. The rest of the band qualifies as well.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The band picture on the front of the US version of ''Time and a Word'' has Steve Howe in it...despite the fact that ''he just joined'' and didn't play on the album at all.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Drama'' is noticeably darker and bleaker than anything than Yes has done before or since. The album cover even refers to this with the cold and stark Arctic landscape.
* DeadpanSnarker: Rick Wakeman, Bill Bruford, occasionally Chris Squire, too.
** Read Geoff Downes' [[https://twitter.com/asiageoff Twitter account]] lately?
* TheDeterminator: Chris Squire, for wanting to keep the band going after Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson left.
** And then after they left ''again'' in the 2000s.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: Roger Dean's famous artwork.
* DoorClosesEnding: Did this on their album ''Fragile'', when Jon Anderson's solo piece "We Have Heaven" ended with the sound of footsteps walking away and then a door slamming. (A hidden track after the last song on the album has the door reopening onto a reprise of "We Have Heaven.")
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their first two albums had a lot of covers.
* EightiesHair: Even Yes was affected in the ''90125''-''Big Generator'' era, but Chris Squire had the '80s-est hair of all. Jon Anderson apparently borrowed Music/RodStewart's hair in the late '80s.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: Many of their tracks, perhaps most famously "Close to the Edge". There is probably at least one example on each of their first eight studio albums.
** Many of their concerts also start with a recording of Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite". A good example is on ''[[LiveAlbum Yessongs]]''.
* EpicRocking: It's not uncommon for their songs to top 20 minutes. Heck, ''Tales from Topographic Oceans'', which was originally meant to be listened to in one go, runs over 80 minutes and contains just four songs. They have quite a few songs in the 10–15 minute range.
** ''Close to the Edge'' is 39 straight minutes of this, as is ''Relayer''. Both have identical formats: one song about 20 minutes long, followed by two that are about 10.
** Even in the pop-rock period, they still wrote epics – "Endless Dream" is almost 16 minutes long, and every Rabin-era album has at least two songs over 6 minutes long.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: "The Gates of Delirium" notably features a percussion rig created by Jon Anderson and Alan White out of discarded metal parts. It can be heard in the direct center of the song, including said rig accidentally being pushed over.
* FreeLoveFuture: "Real Love" is a dark subversion.
* GenreRoulette: ''Union'' has songs that range from pop ("Lift Me Up"), to psychedelic rock ("Take the Water to the Mountain"), to folk rock ("Masquerade"), to hair metal ("Dangerous"). Unlike some examples of this trope, the constant genre changes are often regarded as a weakness of the album, particularly since most Yes albums settle on a genre for a given album and stick with it.
* GratuitousPanning: The orchestra throughout ''Time and a Word''; the organ/guitar bridge and guitar solo in "Yours Is No Disgrace"; and guitar solo in "Owner of a Lonely Heart". The first album had a bit of it as well, seeing as it was made at the end of TheSixties.
* GreenAesop: "Don't Kill The Whale", "Take the Water to the Mountain".
* HeavyMeta: "Release, Release". ''Rock is the medium of our generation...''
* HiddenTrack: "We Have Heaven" is reprised at the end of ''Fragile'' as one of these. See BrickJoke above.
* IAmTheBand: A trope not usually associated with Yes, but by all accounts ''Talk'' was essentially a Trevor Rabin solo album with token contributions from Anderson and Squire. This was cemented by the fact that with the very small budget the band had to record with at that time, Rabin also ended up being the album's producer as well, leaving him with a very heavy hand in shaping the album's final sound. The same thing happened to a lesser extent with ''Big Generator'' as a falling out with Trevor Horn left Rabin as the album's main producer.
* InNameOnly: Inverted - Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe was essentially a reunion of the 1971–72 lineup, minus Chris Squire. They recorded one SelfTitledAlbum in 1989 and toured behind it, before being assimilated back into Yes in 1991.
