I can’t endorse their complete output. It’s not that they went from prog to mainstream. It’s that there were too many lineup changes. There is no core that I can hold onto as they evolved, unlike similar bands that I love (Rush [above all], Opeth, Katatonia, Agalloch, Wolves in the Throne Room, Ulver, Tori Amos, Fleetwood Mac, R.E.M.).
And yet Yes’s Fragile is simply jaw-dropping. They were absolute masters. There is not a wasted note on this album. It’s one of the rare albums where the bassist—Chris Squire—carries the arrangement from beginning to end. Simply perfect.