YESterdays

Yes, “State of Play” from Talk (1994): YESterdays

Yes, “State of Play” from Talk (1994): YESterdays

“State of Play” sounds as for away from the main sequence of Yes songs as they could get. That doesn’t mean it isn’t good.

Yes, “Real Love” from Talk (1994): YESterdays

Yes, “Real Love” from Talk (1994): YESterdays

Nine minutes of well-played but uninspired AOR, “Real Love” is not quite up to the standards set by Yes in their glory years.

Yes, “I Am Waiting” from Talk (1994): YESterdays

Yes, “I Am Waiting” from Talk (1994): YESterdays

“I Am Waiting” isn’t a Yes epic of yesteryear, but there are enough prog elements to keep old fans engaged.

Yes, “The Calling” from Talk (1994): YESterdays

Yes, “The Calling” from Talk (1994): YESterdays

Yes begins 1994’s ‘Talk’ with a powerful tour-de-force that showcases some of the best aspects of this particular incarnation.

Yes, “Evensong / Take the Water to the Mountain” from Union (1991): YESterdays

Yes, “Evensong / Take the Water to the Mountain” from Union (1991): YESterdays

Like the majority of the Jonathan Elias-produced tracks on Yes’ ‘Union,’ these tracks might have been great if different choices had been made.

Yes, “Holding On” from Union (1991): YESterdays

Yes, “Holding On” from Union (1991): YESterdays

“Holding On” doesn’t quite reach Yes greatness – ironic, given the song is packed full of so many production tricks.

Yes, “Dangerous [Look In the Light of What You’re Searching For]” (1991): YESterdays

Yes, “Dangerous [Look In the Light of What You’re Searching For]” (1991): YESterdays

The finished version of “Dangerous,” released on Yes’ 1991 album ‘Union,’ stands in stark contrast to Steve Howe’s original demo.

Yes, “Angkor Wat” from Union (1991): YESterdays

Yes, “Angkor Wat” from Union (1991): YESterdays

How did something co-written by Yes legend Rick Wakeman end up as a mostly forgettable song bordering on the pretentious?

Yes, “The More We Live – Let Go” from Union (1991): YESterdays

Yes, “The More We Live – Let Go” from Union (1991): YESterdays

Billy Sherwood’s future impact on Yes comes into focus with “The More We Live – Let Go,” his first collaboration with Chris Squire.

Yes, “Silent Talking” from Union (1991): YESterdays

Yes, “Silent Talking” from Union (1991): YESterdays

Another collaboration between Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe and Yes producer Jonathan Elias is torpedoed by questionable decisions.

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