Yes Album (Bonus Tracks) CD (2003)

Artist: Yes

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A great album! Why did I wait so long?

on 9/25/2007

I used to listen to the vinyl album when it first came out. Why I haven't purchased it until now, I can't tell you(I also can't tell you why I am writing a review since everyone has said more than I have to offer).Once again I am enjoying some of the best music from the early 70's. If you want detailed info, read the other reviews.

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Their acclaimed third album (1971) is the first to feature guitar wizard Steve Howe. It also introduced such signature tracks as "Starship Trooper" and "I've Seen All Good People." Includes new liner notes and three bonus tracks.


Label Rhin/mesa/bluemoon Records
SKU 60585517
UPC 081227378820
UPC 14 00081227378820
Format CD
Release Date 1/14/2003
Author Yes
Associated Artist/Work ABWH
Associated Artist/Work Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe
Associated Artist/Work Bruford, Bill
Associated Artist/Work London Philharmonic Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Moody Blues (The)
Technical Info
Engineer Colin Goldring; Eddie Offord; Eddie Offord
Producer Yes; Eddie Offord; Bill Inglot; Yes; Eddie Offord
CatalogID 8122737882
Lable Name Elektra (Label)
Released 01/14/2003
Original Release 1971
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 52m : 3s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00081227378820
Album Notes and Credits
Yes: Jon Anderson (vocals, percussion); Steve Howe (acoustic & electric guitars, vachalia, background vocals); Tony Kaye (piano, organ, Moog synthesizer); Chris Squire (bass, background vocals); Bill Bruford (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Colin Goldring (recorder).
Recorded at Advision Studios, London, England in Autumn 1970. Originally released on Atlantic (8283).
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Yes: Chris Squire (bass instrument, background vocals); Steve Howe (background vocals); Jon Anderson , Tony Kaye, Bill Bruford.
Personnel: Chris Squire (vocals, guitar); Steve Howe (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Jon Anderson (vocals, percussion); Tony Kaye (piano, organ, Moog synthesizer); Bill Bruford (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Colin Goldring (recorder).
Audio Remasterer: Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: Bill Martin.
Recording information: The Lyceum, London, England (07/17/1970).
Photographers: Phil Franks; Barry Wentzell.
Unknown Contributor Role: Steve Howe.
On Yes' first two albums, Yes (1969) and Time and a Word (1970), the quintet was mostly searching for a sound on which they could build, losing one of their original members -- guitarist Peter Banks -- in the process. Their third time out proved the charm -- The Yes Album constituted a de facto second debut, introducing the sound that would carry them forward across the next decade or more. Gone are any covers of outside material, the group now working off of its own music from the ground up. A lot of the new material was actually simpler -- in linear structure, at least -- than some of what had appeared on their previous albums, but the internal dynamics of their playing had also altered radically, and much of the empty space that had been present in their earlier recordings was also filled up here -- suddenly, between new member Steve Howe's odd mix of country- and folk-based progressive guitar and the suddenly liberated bass work and drumming of Chris Squire and Bill Bruford, respectively, the group's music became extremely busy. And lead singer Jon Anderson, supported by Squire and Howe, filled whatever was left almost to overflowing. Anderson's soaring falsetto and the accompanying harmonies, attached to haunting melodies drawn from folk tunes as often as rock, applied to words seemingly derived from science fiction, and all delivered with the bravura of an operatic performance -- by the band as well as the singer -- proved a compelling mix. What's more, despite the busy-ness of their new sound, the group wasn't afraid to prove that less could sometimes be more: three of the high points were the acoustic-driven "Your Move" and "The Clap" (a superb showcase for Howe on solo acoustic guitar), and the relatively low-key "A Venture" (oddly enough, the latter was the one cut here that didn't last in the group's repertory; most of the rest, despite the competition from their subsequent work, remained in their concert set for years to come). The Yes Album did what it had to do, outselling the group's first two long-players and making the group an established presence in America where, for the first time, they began getting regular exposure on FM radio. Sad to say, the only aspect of The Yes Album that didn't last much longer was Tony Kaye on keyboards: his Hammond organ holds its own in the group's newly energized sound, and is augmented by piano and other instruments when needed, but he resisted the idea of adding the Moog synthesizer, that hot instrument of the moment, to his repertory. The band was looking for a bolder sound than the Hammond could generate, and after some initial rehearsals of material that ended up on their next album, he was dropped from the lineup, to be replaced by Rick Wakeman. ~ Bruce Eder
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (2/6/03, p.64) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...It was the addition of Steve Howe's guitar pyrotechnics that finally allowed Yes to find their true identity. The following year's YES ALBUM is a gigantic leap forward..."
Q (6/00, p.63) - Ranked #86 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums" - "...The sound of British prog rock at its most inventive....[It] is Swinging London-meets-Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey..."
Q (6/00, p.63) - Ranked #86 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums" - "...The sound of British prog rock at its most inventive....[It] is Swinging London-meets-Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey..."
Disc 1
1 Yours Is No Disgrace
2 Clap
3 Starship Trooper: Life Seeker / Disillusion / Wurm
4 I've Seen All Good People: Your Move / All Good People
5 Venture, A
6 Perpetual Change
7 Your Move - (single version)
8 Starship Trooper: Life Seeker - (single version)
9 Clap - (previously unreleased, studio version)

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A great album! Why did I wait so long? on Sep 25, 2007