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YesAudio CD
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Yes are an English rock band who achieved worldwide success with their progressive, art, and symphonic style of rock music. Regarded as one of the pioneers of the progressive genre, Yes are known for their lengthy songs, mystical lyrics, elaborate album art, and live stage sets. No fewer than 18 musicians have been a part of the band's line-up, with its current form comprising singer Jon ... Read more in Amazon's Yes Store

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  • Audio CD (January 14, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1969
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Records / Elektra
  • ASIN: B00007KWI9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,008 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
9. Everydays (Single Version)
10. Dear Father (Early Version #2)
11. Something's Coming
12. Everydays (Early Version)
13. Dear Father (Early Version #1)
14. Something's Coming (Early Version)

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YES (1969) Features: The promising debut's 8 tracks (including originals "Beyond And Before" and "Yesterday And Today," as well as covers of The Byrds' "I See You" and The Beatles' "Every Little Thing") plus 6 bonus tracks "Everydays" and the non-LP U.K. single "Something's Coming"

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
"Yes" is the original debut album from Yes not to be confused with "The Yes Album," which was their third album but the first one with which most people would be familiar. "Yes" is not as strong an album, but it is a lot better than you would expect given the level of performance excellent you expect from the group down the road, especially since at this point you have Peter Banks on guitar and Tony Kaye doing the assorted keyboard work. Most of the songs are written by vocalist Jon Anderson and bass player Chris Squire, along with covers of songs by Lennon & McCartney ("Every Little Thing") and Crosby & McQuinn ("I See You"). It is rather strange to thing of the Beatle and the Byrds being major influences on Yes, but there you go. This is an album for lifelong fans of the group to check out, now that it has been reissued. Knowing where the Yes sound ends up, you can hear it in embryonic form, most notably on "Harold Land," which most anticipates the multi-part suites that would consume an entire record side on the group's best albums. However, when you hear the driving sound of the opening cut, "Beyond and Before," you will wonder who you are listening to. Banks does some interesting guitar work on both of the cover songs, especially the atypical version of the Beatles song.

