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Symphonic Prog

3.25 | 1017 ratings

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3 stars Yes' debut album is more proto-prog than the symphonic sound we have come to know from them. But this was 1969, and the band was just developing. With Peter Banks and Tony Kaye in the group, you can also hear much of the sound that would define Flash in a few years.

The keyboards are a bit too laid back, and often buried in the mix, and Jon Anderson's falsetto sounding vocals are sometimes grating, but Banks, Chris Squire and Bill Bruford were keeping the music interesting.

Survival (a Jon Anderson composition) is the closest thing to what would become the classic Yes sound, but there are little hints here and there in the rest of the music.

As a debut album, it doesn't compare to King Crimson's or ELP's, but it has value.

Evolver | 3/5 |


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