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  • Feb 9, 1999
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An excellent album indeed. The arrangements of the pieces of music(its hard to call these mere songs.) are out of this world. Much effort was put into the song-writing on this one. The instruments( including the vocals) blend in very nicely most notably Chris Squire's bass. Six numbers on an album may not punch everyone's ticket and sometimes it irks me a bit as well. However, Yes has put out a creative disc and it is a worthy purchase

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With this album, Yes asserted itself as a band that would quickly become one of the most important progressive rock bands ever. The Yes Album was the first in a string of stunning progressive albums (that ended with Going for the One) that all merit deference. While The Yes Album is not as experimental as "Relayer," or as epic as "Close to the Edge," the songwriting, while progressive, is still accessible and engaging. The addition of guitarist Steve Howe was significant, for he became one of the …
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Not quite the classic lineup (evenRick Wakemanwould not join untilFragile), but thanks to new recruitSteve Howehere for the first time is the mature Yes sound in all its sonic glory. On tracks like the barnstorming showpiece "Starship Trooper"Chris Squire's monstrous bass looms large in the mix,Bill Bruford's jazz drumming skates edgily around the beat, and layered on top are those remarkably long-limbed solos from Howe--one of the very few guitarists to fuse the best of jazz with rock (as well as creating a landmark in acoustic guitar literature with hisChet Atkins-inspired solo "The Clap"). SingerJon Anderson's elliptical lyrics had yet to flower into the truly bizarre realms ofClose to the EdgeandTales from Topographic Oceans, but he was already using words more for their sound value than sense ("Yesterday a morning came, a smile upon your face / Caesar's Palace, morning glory, silly human race"). Put it all together and you've got an album with a much sharper edge than their later bloated extravaganzas. --Mark Walker
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Label: Atlantic UK
Artist: Yes
Release Date: August 16, 1994

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