Yes

Happy birthday Jon Anderson (singer of Yes) (1944) – this is also the day that Nick Drake died in 1974.

Since I only like Yes WITH Jon Anderson, I’ll do Yes today!  I’ve bought a few editions of some Yes titles!

“The Yes” on an Italian LP, a 5.1 DVD-A of “Fragile”…I remember hearing them back around 1970 on the FM radio: “All Good People”, probably.  I bought “Fragile” as soon as it came out, and quickly lost interest – but why?  It is British progressive rock!  I guess I just didn’t need “Close To The Edge”; a discount store near here had the 3LP “Yessongs” for a really low price, so I got that one, when new, too.

“90125” was originally called “80143” or something like that, indicating it was a dollar less in retail price.  I also bought the SA-CD boxed set, when it was new (as that added a few titles to the short list of what was on SA-CD).

SHM-CD         90125 (15)                                                                                                    WARNER JPN      WPCR-13527

1983               2009 15 TRKS stereo SHM-CD kami sleeve, 6 x bonus tracks

LP                    90125 (Jpn)                                                                                                  ATCO JPN            P-11356

1983               1983 9 TRKS stereo LP insert

SA-CD             90125 (SA-CD)                                                                                             ATLANTIC JPN     WPCR-14676

1983               2003 9 TRKS SA-CD 2013 Hybrid issue

LP                    90125 (US)                                                                                                    ATCO US             90125.1

1983               1983 9 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

 

CD                   9012LIVE – THE SOLOS                                                                                 ATCO JPN            AMCY-375

1985               1992 7 TRKS stereo CD Live

LP                    9012LIVE – THE SOLOS (US)                                                                        ATCO US             90474.1

1985               1985 7 TRKS stereo LP Yes innersleeve

 

DVD                9012LIVE (DVD)                                                                                            IMAGE US           2558

1985               2006 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround

 

7″                    AMERICA (US) promo                                                                                  ATLANTIC US      45-2899

1972               1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

7″                    AMERICA / TOTAL MASS RETAIN (US)                                                       ATLANTIC US      45-2899

1972               1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                    AND YOU AND I (Part 1) (Edit) (US)                                                           ATLANTIC US      45-2920

1972               1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

7″                    AND YOU AND I (Part 1) / (Part 2) (US)                                                    ATLANTIC US      45-2920

1972               1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

CD                   BEYOND AND BEFORE (1969 – 1970)                                                        PURPLE PYR US  CLP 0246.2

1969               1998 18 TRKS stereo 2CD Gold discs

 

SHM-CD         BIG GENERATOR                                                                                           WARNER JPN      WPCR-13529

1987               2009 13 TRKS stereo SHM-CD kami sleeve, 5 x bonus tracks

SA-CD             BIG GENERATOR (SA-CD)                                                                            ATLANTIC JPN     WPCR-14677

1987               2003 8 TRKS SA-CD 2013 Hybrid issue

LP                    BIG GENERATOR (US)                                                                                   ATCO US             90522.1

1987               1987 8 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

LP                    BIG GENERATOR re-issue                                                                            FRIDAY M US      90522-6

1987               2013 8 TRKS stereo LP re-issue, fold-out cover

 

LP                    CLOSE TO THE EDGE                                                                                     ATLANTIC UK      K 50012

1972               1972 3 TRKS stereo LP embossed cover, innersleeve

SA-CD             CLOSE TO THE EDGE (SA-CD)                                                                      ATLANTIC JPN     WPCR-14667

1972               2003 3 TRKS SA-CD 2013 Hybrid issue

LP                    CLOSE TO THE EDGE (US)                                                                            ATLANTIC US      SD 7244

1972               1973 3 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

 

7″                    DON’T KILL THE WHALE (PS)                                                                       ATLANTIC UK      K 11184

1978               1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

LP                    DRAMA                                                                                                          ATLANTIC UK      K 50736

1980               1980 6 TRKS stereo LP insert

SHM-CD         DRAMA (16)                                                                                                 WARNER JPN      WPCR-13524

