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More than an album for completists:a good play in its own right.,
This review is from: Yes [Expanded & Remastered] (Audio CD)
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.