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THE YES ALBUM

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

4.29 | 2005 ratings

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octopus-4
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5 stars After the first two albums, the YES have finally found their sound. This album is essential to understand the whole YES production, it's where it all began.

"Yours is No Disgrace" is probably the best opener on a YES album. With Starship Trropers, I've Seen All Good People and Perpetual Change we have four of the most classic YES songs played tons of times in all their gigs regardless the changes in the lineup. What else? Some people dislikes Jon Anderson's voice, but without him the YES wouldn't have been the same. His voice is an additional instrument perfectly tuned with Howe's guitar and Squire's Bass, and Squire's background vocals.

Close to The Edge and Fragile are probably the most celebrated YES albums, but the YES Album still has that freshness that they lost when their music became more pretentious. Given their skills they CAN be pretentious, of course.

Also the two short tracks are more than fillers. The Clap has the same role that Mood for a Day has on Fragile and A Venture, even if not a masterpiece is a typical Yes song with a remarkable effort of Chris Squire.

This is an essential album, at least for the Yes history.

octopus-4 | 5/5 |

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