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This review is from: The Yes Album [Expanded & Remastered] (Audio CD)
Of all the Yes albums, this is probably the best place for neophytes to start, along with the classic 'Close To The Edge'. 'The Yes Album' contains many of the band's most enduring songs, such as 'Yours Is No Disgrace', 'Starship Trooper' and 'I've Seen All Good People'.
The defining aspect of this album is its accessibility, but this doesn't mean that the music is lacking in intricacy or virtuosity. Guitarist, Steve Howe, debuting for Yes here, shines radiantly, displaying his ingenious expertise by forming the foundations of songs such as 'Starship Trooper', with elaborate riffs that retain the album's characteristic user-friendliness. Ear-friendly low basslines complement the guitar work impeccably, especially on the album opener, 'Yours Is No Disgrace'.
As the album draws to a conclusion, tracks such as 'A Venture' and 'Perpetual Change', require more purposeful listening, and can initially feel excessively demanding. However, they are never truly convoluted, and are ultimately fulfilling, and merit the additional listening endeavour.
'The Yes Album' paved the way for the band's subsequent, more courageous and aurally enterprising work, but it still stands strong enough to be viewed with more than just quaint nostalgia. A worthy addition to your music collection.