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4.67 | 4596 ratings

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5 stars This is one of the albums which defined prog for me growing up. At times complex, melodic, symphonic, layered vocals giving a choral feel, moog and organ, fabulous bass and drums. It's hard to imagine a prog collection that dos not include this masterpiece.

That said, the very features which make this a flag bearing prog album are the one's which wind the non-proggers up: little interludes of apparently mindless, aimless faffing about for no reason. Periods of wow listen to me! how class am I?. Are you clever or sophisticated enough to appreciate me, my band and music?.

Well, And You and I should blow those objectors out of the water. The music progresses from a simple chord progression and melody into easy rhythm. Just as the normal 3-4 minute single would leave you saying: thast was quite nice actually, not bad at all the band moves on, grander and deeper. This is progressive music.

I suppose there is always the other gripe: just can't take Jon Anderson's vocals. You hear the same about Geddy Lee etc. Well, there's no pleasing everyone ... as JC says

Well, who cares. Make your own mind up. but I suspect if you are visiting PA then you will love this album

For teh record my favourite yes album is Topographic Oceans and I'm not a particular fan of the Jon Anderson's vocal but this is just too good to given anyhting other than 5 stars.

Asbolutely essential.

obiter | 5/5 |


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