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5 stars Life changing album and I have to thank my English teacher. In the mid-70's I skirted around prog, not knowing that certain albums that I bought were termed "Prog", (Kansas, Jethro Tull...). Then one day, my English teacher took a day off and in her stead a substitute. Since it was near the end of the school year, the substitute allowed us to do as we pleased; as longs as we were not out of hand. A classmate turned on a portable radio and playing through those tiny speakers was something I never heard before. I sat mesmorized. I was engulfed by the music. After it was over, I asked my classmate who it was. He said it was Yes and the song was called "Roundabout". I couldn't wait to buy the album. Going to my record store, I found it, brought it home and gazed at the artwork. It was the most amazing package I'd seen to that point. Beautiful watercolor paintings and the poster that came with the record just rounded out the experience for me. I could go into a song-by-song retrospect ad nauseam, but this review is mainly a flashback. Suffice it to say, this album is the perfect starting point for anybody who wants a friend or loved one to hear what prog's all about. Hits, ("Roundabout", "Long Distance Run Around/The Fish") solo pieces, and epics, ("South Side Of The Sky" and one of the greatest prog songs ever, "Heart Of The Sunrise"). This is a bonefide 5-star classic of the highest order and if not for KC's "Crimson King..." it is the album that literally, after hearing it the first time, had teenagers reaching for their guitars wanting to start a new band.
NJprogfan | 5/5 |


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