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3.89 | 2354 ratings

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4 stars This is a great album to be sure; it is certainly Yes' most ambitious (though not necessarily best) effort. I prefer the first disc to the second, though I think Rituals is perhaps the best song of the four. But every song has a few downer moments where the ideas just fall a bit flat. This is the one album I wish the band would go back to and re-record, cutting about 5 minutes from every song. I can only imagine...

That said, I believe this is an album that will transcend time. When people look back a hundred years from now and consider the music of the late 20th century, this album will be regarded as a masterful work. It is the progressive rock equivalent of Vilvadi's Four Seasons, though I doubt "Giants under the Sun" will become a part of the wedding playlist.

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