The Yes Album CD+Blu-ray
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You are likely to be familiar with the songs if you are a Yes fan, if you are new to the band, this is a classic album presented in stunning clarity by a band at an early peak in their career (there were others), the extras include a live version's of America and a cover of the Rascals 'It's Love' , these show the band evolving pre Wakeman.
The extended studio take of 'A Venture' featuring Kaye's piano on this often overlooked track is beautiful, I loved the original but the longer version is a real bonus.
A special mention has to given to 'Perpetual Change' the instrumental section and the way it has been mixed leave you open mouthed, all in all if my enthusiasm comes across it's because this re-issue adds to the original issue and is not only as good as you remember it but better, you can't ask for more than that really,
To me this is one of the rougher Yes albums, the technology needed to create the progressive complexity of the music was a year of so down the line, but the fact that the band pushed the studio to the limit gives it the charm that other albums seem to lack. The result is a hardened and brash sound, no smooth egdes, Howe's guitars are scratchy, Squire's bass sounds like someone melodically scraping a nail along a saw, Bruford's drums having the complexity of the likes of Alex Acuna, but still with that vintage 70s sound.
Although this is possibly not as well recieved or liked as "Close To The Edge", probably because it does not have anything of epic proportions on it, this is still good enough to be classic and naive enough to be charming.
"Yours Is No Disgrace" and "Starship Trooper" are the two obvious choices for best songs, but there is also the ballardesq-come-bop-rock of "I've Seen All Good People", a classic by my recogning as well as the chilled out acoustic solo of "The Clap". This song must not be confused for an album filler, if the listener stops to listen to it fully then they will discover that it is quite good.
Although this album was released a full 10 years before I was born I still think that it is a landmark of both contemporary and popular music. If you only buy 1 Yes album buy this, you will not regret it.
'Yours is No Disgrace ' has always been my favourite Yes track with its pounding riff powered by some excellent drumming from Bill Bruford. Chris Squire is no ordinary bass player and his playing on this track is quite superb. Tony Kaye's organ playing is quite understated but crucial to the overall sound of the track. Jon Anderson's vocals are clear (even if the meaning of the words isn't!!). However, in my view it is Steve Howe's guitar playing which makes the track excel. Besides his background work in the basic riff his soloing is first class with, really three short and very different solos which make this song. His solo acoustic effort 'The Clap' is next - quite a short version compared to some he played live at the time. 'Starship Trooper' is another major song which builds beautifully over 6 or 7 minutes with some excellent guitar and keyboard interplay. 'Your Move' and 'All Good People' show some class harmonising as well as a really good ear for a pop/rock tune. 'A Venture' is probably the weakest track on the album but 'Perpetual Change' is a song which is often forgotten in the context of some of their later work. Just sit back and have a careful listen to a band who are really finding their sound starting to fly.
This version of the album has a few extra tracks on it but the basis of the original album is what makes this such a top class piece of work. A great album.
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Panegyric has released the second in an ongoing series of expanded YES reissues, 'THE YES ALBUM' on CD+DVD and CD+Blu-ray sets, after the previous issue of 'CLOSE TO THE EDGE'... Read morePublished 3 months ago by John H. McCarthy
Starship trouper reminds me of the doctors waiting room I sat in with my Mum when I was eight (in 1973). No idea why.Published 4 months ago by JonJontheOne
Regretfully, both this and Fragile are compressed. MFSL is not what they used to be.Published 4 months ago by Lars-Olof Ström