1980               2009 16 TRKS stereo SHM-CD kami sleeve, 10 x bonus tracks

SA-CD             DRAMA (SA-CD)                                                                                           ATLANTIC JPN     WPCR-14675

1980               2003 6 TRKS SA-CD 2013 Hybrid issue

 

LP                    FRAGILE                                                                                                         ATLANTIC UK      K 50009

1971               1971 9 TRKS stereo LP booklet

SHM-CD         FRAGILE                                                                                                         WARNER JPN      WPCR-13515

1972               2009 11 TRKS stereo SHM-CD kami sleeve, 2 x bonus tracks

SA-CD             FRAGILE (SA-CD)                                                                                           ATLANTIC JPN     WPCR-14666

1971               2003 9 TRKS SA-CD 2013 Hybrid issue

SA-CD             FRAGILE (SA-CD) 5.1                                                                                    RHINO JPN          WPCR-14167

1971               2003 10 TRKS SA-CD Hybrid 5.1

 

SA-CD             GOING FOR THE ONE (SA-CD)                                                                    ATLANTIC JPN     WPCR-14673

1977               2003 5 TRKS SA-CD 2013 Hybrid issue

LP                    GOING FOR THE ONE (US)                                                                           ATLANTIC US      SD 19106

1977               1977 5 TRKS stereo LP tri-fold cover, innersleeve

 

DVD                GREATEST VIDEO HITS (DVD)                                                                      RHINO US            R2 970192

2005               2005 DVD Dolby Digital 5.1

 

SA-CD             HIGH VIBRATION – BONUS DISC (SA-CD)                                                   ATLANTIC JPN     WPCR-14678

2013               2003 12 TRKS SA-CD 2013 Hybrid issue

 

CD                   IN A WORD                                                                                                   RHINO US            R2 78186

2002               2002 55 TRKS stereo 5CD box collection

 

7″                    INTO THE LENS (I AM A CAMERA) / (same) (US)                                      ATLANTIC US      3767

1980               1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

7″                    INTO THE LENS (I AM A CAMERA) / DOES IT REALLY HAPPEN?             ATLANTIC UK      K 11622

1980               1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                    INTO THE LENS (I AM A CAMERA) / DOES IT REALLY HAPPEN? (US)     ATLANTIC US      3767

1980               1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

12″                 LEAVE IT                                                                                                         ATCO UK             B9778T

1984               1984 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

7″                    LEAVE IT (US) (PS) 7″                                                                                    ATCO US             7-99787

1983               1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

12″                 LOVE WILL FIND A WAY (US)                                                                      ATCO US             PR 2088

1987               1987 2 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve, promo-only

 

DVD                MUSIK LADEN LIVE (DVD)                                                                            PIONEER US        PA-99-623-D

1969               1999 4 TRKS ’69 + ’71 Live

 

12″                 OWNER OF A LONELY HEART                                                                     ATCO UK             B9817T

1983               1983 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

12″                 OWNER OF A LONELY HEART (DE)                                                             ATCO DE             79-6976-0

1983               1983 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

7″                    OWNER OF A LONELY HEART (US) (PS) 7″                                                ATCO US             7-99817

1983               1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                    OWNER OF A LONELY HEART (US) promo-only                                       ATCO US             7-99817

1983               1983 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

 

LP                    PRIMERAS GRABACIONES (ES)                                                                   ATLANTIC ES       500-51/52 S

1973               1973 16 TRKS stereo 2LP collection, re-issue of first 2 albums

 

CD                   PROGENY – 7 SHOWS FROM 1972 – Discs 9 & 10                                   RHINO US            7.96E+06

2015               2015 9 TRKS 2CD Live

 

LP                    PROGENY (3LP)                                                                                             ATLANTIC US      R1 545488

2015               2015 9 TRKS stereo 3LP set

 

SA-CD             RELAYER (SA-CD)                                                                                          ATLANTIC JPN     WPCR-14672

1974               2003 3 TRKS SA-CD 2013 Hybrid issue

 

12″                 RHYTHM OF LOVE (12″) (US)                                                                      ATCO US             96722-0

