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4 stars Rick Wakeman left, Patrick Moraz came. Besides of CTTE and Drama, this album is one between best Yes ever recorded.

Just 3 extra-long compositions, but not keyboard based symphonic prog, as it was before! Music is much more complex there, and obviously influenced by jazz fusion. So complex structures are obviously not usual for Yes music, and this album is the only one which really need time to be accepted in full.

For sure, it's no way jazz rock, but groovy bass (I love it there!), guitar soloing (possibly more than enough) and less bombastic and more jazzy Moraz keyboards in combination with various rhythmic structures make this album very special.

To be hones, by its musicianship this album is my favourite between all Yes releases, but the problem for me is compositions. Songs are too long (with no serious reason for that), and in moments all music sounds too unfocused and chaotic. So compositionally I prefer CTTE and Drama both.

But - this album is possibly the best ever example of what Yes could become if they chose more jazz-rock direction in their music. Great release anyway!

My rating is 4+

snobb | 4/5 |


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