The Yes Album
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2003 remastered reissue of 1971 album includes three bonus tracks, 'Your Move' (Single Version), 'Starship Trooper - Life Seeker' (Single Version), & 'Clap' (Studio Version). Elektra/Rhino.

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  • An opinion from a non-Yes fan
    (Note: This is about the original album, not the version with bonus tracks.)

    I'm not a big fan of Yes, but I've enjoyed some of their music enough to seek it out. My biggest criticism of them -- one I don't hear much -- is that their music often uses its complexity in the wrong way. Complexity can make music intriguing, or it can just jerk the listener around; Yes' music does the latter too much for its own good.

    As for THE YES ALBUM: It's worth getting for "Starship Trooper," "I've Seen All Good People," and "Yours Is No Disgrace," in roughly that order.

    Of the rest, "Clap" doesn't make much difference one way or the other; "A Venture" is weak and awkward but also brief. "Perpetual Change" is frustrating because it takes two song ideas that are each good in their own way and crams them together in a way that doesn't work. It also has an instrumental section that justifies a general criticism of Yes that I once heard: "Their music sounds like 3 radios playing at the same time."

    My recommendation: Get this for the first 4 tracks. If you like the last two songs enough not to skip them altogether, try playing the album in the following order and see if it doesn't flow better that way: 1, 5, 6, 4, 2, 3....more info
  • The beginning of classic Yes
    Now here's where the Yes sound really begins. For one, the lyrics don't make a damn ounce of sense. They're inscrutamable! For another, the songs also started to get a lot longer: three of these songs run at about nine to ten minutes. Okay, 8:50 for "Perpetual Change", but who's counting? For a third, the songs started to have really long, mostly stellar instrumental passages. Steve Howe had joined and lent his amazing guitar skills to the group. Listen to his playing on "Yours is No Disgrace", probably the song that defines this album best. It's amazing. More than that, it's mind-bending. I also really like Tony Kaye's rapidly overlaying synthesizers in the introduction. Of course, the song itself is about nothing, but who cares? It's amazing. And I love hearing Steve Howe's famous acoustic guitar, so the acoustic country-blues "The Clap" is fun. I assume its title was inspired by misadventures with groupies on the road. But I'll never know for sure, because it's got no lyrics. Just Steve Howe playing acoustic guitar. Which is fine by me, because he's my debatably favorite acoustic guitar player. Then there's my favorite, "Starship Trooper". Holy schmorkovotch, that is a song! It's about absolutely nothing, but I don't care. Along with "Yours is No Disgrace", it is the pinnacle of all things Yes. Nonsense lyrics with references to sci-fi and stuff, psychedelic guitar part; acoustic guitar part; wonderful harmonized part; all kinds of weird synthesizer sounds. And then the ending where the guitars all go insane and duel against each other is sweet. The last song that totally rules is "I've Seen All Good People". For one, the title chorus is catchy. For another, the folky "Your Move" part is just gorgeous, what with the acoustic guitar, synthesized flute, organ, and harmonies. And then it kicks into a slightly funky, driving rock bit because it's Yes and none of their songs stay the same very long. That's when it gets to the famous "mantra section", where they repeat "I've seen all good people turn their heads and look away so satisfied I'm on my way" for three minutes or so while Howe solos and Banks plays what honestly sounds like a boogie piano. I even kind of like the infamous "Venture". It's not a great song, but it's listenable. It isn't bad. Even if the bouncy guitar part is a bit grating. The one song I don't like is "Perpetual Change", which is bad enough to knock the rating down a full star. For one, it's nine minutes long - perpetual is right. For another, the guitar tone is just some generic metal crap. I like metal if it's played well, and this is not played well at all. In fact, it sounds clunky. The tinkling piano during the barely audible verses also very much gets on my nerves. And there is no end to the goddamn thing. Thankfully, four of the tracks are stellar and one is pretty decent. Unfortunately, one is horrendous, insulting, and what have you. Still, this is Yes' first real "classic" album. Much better than the previous two, and one of my top 5 Yes albums. ...more info
  • Still the Best Yes Album
