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The London-based prog-rock band Yes have rotated members more than a few times during its long career. But their classic lineup — including singer Jon Anderson, drummer Bill Buford, guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire and keyboardist Rick Wakeman — was in place by the early ’70s for their string of hit albums (which include ‘Fragile’ and ‘Close to the Edge’). Over the years, such rock luminaries as Peter Banks, Tony Kaye, Alan White, Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes and Trevor Rabin have been a part of the group. After a brief disbandment in 1980, Yes reformed in 1983 and reached No. 1 with ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart,’ their only chart-topping single, By the end of the ’80s, Anderson was gone. The band continues to record and tour today with a new singer.

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Matt Roberts / Danny E. Martindale / Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

Are Ex-Yes Members Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin Touring Together in 2016?

Years of frequent turnover in the band's ranks has made keeping track of who's in or out of Yes at any given moment an occasionally daunting task for fans, but it also has its perks.

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Picasa 2.7

How Yes’ Hot Streak Ended With ‘Tales From Topographic Oceans’

The prog band released a double-album on Dec. 14, 1973.

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Atlantic Records

How Yes Took a Fusion-Inspired Detour With ‘Relayer’

One of Yes' most admirable qualities is its malleability -- a crucial element of 1974's 'Relayer,' released on Dec. 5, 1974.

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Europe, ‘The Final Countdown’ vs. Yes, ‘Starship Trooper': Rock Star Wars

Europe's classic ode to space exploration dukes it out with a signature number from the Yes songbook in the semifinals of our Rock Star Wars tournament.

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Rolling Stones, ‘2000 Light Years From Home’ vs. Yes, ‘Starship Trooper': Rock Star Wars

A psychedelic excursion from the Rolling Stones goes up against one of Yes' most acclaimed epics when "2000 Light Years from Home" battles "Starship Trooper" in the second round of Rock Star Wars.

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Peter Still, Getty Images

35 Years Ago: Yes Look Back at Divisive Era With Live ‘Yesshows’

With its awkward snow scene cover and track list spanning critically panned albums like Tales From Topographic Oceans and Tormato, 'Yesshows' hardly screams "essential purchase."

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Michael Buckner, Getty Images

Chris Squire’s Spirit Dominates Yes’ Cruise to the Edge 2015: Exclusive Review

The most crucial attendee of the third-annual Cruise to the Edge wasn't even physically on the ship.

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Aerosmith, ‘Spaced’ vs. Yes, ‘Starship Trooper': Rock Star Wars

Aerosmith's "Spaced" faces off against "Starship Trooper" by Yes in the first round of our intergalactic Rock Star Wars battle.

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Atco

30 Years Ago: Yes Release the Tantalizingly Incomplete ‘9012Live: The Solos’

Strangely, this live EP from Yes' 90125-era lineup only includes two complete songs but is not without its charms.

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Atco

The Story of Yes’ Improbable Trip to the Top of the Charts

'90125' was the happy end result of a long series of twists and turns that included yet another flurry of lineup changes for the famously fluctuating Yes.

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