Prog legends Yes have become the latest iconic 70s group to sell their back catalogue.
Variety is reporting that the band have sold the recorded-music rights and income streams from their Atlantic Records catalogue to the Warner Music Group, who have also recently secured high-profile catalogue deals with David Bowie’s estate and Madonna.
“The entire Yes family came together and worked enthusiastically with Warner Music Group to secure this historic deal, ensuring that these iconic recordings will continue to be curated in the optimum manner to delight their fans across more than five decades, while also finding and developing new audiences for this timeless music,” the band said in a statement.
Warner’s president of global catalogue, Kevin Gore added; “My introduction to Yes came while working at a record store in Ohio in 1983. I’ve been a fan ever since and we’re absolutely thrilled and deeply honoured that the strong relationship between Yes and Warner Music will continue forever.”
The deal includes every Yes studio album from 1969’s self-titled debut through to 1987’s Big Generator, the live releases Yessongs, Yesshows, 9012Live: The Solos, The Word Is Live, Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two, Topographic Drama: Live Across America and Yes 50 Live, and the compilations Classic Yes, Yesyears, Yesstory, Highlights: The Very Best of Yes, In A Word: Yes (1969-), Yes Remixes, The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection, High Vibration and The Steven Wilson Remixes.
Last September Genesis announced that they had sold a portion of their music rights to Concord, including publishing copyrights and streaming income from their post-1978 output, and solo albums by Tony Banks, Phil Collins, and Mike Rutherford, for a reported £270 million. Pink Floyd are also believed to be ion negotiations ove their catalogue.
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- Yes - Yes - RSD19 - 180gm Orange Vinyl - UK - vinyl LP - £34.99, $43.39, €39.89 (New Item) (arrived 31-Mar-2023 17:18)on April 1, 2023 at 3:58 pm
YES Yes (2019 UK Limited 50th Anniversary Edition 8-track LP issue of their classic 1969 debut studio album released exclusively for Record Store Day pressed on 180gram Neon Orange Vinyl, including the singles Sweetness and Looking Around. Housed in a replica of the UK gatefold picture sleeve. Although not sealed, this example remains in a 'near mint' condition
- Yes - Close To The Edge - Italian - vinyl LP - £20.00, $24.80, €22.80 (New Item) (arrived 22-Mar-2023 13:48)on April 1, 2023 at 3:58 pm
YES Close To The Edge (Mid 70s Italian issue of the 1972 3-track LP on a green & orange Atlantic label with exclusive catalogue number, gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows only light edgewear and the vinyl has some scuffing & storage wear yet the vinyl looks barely played W50012) #Top 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time
- Yes - Fragile - 2nd - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $31.00, €28.50 (Back In Stock) (arrived 09-Mar-2023 15:43)on April 1, 2023 at 3:58 pm
YES Fragile (Circa 1976 UK issue of the classic 1971 9-track LP, Roger Dean designed gatefold picture sleeve with intact integral eight page booklet. The sleeve [VG+] shows just light shelfwear with a bit of edge scuffing & the vinyl remains in superb condition with few signs of play K50009)
- Yes - Fragile - EX - Australian - vinyl LP - £30.00, $37.20, €34.20 (New Item) (arrived 10-Mar-2023 09:04)on April 1, 2023 at 3:58 pm
YES Fragile (1971 Australian green & orange Atlantic label 9-track LP, housed in a front laminated gatefold picture sleeve. The unlaminated back of the sleeve shows some light ringwear, whilst the vinyl has just a few light surface scuffs. A very respectable copy of this Australian variant SD7211)
- Yes - Close To The Edge - 2nd - Complete - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £30.00, $37.20, €34.20 (New Item) (arrived 10-Mar-2023 09:12)on April 1, 2023 at 3:58 pm
YES Close To The Edge (1972 UK second press 3-track LP, an all-time progressive rock masterpiece, on the green & orange Atlantic label with the perimeter label print in the bottom half only, complete with lyric inner, textured Roger Dean designed gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve is graded as VG+ with some light edgewear and general scuff marks, whilst the vinyl appears near as new - a great play copy K50012) #Top 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time
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