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The Evolution of Yes

It seems that Yes changes its personnel like the horse of Emerald City changes its colors. With each new album members come and go unlike any other band, with muscians sometimes becoming producers, and producers sometimes becoming musicians. Yet, Yes remains constant in its own way. The band's fan-base endures the underlying changes, has come to expect them, and even looks forward to them. Whether its the addition of a new member, or the welcoming back of an old one, Yes stays Yes, and instead of getting frustrated, we marvel at the elemental changes but overall cohesiveness of the music. That said, it seems that Yes is an entity beyond its membership now, and has become a force in and of itself.

There is one member who was present in all of Yes' incarnations: bass-player, Chris Squire. In 1980, Yes released an album sans its trademark vocalist, Jon Anderson. If any Yes line-up was to be doomed, this would have been the one. Yet, the band survived and even thrived during the "Drama" period.

So, here's their discography, highlighting the comings and goings of Yes' various members. (I omitted the retrospective and "Yesshows" albums from this list, as the timing of their releases do not reflect Yes's evolution as a band.)



The Evolution of Yes
KEY: Blue = New Member / Yellow = Returning Member / % = Departing Member
Yes
1969
Jon Anderson- vocals
Peter Banks- guitars
Bill Bruford- drums, percussion
Tony Kaye- keyboards
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Produced by: Paul Clay & Yes
Time and a Word
1970
Jon Anderson- vocals
Peter Banks%- guitars
Bill Bruford- drums, percussion
Tony Kaye- keyboards
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Produced by: Tony Colton
The Yes Album
1971
Jon Anderson- vocals
Bill Bruford- drums, percussion
Steve Howe- guitars, vocals
Tony Kaye%- keyboards
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Produced by: Yes and Eddie Offord
Fragile
1971
Jon Anderson- vocals
Bill Bruford- drums, percussion
Steve Howe- guitars, vocals
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Rick Wakeman- keyboards
Produced by: Yes and Eddie Offord
Close to the Edge
1972
Jon Anderson- vocals
Bill Bruford- drums, percussion
Steve Howe- guitars, vocals
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Rick Wakeman- keyboards
Produced by: Yes and Eddie Offord
Yessongs (live)
1973
Jon Anderson- vocals
Bill Bruford%/Alan White- drums, percussion
Steve Howe- guitars, vocals
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Rick Wakeman- keyboards
Produced by: Yes and Eddie Offord
Tales from Topographic Oceans
1973
Jon Anderson- vocals
Steve Howe- guitars, vocals
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Rick Wakeman%- keyboards
Alan White- drums, percussion
Produced by: Yes and Eddie Offord
Relayer
1974
Jon Anderson- vocals
Steve Howe- guitars, vocals
Patrick Moraz%- keyboards
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Alan White- drums, percussion
Produced by: Yes and Eddie Offord
Going for the One
1977
Jon Anderson- vocals
Steve Howe- guitars, vocals
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Rick Wakeman- keyboards
Alan White- drums, percussion
Produced by: Yes
Tormato
1978
Jon Anderson%- vocals
Steve Howe- guitars, vocals
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Rick Wakeman%- keyboards
Alan White- drums, percussion
Produced by: Yes
Drama
1980
Geoff Downes%- keyboards
Trevor Horn%- vocals
Steve Howe%- guitars, vocals
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Alan White- drums, percussion
Produced by: Yes
90125
1983
Jon Anderson- vocals
Tony Kaye- keyboards
Trevor Rabin- guitar, keyboards, vocals
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Alan White- drums, percussion
Produced by: Trevor Horn (+Yes)
9012Live: The Solos (live)
1985
Jon Anderson- vocals
Tony Kaye- keyboards, vocals
Trevor Rabin- guitars, keyboards, vocals
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Alan White- drums, percussion, vocals
Big Generator
1987
Jon Anderson- vocals
Tony Kaye- keyboards
Trevor Rabin- guitars, keyboards, vocals
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Alan White- drums, percussion
Produced by: Yes/Trevor Rabin/Paul DeVilliers/Trevor Horn
Union
1991
Jon Anderson- vocals
Bill Bruford%- drums, percussion
Steve Howe%- guitars, vocals
Tony Kaye- keyboards
Trevor Rabin- guitars, keyboards, vocals
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Rick Wakeman%- keyboards
Alan White- drums, percussion
Produced by: Jonathan Elias (+Steve Howe/Trevor Rabin/Eddie Offord/Mark Mancina/Billy Sherwood)
Talk
1994
Jon Anderson- vocals
Tony Kaye%- hammond organ
Trevor Rabin%- guitar, keyboards, vocals
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Alan White- drums, percussion
Produced by: Trevor Rabin
Keys to Ascension
1996
Jon Anderson- vocals
Steve Howe- guitars, vocals
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Rick Wakeman- keyboards
Alan White- drums, percussion
Produced by: Yes
Keys to Ascension II
1997
Jon Anderson- vocals
Steve Howe- guitars, vocals
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Rick Wakeman%- keyboards
Alan White- Drums and percussion
Produced by: Yes & Billy Sherwood
Open Your Eyes
1997
Jon Anderson- vocals
Steve Howe- guitars, vocals
Billy Sherwood- guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Alan White- Drums and percussion
Additional Musicians:
Steve Porcaro- keyboards on track 2
Igor Khoroshev- keyboards on tracks 1, 4, & 5
Produced by: Yes
The Ladder
1999
Jon Anderson- vocals
Steve Howe- guitars, vocals
Igor Khoroshev%- keyboards, vocals
Billy Sherwood%- guitars, vocals
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Alan White- Drums and percussion, vocals
Produced by: Bruce Fairbairn
Magnification
1999
Jon Anderson- vocals, acoustic guitar
Steve Howe- guitars, mandolin, vocals
Chris Squire- bass, vocals
Alan White- percussion, piano, drums, vocals
Larry Groupé- arranger, conductor, orchestration
Produced by: Yes

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