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Open Your Eyes [VINYL]

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2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Far and away the longest lasting and the most successful of the '70s progressive rock groups, Yes proved to be one of the lingering success stories from that musical genre. The band, founded in 1968, overcame a generational shift in its audience and the departure of its most visible members at key points in its history to reach the end of the century as the definitive progressive rock ... Read more in Amazon's Yes Store

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  • Vinyl (9 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sireena
  • ASIN: B007XJ5DRG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that good - but it gains with time! 5 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After the two amazing »Keys To Ascension« double CD's, it was really an anticlimax to put »Open Your Eyes« into the CD player.
But honestly, this album gains a lot once you've listened to it about ten times. Just don't take it for more than it is. It's just Yes from the band's more simplistic and semi-commercial side. A rock album.
One of the best tracks on »Open Your Eyes« is the ballad »From The Balcony« which touches the Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe album's style. Another good ballad is the halfway symphonic »Universal Garden« which is close to Yes'ish.
The catchy title song and the opener are quite good rock songs - they're just more simple than we Yes fans are used to from the band.
»Open Your Eyes« closes off with a kind of sound collage. Different. But pretty good, in fact, once you get used to it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated album from Yes 2 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
To be frank I'm sick to death of arguments on what is required for a Yes album to be considered any good.

If you only listen to 70s Yes, thats great.

Personally I listen to some 70s Yes but prefer the later material from Drama onwards.

Most Yes fans would totally disagree with me but I've always found some aspects of their earlier non-commercial prog material to be rather hard going without taking anything away from the superb musicianship and vocals.

However, I would never criticise anyone for preferring this earlier material.

Basically, fans (like myself) who like later-period, upbeat, overproduced ?, commercial Yes with Trevor Rabin or otherwise also recognise great music.

Simple as that.

Oh, and Open Your Eyes does'nt sound as if it has been thrown together quickly or haphazardly.

The writing, muscianship, vocals and production are, as always, superb.

A great album, not perfect, what is ?. Similar to 90125 & Big Generator, many later period Yes fans could be missing out if they overlook it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not a 'classic' Yes album 18 Jan 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I must confess to being slightly disappointed with this album, which followed the 2 excellent 'Keys to Ascension' (vols 1 + 2) double albums, which included a wealth of excitibng new studio material (subsequently re-released on 1 CD as "KeyStudio"), as well as the welcome return of Rick Wakeman. Not only is Rick not featured on "Open your eyes", but the songs are somewhat MOR, & there is a somewhat tortuous instrumental / reprise at the end. I'm pleased to have another album by Yes, but this is not one I would recommend to anyone unfamiliar with thire work, & is probably their least inspiring offering to date. (I would add that the band subsequently compensated for it with the excellent "The Ladder" & the brilliant "Magnification", & can't wait for their next album, now Rick is back on board).
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Yes, Get Used to It 11 July 2013
By Vaughan TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I hardly want to write a review of any Yes album. Yes fans are a funny bunch, who tie themselves to eras and compare everything to their favorite. So fans of their 70's works hate 90125 and onward for the most part - they're hoping one day Yes will churn out another Close to the Edge. Fans of the era after 90125 wonder what all the fuss is about with their early stuff. And then - bizarrely - you get only positive things about The Ladder (which I'll comment on in the proper place later) despite some serious flaws in that one. It's a minefield commenting on Yes. Especially as I happen to be one of those who sit somewhere in the middle - I like it all.

But to this album. Some (most?) say it's their worse. I don't know about that. It's certainly one of their rock efforts. It has some flaws, and you don't need to be a Yes expert to figure them out. The production is dense. Yes music likes to breath, but there's no space here that isn't full of some sound or other - usually a crashing drum or guitar. Some of the lyrics are toe-curlingly awful (There you were...Like a dream to me...WONDERLOVE...Could this really be...WONDERLOVE). Then we have the utterly pointless time filler on the end - The Solution which is more than ten minutes of birds tweeting punctuated by the odd bit of acapella vocal with plenty of reverb. It's a real torment.

But looking beyond all that, there are good songs too. The opening couple of tracks and great - they're born from the Rabin version of Yes for sure, but none the worse for that. In fact, much of this album sounds okay as long as you don't over-analyze it. So it's not great, but it's not totally awful either. And I'm not buying into the argument that Howe and Anderson were simply grafted on - do they not have a say in anything?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Really Yes 20 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
Not really a Yes album, both Jon Anderson & Steve Howe have washed their hands of it as being too rushed and that they didn't get a chance to put enough input into it.
The record company wanted them out on the road with some product to sell so Chris Squire & Billy Sherwood had material ready for another Conspiracy album. This material was shoehorned into the Yes format and put out as this album.
It's not that bad - it's just not really Yes-like enough
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1.0 out of 5 stars NO!! NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!! 28 Sep 2012
By TQ2Boyz
Format:Audio CD
My favourite band of all time, and they release this awful piece of Americana which is wetter than a haddock's underwear and more unfocused than the New York Home for the Blind. I hate that Jon is even involved in what sounds like a record company's wet dream: "We can make you BIG in AMERICA! Just do as we say!" This isn't music, it's muzak for a bar that shows ESPN on big screens. It is ambient only in that it is just totally UNLISTENABLE! Even Chris (as a band leader he is marginally more violent than a Tasmanian Devil mated with a power station turbine) dropped a wotsit by allowing this to be released. If you want Yes music then buy "Going for The One", or "Topographic Oceans", "Relayer", "Close to the Edge". If you want YesWest then maybe "Talk" or (ggnnnrrrrr) "90120", but this (**sigh**) is just such a black hole in the Yes canon that nothing can redeem it. And I am so sorry for being so negative, OK???
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ejoyable - but nowhere near their best
It sometimes astounds me how Yes can so readily hand the band reins over to "newer" members who alter the band sound so intrinsically for better or worse (see Drama, 90125 etc). Read more
Published 19 months ago by Nick C
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Band - Terrible Record
Been a Yes fan since the 70's.Some fantastic music/albums, but this ain't one of 'em.Awful.What were they thinking about?
Published on 21 Aug 2010 by 1980anne
1.0 out of 5 stars Steve Howe contributes his talents to another disaster
"1,2,3,4,5,6,7....all good people"

There's a sample of some of the lyrics from this album and I think it just about shows how hurried and cobbled this thing was. Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2010 by L. GERRARD
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst Yes album by far.
In fact, I would say this is one of the worst albums ever released by a major band. I have been an avid yes fan since the early 70s, and a progressive-rock fan too, and there are... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2010 by Beowulf
1.0 out of 5 stars NO, NOT YES
I just remembered why this Album was not in my collection. I actually bought it on it's original release. Read more
Published on 2 April 2010 by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable Yes album
I'm not a Yes completist and I have never seen them live but I do have a few of their albums going back to "Close to the Edge" and "Fragile" and, more recently "The Ladder", plus... Read more
Published on 30 April 2007 by alextorres
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best, of not just Yes, but of ALL albums! BRILLIANT!
This CD is AMAZING! Everyone is in top form. The melodies are beautiful. The playing is breathtaking. Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2007 by Mr H Bolet
1.0 out of 5 stars Yes in name only....
Coming inbetween the excellent Keys to Ascension sets and the magnificent "The Ladder", this album was turned into a Yes release by the record company. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2005 by John David Charles Hilton
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