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4.29 | 2618 ratings

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The YES ALBUM is where the carreer of YES starts really cooking! By ditching PETER BANKS in favor of STEVE HOWE, YES will reach the upper level and become one of the main forces of not only the progressive music scene of course , but also of the whole rock world. STEVE HOWE is not only one of the most original guitar player, he can actually play every style from picking country to Jazz to classical like a virtuoso. All those influences will create a formula that makes StEVE HOWE sound uniquely recognizable, thus bringing YES in uncharted territories....we can describe as YESmusic!!

Also the arrival of STEVE HOWE will help to enhance the creative process as he will share the writing duties with JON ANDERSON and CHRIS SQUIRE. Out of the 6 tracks of this album, 4 of them will become instant YES classics and are still playing live when YES is on a tour.

I am not here to describe the album song by song as we all know them and most of us love them to death. YOURS IS NO DISGRACE, I'VE SEEN ALL GOOD PEOPLE, PERPETUAL CHANGE and the magnificent STARSHIP TROOPER are all part of the gotha of prog music EDDIE OFFORD is the new producer and will be considered as the sixth YES member as he is also responsible for the classic YES sound.

With 4 masterpieces on one album, we have also 2 subpar songs, i won't say filler as THE CLAP is an excellent guitar showmanship from STEVE HOWE, but A VENTURE is the weakest. Thanks god, there are also the shortest ones (3 minutes each). Let say they are a nice interlude sandwiched between the heavy weights!

Overall an almost perfect album, between 4 and 5 stars. But i can't give the full 5 stars because of the 2 aforementioned songs and the fact the the 4 great ones will even sound better live on YESSONGS.

So 4.5 stars reduced on 4 stars PA scale!

febus | 4/5 |


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