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5 stars When Yes jettisoned Peter Banks (a fine guitarist in his own right) and replaced him with Steve Howe, they miraculously came up with their signature sound (and that was without Rick Wakeman).

"The Yes Album" was every bit as groundbreaking as the first albums of Yes' peers, King Crimson and Emerson Lake & Palmer. And all but one of the songs, the underrated A Venture are still concert favorites four dacades later - and most still get radio airplay.

Who can deny the majesty of Yours Is No Disgrace (I just love those harmonics Howe throws in), Starship Trooper and Perpetual Change? And I've Seen All Good People, although relatively simple in structure, is still fun to sing along with.

Even (The) Clap is great. It served as an introduction to the acoustic skills of Yes' newest member.

The only drawback is Tony Kaye's fairly weak performance. On this album, he is pushed into the background, playing mostly repetitious chord washes. But it doesn't diminish the value of this great work.

Evolver | 5/5 |


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