The BBC Recordings 1969-1970
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The BBC Recordings 1969-1970

July 1, 2009

Song Title
Something's Coming (1/12/1969)
Everydays (1/12/1969)
Sweetness (1/12/1969)
Dear Father (1/12/1969)
Every Little Thing (1/12/1969)
Looking Around (8/4/1969)
Sweet Dreams (1/19/1970)
Then (1/19/1970)
No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed (1/19/1970)
Astral Traveler (3/17/1970)
Then (3/17/1970)
Every Little Thing (3/17/1970)
Everydays (3/17/1970)
For Everyone (3/17/1970)
Intro / Sweetness (6/14/1969)
Something's Coming (2/23/1969)
Sweet Dreams (2/23/1969)
Beyond & Before (2/23/1969)

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  • Original Release Date: July 1, 2009
  • Label: Purple Pyramid Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2009 Purple Pyramid Records
  • Total Length: 1:35:23
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like early Yes, a must have December 20, 1999
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I was surprised to see no reviews yet of this CD, so I guess I'll be the first. This is really strong stuff, the band sounds really tight. The sound quality is variable, but their are some hidden gems here that you've never heard before. Remember that the YES of their first two albums was very different than the mid-70's classic stuff--more "pop" or even "folk" at times. "Something's Happening" (from West Side Story) is an example--and it's great. If you like very early YES, if you have the YesYears box set and liked disc one, by all means you should buy this!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This is a darned interesting record, not just for fans of traditional YES wanting to hear the band's sonic roots, but for folks like me who come at this set as a fan of the Beatles and the Nice etc. On these BBC recordings, YES is energetic and propulsive in their performances; several songs, especially "Beyond and Before," give me the feeling of being yanked about on a short hang-glider ride--later YES is less likely to be as concise, fast, and skittish. The longest song here is
about seven minutes. It is exceptionally neat to hear YES take an early Buffalo Springfield song ("Everyday"), put a rocket under it, and take it through smart, well-defined breaks (including some killer unison accent bits) all in less than five minutes, ending in a ferocious Squire/Bruford "buh-blam"! That track is what this record is about: YES reworking 60's pop-psychedelia and figuring out what they can do with it. Elsewhere on the web someone says of these YES BBC performances, "they play their asses off"--I agree. The rhythm section, especially Bruford at the drums, is superb. The vocals are rough on a few tracks, but fine on others. This band features Tony Kaye on a Hammond organ and the band's original guitarist, Peter Banks. No, he's not Steve Howe, but he's quite fine being who he is. His style is often angular and aggressive; he's not as interested in sounding lyrical or pretty as Howe is, but Banks also does some neat volume pedal work and some lacy effects influenced by jazz guitarists. But the bottom line: Banks is a fine, loud rock'n'roll guitar player, and he's key in giving the early version of YES a raunchier sound than fans of AOR radio might associate with this group. The playing on this record is frankly more in a 60's idiom than the 70's idiom the later band helped define.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Thank Goodness (or Thank "Sweetness") there are two CDs. The first one has some good songs but for me, it seemed lacking. Yeah "Every Little Thing" is interesting and "Looking Around," "Sweetness," etc. are good songs. Still, there seemed to be something missing. On CD2, I knew why I felt unsatisfied!
The version of "Everydays" on CD2 is longer and more of a rocking tune. Speaking of better versions, the version of "Sweetness" is far superior to the previous version discussed. Listen to the different ending on this one! If there was any doubt over which CD is the better, listen to "Beyond & Before"- that is one of the group's best tunes! Wonderful!
(*note -I rated this 4 Stars instead of 5 because about half of the songs throughout are listenable but not very exciting, compared to the better moments that are primarily on CD2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars great snapshot of the early Yes era January 12, 2007
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This two disc set gives us a great snapshot of the early FM radio era of Yes. The audio quality is not so great at times, but it sounds authentic. Did someone say this sounds like early Pink Floyd? What are you smoking? This is great early prog rock. Gotta love it. I would only recommend this to the hardcore Yes fan - like myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wowwww December 23, 2004
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wow, you can hear them play live here, and they played the songs perfectly. different atmosphere compared to studio recording, so this album is really a must. it's like we listen to Zeppelin and buy Zeppelin BBC session. Different way in playing and singing!

buy this now!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Essential For Yes Fanatics April 2, 2013
By Robert
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If you're just a casual Yes fan, you probably have little need for these BBC recordings. The sound quality isn't spectacular by any means. They do provide Yes fanatics with a chance to hear the first line-up (Anderson, Squire, Banks, Kaye & Bruford)playing live at the BBC (occasionally with an audience). Even The Beatles "Live At The BBC" sounds better. For the Yes completest only, or for someone who really loves their first two albums. For those who would like to hear a few songs from the "Time And A Word" LP without the orchestral overdubs, here's your chance.

I'm actually listening to this cd set as I write this review. Some parts sound worse than others, and it sounds slightly better than I remembered it. Still not great, however.
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