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Sean Trane
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4 stars 3.5 or 4 stars depending on your collection!!!

Getting this one for the Simon and Garfunkel cover of America alone would be justified, but also you will avoid you buying the first two (expandable if you want this one) albums because this is mainly a compilation of those two, but not just that. Indeed, there is also a track not yet available on Lp, and it comes in the form of the average Dear Father. Definitely not one of Roger Dean's best works in term of artworks, though.

And really, the two better tracks of the debut (Looking Around and the amazing Survival) are gathered here or should I say the proggier or rockier songs, as opposed to pop numbers of the rest of the album. As for the selection of their second album Time And A Word, indeed four of the best five are present here, including Astral Traveller, Then, and the title track, but unfortunately The Prophet is excluded, most likely for time restraints. But the real sweetness is the afore-mentioned America cover (Yes's last one that I'm aware of), but definitely enhanced and dramatized compared to Simon And Garfunkel's original composition. Indeed, this track is close to being an "epic" and could've easily found a spot on the superb Yes Album, qualitatively speaking or on Fragile sonically-speaking. .

BTW, America appeared as a bonus track of some Fragile remastered version, so you can acquire it without splurging for this compilation, especially if you want the original albums. The track selection in Yesterdays from those first two albums is exactly the one I would've made (bar the omission of the complex and longer The Prophet), so if you are not too keen on those early Yes releases this will be more than apt substitute!

Sean Trane | 4/5 |


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