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Yes Catalog acquired by Warner Music Group

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Warner Music Group has announced the acquisition of the recorded-music rights and revenue streams from the Atlantic Records catalog of progressive-rock icons Yes. The long-running group, which released its debut album in 1969, spent a large part of its career with Atlantic, including such classic albums as “Fragile,” “Close to the Edge” and “90125.”

Complete acquisitions include 12 studio albums, as well as live recordings and compilations; Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition follows Warner’s high-profile catalog deals with David Bowie’s estate and Madonna.

In making the announcement, Kevin Gore, president of Warner’s global catalog, said: “I met Yes in 1983 while working at a record store in Ohio. I have been a fan ever since and we are absolutely thrilled and deeply honored that the strong relationship between Yes and Warner Music will continue forever.”

The band added in a joint statement: “The entire Yes family came together and worked enthusiastically with Warner Music Group to secure this historic deal, ensuring that these iconic recordings will be curated in the best possible way to delight their fans across more than five of them. Over the decades, it’s time to find and develop new audiences for this timeless music.”

The group’s commercial peak years were in the early 1970s, with the platinum “Yes Album,” “Fragile” and “Close to the Edge” albums, and unexpected radio hits like “Your Move” and “Roundabout” and the early ’80s. An unexpected return to the MTV era was led by the Trevor Horn-produced “90125” album and single “Owner of a Lonely Heart.”

The deal includes studio albums, live recordings and compilations:

Yes (1969)

Time and a Word (1970)

The Yes Album (1971)

Fragile (1971)

Close to the Edge (1972)

Yessons (1973)

Tales of Topographic Oceans (1973)

Relayer (1974)

Yesterday (1975)

Going for the One (1977)

Tormato (1978)

Drama (1980)

Yessho (1980)

Classic Yes (1981)

90125 (1983)

9012Live: The Solos (1985)

The Big Generator (1987)

Yes Years (1991)

Yes Story (1992)

Highlights: The Very Best of Yes (1993)

In a word: Yes (1969-) (2002)

Yes Remix (2003)

The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection (2003)

The Word Is Alive (2005)

High Vibrations (2013)

Lineage: The Seventy-Two to Seven Show (2015)

Steven Wilson Remix (2018)

Topographic Drama: Live Across America (2017)

Yes 50 Live (2019)

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