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An album worth having for one song (and that one's a cover)
on 7 October 2004
I think there is something of a consensus here that the primary reason for picking up "Yesterdays" is to have the awesome cover of Simon & Garfunkle's "America." There are not a lot of covers of Simon & Garfunkle songs (Aretha Franklin's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" might be the only way most people might remember), but this is definitely one of the ones worth having. However, the question is whether you can afford to shell out the money for an album just to get one song. The rest of the tracks simply reinforce the idea that Yes had a great rebirth with "The Yes Album," "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge." On those tracks instead of Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman you have original guitarist Peter Banks and keyboardist Tony Kaye, and the difference in musical abilities is obvious. The best of these songs employ a symphonic orchestra for effect, which became unnecessary once Wakeman juiced up his synthesizer. But if you have heard Yes' version of "America," then that is going to be the basis for your decision on picking up "Yesterdays."