* IronicEcho: Benoît David was hired from the tribute band Close to the Edge (and is also known for his work in a non-tribute band, Mystery) to replace Anderson after he was diagnosed with asthma preparing for a tour. A few years later, David is struck with laryngitis during a tour and is replaced by Jon Davison, who's ''also'' known as a vocalist for a Yes tribute band ''and'' a standalone progressive rock band of his own (Glass Hammer). Here's hoping he doesn't catch any of the bugs that plagued Anderson and David.
* LarynxDissonance
* LeadBassist: Squire's basslines are very prominent.
* LimitedLyricsSong: A few:
** "We Have Heaven"--two lines repeated over and over in a sort of round:
--> Tell the moon dog, tell the March hare
--> We have heaven
*** ...Joined by these lines about halfway through:
--> He is clear
--> Now look around
** "The Fish" (if taken separate, though it is often [[SiameseTwinSongs twinned with]] "Long Distance Runaround"), repeats the line "Schindleria Praematurus".
** "White Car":
--> I see a man in a white car
--> Move like a ghost on the skyline
--> Take all your dreams
--> And you drive them away
--> Man in a white car.
* [[LongRunners Long Distance Runaround]]: They've been going since 1968.
* LyricalDissonance: "South Side Of The Sky", a relatively hard rock song about a group of explorers freezing to death. Also "The Gates of Delirium", whose first section features excited, even triumphant music alongside lyrics about preparing for a battle, with such unnerving lines as "Slay them, burn their children's laughter".
* LyricalShoehorn: "Love Will Find A Way", as Trevor Rabin hadn't finished the lyrics:
-->''Here is my heart
--> Waiting for you
--> Here is my soul
--> I eat at Chez Nous''.
* MeaningfulName: ''The Yes Album'' ended up having one unintentionally due to its status as the band's BreakthroughHit and the album that established their SignatureStyle.
* MinisculeRocking: The ridiculously small–as in 37 seconds–"Five Per Cent For Nothing" comes right after an [[EpicRocking 8-minute epic]].
** They also have the 1:21 "White Car" in between the epic 10:27 "Machine Messiah" and 6:35 "Does It Really Happen?".
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Between 2 and 4, with the occasional 1 or 5. While they could be loud and heavy if they wanted, they were never quite as hard as Music/JethroTull or Music/UriahHeep; their weirder experiments more than made up for it.
** The live version of "The Fish" on ''Yessongs'' might reach a 6 or 7. It was shockingly loud for its day.
** "The Gates of Delirium" from ''Relayer'' covers everything from 1 to 6, with "Soon" being the 1 and the middle section going up to 6, especially at the bit where a rack of car parts they were bashing on in the studio to simulate the noise of weapons clashing in battle is accidentally pushed over. It's certainly the noisiest Yes ever got on any of their studio albums.
** Yes has a couple of pieces that could honestly be classified as ProgressiveMetal, notably "Machine Messiah" and "Endless Dream" (the former was even covered by Music/DreamTheater, to drive it home). Yet they also have pieces like "Mood For A Day" that are the lightest 1's imaginable, which shows how versatile they are.
* NewAgeRetroHippie: Jon Anderson.
* NewSoundAlbum:
** ''The Yes Album'' embraces the sparse progressive elements and ditches the psychedelic [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles-esque]] styling and SillyLoveSongs that dominated in ''Yes'' and ''Time and a Word''.
** ''Relayer'' steers closer to jazz fusion much more than before or since, partly due to Patrick Moraz's influence and because Anderson was a big fan of fusion groups at the time.
** ''Drama'' has very prominent {{New Wave|Music}} influences due to Music/TheBuggles joining the band and is the only album where Steve Howe's playing comes close to [[HeavyMetal heavy metal]].
** ''90125'' reinvented Yes as a pop rock group, but kept enough of their trademarks to garner critical acclaim.
* NonAppearingTitle: In the 11 minute epic "In the Presence Of", the title is never said.
