Yes – The Yes Album
Yes – The Yes Album is the third studio album from the English progressive rock band Yes, released on Atlantic Records. It is the last record to feature keyboardist Tony Kaye until 1983, and the first to feature guitarist Steve Howe, who replaced Peter Banks in 1970. The album was written and rehearsed at a farmhouse in Devonshire, then home to Langley Studios, which was later bought by Howe who now lives there. Upon its release in February 1971, The Yes Album peaked at number 4 on the UK Albums Chart and number 40 on the US Billboard 200, where it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The Yes Album is seen as the group’s breakthrough release, setting the stage for their success with their following albums Fragile (1971) and Close to the Edge (1972).
Jon Anderson is credited as John Anderson on the album. Soon after, he dropped the “h” from his first name.
The album cover shows Tony Kaye with his foot in a cast. He had been in a car accident shortly before the picture was taken. Rush’s bassist/singer Geddy Lee included The Yes Album among his favourite albums in an interview with The Quietus’ Mick Middles.
Yes – The Yes Album Tracklist
- Yours Is No Disgrace 9:41
- Clap 3:17
- Starship Trooper: a. Life Seeker – b. Disillusion – c. Würm 9:25
- I’ve Seen All Good People: a. Your Move – b. All Good People 3:34
- A Venture 3:19
- Perpetual Change 8:55
Line-up / Musicians
– Jon Anderson / percussion, vocals
– Bill Bruford / percussion, drums
– Steve Howe / guitar (acoustic), guitar, guitar (electric), vocals
– Chris Squire / bass, guitar (bass), vocals
– Tony Kaye / organ, synthesizer, piano, keyboards, Moog synthesizer
– Colin Goldring / recorder
AMG Review: The album that first gave shape to the established Yes sound, build around science-fiction concepts, folk melodies, and soaring organ, guitar, and vocal showpieces. “Your Move” actually made the U.S. charts as a single, and “Starship Trooper,” “Perpetual Change,” and “Yours Is No Disgrace” became much-loved parts of the band’s concert repertory for many tours to come. Remastered in 1995, with significantly improved sound.
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