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YES formed in 1968 with Jon ANDERSON (vocals), Chris SQUIRE (bass, vocals), Peter BANKS (guitar, vocals), Tony KAYE (keyboards), and Bill BRUFORD (drums). Well-known and influential mainstream progressive from the 1970's, and still around in some form ever since, they were highly influential in their heyday, especially notable for the really creative "Relayer", which included at the time Swiss keyboardist Patrick MORAZ who replaced Rick WAKEMAN

During the 1970s, YES pioneered the use of synthesizers and sound effects in modern music. Driven by Jon's artistic vision, they produced such timeless, symphonic-rock masterworks as "Roundabout," "Close To the Edge," and "Awaken". In the 1980s, YES pushed new digital sampling technologies to their limits, selling millions of records and influencing a generation of digital musicians with classics like "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" and "Rhythm Of Love". Moving through the 1990s and into the new millennium, the band keeps expanding its boundaries by using the latest hard-disk recording techniques and, most recently, working with a full orchestra to create their genre-defying music.

YES gained large popularity with their brand of mysticism and grand-scale compositions. "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge" are considered their best works as it's symphonic, complex, cerebral, spiritual and moving. These albums featured beautiful harmonies and strong, occasionally heavy playing. Also, "Fragile" contained the popular hit song "Roundabout". This was followed by the controversial "Tales from Topographic Oceans" LP, which was a double album consisting of only four 20-minute length suites centering on religious concepts. Also, "Relayer" was their most experimental, yet grandiose and symphonic. They broke up, until the new jewel "Going For The One" and its incredible "Awaken" was issued in 1977. In later years, YES would go through many transformations. There were other very good YES albums after "Going For The One" ("Drama", "Keys To Ascension" and suprisingly "The Ladder") but this is the last great album.

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3.24 | 1076 ratings
Yes
1969
3.28 | 1128 ratings
Time and a Word
1970
4.29 | 2352 ratings
The Yes Album
1971
4.44 | 2921 ratings
Fragile
1971
4.65 | 3742 ratings
Close To The Edge
1972
3.89 | 2038 ratings
Tales From Topographic Oceans
1973
4.36 | 2520 ratings
Relayer
1974
4.04 | 1663 ratings
Going for the One
1977
2.96 | 1260 ratings
Tormato
1978
3.76 | 1386 ratings
Drama
1980
2.95 | 1288 ratings
90125
1983
2.49 | 939 ratings
Big Generator
1987
2.51 | 867 ratings
Union
1991
3.05 | 781 ratings
Talk
1994
2.05 | 683 ratings
Open Your Eyes
1997
3.28 | 815 ratings
The Ladder
1999
3.76 | 931 ratings
Magnification
2001
3.42 | 927 ratings
Fly From Here
2011
2.39 | 446 ratings
Heaven & Earth
2014

YES Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.31 | 790 ratings
Yessongs
1973
3.61 | 405 ratings
Yesshows
1980
2.25 | 200 ratings
9012 Live: The Solos
1985
4.09 | 433 ratings
Keys to Ascension
1996
3.95 | 404 ratings
Keys to Ascension 2
1997
2.55 | 122 ratings
BBC Sessions 1969-1970 Something's Coming (2 Cds)
1997
3.59 | 184 ratings
House of Yes: Live From the House of Blues
2000
2.66 | 35 ratings
Extended Versions
2002
2.91 | 30 ratings
Roundabout: The Best Of Yes- Live
2003
3.84 | 154 ratings
Live at Montreux 2003
2007
4.22 | 257 ratings
Symphonic Live
2009
4.51 | 126 ratings
Keys To Ascension (Full)
2010
3.32 | 28 ratings
Astral Traveller (The BBC Sessions)
2011
3.56 | 115 ratings
In The Present - Live From Lyon
2011
3.63 | 46 ratings
Union Live
2011
2.92 | 41 ratings
Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome
2014
4.16 | 46 ratings
Progeny - Seven Shows from Seventy-Two
2015
3.81 | 34 ratings
Like It Is - Yes at the Mesa Arts Centre
2015

