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3 stars Fresh and Alive.

Yes' debut album set the pattern for what would follow. Although the songs here are shorter and more radio oriented, the vocals are unmistakable, and the tunes reveal the sprightly sparkle that would characterize most of Yes music (that is, until Drama). This is generally strong uplifting music. Unlike the Yes albums that would follow though (including 'Time and a Word', their second album), few of the songs here are highly memorable - Good, just not highly memorable. "Survival" is the most memorable, stand-out track on this album, up there with the best of Yes. The opener, "Beyond and Before" is decent, with classic early Yes harmonies. "I See You" is a good jazzy 60s tune. "Yesterday and Today" is a very nice uplifting quieter piece. "Looking Around" is a decent single. "Harold Land" is the second-best tune on the album, with a bit of social critique. "Sweetness" has a positive message. "Every Little Thing" is a well-done cover of the Beatles tune. The remastered CD also contains three additional songs, which all fit well into the album., "Something's Coming", "Dear Father" and "Everydays", with the latter the highlight of these. All together, a very good album, very fresh and alive, positive and uplifting, even if the song-writing is not always highly memorable. I give this 7.4 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 3 PA stars.

Walkscore | 3/5 |


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