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Photo: Steve Howe and Jon Davison of Yes / Glenn Gottlieb

Godfathers of prog rock Yes have announced that they will reissue their "Fragile" and "Drama" LPs.

Warners will release both records on 180gm vinyl with replicas of the original gatefold sleeves - "Drama" is set for release on 22nd April and "Fragile" will follow on 6th May.

The reissues coincide with Yes' UK tour this April/May, which will see the band performing both albums in full (with Drama getting the "in full" treatment for the very first time) as well as other classics from their catalogue, including "Owner of a Lonely Heart" and "Starship Trooper".

"Most of the songs haven’t been performed in some 30 years," said Steve Howe, "Fragile and Drama mark two essential chapters of our career and we’re looking forward [to sharing] the whole journeys with our fans throughout Europe".

The tour will see Yes performing with Billy Sherwood, following the sad loss of bassist and co-founder Chris Squire last year.

"Reliving those years will be very emotional," adds drummer Alan White, "I know Chris would have loved to be here with us for this".

Yes also recently remastered their entire catalogue of albums for iTunes, all of which are available to download now.

The full list of UK tour dates is as follows:

APRIL 2016

27TH - GLASGOW, ROYAL CONCERT HALL
29TH - NEWCASTLE, CITY HALL
30TH - MANCHESTER, APOLLO

MAY 2016

2ND - LIVERPOOL, PHILHARMONIC
3RD - SHEFFIELD, CITY HALL
4TH - BRISTOL, COLSTON HALL
6TH - BIRMINGHAM, SYMPHONY HALL
7TH - BRIGHTON, CENTRE
9TH - OXFORD, NEW THEATRE
10TH - LONDON, ROYAL ALBERT HALL

Tickets for Yes' UK tour are on sale right now via Planet Rock Tickets!

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