    After hearing the single version of "Your Move" on a local FM station in California in the early 70's, I decided to give this album a try. I went to a local record shop, owned by a British guy, who had the habit of opening some new albums and having them available for customers to listen to. Obviously, this was very unusual in the days of vinyl records, but they were usually albums he intended to keep for his own personal collection. Of course, he only did this with certain albums. As luck would have it, "The Yes Album" was one he had opened. What can I possibly say to convey just how good this album is. After hearing "Yours is No Disgrace" and "Starship Trooper", I immedicately purchased the album. Yes have their own distinctive, magnificent sound, with tremendous musicianship and great original songs. It was like nothing I had ever heard before with the soaring organ and masterful guitar work. While the band would go on to make other classic albums, notably "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge", this one remains my personal favorite of their's....more info
  • A Sonic Revelation
    All the 2003 remasters of Yes albums have amazing sound quality, sounds like they might have been recorded yesterday in a state of the art studio. This is maybe the best remastering of music from the sixties and seventies I've ever heard, should be a benchmark for all remastering engineers to strive for. That combined with the low list price for these albums makes them a must-buy for even the casual listener....more info
  • stands the test of time
    What makes this a truely great and timeless album is that not only is the music superb but the recording is equally superb. This is the downfall of most recording of this genre. Many albums, where even though I love the music, I find them hard (and painful) to listen because of the muddy nature of the sound and the lack of base dynamics - so I end up not listening to them. Not so with The Yes Album, it stands up to todays recordings. The only other one of their's that comes close is Fragile. Relayer, which I consider their creative best, is lacking in soundstaging and base punch. (On the remastered release there is a demo version of Gates of Delerium that is beautifully crystal clear with lots of dynamic punch. It painfully demonstrates what the final recording is lacking)...more info
  • Classic!!!
    No need for a lengthy review. Suffice it to say that this CD is a must own. This is the first Yes album where they have found their trademark sound and the rest is history. The remastered version has great sound and a few bonus tracks with shorter, single versions of "your move" from "I've seen all good people" and "Starship Trooper" and a studio version of "Clap"...more info
  • The best Jazz fusion album brought to you by the best...
    This is one of Yes's top albums with a lot of real classics. Tony Kaye is still playing with Yes, whence the jazzy turn, Steve Howe has already replaced Peter Banks and Bill Bruford is still drumming. In a sense this is a very strong Yes line up, almost a strong as the so called classic lineup with Wakeman or the ABWH line up, and the very strong compositions are there to prove it. This one, you value seekers, this one, is one to have and cherish. Enjoy...more info
  • Great Yes Album
    I just like this album, although it is not as complex as the upcoming releases of the band, it is a great album. Most of this material is still part of any current Yes show...Plenty of classic tracks, I've seen all good people", "Starship Tropper", "Yours is no disgrace" and "Perpetual Change" (A prophetic title for the many changes to come in the band !)...the only weak tune is "A venture" The rest is pure classic Yes, a must have for any Yes music fan !...more info
  • Yes was a mavilous group with music.
    Great music that brings back memories. Many people haven't any knowledge of their style or their music. With today's music a step back is a step forward....more info
  • Great debut of Steve Howe, and by far the best Yes Album
    I'm really into progressive rock and this is definitely up at about the top of the heap of that category. I wore this cassette out when I was about to finish high school. I had a killer sounding car cassette deck that had a equalizer booster that was out of this world. This has four long epic tracks that I never seem to tire of hearing. Also, it has a couple of songs that some would think is filler, but they are far from that in my opinion. My two favorite songs on here are "Perpetual Change" and "Your's Is No Disgrace". Brilliant stuff if you ask me. I've probably heard "Starship Trooper" and "I've Seen All Good People" a lot more on my radio stations, and of course, they're brilliant also, maybe I'm just a little sick of hearing them constantly, but they're definitely classic Yes to be sure. Steve Howe seems to be the ingredient and shot in the arm that they needed to become a progressive supergroup. I'm not sure of too many reasons to buy these Rhino remasters (except if the sound quality is greatly improved), because they often offer alternative takes and other kinds of worthless bonus tracks, but I have heard some say that they like the sound quite a bit better. I think that I just might keep my original issue and maybe think of purchasing it in the not to distant future. This is definitely the best album to start off your collection with, and maybe try FRAGILE next, but don't start off with RELAYER yet because it's a pretty crazy and wild ride for a newcomer. Enjoy this progressive masterpiece!!!...more info
  • YES IS NO DISGRACE!!!!!
    Mandatory ROCK album!!!