YES Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.65 | 154 ratings
Yessongs (DVD)
1973
3.15 | 89 ratings
9012 LIVE (DVD)
1985
4.12 | 81 ratings
Yesyears (DVD)
1991
3.68 | 37 ratings
The Union Tour Live
1991
2.90 | 47 ratings
Greatest Video Hits
1991
4.75 | 4 ratings
The Best Of MusikLaden Live
1999
3.59 | 107 ratings
House Of Yes: Live From The House Of Blues (DVD)
2000
3.68 | 117 ratings
Keys to Ascension (DVD)
2000
4.59 | 288 ratings
Symphonic Live (DVD)
2002
3.10 | 65 ratings
Yesspeak
2003
2.37 | 76 ratings
Live in Philadelphia 1979
2003
3.14 | 33 ratings
Inside Yes 1968-1973
2003
3.55 | 80 ratings
Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss
2004
4.28 | 151 ratings
Songs From Tsongas: 35th Anniversary Concert (DVD)
2005
3.43 | 64 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 1
2005
3.33 | 57 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 2
2005
3.62 | 52 ratings
Yes (Classic Artists)
2006
3.93 | 122 ratings
Montreux 2003 (DVD)
2007
3.82 | 43 ratings
Yes - The New Director's Cut
2008
3.83 | 40 ratings
The Lost Broadcasts
2009
3.19 | 28 ratings
Rock Of The 70's
2009
3.88 | 54 ratings
Union - Live
2010
3.00 | 2 ratings
Live Hemel Hempstead Pavillion October 3rd 1971
2013

YES Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.25 | 4 ratings
2 Originals Of Yes
1973
3.11 | 196 ratings
Yesterdays
1975
3.80 | 156 ratings
Classic Yes
1981
3.25 | 103 ratings
Yesyears
1991
3.42 | 67 ratings
Yesstory
1992
3.04 | 66 ratings
Highlights: The Very Best of Yes
1993
2.58 | 30 ratings
The Best of Yes
2000
3.54 | 449 ratings
Keystudio
2001
2.74 | 21 ratings
Yes-today
2002
4.27 | 108 ratings
In A Word
2002
3.13 | 89 ratings
Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection
2003
2.14 | 58 ratings
Remixes
2003
2.52 | 23 ratings
Topography: The Yes Anthology
2004
3.23 | 130 ratings
The Word Is Live
2005
3.96 | 24 ratings
Essentially Yes
2006
3.52 | 18 ratings
Collection 2CD: Yes
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Wonderous Stories: The Best of Yes
2011
4.06 | 25 ratings
Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two
2015

YES Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.30 | 22 ratings
Something's Coming
1969
3.47 | 15 ratings
Looking Around
1969
2.82 | 26 ratings
Sweetness / Something's Coming
1969
3.31 | 17 ratings
Sweet Dreams
1970
3.40 | 34 ratings
Time and a Word
1970
3.96 | 41 ratings
Your Move
1971
4.73 | 11 ratings
Roundabout
1972
4.64 | 11 ratings
And You And I (Part 1 & 2)
1972
2.80 | 42 ratings
America
1972
4.67 | 12 ratings
And You And I
1974
2.78 | 13 ratings
Soon
1976
3.26 | 38 ratings
Soon - Sound Chaser - Roundabout
1976
2.40 | 15 ratings
Yes Solos
1976
3.66 | 40 ratings
Wonderous Stories 12''
1977
4.00 | 37 ratings
Going For The One 12''
1977
3.80 | 10 ratings
Turn Of The Century
1977
2.63 | 46 ratings
Don't Kill The Whale
1978
2.97 | 34 ratings
Into The Lens
1980
4.24 | 40 ratings
Roundabout
1981
2.35 | 39 ratings
Owner of a Lonely Heart (promo single)
1983
2.15 | 43 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
1983
2.70 | 35 ratings
Leave It
1984
2.82 | 21 ratings
Twelve Inches on Tape
1984
3.10 | 31 ratings
It Can Happen
1984
2.44 | 8 ratings
Rhythm Of Love
1987
2.97 | 28 ratings
Love Will Find A Way
1987
2.25 | 36 ratings
Rhythm Of Love (2)
1987
3.33 | 20 ratings
Saving My Heart
1991
2.55 | 39 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
1991
2.43 | 9 ratings
Lift Me Up
1991
2.73 | 18 ratings
Make It Easy
1991
2.60 | 11 ratings
Yesyears - Sampler
1991
2.63 | 24 ratings
The Calling
1994
2.00 | 1 ratings
Lightning Strikes (She Ay ... Do Wa Bap)
1999
2.83 | 71 ratings
YesSymphonic
2001
2.13 | 4 ratings
Selections From The Word Is Live
2005
3.06 | 61 ratings
We Can Fly
2011

