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Symphonic Prog

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5 stars For all those who say that this is the "worst" Yes album or that it is "over-indulgent" or "just plain silly", I say, "Listen to it again, in its entirety."

The four songs are meant to be listened to as a whole, in that order, and if you can give the time to it, less than sitting down to watch a standard movie, you'll understand why this is Yes' finest hour. This is true symphonic-prog- it can only be appreciated by investing the time in it. After the amazing vocal intro of Side 1, we are introduced to the main theme of the piece which doesn't come back to you in full force for a full 65 minutes (!) Bow down to thine masters, oh fans of prog! It meanders, it explores, it pushes limits. The lyrics can be strange, but when you know the general theme (God is the Sun we are made of the Sun, etc.) they begin to make a bit of sense. This is a brilliant album. How it was written, recorded, and performed live, I will never know (and I'm a professional musician.) Please listen to this again if you didn't like it. Trust me.

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