    It cant get any better..CLASSIC STUFF!!!

    And of course the BASS will just eat yer face..it sound's like 20 tank's..see REAL rock/metal is BASS driven..the BASS is the center to a great band in my book!! one of the best BASS player's ever!!

    Really unique, thought provoking, imaginative..BUY IT!!!...more info
  • The Yes Album
    After two comercially unsuccessful albums (which I happen to like), Peter Banks left the group and in came Steve Howe as well as a new sound for the group. The Yes Album is considered by most to be one of their best albums (Up there with "Fragile" and "Close To The Edge") and it is not hard to hear why. The Yes Album holds some their best songs, including the hit "I've Seen All Good People" and such classics as "Yours Is No Disgrace" and "Starship Trooper". Every song on this album I consider to be great. "The Clap" is a nice accoustic instrumental by Steve Howe. "A Venture" is on the short side (for a Yes song), but is still quite good. "Prepetual Change" is a really great way to close out the album. It should have gotten a lot more attention from the people because this is a great song. Could have been a major hit for the group.

    As for editions, well most of you are going to want to go for this version, which is the original album, remastered and with bonus tracks. If you don't want the bonus tracks, go for the 1994 remaster. If you're a collector and like to have the original versions of CD's, then there is an original version out there with the number SD 19131-2. If you want to hunt it down, then feel free, it's somewhat easy to find.

    But whichever edition you decide to purchase, you just have to have this album if you want to call yourself a Yes fan....more info
  • This was the Progressive Seed for me!
    I believe I first heard some of these classic songs played by a very good cover band in a club in Cincinatti, Ohio back in the early 70's. I could not believe how much I really liked Yours Is No Disgrace and All Good People. This was a new sound and I was in heaven! I found out the tunes I liked were originally written by a "new group" named Yes. Once I located a copy of this album, my whole musical life changed. Thank you Yes. Highly recommended and one hundred stars! - Ciao...more info
  • YES TO YES

    Tomo un respiro muuuuuy profundo, me recuesto pensativo y voy girando sobre m¨ª mismo, tonteando, meditando, retrasando lo m¨¢s que se pueda el momento. Qu¨¦ momento. Revisar a Yes. Quiz¨¢ les suene exagerado a algunos, pero considero que esto es lo m¨¢s dif¨ªcil que me tocar¨¢ escribir en la p¨¢gina; este es el momento que quer¨ªa que nunca llegase, que postergu¨¦ durante tanto tiempo. Pero ten¨ªa que llegar. Maldici¨®n.