This 2003 reissue is impressive because the bonus tracks add up to more playing time than the 8 original tracks on the album. The informative liner notes are from Mike Tiano. There early and finished versions of three songs, including "Something's Coming" from "West Side Story," which particularly fits Anderson's distinctive vocal style (you will be reminded of Yes' later cover of Simon & Garfunkle's "America").
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Fave Just Got Better February 22, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Other reviews of this album have pegged it as sort of an embryonic precursor of things to come from Yes. I suppose that's fair--but for my money, that is one of the beautiful things about the album: The sweet vocals, catchy melodies and potent Squire_Bruford rhythm section don't get buried behind overly complex arrangements, synthesizers or too many chords in too few seconds. It's fair to call this a pop album with a progressive edge, and this reissue not only brings it out in crisp sound quality gloriously superior to the 1994 Atlantic reissue, but also boasts six bonus tracks (two versions of each of three songs.) Both versions of Stephen Stills' "Everydays" are superior to the "Time & A Word" album version (not to mention miles ahead of the Buffalo Springfield original), and both versions of "Dear Father" have a driving, urgent quality absent from the version previously available on "Yesterdays," and now on the reissue of the above-mentioned second Yes album. About the only disappointing thing I can come up with regarding this cd is: I had hoped when I learned it was being expanded and remastered that one of the bonus cuts would be the "Yesterdays" remix of "Survival," which features some pretty psychedelic phasing on the choruses. That aside, I could not recommend this product any more highly for fans of late Sixties-early Seventies British progressive pop/rock. _I love it; think I'm going to throw it on again right now.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only the beginning for Yes. Great sound too! February 7, 2003
By Matt
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Having discovered Yes's music in the second half of 1996, and have been a Yesfan since then, there's no doubt that admist all the other prog-rock bands I've listened to from then until present day, no other seems to quite match the expansiveness and unique style of Yes.
Having owned the mid '90s Atlantic remaster for a long time now, and knowing how most of Rhino's remastering makes a lot of these old albums sound fresh again, as well as the bonus tracks (which are nothing new, but still a worthy listening) were my enticements to snatch up this, the first Elektra/Rhino reissue of the Yes catalog.
One word can only describe what my ears heard with the opening bass-line of "Beyond and Before"...WOW! The remastering really has bought more warmth to the mid range, more depth into the low-end, and more crispness into the high-end EQ's. My main gripe with the old remaster from Atlantic was that it was way too muddy and there just wasn't that 'warmth' in Jon Anderson's vocals. Also it seems they've done their best in cleaning up alot of the tape hum / hiss noise that usually is a problem with old albums. It's still here (to an extent), but what can you expect from a 1969 issuing? They got around this well.
As for the bonus tracks, they are nothing new. Everyone's heard, by now, these versions of "Dear Father', "Everydays' and "Something's Coming". However, these versions are much, much better sounding than what you hear on the BBC Recordings double-CD set released several times over in 1998-1999. This is not saying I have anything against that still gives one an idea of how Yes performed in a live setting back then, plus those tapes were badly deteriorated. The first versions of this trio of songs have the same quality as the rest of the original LP this CD contains.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have for Yes-fans March 17, 2003
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I just bought this CD last night, and spent the rest of night listening to the disc over and over again. I've already had the previous Atlantic remasters, but this 2003 release really stands out! The opening "Beyond & Before" got me immediately hooked, with clearer bass and vocals, fresher drums sounds. It definitely puts the album several years forward - it adds new "environment", a lot fresher. "Survival" really kicks out Squire bass - and Anderson vocals has more distinctive "feel" (so you can "feel the sound" :-)), in short, it sounds even better than the version that opens the "Highlights" album several years back.
To be honest, this album used to be the one that I rarely listened to, despite claiming myself as Yes-fans for years. This release, however, refresh me so much that I begin to really listen to the whole albums (Survival and B&B used to be the songs that I like from the album).
The extras are also worth to get.
Now, let's hope Rhino will continue the remaster release - with CTTE, TFTO, Relayer, GFTO and Tormato...who knows what we'll get...20 minutes CTTE over the 18 minutes version?
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4.0 out of 5 stars YES....the first album
this being their first commecially available album was a good one. MUCH better in production values than their second one "time and a word" you can sense their potential in this... Read more
Published 15 days ago by bubbabear
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album, but totally unlike Yes' classic work
The first Yes album will be a shock to younger fans who, like me, started with the band's later, much more progressive, work. But that doesn't mean it's bad. Read more
Published 22 days ago by coppertin
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes Redux yet again
I've been a fan of Yes since they first appeared on the scene in the US. The remastering has given this CD a much better sound than the earlier CD's and well worth purchasing even... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Banshee Rydr
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks
Published 3 months ago by Kevin William Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Time Rock n Roll
I'm an avid listener, collector, and performer of music. And I need my old time rock n roll fix. This CD fits the bill.
Published 3 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars I still remember listening to this LP on the day it was released...
In early August, 1968, I arrived in London for a year's stay. The day that I arrived, I made sure to go to the famous Marquee Club that I had heard so much about in the US during... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stever
5.0 out of 5 stars I got this CD of US press.Thank you very much.
At first I ordered this CD made in US in Japan.
But I received the CD made in EU.
I wanted USA press CD. Read more
Published 6 months ago by masaki t.
5.0 out of 5 stars yes fan
I enjoyed there 70's, 80's and 90's stuff. this one is a great one to get if you like there early stuff.
Published 6 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really prog rock, but is that a bad thing?
Being a big fan of Rush, I decided that I needed to check out some other so-called prog rock legends from the 70's. Read more
Published 12 months ago by WorknMan
4.0 out of 5 stars Archetypal
I bought this for my wife. She loves it. I knew she would. But this isn't usually my cup of wiskey.

Well, this one album pulled one toe into the prog world. Read more
Published 12 months ago by D. A. Holman
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