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3 stars A very ambitious Yes, with a more psychedelic sound. Albeit psychedelic, I still love this record. It's very original, nobody was doing covers like this, other than Vanilla Fudge.

Beyond And Before, to be honest, has the lyrics of a Yes songs you'd hear later on in their discography. Bruford's drumming is much more staright ahead and to be honest, I really like it. The drums sounds much better on this record, they sound somewhat stuffy on the later records. Overall decent song. (8.5/10)

I See You, originally a The Byrd's song. This is the song that got me into progressive rock. There's so much progressive about it. In the days of casette tapes, my dad took this out of the library and played it for me. I was just baffled, it's amazing. The organ playing is very atmospheric and the drumming is amazing. My favorite part is the break that comes right after the Banks/Bruford clash duet. That part is nothing short of amazing and energetic. This song is nothing short of awesome. (10/10)

Yesterday And Today, a short little acoustic ballad written by Anderson. A nice singing job on a catchy little song. (9/10)

Looking Around, this was THE song. The song everyone loved by Yes in their psychedelic era. What's not to love? It's short, catchy, energetic and on top of that, it's the single! What a nice little song. It also features the first Yes unison between Kaye and Banks. (9/10)

Harold Land, is a song about an old man who leaves for war, and when he comes back, everything has changed. Pretty nice concept. This song is very progressive, especially the break with the piano near the middle of the song. The Marching soldiers, in the rain part is very well written. Great song. (9/10)

Every Little Thing, a great advancement on the original Beatles song. This song I found to be very good, especially the beginning, with the guitar solo and the drumming. Then, everyone breaks for Jon Andersons heavenly voice. Amazing track. (9.5/10)

Sweetness is a mediocre ballad, I didn't find it all that good. (7/10)

Survival, starts out with an amazing guitar line, like somethign led Zeppelin would play. Then the organ/guiar unison before the break. So it wasn't Steve Howe who thought of the unisons after all! The song becomes this slower piece which ultimately goes nowhere after that frenetic opening. (7/10)

As far as bonus tracks go, they all sund the same, because it's almost five different versions of one song. Something's Coming I found to be really cool, with an almost solo by Bill Bruford. Overall, solid album, just not as high as the progressive monsters Yes let out later on in their career. 3 stars.

Treasure | 3/5 |


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