The Yes Album (Vinyl) Original recording remastered
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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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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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 !
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 ›
"Yours is no Disgrace" is a breathtaking example of a virtuosic band running its paces. Nine minutes never passed so quickly! Steve Howe soars on his mistitled acoustic piece "Clap." Chris Squire, arguably the most dexterous bassist that Britain has ever produced, lifts "Starship Trooper" into sonic majesty. "I've Seen All Good People" shows that, despite the best efforts of the punk press, Yes can rock with the best of them, and as for "Perpetual Change" music this complex has never been so catchy!
Like "Kind of Blue", "The Yes Album" improves with every new listening, and you find something new to appreciate. It goes without saying that every Yes fan will have this album, but if you are a collector looking for one representative recording from this genre, then "The Yes Album" is it. Whatever your reason for buying, you can't go wrong with this one.
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 ›
Most recent customer reviews
Bought it for the surround mix which is excellent. The sound quality is fantastic. Recorded in 1970, you couldn't do a better job today!!Published 3 months ago by par4ken
Fantastic album with phenomenal sound, particularly Chris Squire's bass!Published 4 months ago by Paul
Awesome recording. Surround mix is highly enjoyable. Hope the audio bluray catches on!Published 10 months ago by K. Lewis
Steven Wilson did a great job by pushing forward of mastering albums.Published 11 months ago by Sébastien Perron
A great pressing of a classic album. Sonically great. Clean. 200 gram. Wow. I replaced my old 80's pressing that was getting worn. I am not disappointed. Read morePublished 15 months ago by LC9000
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 morePublished on July 20 2014 by Marcus Almighty