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After the incredible tape transfer and audio restoration work STEVE WILSON of PORCUPINE TREE did on the remasters of KING CRIMSON and JETHRO TULL's early catalogue - the other big Proggy Monster was always going to be YES. And with their 3rd breakthrough record "The Yes Album" from 1971 - man has our Stevie stepped up to the Topographic plate. This 2014 CD and DVD-A reissue is awesome stuff and worthy of the praise so far heaped on it. No harm then in a little more - here are the details that are no disgrace...

UK released April 2014 - "The Yes Album" (Definitive Edition) on Panegyric GYRSP40106 (Barcode 633367900326) breaks down as follows:

Disc 1, Definitive Edition CD, 2014 Stereo Mixes, 50:55 minutes:
1. Yours Is No Disgrace
2. Clap
3. Starship Trooper (a) Life Seeker (b) Disillusion (c) Wurm
4. I've Seen All Good People (a) Your Move (b) All Good People
5. A Venture
6. Perpetual Change
Tracks 1 to 6 are the vinyl LP "The Yes Album" - released March 1971 in the UK on Atlantic 2400 101 and Atlantic SD 8283 in the USA

BONUS TRACKS:
7. Clap (Studio Version) - the album version is a Steve Howe 'live' acoustic instrumental recorded at the Lyceum in London, 17 July 1970. This is the rare unused 'Studio Version' - at 4:05 minutes it's also longer
8. A Venture (Extended Mix) - the album track runs to 3:19 minutes - this longer version extends towards the end to 4:46 minutes

Disc 2 is the Definitive Edition DVD-A. It's a NTSC Region 0 Hybrid DVD-A compatible with all DVD Players and DVD-ROM Drives. From the visual/audio menu on your television or computer - it allows you to choose from 4 variants of the album as follows:
1. 2014 Stereo Mixes: 24/96 MLP Lossless (tracks 1 to 6 above)

2. 2014 5.1 Surround Mixes: 24/96 MLP Lossless/dts 96/24 (tracks 1 to 6 above)

3. Original Stereo Mix: Flat Transfer From Original Master LPCM Stereo 24/96 (tracks 1 to 6 above)

4. Alternate Album:
1. Yours Is No Disgrace (Live, London 1971)
2. Clap (Studio Version)
3. Starship Trooper (a) Life Seeker (Single Edit)
4. I've Seen All Good People (Live, London 1971)
5. A Venture (Extended Mix)
6. Perpetual Change (Live, New Haven 1971)

With a gatefold digipak within an outer card wrap - the reissue feels classy right from the off. CD to the left, DVD-A to the right and booklet loose between them - each disc pictures different parts of the albums original artwork while the photo on the albums inner gatefold is beneath the see-through trays. The well-stocked 20-page booklet offers photos of rare 7" picture sleeves from Germany, France, Italy, Portugal and Japan dotted through the text - as well as the original UK LP on the Atlantic Records plum label beloved by collectors (US originals pictured too). There are British and American trade adverts, reel-to-reel boxes and tape files, a white label promo of the LP - even the lyrics to the songs for the first time. SID SMITH gives us superb liner notes on the creation of the album while STEVE WILSON explains about the master tapes and the new Stereo/5.1 Surround Mixes. It's exemplary stuff...

Yet all of that presentation icing on the cake is not what fans are really after - it's the audio. And having listening to "The Yes Album" for 40 years of my life - I'm amazed at the clarity on offer here compared to previous Rhino versions. Some of the tracks are so clean it's almost disconcerting - they're not supressed nor trebled for effect - just treated with care and attention to transfer detail.

As the opener "Yours Is No Disgrace" goes into that Chris Squire Bass break - it's so good - and that Howe solo still amazes. Listening to the rather dry and somehow uninspired `studio' cut of "Clap" - it's easy to see now why they chose the live version - there's just something extra in the playing that lifts it up into the realm of special. There's real muscle now in the swirl of "Starship Trooper" and "Wurm" kicks in - Wilson captures the build up and spread across the speakers perfectly. As opposed to the album version - I have to say that I'm loving the `Extended Mix' of "A Venture" with its loose and funky King Crimson finish - Yes tripping out. But if I was to single out just one track where the audio improvement is magnificent - it's the Side 2 opener "I've Seen All Good People". It's layers and beautiful arrangements are even more magical now - and those fantastic vocals by Jon Anderson - genius. I have a friend who has his stereo rigged to his television's surround kit - and I can't tell you how utterly brilliant the 5.1 version sounds - wow! I'm going to have to bleeding invest-damn! I thought the `Alternate' version of the album was interesting if not a tad gimmicky - but I don't if it's just that I'm too used to the original (relistens methinks)...

