It's been a long crawl back to credibility for prog titans Yes, but things seem to be shifting in their favour of late. There's a new wave of young bands emerging, unafraid to wear their prog influences on their sleeves (The Mars Volta, Cave In, Beecher) and the old sods themselves are attracting 'celebrity' plaudits (The Flaming Lips, PiL's Keith Levene, Vincent Gallo). This is as it should be—contrary to post-punk dogma, Yes were never a joyless listen.

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It’s been a long crawl back to credibility for prog titans Yes, but things seem to be shifting in their favour of late. There’s a new wave of young bands emerging, unafraid to wear their prog influences on their sleeves (The Mars Volta, Cave In, Beecher) and the old sods themselves are attracting ‘celebrity’ plaudits (The Flaming Lips, PiL’s Keith Levene, Vincent Gallo). This is as it should be?contrary to post-punk dogma, Yes were never a joyless listen. The 21 tracks on The Ultimate Yes (including the sublime “Roundabout” and “And You And I”) burst with insane creativity, absorbing jazz, pop, classical and R&B with far-reaching ambition and energy in abundance. The Remixes project could easily have been dreadful, but Virgil Howe’s sympathetic reworkings are surprisingly effective, occasionally recalling the work of Air and ambient drum’n’bass maestro LTJ Bukem. Nicely done.