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3 stars The start of a long journey.

Unleashed in 1969, it goes without saying this album is a child of it's time. This album is very much in the beat tradition as laid down by The Animals, The Beatles and Procol Harum. Yes was playing the London clubs at that time. The Marquee club for example and were a product of those clubs. The Swinging Sixties as it is called now. The songs here are very much the swinging sixties.

It is pretty natural to compare this album with Genesis debut album because it the follow ups were pretty radical deviations from the debut albums. But Yes debut album is by no means as bad as Genesis debut album. The music on Yes is what I would label intelligent pop/rock. A song like Every Little Thing proves my point. By far the best song on this album. There are a couple of turds here too. But most songs here are really good stuff.

This is an untypical Yes album. But it is not an album they or any Yes fans should be ashamed off. It is a good album for it's time and our time. And the seeds of Fragile can be found in this album too. Yes did change members between this album and Fragile. But Yes did not change overnight from spots to stripes.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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