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2 stars A 2* ranking says "collectors/fans only". So possibly I should give it a 1*, but that woudln't seem right. Yes is one of my all time favorite bands. The album before Tales is a masterpiece, the album after Tales is masterpiece. They made many great albums, and some really good ones too (i.e. Drama). I own most of their studio albums, and replaced most of those onto CD.

But I sold my copy of Tales. I just never could get into it. One of the great things I like about Yes is they're like jellyfish with teeth. Soft, but with a bite. Yes can prog rock out with the best of them, and even when they're not, they can bring almost a transcendence to their songwriting. Not on Tales. Also, I can dig the longest song going as long as its going someplace. Many of Yes' sidelong epics are truly enthralling to me. Not on Tales. Its OK to not like Tales. I love the band, I think like many great bands, they tried something, it didn't work, and they moved on.

akajazzman | 2/5 |


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