Yes Sells Their Atlantic Records Catalog
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The Global Catalog Division of Warner Music Group has acquired Yes’s recording rights and income streams from their Atlantic Records era catalog.
With over 30 million records sold across the world, the acquisition extends the band’s historic partnership with Warner Music that dates back to their self-titled 1969 Atlantic debut album. Included in the deal are 12 studio albums, as well as live recordings and compilations.
Notable works included in the deal are Fragile (1971), Close To The Edge (1972), and 90125 (1983).
“The entire Yes family came together and worked enthusiastically with Warner Music Group to secure this historic deal,” Yes wrote. “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.”
After adding Steve Howe in 1970 for The Yes Album and Rick Wakeman in 1971 for Fragile, Yes exploded into the international arena scene. The band’s sound matured and its compositions got more ambitious as they embraced a more orchestral approach to their music and delved into more cryptic subjects in their songwriting. They were inducted by Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson in 2017.