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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice reissue of the original Yes debut album
"Yes" is the original debut album from Yes not to be confused with "The Yes Album," which was their third album but the first one with which most people would be familiar. "Yes" is not as strong an album, but it is a lot better than you would expect given the level of performance excellent you expect from the group down the road, especially since at this point you have...
Published on 8 Feb 2003

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3.0 out of 5 stars Yes before they were Yes?
For me (and, I guess, a lot of other people) Yes weren't Yes 'til 'The Yes Album'. Having said that, you can definitely hear the genesis of that band in the first couple of albums. The overriding impression, though, is that this is a band in thrall to the sound of the Byrds, but filtered through a distinctively jazz-mindset! It sound bizzare if you've not heard it, but it...
Published on 18 Feb 2004 by Robert Frampton


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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice reissue of the original Yes debut album, 8 Feb 2003
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"Yes" is the original debut album from Yes not to be confused with "The Yes Album," which was their third album but the first one with which most people would be familiar. "Yes" is not as strong an album, but it is a lot better than you would expect given the level of performance excellent you expect from the group down the road, especially since at this point you have Peter Banks on guitar and Tony Kaye doing the assorted keyboard work. Most of the songs are written by vocalist Jon Anderson and bass player Chris Squire, along with covers of songs by Lennon & McCartney ("Every Little Thing") and Crosby & McQuinn ("I See You"). It is rather strange to thing of the Beatle and the Byrds being major influences on Yes, but there you go. This is an album for lifelong fans of the group to check out, now that it has been reissued. Knowing where the Yes sound ends up, you can hear it in embryonic form, most notably on "Harold Land," which most anticipates the multi-part suites that would consume an entire record side on the group's best albums. However, when you hear the driving sound of the opening cut, "Beyond and Before," you will wonder who you are listening to. Banks does some interesting guitar work on both of the cover songs, especially the atypical version of the Beatles song.
This 2003 reissue is impressive because the bonus tracks add up to more playing time than the 8 original tracks on the album. The informative liner notes are from Mike Tiano. There early and finished versions of three songs, including "Something's Coming" from "West Side Story," which particularly fits Anderson's distinctive vocal style (you will be reminded of Yes' later cover of Simon & Garfunkle's "America"). The before and after approach with these bonus tracks is quite interesting. There are few opportunities this good to go back and look at what one of your favorite groups was doing when they were first starting out, which makes this expanded reissue of "Yes" a real treat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut album by Yes, 4 Dec 2013
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Marcia "marcia" (england) - See all my reviews
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Album one is YES, by the group Yes from 1969. Track listing is
1 Beyond and Before 2 I see you 3 Yesterday and Today 4 Looking around
5 Harold Land 6 Every little thing 7 Sweetness 8 Survival
bonus tracks 9 Everydays (single version) 10 Dear Father (early version 2) 11 something's coming 12 Everydays (early version) 13 Dear Father (early version 1) 14 somethings coming (early version)

The album has tracks written by the group themselves and other notable song writers including McGuinn/Crosby on I see you, and Stephen stills on Everydays. (from Crosby. Stills, Nash and Young) and Lennon and McCartney on Every little thing, As well as Leonard Bernstien and Stephen Sondheim on Something's coming.

The song Harold Land was named after a Harold Land a hard bop tenor saxophone player but the song is actually about a different character who has been affected by war,
The song Every little thing written by Lennon and McCartney has the main guitar riff from the Beatles song Day Tripper.
There were two versions of the cover art work for the album. One is the simple words YES for the British version and the other is the picture of the band for the US version. This version has the original British version.
All tracks remastered
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than an album for completists:a good play in its own right., 20 Aug 2012
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Stephen Reid "Stephen" (Basingstoke) - See all my reviews
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This is a fascinating album. I came to know Yes through 'The Yes Album' and had never owned this debut album till now, over forty years later. And what an enjoyable experience it was to play it for the first time!

No, it's not as good as 'The Yes Album', which is regarded as a classic of prog rock. But the foundations are here, itching to get out and be developed. The distinctive voice of Jon Anderson, the close harmonies and unique bass playing of Chris Squire: they are there but not on every track. Bill Bruford's jazz inspired drumming is high quality and reminded me at times of Carl Palmer.

I ususually hate Beatles covers, but 'Every Little Thing' is more than a cover - it is a powerful reworking that shows how a standard 3 minute quality pop song can be turned into something much bigger and more powerful.

