Yes sell back catalogue to Warners

Yes backstage during the Union tour, 1991
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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 BanksPhil Collins, and Mike Rutherford, for a reported £270 million. Pink Floyd are also believed to be ion negotiations ove their catalogue.

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.