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 Keys to Ascension by YES album cover Live, 1996
4.09 | 433 ratings

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Keys to Ascension
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Modrigue
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3 stars Keys to Yes

3.5 stars

This double live/studio album was my first encounter with YES and also a very good choice to discover their enchanting world. After their FM period during the 80's, the musical direction taken by the band could not last anymore during the explosion of grunge, hip-hop and techno explosion of the first half of the 90's. Thus Jon Anderson decided then to reform the 70's classical line-up (with Alan White instead of Bill Bruford) and to go back to the progressive successful format that made them famous.

The live part simply compiles one of the best tracks from their 70's studio records, except "Time and a Word" and "Relayer". There are two curious choices though. The first one is the average "Onward" from "Tormato" (why not "Don't Kill The Whale"?), the weakest YES' album of the seventies. The second is the extended 10 minutes cover version of SIMON & GARFUNKEL's "America". Original, groovy and charming, but a little out of place. The studio version was initially released as a single in 1972 and can now be found in the remastered 2003 Elektra edition of "Fragile". Overall, the live renditions are pretty good.

The studio part consists in two compositions from 1995-1996. "Be The One" is simply one of YES' best songs of the 90's! A melancholic and catchy fantasy prog track that rocks! The 19 minutes suite "That, That is" has a few good moments, however unfortunately does not overall present the same interest. These two tracks are now compiled in the "Keystudio" album, released in 2001.

Better than Volume II, "Keys to Ascension I" is one of the best YES' live albums. Furthermore, the cover art is very nice. Recommended to the band's fans and ideal for newcomers to discover their magical music!

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 Tormato by YES album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.96 | 1260 ratings

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Tormato
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Modrigue
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2 stars Strange cover art, strange title and no more long suites. Is this the end of YES as we know it? Looks like it... One of the torment of this album are Rick Wakeman's keyboards, much too present and dated. Steve Howe's guitar interventions remain quite rare. To be honest, the guitar dominated songs seem to be the best passages here. However, more important, the compositions are pompous without providing the enchantment and evasion of the previous records.

The opener "Future Times / Rejoice" is a good illustration of the synthesizers problem of "Tormato". A little irritating, this song is barely listenable and hard to follow. On the contrary, "Don't Kill The Whale" is the best track of the disc. Essentially guitar-driven, this groovy melancholic rock contains beautiful Howe and Wakeman soli. Lifely and nice. Back to boredom with the baroque "Madrigal", which could have been included on an annoying solo album of Rick Wakeman. In contrast, the most surprising moment is the punchy "Release, Release", an energetic hard blues-rock! YES' response to the punk explosion? Maybe, however it does not necessarily result in a good song...

"Arriving UFO" sounds cheesy with its falsely futuristic sonorities, whereas "Circus Of Heaven" and "Onward" are more delicate, but unfortunately rather average. Nonetheless, the second half of the record is saved by the other good track, "On The Silent Wings Of Freedom". Also guitar dominated, this ender is sort of a cool spacey jazz/rock improvisation, the YES way.

