TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Yes, Open Your Eyes

The seventeenth studio album by the progressive rock band Yes was first released in 1997. It marked keyboardist Billy Sherwood’s official membership in the group following the departure of Rick Wakeman—and as the headline attests, we’ve got a 180 gram vinyl version to give away to one of you.

Yes was a pioneer of progressive rock in the 1970s. The band was formed in the United Kingdom and became known for their long, suite-like songs, mystical lyrics, and incredible album artwork by Roger Dean.

Their best known songs, “Roundabout” and “Long Distance Runaround,” from the early 1970s and “Owner of A Lonely Heart,” from their foray into a more pop-oriented sound in the early 1980s, are staples of classic rock.

1971’s Fragile, which featured bassist Chris Squire, keyboardist Rick Wakeman, drummer Bill Bruford, guitarist Steve Howe, and singer Jon Anderson’s ethereal voice set the standard for numerous bands that followed them into the marketplace. They have sold close to 50 million albums worldwide and have had 18 members over the years.

Enter to win the 180 gram vinyl version of Yes’ Open Your Eyes by naming your choice of band in the comments below who’ve survived numerous decades and line-up changes, and are still at it to this day. I’m going with Van Halen – so that one’s off the table.

We’ll choose one winner with a North American mailing address next Tuesday, 6/19.

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  • AnalogWalrus

    Since this is a prog-rock giveaway, I’ll go with Genesis.  Losing their frontman and entire onstage personality (and soonafter their irreplaceable lead guitarist) and then going on to become even more successful than the original lineup.  AC/DC is the only other band I can think of who achieved that. 

  • Jilll

    You mean, besides Yes?  I know it’s cheap to use the band in the response that we’re talking about here, but I can honestly say that mine is Yes.  I grew up on this music, and as much as my taste has otherwise changed, I don’t think I will ever outgrow this band.

  • Shaun C

    Rolling Stones would be my first choice.

  • JohnGomez

    The Flaming Lips are still out there.

  • chichijunk

    Earth, Wind & Fire – still going strong!!!

  • BenJackson

    I’ll go with Rush  🙂

  • Cosmicjaguar

    pink floyd

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