    ?Por qu¨¦ tanto capricho y tanta alharaca? Ver¨¢n, Yes es una banda que ME LIMA LA CABEZA, y no lo digo ni en el buen sentido ni en el malo. Lo digo en un sentido neutro. Siento que es m¨¢s de lo que puedo absorber, siento que, no importa todo lo que escuche, no puedo formarme una opini¨®n definitiva. A veces escucho a Yes y pienso: "qu¨¦ tipos geniales, que visi¨®n, que originalidad, que locura", y otras veces pienso: "que tremendos in¨²tiles buenos para nada". A veces creo que estoy ante la mism¨ªsima cumbre del rock progresivo, otras veces tengo ganas de agarrar todos sus discos, pisotearlos y echarlos a la hoguera. Soy, para decirlo de alguna manera, la arena donde deliberan en peque?a escala el amor y el odio apasionado que el p¨²blico general expresa con respecto a esta banda. Porque es as¨ª: a Yes se lo ama con locura o se lo odia con sim¨¦trica pasi¨®n. Como que no hay t¨¦rmino medio. Ni siquiera yo soy el t¨¦rmino medio; por momentos los amo con locura, y por momentos simplemente no puedo soportarlos. Esta maldita banda me vuelve ESQUIZOFR¨¦NICO.

    La sensaci¨®n que hasta ahora he exprimentado con Yes es la de una tremenda FRUSTRACI¨®N. Es como si de pronto me mojaran la oreja con peque?os mordiscos de sublime calidad; ah¨ª me restriego las manos y pienso "Waw! esto va a estar bueno", pero despu¨¦s los tipos disparan para cualquier lado inesperado, dej¨¢ndome exhausto, desorientado, con la sensaci¨®n de que no he recibido todo lo que mi organismo necesita y que en su lugar me han vendido una sarta de delirios incre¨ªblemente rebuscados sin punto de partida ni de llegada. La m¨²sica de Yes es enfermiza, ca¨®tica, desordenada. No s¨¦, simplemente no s¨¦. Nunca jam¨¢s le dir¨ªa a nadie que Yes est¨¢ entre mis grupos favoritos, pero despu¨¦s vuelvo a sus discos y recuerdo que Fragile es excelente, que Close To The Edge es una obra ¨²nica y exuberante, que The Yes Album es completamente maravilloso. Y entonces ?COMO ES POSIBLE? ?C¨®mo es posible que los ¨¢lbumes me fascinen tanto pero siempre tenga un dejo de rencor en la boca al hablar de esta banda? No tengo una respuesta demasiado coherente. Y es por esto es que tanta FIACA me daba ponerme a trabajar en estas rese?as. ?C¨®mo les explico a mis queridos lectores las sensaciones encontradas, ambiguas, que me provocan Jon Anderson y su pandilla de enfermos pretenciosos incurables?

    Tratar¨¦ de hacerlo lo mejor que se pueda, pero no esperen demasiado orden. Estas revisiones ser¨¢n an¨¢logas a la m¨²sica de Yes; ser¨¢n un pasticho de reflexiones que se dispersan para cualquier parte y nunca encuentran un lugar d¨®nde encajar. Es mi forma de vengarme (JA!). Bien, basta solamente un somero repaso informativo para concluir que, t¨¦cnicamente hablando, Yes es la banda m¨¢s impresionante que jam¨¢s haya pisado los p¨¢ramos del Planeta Tierra. ?Chris Squire? Un bajista de la reput¨ªsima madre que pod¨ªa hacer virtualmente TODO con cuatro cuerditas de mierda; ?Steve Howe? un guitarrista virtuoso, cl¨¢sico, compositor sublime de intrincadas melod¨ªas ac¨²sticas que un guitarrista com¨²n no podr¨ªa ni SO?AR con tocar; ?Rick Wakeman? Un pianista fuera de serie, un lun¨¢tico que pon¨ªa la mano sobre el teclado y ya sonaban cascadas de inimaginadas sensaciones; ?Bill Bruford? Un grosso, el Beethoven de la bater¨ªa, un tipo que tira cualquier cantidad de estructuras, improvisaciones, toqueteos sin perder el ritmo una puta vez. ?Jon Anderson? Ahhh, no me gusta realmente mucho, pero el flaco no tocaba nada, as¨ª que no cuenta. Y solamente estoy hablando de la formaci¨®n cl¨¢sica. ?Estamos ante un maldito DREAM TEAM de la m¨²sica! Mi lista de m¨²sicos preferidos incluye A TODOS ELLOS. ??Y Yes no est¨¢ entre mis bandas favoritas!!

