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5 stars This is some of the absolute best work Yes ever did.

I was VERY surprised when I started investigating Yes' early releases - I've been told for years how it's not as good as their Howe/Wakeman era. This is COMPLETELY FALSE. Early Yes has a raw POWER their later slick productions could never match.

"Something's Coming" erupts with a fire never heard from Yes before - the bass, guitar, & organ BURN. There is an incredible Bruford drum solo. The whole piece moves like ROCK - certainly something the current incarnation of Yes could never achieve. It's a bit gritty, but intelligent, brilliantly orchestrated, and probably my favorite Yes ever. This blows Leonard Bernstein's boring original out of the water (and I LOVE Bernstein!). Yes go though a beautiful range of moods in a short amount of time. I miss this Yes, so much.

"Dear Father" is another of my all-time favorite tracks. Had it been on any album, it would have been THE standout track. The orchestra on it really adds - I don't care what anyone else says, that orchestra sounds COOL. The lyrics are some of the best, sends shivers down my spine. A song to God.

Find these by any means necessary!

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3 stars A single release from Yes, 1969 era that contains "Somethings Coming" as well as "Dear Father'. The latter song is pretty good but the former does little for me. I have never been a huge fan of the first 2 Yes albums, YES and TIME AND A WORD, so nothing strikes me as that special here. Collectors might enjoy to fill a space in their Yes collection with this, though. These are non-Steve Howe tunes, having Peter Banks in his place before Steve joined the rest of the band and went on to true prog music greatmess. If you can find this record get it. Collectible.
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