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Symphonic Prog

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the philosopher
5 stars Silly human, silly human race!

Yes had never sounded so professional before. In "The Yes Album" Yes became mature. From the first notes on Yours is No Disgrace they sound professional and what a great job of the bassist on this first song! The song is loosely structured with many sideways, while still going on with the main-theme. This song is a classic, like this record is!

I do like the highly technical folky, bluesy accoustic parts on the first side. In fact Yes was not the archetypical band yet which they became at the Close to the Edge. The fact they sometimes just sounded like hard-rock or folk and the vocals were still a lot influenced by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, while in the meanwhile doing some excellent complex stuff may be the reason that I do like this record as one of their best! They just made some excellent songs and only used complexity when this was effective and not for the sake of it.

The guitarsolo on the end of side one is IMO the best one Steve Howe ever recorded: it's catchy, powerfull and gives me the thrills. His great technique on The Yes Album is far more effective here then on some later records like Relayer and Going for the One. It's like Howe was more inspired and less going for the technical approach only.

The "I've seen all good people" could have been a cover of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. A great folky song, with those particular multiple vocals. There is some nice progression from folk to slightly progressive rock.

There is said enough about this record to get some idea of the other songs. I just wanted to mention like a lot of us prog-listeners that this was the first masterpiece Yes made: not an ultimate progressive one, but a record which combines many styls (folk, rock, progressive rock) to create just an excellent record.

the philosopher | 5/5 |


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