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2.98 | 1449 ratings

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The thing is that this is actually not essencial at all and is only for fans of the band ... this is Yes at their weakest in the 70s ... and sounds like the band ran out of gas. IT also contains awful sound quality and a keyboard sound that makes me beg for mercy :(

Future Times/rejoice 5/10 : decent opener, but the introductory riff is awful and the guitar sound sounds thin! The rejoice section is a nice sing along piece though.

Don't kill the Whale 6.5/10 : the lyrics are cheesy, and the vocals are so so, but the guitar soloing all over is amazing! also it has the only good keyboard solo of the album.

Madrigal 8/10 : this is good, very very good. Great harpsichord, great melodies, great guitar, it is a shame it is so short.

Release Release 6/10 : umm ... This is Yes trying to try arena rock, but they can't even stay on 4/4 !!... this is hilarious! and a self parody with a drum solo with cheering so out of place. But overall it is good and it has a good guitar solo after the end of the drumming.

Arriving UFO : 5/10 : mediocre and silly ... However : the synth riff, while corny, is great, and the guitar solo that sound like alien speaking sounds so strange and unique that is very captivating to me.

Cicrus something 6/10 : very pretty instrumentation and steve howe excelled in this track, but the lyrics are cheesy, especially when jon anderson and his son finish the track.

Onward 7/10 : soaring vocals, great guitar riffing, nice melodies .. so what's wrong? .. its too repetitive and is always the same!

On the Silent Wings of Freedom 6/10 : the messiest yes song I ever heard ... they are trying to progress and sound unique, but it fails at so many levels. The first 4 minutes are very good though, and chris Squire has rarely done better riffing than here.

So, the verdict is that this is more for fans, no prog rocker would like to get an album of the best band at its worst on the 70s side (there are weaker albums to come like Big Generator, 90125, Union, Open Your Eyes)

My Grade : C-

Zitro | 3/5 |


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