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