This is more than an album for completists: it is a good play in its own right. The five-star albums were coming later: this is a very creditable four-star debut and worth owning.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes yes yes..., 12 July 2009
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After owning this album on vinyl for 25 years , but not having a turntable for the past 7 years...i finally bought it on cd. It's even better than i remember, an absolutely stunning collection of songs, played with a flair to match any of the later albums by the 'definitive' Yes line-up. Jon anderson's voice is ,as always,simply beautiful. Chris Squire's bass,is, as mentioned by another reviewer forward in the mix,but that can only be a good thing right ?, he drives these songs along brilliantly.Bill Bruford was always in and out of the various line -ups,and we all know how good he is,and here he excels himself during both the subtle moments and the times when these songs simply rock. Tony Kaye's organ ,whilst sounding it's age,(this was 1969 remember),is all the better for it, it just sounds so 'real',and not at all the product of an expensive studio,as keyboard instruments often do.Indeed this entire album is pretty raw,and Peter Bank's agressive guitar style (as opposed to my favourite guitarist,Steve Howe's generally more jazzy,experimental style) is the icing on the cake. Thanks to Banks ,YES ,sound almost like a conventional rock band here,at times,but i said almost, and rest assured, this is bold and daring music. Sure enough as others have mentioned,they cover The Beatles here, but it's two minutes plus into that song, before the vocal starts, the intro is a group of top class musicians , having a great time , and this is most definitely passed on to the listener. It's joyous and infectious.
I'm rambling, this is a wonderous debut album, if you like YES even a little, you need this record. PS- This is one of the few cd's i have bought where the bonus tracks are truly deserving of mention, but they are that special ,i believe this should have been a double vinyl all those years ago.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes before they were Yes?, 18 Feb 2004
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Robert Frampton "Rob Frampton" (Dartford, UK) - See all my reviews
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For me (and, I guess, a lot of other people) Yes weren't Yes 'til 'The Yes Album'. Having said that, you can definitely hear the genesis of that band in the first couple of albums. The overriding impression, though, is that this is a band in thrall to the sound of the Byrds, but filtered through a distinctively jazz-mindset! It sound bizzare if you've not heard it, but it really does work! Highlight tracks are "Survival", "Looking Around" and "Dear Father" and, even if the bonus early versions of some of the tracks don't really add too much to the experience, this is still a bargain-buy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like Yes you'll like this., 16 Aug 2010
'Yes' is one of those debut albums where you can see the early stages of a band who were to improve greatly in the future. 'Yes' starts and ends with its best tracks, of which 'Survival' clearly indicates the potential of this band. The rest of the album you will enjoy if you're a Yes fan but if new to the band, start with 'The Yes Album' or 'Close to the Edge'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A hint of what was yet to come!, 21 July 2014
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It's fair to say that if you are looking for the epic structures and style that was to dominate Yes's music throughout the 70s then you won't find them on their first album. However, what you will find is a band that was bristling with ideas which come across in these enthusiastically played songs which, after a few plays, give a hint of what was yet to come! From the opening of 'Beyond and before' to the closing 'Survival' (probably the best track on the original album) Yes come across as a band to watch but one that haven't quite got the direction for their talent to express itself yet (that would come later with the inclusion of Steve Howe on the 'Yes album'). There is much here to like, inparticularly Yes's radical reworking's of other people's material as seen in 'I see you' and 'Every little thing'. The bonus tracks are also interesting particularly 'Dear father' and 'Something's coming' (another radical reworking of a tune from Westside story) but I'm not quite sure about including two versions of each! A much more poppy and jazzy album than we would later associate with Yes, but as I've said, there's just a hint that something really spectacular was coming!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes Yes Yes!, 16 Jun 2013
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Nice to relive old memories. "Sweetness" particularly good. One of the first albums I bought as a teenager and very enjoyable today too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yes in the beginning, with bonus material, 25 Jan 2013
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This is the 1969 debut recording of Yes, not to be confused with the band's 1971 landmark release `The Yes Album' with which they broke through to a bigger audience.

Most of the song writing is by founder members Jon Anderson and Chris Squire, the early drivers of the band. Some covers of well-known songs (complete re-interpretations is more accurate) by The Beatles and The Byrds also feature.

This early line-up included Tony Kaye on keyboards and Peter Banks on guitar, prior to Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe joining the band in 1971. They do a workmanlike job, but Banks lacks Howe's gutsy and inventive style of playing. The vocal harmonies between Anderson and Squire which became such a recognisable part of the `Yes sound' are very much in evidence here, even at this very early stage.

For a bunch of guys in their early 20s there's no denying this is an impressive effort, with some fine compositions and tight playing, but then this was the golden age for mould-breaking rock music. The seeds of the later Yes are audible in the music, but overall the sound is that of a melodic pop group.

In addition to the 8 original album tracks, this re-issue CD has 6 bonus tracks. You get 2 alternate versions of `Everydays', a track originally on the 1970 `Time and a Word' album; and 2 versions each of the previously unreleased `Dear Father' and `Something's Coming'.

There's a 16-page booklet with a well-written Yes retrospective from Mike Tiano, plus all the song lyrics and plenty of pics of the young band. The artwork is very 1960s, and somehow goes with the music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic early Yes, 1 Aug 2013
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This has a simplicity that was lost on the later Yes albums ( 1973 > ). Good to hear them again as they are rarely played live now.
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