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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Yes' debut album is surprisingly strong, given the inexperience of all those involved at the time. In an era when psychedelic meanderings were the order of the day, Yes delivered a surprisingly focused and exciting record that covered lots of bases perhaps too many in presenting their sound. The album opens boldly, with the fervor of a metal band of the era playing full tilt on "Beyond and Before," but it is with the second number, a cover of the Byrds' "I See You," that they show some of their real range. The song is highlighted by an extraordinary jazz workout from lead guitarist Peter Banks and drummer Bill Bruford, that runs circles around the original by Roger McGuinn ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Yes' debut album is surprisingly strong, given the inexperience of all those involved at the time. In an era when psychedelic meanderings were the order of the day, Yes delivered a surprisingly focused and exciting record that covered lots of bases perhaps too many in presenting their sound. The album opens boldly, with the fervor of a metal band of the era playing full tilt on "Beyond and Before," but it is with the second number, a cover of the Byrds' "I See You," that they show some of their real range. The song is highlighted by an extraordinary jazz workout from lead guitarist Peter Banks and drummer Bill Bruford, that runs circles around the original by Roger McGuinn and company. "Harold Land" was the first song on which Chris Squire's bass playing could be heard with anything resembling the prominence it would eventually assume in their sound, and anticipates in its structure the multi-part suites the group would later record, with its extended introduction and its myriad shifts in texture, timbre, and volume. And then there is "Every Little Thing," the most daring Beatles' cover ever to appear on an English record, with an apocalyptic introduction and extraordinary shifts in tempo and dynamics; Banks' guitar and Bruford's drums are so animated that they seem to be playing several songs at once. This song also hosts an astonishingly charismatic performance by Jon Anderson. There were numerous problems in recording this album, owing to the inexperience of the group, the producer, and the engineer, in addition to the unusual nature of their sound. Many of the numbers give unusual prominence to the guitar and drums, thus making it the most uncharacteristic of all the group's albums. Its first decent-sounding edition anywhere came with the 1997 remastering by Atlantic. [Note: In January of 2003, Yes was reissued by Rhino Records in a newly expanded and remastered edition, with crisper, much closer, more intimate and powerful sound, new notes by Mike Tiano, and six bonus tracks that enlarge the running time by 38 minutes. The latter are comprised of two early renditions of "Dear Father" a single that surfaced in a very different rendition after the LP, early and finished versions of the "lost" B-side "Something's Coming," and "Everydays" in its single version and an early attempt. The main virtue even for the casual listener will be the improved sound, which captures the nuances and the delicacy of the playing better than any prior edition, matching the 2001-vintage Japanese "paper sleeve" series remastered version, which had none of these bonus tracks].
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2003
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 081227378622
  • Catalog Number: 73786
  • Sales rank: 60,199

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beyond and Before (4:55)
  2. 2 I See You (6:52)
  3. 3 Yesterday and Today (2:51)
  4. 4 Looking Around (4:19)
  5. 5 Harold Land (5:46)
  6. 6 Every Little Thing (5:46)
  7. 7 Sweetness (4:35)
  8. 8 Survival (6:22)
  9. 9 Everydays (6:23)
  10. 10 Dear Father (5:51)
  11. 11 Something's Coming (7:09)
  12. 12 Everydays (5:18)
  13. 13 Dear Father (5:31)
  14. 14 Something's Coming (8:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yes Primary Artist
Jon Anderson Percussion, Vocals
Peter Banks Guitar, Vocals
Bill Bruford Drums, Vibes
Chris Squire Bass, Vocals
Tony Kaye Organ, Piano
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Jon Anderson Composer
Bill Bruford Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Chris Squire Composer
Steve Stills Composer
Yes Producer
Paul Clay Producer
David Crosby Composer
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
Roger McGuinn Composer
Tony Wilson Liner Notes
Clive Bailey Composer
Haig Adishian Cover Design
Bryan Lasley Art Direction
Jim McGuinn Composer
Tim Scanlin Liner Note Coordination
Mike Tiano Liner Notes
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An awesome debut album!

    Before Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz, Igor Koroshev, Geoffrey Downes, Trevor Rabin, Trevor Horn, Alan White, and eventually Steve Howe who would later join Yes in 1970, but then in 1971 he would replace Peter Banks on guitar. In 1991, every Yes member except for Peter Banks would contribute on Yes' Union album. As for this debut self titled album, everything on it is great from start to finish, and it features Yes doing some cover songs like the Byrds' "I See You", The Beatles' "Every Little Thing", and "Everydays", which would be featured on Yes' "Time And A Word" album, and also they do their take on Leonard Bernstein from The West Side Story, and the song is "Something's Coming" which has two versions of it, and last, but not least, this album features their first hit song "Survival". Every Yes fan will most definately enjoy this outstanding album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great debut

    Yes' debut effort shares the same earnest excitement with the debut of their heroes, the Beatles. Though not considered classic Yes, the melodicism, the boundary pushing music and even multi-part song arrangments are recognisable features on the album. It should be of great interest to fans of the seventies albums, as Anderson is just spreading his lyrical wings in songs like Survival and Beyond And Before, Bruford plays well, and though it is quite low in the mix on this album, Chris Squires crunchy bass work is also present. It's mainly the ballads that falter, but thats probably my disappointment at Anderson singing about love and not being the roundabout. The best thing about the album is that it plays more like a traditional rock record, something Yes were to forsake for the more grandiose experiments in the following years. Worth getting hold of.

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