** "Siberian Khatru", "Tempus Fugit", "Future Times", "Into The Lens", "Sound Chaser"; there are plenty of examples.
* [[NotUsingTheZWord Not Using The "Y" Word]]: Some press releases for Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe are comically bent out of shape implying that this band was Yes without ever actually using the name. Yet others explicitly refer to ABWH as a band that in the 70's was called Yes, so Arista Records' lawyers seemed uncertain if they could actually use the word "Yes" or not. An agreement between Arista and Atco Records specified later that they could refer to their origins in Yes, but could not call themselves that.
* ObviousBeta: Averted. "Lift Me Up", "Miracle of Life", and "Saving My Heart" were actually demos by Trevor Rabin, and Rabin intended them to be re-recorded. Apart from Jon Anderson's vocals being added, they were mostly unchanged before being included on ''Union''. However, their "demo" status is not noticeable and in fact are often regarded as the best songs on the album.
* OccidentalOtaku: Jon seems to be something of a Japanophile, working with Kitaro and expressing a desire to climb Mt. Fuji in an TV interview in the '80s.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with the ''90125'' lineup, which had Trevor Rabin on guitar and Trevor Horn doing production. Also Jon Anderson and Jon Davison (even their last names are of similar structure!).
* OopNorth: Jon Anderson is from Accrington, Lancashire. He has a very rural accent in his speaking voice. Alan White is from Ferryhill, County Dunham. Geoff Downes is also from Stockport.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Tony Kaye had the misfortune of being a competent keyboard player in a band famous for keyboard wizards like Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz and Geoff Downes. Some detractors have nicknamed him "Can't Play".
* OutOfGenreExperience: "I Am Waiting" is mostly a mellow, dreamy song based around a rather soothing guitar line and angelic vocals from Jon Anderson, albeit with loud drums in parts. About halfway through, Trevor Rabin suddenly launches into a hair metal riff and takes over lead vocals, singing a few lines in a much more aggressive tone. Less than 30 seconds later, it's back to the original mellow guitar line as if nothing happened.
* PopStarComposer: Music/TrevorRabin has gone on to a successful film scoring role since leaving Yes.
* ThePowerOfRock: "Our Song".
* PunBasedTitle: ''Tormato'' was originally going to be named ''Yes Tor'' after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes_Tor a peak in Devon]].
* RealSongThemeTune: "Roundabout" was used as the ending credits theme to the 2012 anime adaptation of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''.
* RecurringRiff:
** In ''Tales from Topographic Oceans'', the chorus to "The Revealing Science of God" makes a reappearance at the climax of "High the Memory". The placid guitar solo at the start of "Ritual" reprises not only a number of motifs from earlier in the album but also the main riff of the title track from their previous album, Close to the Edge.
** In ''Going for the One'', the last riff of "Awaken" is basically a major-key transposition of the opening riff of "Siberian Khatru", also from ''Close to the Edge''. The band's live/studio album ''Keys to Ascension'' gives a [[LampshadeHanging sly nod]] towards this by making these two songs the BookEnds of the first disc.
* RevolvingDoorBand: Chris Squire is the only member who's appeared on every album. His 2015 announcement that he would be replaced for a tour by Billy Sherwood (himself a former member) while receiving treatment for leukemia would mean the first lineup without any of the band's founding members.
* {{Sampling}}: "Owner of a Lonely Heart" was one of the first rock songs to use the technique, courtesy of the then cutting-edge Fairlight CMI. In turn, its drum break has been a favourite sampling choice of hip-hop and dance artists ever since.
* SceneryPorn: The landscapes depicted on Roger Dean's album covers for the band.
* SelfBackingVocalist: A favourite technique of Jon Anderson.
* ShoutOut:
** The first part of "I've Seen All Good People" has two references to Music/JohnLennon: one of the lines is "Send an instant karma to me", and towards the 3-minute mark during the SingingSimlish chorus, Anderson can be heard in the left channel singing "All we are saying, is give peace a chance!".