"Tormato" is clearly YES' weakest studio release of the 70's. The magic and the ambition that could be found on "Relayer", "Close to the Edge" and even "Going for the One" is now gone. The music does not transport you to Roger Dean's world enough this time. Listen to "Don't Kill The Whale" and "On The Silent Wings Of Freedom" though.

After the first recording sessions of the next album, "Drama", Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman will left the band, and another decade will begin...

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 Drama by YES album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.76 | 1386 ratings

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Drama
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by uvero3

3 stars

Before you listen to "Drama", it is important that you lower your expectations: this is a good album, but DO NOT expect a "Yes" album. There can't be "Yes" without Jon Anderson. For those who love "Yes" as much as I do, remember this when approaching this album.

Half the songs ("Machine Messiah", "Into the Lens", "Tempus Fugit") are great and are fun, but they're no masterpieces, with the possible exception of the first one (depending on your standarts). The others are entertaining at best - fortunately, those are exactly the shorter ones.

I want to make it clear that you are likely to enjoy this album even if, like me, you're mostly only moved by the very classics (you can say I'm a perfectionist). Just remember - if you're a "Yes" lover like me, then consider this album to be made by the band "Drama" and NOT "Yes". If you don't know "Yes" well enough yet, it is ESSENTIAL that you give their "golden era" (1969-1977 or 1971-1974, depending on the person you're asking) albums a listening through and through (I suggest starting with Close to the Edge, Fragile, and The Yes Album - that is, their albums in 1971-1972). Enjoy :)

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 Union by YES album cover Studio Album, 1991
2.51 | 867 ratings

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Union
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by _Mike

3 stars For a record that has received such harsh criticism from so many directions, not least from several of the band members who contributed to it, I have to say that this is a pretty good hour's worth of music, and one which I enjoyed a great deal more than I expected.

Yes, it may be a less "pure" Yes album than some from their classic era, but what I hear are more or less distinctively classic Yes songs, some showing varying amounts of influence from Trevor Rabin's 90125 flavour of early 80's US- influenced Yes. Kind of what you'd expect. There's plenty of musical interest, and it's quite accessible, at least to me.

The track which particularly impressed me was "Silent Talking". I also really enjoyed "The More We Live - Let Go", and wasn't offended by the fact that this latter song does not sound much like a Yes song (as indeed is logical enough given the level of involvement of Billy Sherwood).

I would rate this at about three and a half stars. In my view it contains almost as much musical interest as the more highly-regarded classic albums by this band in my collection.

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 Drama by YES album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.76 | 1386 ratings

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Drama
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Michalis Tzortzis

4 stars Well it's the first time I post a review, but this is also a special album to review. First of all I must explain that i have all yes albums up to the Ladder (most of them on vinyl, as I am 50 years old) and I once travelled from Greece to Bulgaria to see my at that time most favourite band, so that makes my a Yes fan i suppose.

Now what makes this album so special? The fact that it is the album that ages better with time than any other they have made.

Don't get me wrong, I don't say that it is their best, but it is the one that stands the best way the test of time. It is in the same time classic, rock, modern and vintage. Nowadays, 36 years after listening to Yes, it is the album that I can listen to easier than any other album they ever made. And i enjoy all versions of Yes.

When it comes to the singer, even though it was Anderson's singing that was the first thing that attracted me to Yes (lies it was actually the album covers) today i find Horn's signing easier to listen to because it's more ... down to earth, and in general Drama is the most down to earth classic album they have made.

Actually I wish Horn would have shared lead vocals with Rabin and Squire in the three Rabin-era albums the same way Chicago were doing with their 3 main singers till the album Hot Streets in 1978. I believe that would have made Yes-West or Cinema or whatever they called it, a different and more exciting band. Didn't Deep Purple continue to be a great band when Coverdale and Hughes replaced the classic but monotonous vocals of Gillan?

