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3 stars Review - #3 (Yes - Yes)

This is the first of many classic albums to come out from the progressive rock band Yes. This album was released in 1969 and consisted of an interesting line-up of band members. The members are Jon Anderson (Vocals), Chris Squire (Bassist), Bill Bruford (Drums), Peter Banks (Guitarist), Tony Kaye (Pianist). From the years 1969-1980 this is probably the bands least progressive. However, it shouldn't lessen the greatness found throughout the album. It is an album that really shows where the band is going and whats to come next.

When looking at the line-up, Chris Squire does exactly what he need to. He's bass performance throughout the album is very prominent and gives real punch to some of the songs. However, Jon Anderson's vocals are pretty good but they don't seem to have reached potential of what would come later on. It almost seems like he's holding back. The other band members also do a good job, from Bill Bruford's jazz like drums to Peter Banks great guitar the musician box is definitely checked off.

One of the highlights of album has to be Survival. From the beautiful guitar strings to the metaphoric chorus this songs is what a great Yes, or even prog song should be. Some other note worthy songs are Harold Land and Yesterday and Today. Both songs are very unique and interesting songs in the Yes catalogue that should really need to be heard. The other songs on the album are also fairly good. However, some songs never get past that "fairly good" point which brings down the album from the potential it might have had.

Nonetheless, from beginning to end this album is a great listen. It shows the early stages of what Yes would come to be. They were able to craft something that is very unique in its own right while showing what they have to offer. If you haven't heard this album, and you are a fan of Yes or prog in general I'd definitely take a listen.

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