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4 stars A major line-up change (more to come) with this album : Steve Howe as a guitarist will propulse Yes to yet unknown frontiers. From the very first seconds of the opening track "Yours Is No Disgrace" one understands that something fundamentally changed within Yes. Vocal arrangments are great and Jon's cristal voice is fanstastic here. The whole band comes to a symbiosis for the very first time (this complicity is still lasting more than 35 years later, even if the line-up will change several time Chris being the sole member to have stayed with Yes throughout their entire career). "Clap" is nothing fancy to remember (it shows though the skills of Steve Howe) but with the next track, one really enters into the new YesWorld. "Starship Trooper" is really a true gem of the prog history and will remain a YesClassic up to now. They still play it regularly during their live sets. It is quite remarkable that the three "movements" of this number were written by three different people ("Life Seeker" by Anderson, "Disillusion" by Squire and the last Instrumental part "Wurm" by Howe. Still the number shows a wonderful unity. I have a more mixed felling about "Your Move" (by Anderson) - "All Good People" (by Squire). IMO, it is one of the weakest track here. "A Venture" is a short but nice tune with some jazzy moments at the end. "Perpetual Change" is one of my favorite ever from Yes. A bit jazzy (again) but melodious with a very good backing band (Bruford / Squire). I first discovered the live version with YesSongs (in November 73 while I was 14), and although the studio version is very good, I prefer the live rendition. There are some bonus tracks on the expanded version (Your Move - Starship Trooper - Clap) which are single / excerpts versions from longer tracks and are not really interesting. Four stars.
ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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