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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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