Think of Yes, and chances are you're not thinking of three-minute compact pop nuggets. The progressive heroes and FM rock mainstays did court the AM (and later, FM pop) radio market, though, from their early days through the crossover hit "Owner of a Lonely Heart" and beyond. On October 6, Rhino will round up a dozen of Yes' rare single versions for the compilation YESSINGLES. The compilation, which features various personnel and line-ups of the group from 1971-1983, will be available on 140-gram black vinyl, independent retail-exclusive splatter vinyl, and on digital/streaming services.
The collection opens with 1971's "Your Move," excerpted from the lengthy "I've Seen All Good People" on the band's third LP, The Yes Album. Yes' first charting single in the U.S., it reached No. 40 Pop. In the U.K., the flipside of "Your Move" was an excerpt from the album's "Starship Trooper." That B-side, "Life Seeker," is also reprised here. "Roundabout," the lone single off the 1971 follow-up Fragile, bested its predecessor and hit No. 13 on the U.S. Hot 100. The band's very next 45 was their reworking of Paul Simon's "America," a 1968 hit for Simon and Garfunkel. (Bassist Chris Squire worked in a quote from Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's West Side Story song of the same title; Yes had already recorded West Side's "Something's Coming" as the non-LP B-side of their first U.K. single, "Sweetness.") "America" reached No. 46 Pop. The promotional radio edit of "And You and I" from 1972's Close to the Edge did slightly better, making it to No. 42 in the U.S.; the song became Yes' first entry on the U.K. Singles Chart at No. 51. Side One of the new collection closes with "Soon," one segment of the 22-minute opus "The Gates of Delirium" from Relayer (1974).
Side Two opens with the flip of "Soon," an edit of Relayer's "Sound Chaser," which chops the song down by more than half. 1977's "Wonderous Stories," from Going to the One, was Yes' very first top ten hit in the band's native United Kingdom where it hit No. 7. Yessingles jumps to 1978's Tormato single "Don't Kill the Whale," a B-side in the U.S. and Canada (supporting "Release, Release") but an A-side elsewhere, including the U.K. where it made the top 40. The single version of "Into the Lens" was released off 1980's Drama. The band's next album, though, would shatter all records. 1983's 90125, featuring a new version of Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, and Alan White with Trevor Rabin and Tony Kaye, yielded "Owner of a Lonely Heart," a sleek pop gem that charted around the world including No. 1 on the U.S. Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock charts. (It even charted on the AC, Dance/Disco, and R&B surveys!) Yessingles draws to a close with "Leave It," the second single from 90125 which reached No. 24 Pop/No. 3 Rock in the U.S. and No. 56 on the U.K. Singles Chart.
Yessingles is adorned with new artwork created exclusively for the album. The Promo Radio Edit version of "And You And I (Part One)" is now available digitally. Look for the compilation on October 6 from Atlantic and Rhino.
- "Your Move" - Single Version (Atlantic 45-2819 (U.S.)/Atlantic 2814 003 (U.K.), 1971)
- "Starship Trooper: Life Seeker" - Single Version (Atlantic 2814 003 (U.K.), 1971)
- "Roundabout" - Single Edit (Atlantic 45-2854, 1972)
- "America" - Single Edit (Atlantic 45-2899, 1972)
- "And You And I (Part One)" - Promo Radio Edit (Atlantic 45-2920, 1972)
- "Soon" - Single Edit (Atlantic 45-3242, 1975)
- "Sound Chaser" - Single Edit (Atlantic 45-3242, 1975)
- "Wonderous Stories" - Single Version (Atlantic 3416, 1977)
- "Don't Kill The Whale" - Single Version (Atlantic 3534, 1978)
- "Into The Lens" - Single Version (Atlantic 3767, 1980)
- "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" - Single Version (Atco 7-99817, 1983)
- "Leave It" - Single Remix (Atco 7-99787, 1983)