Geoff Bailie discusses new old Yes releases – 595

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This week  Mark and I were joined by YMP Patron and The Prog Report’s Geoff Bailie to talk about the two new old releases from Warner/Rhino – a box set of The Yes Album and the Yessingles collection. It’s a robust conversation so stand by for that.

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Geoff Bailie and some other bloke

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7 replies on “Geoff Bailie discusses new old Yes releases – 595”

Nice discussion. The ugliest cover (agreed) does say “YES”- I suppose that’s noted, but what does the lower half say?

The cover of the singles compilation is S—. The concept may benifit some and for sure Yes need a fan base longer than a decade so just maybe it’s kind of well ok and can take its place, along with the Yes 9012Live the solos album.

Now the Yes Album release has some merit but fans want unreased live and studio material or imaginative releases, it can happen.

On the plus side Trevor Rabin is releasing what sounds like classic Trevor material. The Yes tour is very soon, and all the Yes guys are highly prolific, so as always the Yes journey never stops.

Keep Yessing

My two cents, or pence: not a fan of the Singles release, in format or the cover! To me it’s nothing more than a money grab. You want a Yes collection of hits and classic tracks, get Highlights: The Very Best of Yes, from ’93. As Dr. Jeff noticed above, the upper part of the cover does spell Yes, but the bottom 3 blocks? The worse Yes cover yet, moreso than Talk, Big Generator, or any other. Even Remixes is better.

As for the box set, I’m not surprised by its release, and a great idea if done well for serious fans & collectors. But as noted, the supposedly unreleased live tracks aren’t. As Mark noted, if Warner/Rhino asked Dave, myself, Geoff, Stephen, Jon Dee or others, the serious lifelong band friends, fans & collectors, to assist with tapes and memorabilia, the album box sets could start to rival those of King Crimson and Jethro Tull, among others. Meanwhile, we have DBA and Rabin releases soon, the Yes tour, and lots of other Yes activity to look forward to.

So…we have the possibility of a MEDLEY of TFTO….do you think the boys might add the SINGLES versions to the set list to make this tour utterly unique?

I’m planning to get the singles collection but I was hoping it would be a box set of repro 45’s, that would be a fun collector’s item and more exciting, plus you get the B-sides too. Some other bands have done this like Smashing Pumpkins and recently Paul McCartney/Wings.

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