1987               1987 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

7″                    RHYTHM OF LOVE (US)                                                                                ATCO US             99419.7

1987               1987 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

7″                    ROUNDABOUT (US “Classic Yes”) promo                                                  ATLANTIC US      PR 415

1981               1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

7″                    ROUNDABOUT / INTO THE LENS (US) blue                                               ATLANTIC US      R7 556330

1972               1972/80 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, edit of A/B-Side, blue vinyl

7″                    ROUNDABOUT / LONG DISTANCE RUNAROUND (NL)                             ATLANTIC NL       2091 178

1972               1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, edit of A-Side

7″                    ROUNDABOUT / LONG DISTANCE RUNAROUND (US)                             ATLANTIC US      45-2854

1972               1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, edit of A-Side

 

7″                    RUN THROUGH THE LIGHT (US) promo                                                     ATLANTIC US      3801

1980               1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

 

7″                    SOON (US) promo                                                                                        ATLANTIC US      45-3242

1975               1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

 

7″                    SWEETNESS (US) promo                                                                              ATLANTIC US      45-2709

1969               1969? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

SA-CD             TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS (SA-CD)                                        ATLANTIC JPN     WPCR-14670/1

1973               2003 4 TRKS SA-CD 2013 Hybrid issue

LP                    TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS (US)                                              ATLANTIC US      SD 2-908

1973               1973 4 TRKS stereo 2LP

 

SA-CD             TIME AND A WORD (SA-CD)                                                                       ATLANTIC JPN     WPCR-14664

1969               2003 8 TRKS SA-CD 2013 Hybrid issue

LP                    TIME AND A WORD (US)                                                                             ATLANTIC US      SD 8273

1970               1970 8 TRKS stereo LP

 

LP                    TORMATO (AUS)                                                                                          ATLANTIC AUS    SD 19202

1978               1978 8 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

SA-CD             TORMATO (SA-CD)                                                                                      ATLANTIC JPN     WPCR-14674

1978               2003 8 TRKS SA-CD 2013 Hybrid issue

 

7″                    WONDEROUS STORIES (US) promo                                                           ATLANTIC US      3416

1977               1977 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

 

CD                   YES                                                                                                                  RHINO US            R2 73786

1969               2003 14 TRKS stereo CD

LP                    YES                                                                                                                  ATLANTIC UK      588 190

1969               1969 8 TRKS stereo LP insert, debut

SA-CD             YES (SA-CD)                                                                                                   ATLANTIC JPN     WPCR-14663

1969               2003 8 TRKS SA-CD 2013 Hybrid issue

 

LP                    YES ALBUM, THE                                                                                           ATLANTIC UK      K 40106

1970               1972 6 TRKS stereo LP re-issue

LP                    YES ALBUM, THE (IT) (as “The Yes”)                                                            ATLANTIC IT        W 40106

1971               1971 6 TRKS stereo LP as “The Yes”

SA-CD             YES ALBUM, THE (SA-CD)                                                                            ATLANTIC JPN     WPCR-14665

1971               2003 6 TRKS SA-CD 2013 Hybrid issue

 

DVD                YESSONGS (DVD)                                                                                          IMAGE US           ID4209CLDVD

1974               1974 76 min (’97 issue)

 

LP                    YESSONGS (ES)                                                                                              ATLANTIC ES       750-03/4/5

1973               1973 13 TRKS stereo 3LP Live album

SA-CD             YESSONGS (SA-CD)                                                                                       ATLANTIC JPN     WPCR-14668/9

1973               2003 13 TRKS SA-CD 2013 Hybrid issue

 

7″                    YOUR MOVE (Edit) (US) promo                                                                  ATLANTIC US      45-2819

1971               1971 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

7″                    YOUR MOVE / CLAP (US)                                                                             ATLANTIC US      45-2819

1970               1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

Yes – Jon Anderson

Happy birthday to TV star Johnny Carson (1925); Greg Ridley (of Spooky Tooth) (1941); songwriter Ellie Greenwich (1939)!