I can imagine that nowadays there's probably a queue of Prog band's sat outside Steve Wilson's front porch clutching bags of master tapes - hoping to catch his eye as he exits for a latte. And on the strength of this groovy reissue - I can totally understand why...
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VINE VOICEon 25 June 2007
The first two albums ('Yes' and 'Time and a Word') had both, in their own ways, been high quality albums although many of the tracks were cover versions. 'The Yes Album' seemed to jump Yes forward in so many ways it was almost like listening to a completely new band (only guitarist Steve Howe had joined in place of Peter Banks). What you have is, in my view, the best as well as the most accessible Yes album to date.

'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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on 16 June 2017
Classic YES. Of course it is and it's just brilliant stuff and is timeless. Well I think it is. I am kinda stuck on Starship Trooper. It's so fabulous. I think I might have been brain washed with this album as a child as my brother played it constantly. Everything on it is so familiar and somewhat comforting, like your favourite jumper that you can't possibly part with. The LPs of old are probably in an attic somewhere but glad I could replace everything with CDs. This is definitely not one I will use as a coaster - that's for sure. These are top notch, fantastic, musicians - nuff said I think.
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on 26 July 2017
Bought this years ago, and am getting back into vinyl again, had to get it, its still brilliant..
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on 1 July 2017
Magnificent 5.1 edition helps fill out my re-collection.
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on 18 June 2017
great music
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on 19 July 2017
Great album and very good service
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on 22 April 2014
Of all of Yes's albums this one has arguably has the best songs on it, I approached with caution after purchasing the recent Close To The Edge re-issue which was sonically a real let down, this album is totally the opposite, the Blu-ray contains one of the best sounding 5.1 mixes I have ever heard, the instruments burst from the mix, Chis Squire's Bass and Tony Kaye's Hammond are a sound to behold, Wilson has a really good quality recording to play with, Bruford's drumming is a revelation, the sound of the toms just blows you away, Howe's intricate overdubs reveal guitar lines that were not apparent previously in the mix, of course the vocals are peerless as you would expect.

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,
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This is the 2nd Steven Wilson re-mixed Yes album. The 5.1 mix is better than the previous effort with a far better balance of vocal and instruments with Steve Howes guitar more upfront on this release. The dynamics also seem better compared to the previous.
The Yes Album has several classic tracks such as Starship Trooper and I've Seen All Good People that have remained on the play list for over 40 years. The bonus material are a good inclusion with the original mix in 96/24 kHz sounding brilliant in high res.
Another must get on BluRay Audio.
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on 19 December 1999
Steve Howe - Guitar, Tony Kaye - Keyboards, Jon Anderson - Vocals, Chris Squire - Bass and Bill Bruford - drums is a classic Yes line up. Not a lengthy album (they weren't in those days) at 41 minutes, but there's no padding here. The opening track 'Yours is no disgrace' sets the scene - nine and a half minutes of guitar mastery fused with keyboards to produce scintillating high-energy 'progressive rock'. From the start Chris Squire's distinctive bass sound is really noticeable and this features throughout the album. Next up 'Clap' not the best song ever written but it does give Steve Howe the opportunity to do a solo and show off his acoustic guitar skills to a live audience - who lap it up. Ending what was the first side (in the days of vinyl when there were two sides to an album) 'Starship Trooper' - a classic which soars and glides cleverly between electric guitar and acoustic and back again. Jon Anderson's voice becomes part of the overall musical effect. The track finishes wish a long slow build (3 minutes) of guitars and keyboards climaxing in a great crescendo particularly from Steve Howe and Tony Kaye - this track would have been best as the last of the album because while the rest is still great it can't match this. 'I've seen all good people' One song in two parts. Starts off gently, nice harmonies, acoustic guitar, (listen carefully and you can hear a chorus of "give peace a chance") changes to electric abruptly after 3 minutes with Steve Howe and Chris Squire leading the way and Tony Kaye following with 'rocky' piano. 'Venture' The main instruments featured on this track are rock style piano and bass - an unusual combination. Jon Anderson's vocals shown to best effect on this track. Not one of the best tracks on the album but still satisfyingly pleasant. 'Perpetual change' opens with Steve Howe giving his guitar neck a damned good riffing (if there is such a thing). Things soon smooth off with gentle vocals and careful guitar picking. This is a pattern which is repeated to good effect culminating with the eventual finale which sees Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye and Jon Anderson taking turns to shine - and they do! I haven't mentioned Bill Bruford on drums. What can I say, although it's an integral part of the music I find it difficult to get excited about drums in a rock group, nevertheless faultless drumming throughout. If you want to know what all the fuss was about back in the early 70's check this album out!
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