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5 stars Best of all-time? Relative.

I'm not here to say how good this record is. I won't comment the legendary sonical performance nor the fantasmagoric aura it radiates.

I'm only telling you that Yes shares a lot with the Beatles. How? Remember when Sargent Pepper, the White Album, Magical Mystery Tour or Abbey Road went out...there wasn't much space for anybody else. The Beatles pumped all the air around, grabbing so much space and emotion, it lead other talented bands into obscurity and commercial disaster. Who knew that Pink Floyd were recording in the next studio in the Pepper epoch?

Yes, in the same way, is an amazing core of talent and creativity. But not THAT much. Yes had their dayz, but they stealed a lot of sunshine from other bands throughout their career (Jethro Tull, Camel and Gentle Giant being my biggest examples). Honestly, I always thought that Yes' ego was their biggest ally and enemy. When you're proud, you want quality and here, you got it. Every band member gave everything they could on the record, and the result is actually a very mature record but spotted with the shadow of pride. Indeed, Yes is a very pompous band that takes itself seriously at extreme proportions; pride and cockyness represents to me that era.

Historically undeniable, but don't stop exploring here...Because there's better stuff out there.

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