Marc Weingarten
August 09, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

In A Word: Yes (1969 - )

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Reissues

We gave it a B+

(Rhino) For a band that filled more arenas than any other prog-rockers of the 1970s, Yes were curiously fey. Jon Anderson sang in a chirpy soprano like an eager choirboy, and the British quintet often dressed in loose frocks that made them look like a mime troupe. But as the first three discs in this five-volume retrospective demonstrate, bassist Chris Squire and guitarist Steve Howe never failed to make the baroque sci-fi epics rock hard. Even their early MTV hits hold up, but nostalgists will prefer dusting off the old bong and settling in with the early material.

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