** "City of Love" references Music/BobMarley's "No Woman No Cry".
** "Machine Messiah" references Creator/WilliamBlake's poem "The New Jerusalem". Considering its relative obscurity, it also doubles as a GeniusBonus.
* SingingVoiceDissonance: Jon Anderson has the singing voice of an angel and speaking voice of a Creator/MontyPython farmer.
* SoloSideProject: Around 1977–78, all the then-members released solo albums.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Nestled among their ''many'' compilation albums, Yes also has an officially-authorized remix album titled ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Yes Remixes]]''. It's extremely different from any other Yes release, with Steve Howe's son Virgil remixing songs like "Heart of the Sunrise" as 2003-era rave songs. Unsurprisingly, it has faded into deep obscurity.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: The song "Clap" has no "The" in front of its title. Unfortunately, Jon Anderson announced it with the wrong name, resulting in the record company mislabeling it (with UnfortunateImplications) for a while.
** ''The Yes Album'', which is virtually always said or written with "the" included, to avoid confusion with their [[SelfTitledAlbum self-titled]] debut album.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Anderson was born with the name "John" and kept it that way for the first 3 albums, but changed it to "Jon" before ''Fragile'', and hasn't looked back since.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Trevor Rabin takes the lead vocals on "Changes" and "Walls", in addition to providing additional lead vocals on many songs as part of a VocalTagTeam. Notably, he was going to actually be the lead singer of Cinema (with occasional contributions from Squire) before Anderson joined the band.
** Chris Squire sings "Can You Imagine?" (''Magnification'') and "The Man You Always Wanted Me To Be" (''Fly from Here'').
** Squire and Howe both frequently sing on their solo albums.
** Rick Wakeman usually ''doesn't'' sing on his solo albums, with the exception of the three vocal songs on ''Rock 'n' Roll Prophet'' and narrates "The Dancer" on ''Silent Nights''.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Benoit David has a similar vocal range to Jon Anderson, wears similar stage costumes, and even looks a little like him. Considering he was [[AscendedFanboy previously a member of Yes tribute band Close to the Edge]], this isn't surprising. Jon Davison also happens to vaguely resemble a young Anderson.
* TakeThat:
** "Man in a White Car" is a dig at Music/GaryNuman, who had been given a car by his label.
** The track "Themes" from the Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe album is a jab at ''Big Generator'', especially in regards to the hit single-focused writing of the album.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman have had a couple (notably, Wakeman left after ''Tales from Topographic Oceans'', then came back for ''Going for the One''; likewise, Anderson left after ''Big Generator'', then came back for ''Union''.)
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Leave It".
* TriumphantReprise: A notable example is "We Have Heaven", from 1971's ''Fragile'' (near the beginning). This is a reprise at the end of the last song of the album, and, more notably, in the short song "Can I?" on ''The Ladder'' - which was released in 1999.
* UncommonTime: In addition to the band's songs being played in any number of different meter signatures it wasn't uncommon for Alan White or Bill Bruford to play in a ''completely different meter'' from the rest of the band, making it even harder for listeners to follow along.
* UpdatedRerelease: In a strange application, ''Union'' got a re-release called ''(Re)Union'' that removed "Angkor Wat", "Dangerous", "Evensong", "Take the Water to the Mountain", and the Roger Dean cover art.
* VocalTagTeam: The Rabin era. "Endless Dream" from ''Talk'' is the most notable example, with the two switching off lead vocals throughout.
* WarIsHell: "The Gates of Delirium". "Shoot High Aim Low" has elements of this as well.
* WordSaladLyrics: Intentional, as singer Jon Anderson used his lyrics as simply another instrument, choosing them more for their sound than their meaning. Therefore, many Yes lyrics are completely incomprehensible, with a big amount of WhenIsPurple.
** Toned down significantly on ''90125'': Anderson was a late addition to the project and rewrote some lyrics to better suit his vocal delivery. They're most likely the most understandable lyrics in the Yes catalogue, though they're still '''''far''''' from sane.
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