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Symphonic Prog

3.25 | 1209 ratings

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3 stars Yes debut album is Yes all the way. Its not as intricate or exciting as their later releases but Its clear to everyone that its Yes were dealing with here. The signature sound with Jon Anderson and Chris Squire singing in unison most of the time is already done to perfection here. The technical level is pretty fantastic if you remember that this is a debut album.

The music is symphonic in nature but not as symphonic as later albums. On this album Tony Kayes organ is the most prominent keyboard sound. He is a pretty subtle musician which is really enjoyable. Try and listen to the start of Survival. He plays some really nice organ notes here which makes the song alive. The symphonic element on the album is mostly due to the singing and background vocals which are very melodic and beautiful. Chris Squires bass is very dominant as it has always been in Yes music. Song like Beyond and Before, I See You ( with a swing rythm, and a jazzy section in the middle), Looking Around and my favorite Survival are all good examples of early Yes. Unfortunately Every Little Thing and Sweetness drag this album down a bit. They are both pretty cheesy and naive love songs that I could have done without to put it nicely. The first minut of Every Little Thing is very good though.

The musicians playing on this album are all outstanding. Of course long lasting members of Yes Jon Anderson and Chris Squire are outstanding musicians and composers but dont forget that Bill Bruford who must be considered one of the best drummers in prog history is also playing on this album. Tony Kaye on keyboards and Peter Banks on guitars are also very good musicians. Its really enjoyable to listen to an album with this good musicians.

The sound quality is good, but nothing special IMO. This is 1969 though and I guess Im being a bit harsh here. This is a very good production for the time.

This is a great debut from one of the most influential bands in prog rock, and there are many good songs on this album but 3 stars will do as its a bit uneven with some strangely weak songs too.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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