 

On 10/24 Happy birthday to Bill Wyman (of The Rolling Stones) (1936)! So, run and get your “In Another Land” 45 and observe this institutions’ influence / persuasion.

 

On 10/25, Happy birthday to singer / songwriter Jon Anderson (of Yes) (1944)! Bring on the “Olias Of Sunhillow” 5.1 SA-CD!

 

I actually got the Hans Christian (Jon Andersen) 45 (“Never My Love”) on a Japanese CD (“Rock Rare Collection” Toshiba TOCP-71486, 2013)! And, yes, as a matter of fact, I do enjoy “Olias Of Sunhillow”! Boy, Yes seem to really be going to town with their audiophile releases, that Japanese SA-CD boxed set (“High Vibration”), and those 5.1 discs on Blu-ray (“The Yes Album”, for instance).

 

While it’s nice to have SA-CD’s for the Trevor Horn albums, they’re ‘stereo only’. How about a 5.1 disc for “90125” or “Big Generator”? And, oh the many DVD’s! Do you have a “Yessongs” DVD? Or a DVD with Trevor Rabin? That one of all of their music videos is sort of amusing, “Greatest Video Hits”!   “Musik Laden” (Live in ’69 and ’71).

 

And the last few years have prided me with Yes 45’s for “Sweetness”, a wonderful edit for “All Good People” and the unthinkable, 45’s for “Soon”, “America” (edit, of course) and “And You & I”!

Jon Anderson

10-25-12        Jon Anderson / Yes

Jon Anderson of Yes born 1944

This is turning into “Birthday Week” around here!

I am never really certain who is in or out of Yes at any given time.  In order to get Asia, do you have to add John Wetton?  Yes member solo careers:  I can name at least 2 Jon Anderson solo albums!  Well, I could probably also name 1 x solo album by Chris Squire, maybe 2 x Steve Howe solo albums…and Rick Wakeman doesn’t count (“I know Mudhead, but only to 10”), as he has zillions of solo albums – but how many of them are attributable to his membership in the Yes club?  Yes Club 7!  And we all have an Alan White solo album somewhere in the “W” section of our dusty record collections – don’t we?

I’ve actually seen a few permutations of Yes on stage – and maybe even a solo Jon Anderson concert (or two?).  Really, I don’t mind this stuff!  Best show (that I can still recall) was Anderson at The Roxy, fronting a bunch of children who had learned the overly-complicated Yes licks at some ‘band camp’ (or school).

“Olias Of Sunhillow”, the debut Jon Anderson solo album – certainly had lovely packaging; Nicely printed, with an extra fold, I believe.  It certainly had custom labels.  Always firmly a believer that in order to get “Yes” – you must have at least 3 members of the band present.  Can’t remember how many members of Yes are on “Olias of Sunhillow”, as I sit here typing this.  I went and checked, and the $1 LP of it that I found isn’t filed in either “A” or “Yes”, so it must be in a box somewhere here.

I was among the curious when Trevor Horn of The Buggles replaced Jon Anderson in Yes.  But I will confess that I welcomed Jon Anderson back, for “90125” (original title: “80123”, when it retailed for a dollar less!).  “Big Generator” was also always a bone of contention, at least among the set of Yes fan that I ran with.  Some hated it, others loved it.  It sounded like “Sides 3 & 4” of “90125” to me.  When the yes albums got re-mastered recently, I don’t think Rhino bothered with “Big Generator”, but Warner Japan certainly did!  (Crisp new CD mastering, SHM-CD and bonus tracks!)

Yes members (past and present) must occasionally wonder what happened to the music industry they once knew.  Where’d the suits go who approved our artwork?  Why can’t we make an album that you could buy virtually anywhere in 2012?  How come we only tour Japan now?

So, Happy Birthday, Jon Anderson – the voice of Yes.  Some of the fans still fondly remember when Yes took over that theatre in San Luis Obispo.  Probably, there are fans there waiting for that to happen a second time.  Remember when Jon Anderson played Mongo’s Saloon in Grover Beach?  (Sorry to alienate non-Central California residents, with this idle chat about S.L.O. etc.)