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3.25 | 1026 ratings

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4 stars Yes hit the ground running with their debut here. Although the playing on this album is not as clean as their later masterworks, with guitar and organ runs which go slightly out of time and a few out-of-tune vocals, excellent song-writing, originality and, most importantly, a fantastic sense of positive energy diminish the effect of these few errors.

Already Yes show their intent to progress the basic rock of the Beatles and the Byrds, especially in 'I See You' and 'Survival', which I consider to be the strongest tracks present. Generally, all the songs have the wonderful choruses we expect from this band, with very rich harmonies. The only things really lacking are well-constructed solos from Peter Banks and Tony Kaye. However, these are made up for by the excellent tone on both guitar and organ - the latter especially - and are the main constituents providing the warm textures which really define Yes' sound.

I recommend this album highly, especially to Yes fans, as an excellent insight into the bands development, as well as a real 'feel-good' album (sunny summer afternoons are the perfect compliment).

Analog_Kid | 4/5 |


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