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The Yes Album
Rhino Records
By MuzikMan
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Artist: Yes (
Title: The Yes Album (1971, 2003)
Label: Rhino Records (
Genre: Rock/British Psychedelia, AOR, Pop, Progressive, Art, Symphonic
Format: CD-Expanded and Remastered

If there is one album that clearly defined Yes as band that could become an all around progressive rock/pop band between albums, The Yes Album is the one that history points to as their crossover breakthrough. The most important factor that made this change happen was the exit of Peter Banks (not say that Banks was not a fine guitarist) and the entry of Steve Howe as the band's lead guitarist, whom was a versatile do-it-all kind of player that could change direction at the drop of a hat. This kind of flexibility is what the band needed to move on to a more mainstream level. Although their music was not intent on becoming top-forty oriented, it happened regardless. The reach to their audience was now moving to the next level and garnering a lot of attention with a string of charting singles regardless of their status and unique approach to rock music.

"Yours Is No Disgrace," "Starship Trooper" and "I've Seen All Good People" found a wider audience because of their catchy rhythms and choruses of Jon Anderson and Chris Squire backed by the oomph of pinpoint guitar chords of Howe and the sweeping and driving keyboard passages of Tony Kaye. All of those songs have stood the test of time and receive regular airplay to this day. With a newly packaged set as this, the remastered sound brings new sparkle and life to classic prog-rock-pop diamonds that shine ever so brightly all over again, awaiting another generation of audiences to unearth.

This was the first commercially successful album for Yes and there would be many more. For their sake, it was a good thing the changes were set in motion. As history shows now with their massively successful catalog of recordings, it would turn their career around forever. Three solid bonus tracks are included with informative liner notes to make the package a complete treasure.

1. Yours Is No Disgrace - 9:40
2. Clap (live) - 3:16
3. Starship Trooper
a.Life Seeker
b. Disillusion
c. Wurm - 9:28
4. I've Seen All Good People
a. Your Move
b. All Good People - 6:55
5. A Venture - 3:20
6. Perpetual Change - 8:57
Bonus Tracks:
7. Your Move (Single Version) - 2:59
8. Starship Trooper: Life Seeker (Single Version)- 3:27
9. Clap (Studio Version/Previously Unissued)- 4:01

Yes in 1971:
Jon Anderson-Percussion, Vocals
Bill Bruford-Percussion, Drums
Steve Howe-Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Vocals
Chris Squire-Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Tony Kaye-Piano, Organ, Moog

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