And then would come Union and after that Anderson could join again the "classic" version of the band.

Just think about it, would that not be something? And Horn might even not have to tour with Yes if he was too busy with producing as Rabin and Squire could do his parts live..

Anyway that's what i would have liked to have happened, just felt like sharing my opinion with you guys.

Drama rating: 8.5/10

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 Close To The Edge by YES album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.65 | 3742 ratings

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Close To The Edge
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Modrigue
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4 stars Welcome to an enchanted land

Last album featuring the golden Anderson/Howe/Squire/Wakeman/Bruford "line-up", "Close to the Edge" is one of the best and most representative records from YES. Whereas their previous efforts consisted in rather heterogeneous tracks of different musical styles, the songs become now both longer, more complex and structured while still incorporating various influences. At the time, the band ventured into an unexplored realm of fantasy and onirism. Keyboardist Rick Wakeman interferes more and more in the compositions.

"Close to the Edge" earned a quick success and is also one of the often recommended albums for progressive rock newcomers. This can be justified due its importance in the genre, however is this really a reasonable choice for neophytes?

The 20 minutes title track is the first genuine long epic by YES. Like GENESIS' "Supper's ready" (recorded the same year), "Close to the Edge" is an iconic progressive rock song. Everything is here: various ambiances, musical styles and rhythms, soft melodies, nice complex soli... Although being very elaborated, the track is well built and coherent, it truly transports you to another world.

Despite a pretty acoustic guitar introduction, "And You and I" is the weakest track of the record. A bit flat and boring, this song does not seem to go anywhere. It prevents the album from reaching the maximal note. On the contrary, "Siberian Khatru" is much more lively and catchy. Its groovy bass line reminds the groovy side of the musicians, that could be found on "Roundabout". Steve Howe's guitar explodes on this unusual structured track. Its very cool riff sets this song as one of YES' rock-iest, which will soon become a classic of the band.

Now, should this record be recommended to a neophyte to discover progressive rock? To be honest, I'm not so sure about it. The title track may sound a little complex and lengthy if you're not used to this kind of music. "Siberian Khatru" is more suited.

Anyway, "Close to the Edge" is a major influential cornerstone in progressive symphonic rock, as well as one of YES' best albums, second to "Relayer". It also proves that the band had more musical influences and variety than the ones usually used in the overall symphonic progressive rock genre. Enchanting music from another world...

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 Tales From Topographic Oceans by YES album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.89 | 2038 ratings

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Tales From Topographic Oceans
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by ALotOfBottle

4 stars "Tales From Topographic Oceans"... This album caused a lot of controversy when it first came out. Even now it is a common topic of heated debate among Yes fans. After recording "Close To The Edge", Yes were looking for a big idea. Jon Anderson recalls that someone said that the next thing Yes are going to record will be a musical interpretation of the Bible. He replied that he'll see that they actually will do that. The band settled on inspiration in form of Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. They released a two-disc album containing four suites. Could such work not be controversial? With departure of Bill Bruford, Yes recruited a new drummer, Alan White. The rest of the line-up remained the same.

It took me quite a few listens to really understand what this album is all about. I found that the point with this album really is not having to wait for a climax, but enjoying the changes. I don't feel like the music really leads to anything, however is not sterile by any means and to me is very pleasant to listen to. The band draws beautiful musical textures with numerous instrumental passages, many different movements and segments. All of this still not giving a sense of musical overabundance. All the classic Yes ingredients are there: Jon Anderson's melodic voice, jazzy guitar passages with Steve Howe's unmistakeable guitar tone, Rick Wakeman's symphonic keyboard touches and thumpy, one-of-a-kind bass by Chris Squire. Yes we all know and love. On top of this, Alan White brings a wonderful variety of percussion, which gives the album an exotic taste. The overall feeling I got from the music is that it is very fresh and smooth. It would be hard to really pick a favorite here. The tracks together create a unique, beautifully twisted whole. I believe though, that the first two are a true essence of the album.