    Pero bueno, ah¨ª est¨¢ el problema. Es un DREAM TEAM. Es casi un supergrupo, un conglomerado de grandes estrellas concientes de esa condici¨®n, y lo que hacen permanentemente destella virtuosismo por tonelada, pero pocas, muy pocas veces terminan de armar una unidad musical verdaderamente arm¨®nica, convincente de principio a fin. La m¨²sica de Yes suena como una violenta y permanente batalla entre los instrumentistas, cada uno tratando simult¨¢neamente de demostrar que es el mejor, que puede cortarse solo, que puede hacer las cosas BIEN complicadas si se lo propone. Est¨¢ bien, ese es el estilo y ciertamente los flacos suenan como ninguna otra banda lo ha hecho jam¨¢s, pero lo cierto es que en raras ocasiones esa tremenda complejidad que son capaces de lograr se traduce en valor de entretenimiento o placer genuino. Muchas veces se acercan, pero casi NUNCA logran poner mi persona en el ¨¦xtasis abosoluto que logran otros grupos de rock progresivo como Genesis o King Crimson.

    Es el concepto de lo que yo siempre llamo "virtuosismo vac¨ªo", esa m¨²sica que me provoca decir: "Bien, b¨¢rbaro, sos un capo tocando, ?Pero pod¨¦s hacer que adem¨¢s de complicado suene INTERESANTE?". En realidad, hay muchos pasajes musicales de Yes que son interesantes en serio (no son Steve Vai, por suerte), pero tambi¨¦n hay muchos, demasiados, en los cuales parece que lo ¨²nico que quieren es irse al carajo con la complejidad y si sale algo interesante de escuchar o no, es solo cuesti¨®n de suerte. Muchas veces Yes termina sonando como una sucesi¨®n de garabatos virtuosos ESTUPIDOS que no van a ning¨²n lado; fuerzan la m¨¢quina, se quieren hacer los capos y terminan sonando FEO y TORPE. A veces amenazan con tener una buena idea pero no terminan de desarrollarla y saltan de golpe con cualquier otra cosa inesperada que no suena del todo bien. Otras veces se extienden demasiado tiempo sobre ideas musicales que no valen nada y que solo irritan. Alguno dir¨¢: "Claro, pero es avantgarde puro, experimentalismo m¨¢ximo"... Y yo digo: puede ser, pero la cosa no termina de cerrar una sensaci¨®n de vanguardismo experimental muy convincente como pasa, por ejemplo, con el Pink Floyd temprano o The Velvet Underground. Simplemente parece m¨²sica que quiere cautivar pero que FALLA. Para m¨ª el rock progresivo es un g¨¦nero que ante todo estimula la imaginaci¨®n, estimula el arte, estimula el deseo art¨ªstico que las personas tenemos dentro... Yes muchas veces se queda corto en este sentido; muchos de sus pasajes simplemente no me seducen, se me hacen est¨¦riles, se me hacen vac¨ªos y me dejan insatisfecho.

