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VINE VOICEon 6 September 2013
Many reviews of this album point to the inclusion of the cover version of Simon and Garfunkel's America as the only high point. Well good as this track is - I first heard it on Radio 1 and had to get it on vinyl years ago - Yesterday's also acts as a fine introduction for fans from the Fragile era onwards (such as myself) to the early music of Yes.
What I find refreshing listening to some of the songs collected from the first two albums on Yesterdays is the simplicity of the arrangements combined with a honed musical friendship between Peter Banks on guitar and the late Tony Kaye on organ. No massed synthesisers, mellotrons etc as would be experienced on future albums, no obscure Portuguese stringed instruments to play a segue between bursts of filling threat electric guitar. Everything was so simple and easy going then...well it was the sixties. Hearing the likes of Time and A Word, Sweet Dreams, Survival and Dear Father in their raw, studio form is like seeing a favourite actor in an early film and helps to plot the progress of this most progressive band.
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As there is little or no information about this Cd and no track listing I compiled the listing.

Yesterday combines tracks from the first two albums Yes and Time and A Word.
Also included and much heralded is Simon and Garfunkle's America. This track was originally released on the Sampler the Age of Atlantic released in 1972.
Atlantic saw the success of 'The Rock Machine Turns You On' sampler.
Not only in sales but in actually promoting the groups.
This worked. It was the first time for example that British Youths heard Spirit with their stand out track 'fresh Garbage'.
Island were the masters of the genre with Nice Enough to eat, Bumpers, El Pea and You can all join in.
(Now if only they would re release them all)

The line up was very different with
Yes: Peter Banks, Steve Howe (vocals, guitar); Chris Squire (vocals, bass); Jon Anderson (vocals); Tony Kaye (organ); Bill Bruford (drums)

Rick Wakeman was just a twinkle in the bottom of a beerglass.
He would join the group after touring with yes as a member of the Strawbs.

I well remember seeing the concert with Yes and the Strawbs.
the stand out event for all was Rick Wakeman giving a rendition of 'Temperament of the Mind' fabulous.
That was when I first hear Yes singing America.
I recall being amazed that groups covered other popular musicians of the day.

here is the track listing.
Track Listing
1. America
2. Looking Around
3. Time and a Word
4. Sweet Dreams
5. Then
6. Survival
7. Astral Traveller
8. Dear Father
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on 10 March 2015
I remember buying this beautifully packaged compilation in the autumn of 1976. And to say I was blown away by the sheer quality of these early songs would be an understatement. Highlights are the monumental version of Simon and Garfunkel's 'America' where blues-rock meets prog, the anthemic, Beatles-ish 'Time and a Word', the groovy theological drama that is 'Dear Father' and the gorgeous 'Survival' with it's Darwinian lyrics.
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on 7 November 2001
This is worth buying just for the first track, a superb version of Paul Simon's "America". It features great musicianship and captures Yes at their best. The rest of the record shows off the best of their two first albums, and includes the classic "Survival" and the rock-jazz "Then", which is a beautiful song. Buy it.
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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."
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on 4 June 2011
1969 saw Yes release their debut self titled album, then in 1970 the follow up, Time And A Word. All the tracks come from those albums except a 10 minute cover of Paul Simon's America.
This may be best suited for Yes fans who like to have it all, America is a rare find, but the rest is easily found.
I suppose I find too much here which is rough around the edges to give it any great recommendation.
Time And A Word and Survival are my preferred choices, especially the latter, which points the way towards top albums The Yes Album, Fragile and Close To The Edge.
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on 12 March 2001
This is a kind of 'Best Of' from Yes' earliest albums. It is also one of the few albums that features the studio recording of Yes' interpretation of the Simon & Garfunkel song 'America'.
Interesting if you're not familiar with the older Yesstuff.
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on 15 May 2012
Yes are one of the most popular bands of the seventies and are still playing now.
The reason for this is that their music always sounds fresh and the band are excellent musicians.
This is their first album but showing signs of being great
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on 26 January 2006
The album's title tells us that it's a retrospective sampler, and that's precisely what it is. All very 1960s - 70s; pretty laid-back and inoffensive - apart from "America", that is. Did someone put something nasty in your tea that day, Jon? Surely the producer could have said "Er, best to stick to the TUNE, man. That's NOT it". For completists only.
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