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Yes Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Self titled debut album from legendary rockers YES.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Beyond And Before
  2. I See You
  3. Yesterday And Today
  4. Looking Around
  5. Harold Land
  6. Every Little Thing
  7. Sweetness
  8. Survival


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 20, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1969
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J1W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
This debut album »Yes« was the only Yes vinyl album I hadn't been able to track down anywhere, so when I got the chance, I paid as much as $50 for it. Just to complete my Yes collection.
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).
You bet!
(Oh, by the way, »Sweetness« is used in Yes freak Vincent Gallo's movie »Buffalo 66« starring Christina Ricci. Support Yes, watch it!)
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This album is one of music history's almost completely forgotten chapters. In the beginning, a man with negligable instrumental talent yet a phenominal voice (Jon Anderson) met with a bassist who would eventually become, far and wide, one of the greatest in the history of the instrument (Chris Squire). After recruiting a guitarist (Peter Banks), a keyboardist (Tony Kaye), and a drummer (Bill Bruford), these two men started the band we all know and love. Yes was born.

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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By A Customer on February 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
A wonderful beginning, the promise of the future, ahead of it's time in many ways. This album showcases what would bcome classic harmonies as well as the musical standards that continue to drive this group. The shape of the future, a solid foundation for what was to come.
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For those who are familiar with the progressive rock Yes is noteworthy for, you may be surprised when you listen to this, Yes' first offering. The reason for your probable surprise is that very few, if any of the tracks featured on "Yes", display any sort of a progressive feel. The closest thing to progressive rock is most likely found in the opening track "Beyond And Before" and in "Looking Around". Otherwise, the rest of the tracks display either a softer, more mellow feel (the melancholy ballad "Yesterday And Today", the equally touching "Harold Land" and "Sweetness") or a rather bluesy perspective ("I See You"). The band has its one and only cover tune, and it graces this first album in fine musical form - the Beatles tune "Every Little Thing", a nice, quaint rocker. "Survival" closes things out nicely, although somewhat on a somber note. Even though it would take a few more albums for Yes to reach their full blown progressive pinnacle, that being on "Fragile", when Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe joined the band (although Howe became part of Yes during their previous album "The Yes Album", an effort that features some noteworthy progressive chops). That said, this first effort, titled "Yes", is not a bad album, to say the least - for on the group's next album "Time And A Word" (the last to feature guitarist Peter Banks), there would be a sign of things to come in the realm of Yes' style of progressive rock, which is somewhat absent on this first effort. If you're a completist, you'll definitely want "Yes" in your CD library. Even if you aren't a fan of this band, but are a fan of more "casual" rock, you just might want to make this title an essential purchase before Atlantic decides to take it out of print.
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Far from the finest Yes cd, their 1969 debut is still a fascinating and engaging record. It is worth the price for the tremendous 'Survival' alone, and their cover of The Beatles album track 'Every Little Thing' is an unheralded classic. It is very interesting to hear Yes as they are developing their soon-to-be legendary progressive rock direction at this early stage. They play extremely well and this was one of only two Yes albums to feature original guitarist Peter Banks. Pick "Yes" up, it really is a fine cd. Just don't expect anything like "Close To The Edge" or "Drama". This is pretty much a psychedelic folk- rock debut.
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