    Pero me detendr¨¦ porque ya estoy dando una imagen negativa de la banda cuando en realidad me gustan, cuando en realidad disfruto sus mejores discos como cualquier otro. Solo quer¨ªa decir que con demasiada frecuencia sus virtuosismos me hacen sentir un vac¨ªo que me duerme el cerebro, pero cuando Yes llega a ser bueno es MUUUUY bueno. Yes, si se lo propone, puede ser atmosf¨¦rico, puede ser mel¨®dico, puede ser creativo, puede patear todos los culos que se les ocurra. Sus mejores discos est¨¢n bien construidos, ah¨ª la banda s¨ª funciona como un reloj aceitado de partes que se complementan. La coda de Starship Trooper, la intro de Heart Of The Sunrise, el intermezzo de South Side Of The Sky. Eso s¨ª que es impresionante, tanto como los mejores momentos de King Crimson o Genesis. Y adem¨¢s los tipos son ORIGINALES. O sea, ?D¨®nde m¨¢s pod¨¦s encontrar algo que suene as¨ª? ?As¨ª como? NO MAN! No se puede describir. El estilo de estos tipos es algo que o se escucha realmente o ni se intuye. Las canciones de Yes tienen una din¨¢mica impresionante; cambian permanentemente, no siguen ning¨²n patr¨®n fijo. Todo el tiempo te asaltan con algo nuevo. Mezclan estilos, rockean con ¨®rganos pesados, densos y guitarras ac¨²sticas, sacan riffs el¨¦ctricos totalmente heterodoxos que se hunden en una nube de voces arremolinadas, echan cortinas INFLADAS de sintetizadores en el medio, y sobre todo este pasticho est¨¢n las letras de Jon Anderson que son UNA LOCURA PRETENCIOSA SIN SENTIDO ALGUNO. Estos tipos son RAROS. Son MUUUUY RAROS. Son excelentes cuando quieren. Son unos completos hincha-pelotas cuando quieren. A veces en un nivel lo que escuch¨¢s parece absolutamente genial, en otro nivel como que le falta algo y en otro nivel te corroe los test¨ªculos. Por eso, por eso es dif¨ªcil abordarlos y dar un juicio definitivo. Si no te gustan los excesos grandilocuentes, no son para vos, desde ya te lo digo. Es prog rock, pero no se parecen ni a Genesis ni a King Crimson ni a nadie. Son Yes.

    Y como son Yes y nada m¨¢s, el amor o el odio por esta banda pasa por una cuesti¨®n de estilo. De si te gusta o no te gusta el estilo. Personalmente me gusta, pero no llego a SENTIRLO al 100%. Me fascina a veces, me aburre a veces. Es as¨ª, es una cuesti¨®n de piel. Puedo intentar desmenuzarlos, analizarlos parte por parte, pero eventualmente no le voy a poder negar JAMAS al fan de Yes que su m¨²sica no es EXCELENTE (cosa que s¨ª le podr¨ªa negar al fan de Metallica, por lo menos con mayor convicci¨®n) como no le voy a poder negar al es¨¦ptico que Yes es una p¨¦rdida de tiempo. El caso de Yes es tan aberrante, tan diferente, que es dif¨ªcil medirlos con la misma vara que se mide a otros grupos. Algo as¨ª como ocurre con Queen; es como que tienen su propio universo de las cosas, un universo que no tiene ning¨²n correlato en el resto del rock. Y as¨ª, Tales From Topographic Oceans puede ser una obra maestra o un completo fracaso. No seduce como, por ejemplo, Wish You Were Here, ?Pero acaso QUIERE seducir como Wish You Were Here? ?O m¨¢s bien quiere ser un manifiesto lun¨¢tico totalmente rompecocos, an¨¢rquico, de otro planeta? Es dif¨ªcil. Revisar y sacar conclusiones sobre Yes es dif¨ªcil. Dir¨¦ que mezclan de una manera inextrincable partes de virtuosismo muy vac¨ªo, muy retorcido y muy feo, y partes de genio progresivo supremo que no pod¨¦s juzgar ni comparar en base a nada que hayas escuchado antes. Amarlos, odiarlos, cada uno har¨¢ lo que le salga de adentro.


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  • A Masterpiece
    The Yes album was Yes' third album which was a make or break album for the band. If this album didn't sell well Atlantic was going to cut them. The band didn't have to worry about that because every single one of the songs on this album are masterpieces! Starting with the opening track Yours is no disgrace and finishing up with the album closer Perpetual Change. My favorite song on this album (and one of my all time favorite songs in general) is Starship Trooper. If your a fan of Prog Rock or just starting to get into the band Yes start here. You won't be disappointed....more info