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At first, I was kinda disappointed. But this album gains credit with time. And you end up really appreciating it - not only because of the affectional value but also for the music itself.
Especially Side One is very jazzy. »I See You« is an absolutely great jazz song, full of soul and Yesness! In fact, every single track is very worth listening to. And Jon Anderson's voice in its youth is very fragile yet very very beautiful and skilled.
On the back of the cover, it says: »(...) My second runner in the Great Group-Most-Likely-To-Make-It Stakes. And my money is on them! (...)« (Tony Wilson, Melody Maker).
(Oh, by the way, »Sweetness« is used in Yes freak Vincent Gallo's movie »Buffalo 66« starring Christina Ricci. Support Yes, watch it!)
This album has few but unmistakable instances of brilliance, and even this early on, it was quite apparent that this group--after they gained some experience--could rise to monumental heights. And they did. They just didn't do it by playing the music you will find on their debut album.
'Yes' (1969) is an odd creature. First of all, the production quality is lamentable, even for 1969. Even if music analysts might have had high hopes for Yes, certainly Atlantic records didn't. The band were obviously shoved in a backwater studio somewhere and recorded by a totally skilless sound producer. Second of all, there are two covers from the original set of eight tracks. The band, while quite capable of producing its own original material, still clutched firmly to its mother's bosom, it seems. The band at times sounds like no more than a Beatles clone, and yet, there are a few shining glimpses of something that would eventually far outstrip the scope and quality--if (unfortunately) not the popularity--of the cookie-cutter rock bands like the Beatles produced.
And that will be what I concentrate upon in this review. Normally I would do a track-by-track breakdown, but in this instance, I will comment upon just three selections, and not in order, either.
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As a Yes fan this was an enjoyable album to hear. The strong jazz influence definitely showed how the group has evolved. It was amazing how good they were out of the gate. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ponkow
this is a phenomenal release by YES, especially considering its over 40 years old since it was produced. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Keith Severtson
very early stuff, cd case was crushed which marked the disc, wont play on the bluray player but played on the computer cd player, however worth putting in the collection for any... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jean Pierre of Hobart
I remember working on some paper in 9th grade(1969) and the local station played a few cuts from this album. It turned me into a YES fan from that point on. Read morePublished 24 months ago by timothy skupinski
I love yes...enough said. Even my nineteen year old digs this disc. I had only heard this one other time in the 70's and more or less I forgot about this album but glad i... Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Robert L. Rios
Still love this band! Great songs and fantastic bassplaying by Chris Squire, although this is "early" Yes, the grandeur of this band met my expectations...Published on March 14, 2013 by Jean Vanholder