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3.26 | 1383 ratings

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This is a good album, not a great one but a nice way to launch an astounding carreer! What we have here is a band of still fresh students coming together to produce an album that remains fresh and enegertic to this day. I don't listen to it all the time but when i play it, it's always a source of pleasure as there are some beautiful and sweet songs on it. This is not yet the classic YES line-up as we have here PETER BANKS on guitar and TONY KAYE on keyboards (mainly Hammond). But some of the classic sound we all associate with classic YES is already here, thanks to the unique pounding style of the bass of CHRIS SQUIRE , already highly recognizable here and the fragile tone of the voice of JON ANDERSON.

There are two official covers for this album (the same goes for TIME AND A WORD), a black one with a YES logo pre-Roger Dean and another one with the the young men posing in front of some greek-style building .What we can notice already is that JON ANDERSON looks like he is already in charge as the other 4 stay well behind him like a bunch of back-up musicians.

PETER BANKS is an underestimated guitarist, i think as he shows some brilliance on this album with tasteful jazzy solos like on I SEE YOU. BILL BRUFORD already shows signs why he will become one of the greatest drummer in all rock and jazz music later on. The songs here all have a feeling of freshness and total innocence, especially the sweet ballads of JON AMDERSON like YESTERDAY AND TODAY and SWEETNESS.

We even have 2 covers of the BYRDS and the BEATLES covered in a psychedelic-jazzy way well in yhe style of the time. The classic YES sound is not yet totally present yet, but already can be heard in the best track of this album:SURVIVAL, a beautiful track opening the way of the good things to come.

Overall, a good albeit mot great, but pleasant 3 STARS means a good album? right? so let's go for 3.

febus | 3/5 |


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