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4.67 | 4548 ratings

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4 stars The highest rated CD from the prog legend group Yes is described by many as a masterpiece, an essential prog music to have in a collection. Plus, about everything has been said on this Yes album. In that context, I would simply add my feelings on a CD which I confess to have bought to have in my collection !

Well, it does not blow me away, as do some others in the Top-20 list of all-time. And there are some others in there that are to be considered as very good prog music (much better than good pop music, anyway !), but not quite as heading to perfection. That's the interest of this site : variants in opinions... The reason for this one to be below 5/5, in my view, is that it contains a few 'cacophonic' moments, along with other passages which are not easy to place in the context of the rest of the song. There are the starting moments of the first track, and many spots in the third one. It just does not please me a little bit, musically. I love 'And you and I', though, a track that has all the qualities we search in prog : well-played guitar, huge variations and developments, harmonies, etc. But, besides that, it should be considered easily as a super addition in a prog rock collection. And I recognize that there is a lot in it for being considered by many (the majority ?) as a 'masterpiece', and I understand it good.

I would go for something around between 4.3 and 4.5. A definite classic.

Progdaybay | 4/5 |


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