"Tales From Topographic Oceans" is different to all the other works Yes created. And so should be the listener's approach. This collection of four extrordinary and fascinating epics listens to like a good book. Moody musical textures are really the attribute of this work. All that supported by great album art! Very highly recommended! 4.5 stars!

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 The Yes Album by YES album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.29 | 2352 ratings

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The Yes Album
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by mutantenemy1701

4 stars This is Yes' breakthrough album. This is where everything came together for the band. This album contains some of the groups best compositions. This is basically when Yes, became Yes.

There's significantly less songs this time around, but that's because most of the songs on here are longer and complex. The obvious highlights here are the four fan favorites: "Yours Is No Disgrace", "Starship Trooper", "Perpetual Change", and "I've Seen All Good People". Coincidentally, those four tracks take up most of the album and they're the high points. These really are masterpieces of progressive rock music.

"Yours Is No Disgrace", the opening track, is structured as a jam session bookended by statements of the main theme and melody; the song also has some philosophical lyrics about war. "Starship Trooper", the albums best song in my opinion, is a structured as a suite in three movements, which are all unique in their own way. "I've Seen All Good People" is a suite in two movements, with a stomping, folky first movement, and and a funky second movement. "Perpentual Change", the album's closing track, is pretty standard by prog standards, but it's really well executed.

The two remaining tracks, "The Clap" and "A Venture", are a bit weaker than the rest of the album. "The Clap" is an acoustic guitar piece performed solo by Steve Howe, and it's sort of inspired by flameco, country, and jazz guitar styles. "A Venture" is a pretty conventional song by Jon Anderson with jazzy piano work by Tony Kaye. The overall consensus with these two songs is pretty okay. They aren't meh or anything, but they aren't as fantastic as the other four songs.

Overall the album's really, really great.

4.5 stars

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 Time and a Word by YES album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.28 | 1128 ratings

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Time and a Word
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by mutantenemy1701

3 stars This album here, is a definite improvement over the previous album. It's still not amazing or anything, since there's still a lot of meh songs on here, but the good songs on here are really good. The band was still trying to find their way, Peter Banks was still a member after all, but the music here serves as a direct precursor to the material on "The Yes Album" from the following year.

Even though this album is an improvement on the last, there's still some cons. For some reason, there's string and orchestral accompaniment on most of the album, which can get pretty obtrusive in most cases. Another thing is that the production on this album is really inappropriate for the type of music this is, the album can sound like a Sinatra record at times.

This album really does have its moments though. The best songs on here are "The Prophet", "Astral Traveler", "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed", and "Time And Word". The third song I mentioned in that list is actually a Richie Havens cover, but Yes really make it their own on here. "Astral Traveler" and "The Prophet" are the most direct precursors to the band's later material on here. Also, "The Prophet" is probably my favorite cut off of the whole album. The title track is love ballad, though a tastefully done love ballad. Some other decent tracks are "Then" and the Buffalo Springfield cover "Everydays". Overall this is a significant improvement over the debut.

3.5 stars

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 Yes by YES album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.24 | 1076 ratings

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Yes
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by mutantenemy1701

3 stars I would like to talk about every song on here, but that would be pretty redundant with an album like this. This album is really half baked and meh, and that goes for most of the songs on here as well. ThIs album shows a young band still trying to figure out what kind of music they want to make. I wouldn't necessarily call this progressive rock, it's more proto-prog I think.

I'll briefly talk about the album's content. There's a few covers on here, like The Beatles' "Every Little Thing" and The Byrds' "I See You", for example. Most of the album is just okay, but there's a few stand out tracks on here that are worth listening to. "Looking Around", "Every Little Thing", and "Survival" are the highlights here. Overall, the album is okay, but just listen to the three songs I mentioned.

3 stars

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