Yes has released a mini-box set featuring previously unreleased recordings from 2010. Overseen by ex-member Oliver Wakeman, the tracks feature Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Benoit David, and Oliver himself. The recordings were made in late 2010 and have now been remixed by Karl Groom and mastered by Mike Pietrini. Oliver has personally overseen the preparation of the previously unreleased recordings. The release also includes the Live From Lyon album.
The box and one of the booklets features new artwork by Roger Dean, and the graphic design was undertaken by Oliver Wakeman, plus the set also includes his newly written liner notes about his time in the band.
The double CD album Live From Lyon was first released in 2010 and this edition restores “Second Initial” which was previously a Japanese only bonus track. The booklet for Live From Lyon has been re-designed and expanded.
Steve Howe described the project as “Good music never goes away or lays down to the commercial pressures that exist. Oliver’s compositions, “To the Moment”, “Words on a Page” and “From the Turn of a Card” demonstrate his musicality and talents, while “The Gift of Love” explores the collaborative essence of Yes, pooling ideas and then working together on its arrangement, whilst utilising all of its many themes and variations. Karl Groom and Roger Dean both contributed their skills towards making this a worthy further ‘page’ in Yes’ long and diverse musical adventures.”
Alan White adds: “I’m pleased to see a gem of YES history coming to fruition in the form of this mini box set. New songs from the past and I’m hoping we can find even more music in the archives for future releases.”
Oliver Wakeman says: “Following Chris Squire’s passing, I felt that the new music we’d created, but not released, should be heard and not sit unfinished on a shelf. And with Steve, Alan and Benoit’s enthusiasm for the project, I am proud to know that this music will get to see the light of day and, hopefully, be enjoyed by YES fans as a piece of previously hidden Yes history.”
- To The Moment (6:09)
- Words on a Page (6:18)
- From the Turn of a Card (3:24)
- The Gift of Love (9:52)
The set is now in stock and exclusively available from the band’s own Burning Shed store and it cannot be bought in the shops or on Amazon.
There’s a lyric video available to view for To The Moment which has been edited by Oliver: