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The Yes Album (Vinyl) [Original recording remastered]

Yes LP Record
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Not quite the classic lineup (even Rick Wakeman would not join until Fragile), but thanks to new recruit Steve Howe here for the first time is the mature Yes sound in all its sonic glory. On tracks like the barnstorming showpiece "Starship Trooper" Chris Squire's monstrous bass looms large in the mix, Bill Bruford's jazz drumming skates edgily around the beat, and layered on top are those remarkably long-limbed solos from Howe--one of the very few guitarists to fuse the best of jazz with rock (as well as creating a landmark in acoustic guitar literature with his Chet Atkins-inspired solo "The Clap"). Singer Jon Anderson's elliptical lyrics had yet to flower into the truly bizarre realms of Close to the Edge and Tales from Topographic Oceans, but he was already using words more for their sound value than sense ("Yesterday a morning came, a smile upon your face / Caesar's Palace, morning glory, silly human race"). Put it all together and you've got an album with a much sharper edge than their later bloated extravaganzas. --Mark Walker

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reveiw for 2014 Blu ray/ CD version April 27 2014
By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Excellent album! This Yes's first Masterpeice it's also the first record with Steve Howe. The new version is the clearest I have ever heard this album. The 5.1 mix is really good however I liked the Close To Thr Edge mix better. But this is best way to hear the album. If you are new to Yes this is the place to start. If you have a home entertainment system and your a music fan but you like your music a little more challenging check this out. This mix really makes good use of your rear speakers. "Yours is No Disgrace" has the Hammond organ coming into the mix through the rears and it really gets you into the track.
This is the kind or record you get nice and...um..relaxed. Sit in a comfy chair, close your eyes and push play. "Starship Trooper" was made for such a moment.
If you were going to make a list of the top 30 Progressive Rock records this would be there. If you have a system and are not sure about the 5.1 formate pick up this and "In The Court Of The Crimson King" and you will see what the big deal is about. Just make sure your 5.1 is balanced right because if it is it's audio Paradise !
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - Yes finds their sound June 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Yes Album (1971.) Yes's third album.
By the time 1971 first rolled around, Yes had released two albums - Their self-titled 1969 debut, and their 1970 sophomore effort Time And A Word. Although the two albums were great, they also showed that the band hadn't truly found a sound yet. Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, and all the others had serious potential, but hadn't yet discovered the best way to use it. But in 1971, the band received a new member who would prove to be vital to the band's success - guitarist Steve Howe. With the arrival of the new guitarist, the band recorded and released their third album 1971's The Yes Album, in 1971 (TO ALL YOU NEW YES FANS - "YES" AND "THE YES ALBUM" ARE TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ALBUMS.) How does the band's third studio effort measure up? Read on and see.
The first two Yes albums were great albums, no questions asked, but it's on The Yes Album that the band truly found its sound. With this release, the band's progressive style of rock truly came of age. Steve Howe proved almost instantly that he was a guitar genius, and the guitarist that would take the band to new heights (not to say his predecessor was bad, though.) I've Seen All Good People, one of the band's biggest hits, comes from this album. The song is mostly a melodic piece, but it features a straight-up classic rock outro that is priceless. And it, of course, is not the only worthwhile song on this album. Every song that is featured here is excellent in its own way - no two songs sound alike. Interestingly, one of the songs featured on the album, Clap, is a live version (the band put the live version on the album because they felt it was superior to the studio version they had recorded.) In the end, The Yes Album is one of the progressive rock act's finest hours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! March 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
According to the new liner notes on this disc, if Yes didn't make a great, successful album by their third try, apparently their record label was going to drop them.
Aren't we lucky they did release a great album!
This is the first album with the classic Yes sound, as master guitarist Steve Howe arrives, and the band decides the direction it wants to go in. It's very upbeat music, leaning a bit more to the rock'n'roll rather than progessive rock, compared to their later albums like Close to the Edge and Relayer.
The remaster is fantastic. It's like sonic sunshine, a bit of a silly comparison, but it fits. It's warmer and brighter, every instrument shines through. Probably the best they're going to get it.
The first track "Yours is No Disgrace" showcases everything the band can do. Jon Anderson's vocals are emotional and optimisic, Steve Howe's guitar work is often complex, Chris Squires bass rich and satisfying, Tony Kaye's keyboards varied and beautiful and as always Bill Bruford's drumming is complex, energetic and exciting.
The live track Clap follows, a instrumental solo by Steve Howe which has a real rockabilly feel. Guitar enthusiasts will appreciate this.
Starship Trooper is a sci-fi song that evokes spacey imagery in it's words, it's harmonies and it's phaser guitar. Probably one of the most romantic things about aliens ever written. The Disillusion segment of the song brings you down to earth with it's folky feel, then your sent back into the void with "Wurm", a droning jam that not many bands could pull off with as much energy and passion as Yes.
"I've Seen All Good People" is an acoustic led song about chess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Vintage Yes March 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
While it wouldn't be until later in the year with their fourth album FRAGILE that Yes would achieve widespread popularity in the U.S., the group's third release THE YES ALBUM is vintage Yes. After their first two albums sold poorly, founding member Peter Banks is replaced by guitarist Steve Howe and the first classic lineup of the band is now in place.
THE YES ALBUM includes standout tracks "Yours Is No Disgrace," "Starship Trooper," "I've Seen All Good People" and "Perpetual Change." The album was the band's first Top 10 hit in the U.K. and their first Top 40 LP in the U.S. It also gave Yes their first Top 40 single when "Your Move" reached No. 40 in December of 1971. [The single version is included as one of the bonus tracks.]
The other two bonus tracks are the single edit of "Starship Trooper: Life Seeker" and a studio version of Seve Howe's solo "Clap." The latter, at four minutes, is longer than the original live version by about a minute and is a fine showpiece for Howe's acoustic guitar playing. [Running time: 52:10]VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another job well done.
Again another fine job by Steven Wilson as the remix sounds awesome. As usual the Blu-Ray version comes with lots of extras including a vinyl transfer of the original album for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marcus Almighty
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbe!!!
Encore un mix Surround 5.1 de Steven Wilson qui est à couper le souffle. Un des bons album de Yes rendu encore meilleur grâce à la qualité de la version... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Denis Gingras
3.0 out of 5 stars A Great Classic!
Made greater by Steve Wilson and blu -ray audio everything sounds much brighter and clearer it's like your right there in the studio with yes! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Jody Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars My fav Yes Album
I have always liked the Yes Album over any other Yes albums. This to me defines Yes....Even though Fragile was more commercially successful.... Read more
Published on Dec 9 2010 by Cloudmine
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated To Say The Least
This is the only great Yes album, truly THE Yes Album. Everything after sounds like complete prog-rock wankery to me. Read more
Published on June 30 2010 by Jim Steele
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Yes
A good but not great album. To be expected from the early years sound quality and strength of the songs could be better
Published on Jan. 8 2010 by Donald Francis Sweete
5.0 out of 5 stars the yes album
start here if you are new to yes. you can't go wrong.
Published on May 16 2004 by brendan
2.0 out of 5 stars I've seen all DEAF people!
And they all love this album!
What do you get when you put together a bunch of guys with good technical music background, no talent as composers and a vague common interest on... Read more
Published on April 6 2004 by Big Kahuna
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes' first great album
Their third best album behind only "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge". It builds up with a crescendo of various virtuoso instrumentation and pop hooks, peacefully descends and... Read more
Published on March 26 2004
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