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5 stars Perfection is not possible on this mortal coil. However, Yes came damn close with this album. Those who don't understand what all the fuss is about must take several things into consideration. This was the culmination of years of progression by the greatest lineup in the band's history consisting of Anderson, Squire, Howe, Bruford and Wakeman. The Yes Album and Fragile were both very good but uneven in places. But you'd be hard pressed to find a flaw in this one. Another thing to ponder is the fact that this recording did and does sound so freaking GREAT! Eddie Offord's production from the engineering to the mix was light years ahead of its time. It made even the simplest, cheapest stereo sound better than it had any reason to. From the mysterious intro that sounds like you are approaching an uncharted island in the mists of your imagination to the fascinating interplay between Squire and Howe as Siberian Khatru fades away, this album achieved what all progressive bands had probably thought impossible. An indelible masterpiece that would hold up for centuries to come. As Jon sings, "Seasons will pass you by," be reminded to take in the everyday wonders that cross your daily path and don't miss out on taking the time to absorb and enjoy this near-perfect specimen of progressive rock music.
Chicapah | 5/5 |


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