The Yes Album YES
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- 1Yours Is No Disgrace09:40
- 2The Clap03:17
- 3Starship Trooper [A. Life Seeker; B. Disillusion; C. Wurm]09:27
- 4I've Seen All Good People: a. Your Move, b. All Good People06:57
- 5A Venture03:19
- 6Perpetual Change08:51
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It was with the release of The Yes Album in April of 1971 that the public began to glimpse the group’s full potential. That record, their first made up entirely of original compositions, was filled with complex, multi-part harmonies. Loud, heavily layered guitar and bass parts, beautiful and melodic drum parts and surging organ (with piano embellishments) passages bridging them all. Everybody was working on a far more expansive level than on any of their previous recordings.
On “Your Move” (which became the group’s first U.S. chart entry, at number 40), the harmonies were woven together in layers and patterns that were dazzling in their own right, while “Starship Trooper” (which drew its name from a Robert Heinlein novel, thus reinforcing the group’s space rock image) and “I’ve Seen All Good People” gave Howe, Squire, and Bruford the opportunity to play extended instrumental passages of tremendous forcefulness.
“Starship Trooper,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Yours Is No Disgrace,” and Howe’s instrumental “Clap” also became parts of the group’s concert sets for years to come.
The Yes Album opened a new phase in the group’s history and its approach to music. None of it was pop music in the “Top 40” sense of the term. Rather, it was built on compositions that resembled sound paintings rather than songs; the swelling sound of Kaye’s Moog synthesizer and organ, Howe’s fluid yet stinging guitar passages, Squire’s rippling bass, and Anderson’s haunting leads all evoked sonic landscapes that were strangely compelling to the imagination of the listener.
The Yes Album reached number seven in England in the spring of 1971 and later number 40 in America. Early in 1971, Yes made their first U.S. tour opening for Jethro Tull, and were back later in the year sharing billing with Ten Years After and the J. Geils Band. The band members began work on their next album, but were interrupted when keyboard player Tony Kaye left in August of 1971. He went on to guest in Flash, the band started by ex-Yes guitarist Peter Banks. Kaye was replaced by former Strawbs keyboard player Rick Wakeman, who played his first shows with Yes in September 1971.
Wakeman was a far more flamboyant musician than Kaye, not only in his approach to playing, but in the number of instruments he used. In place of the three keyboards Kaye used, Wakeman employed an entire bank of upwards of a dozen instruments, including Mellotron, various synthesizers, organ, two or more pianos, and electric harpsichord. This line-up, Anderson, Squire, Howe, Wakeman and Bruford, which lasted for less than a year (September 1971 to July 1972), is often considered one of the band’s most important.
'When the guitarist Steve Howe replaces Peter Banks on 'The Yes Album', the group's approach gels around a much-improved set of originals.' (Rolling Stone)
Steve Howe, vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Chris Squire, vocals, bass guitar
Jon Anderson, vocals, percussion
Tony Kaye, piano, organ
Bill Bruford, drums, percussion
Produceb by Yes
Producer and engineer: Eddy Offord
Yes is 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 Davison, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, and keyboardist Geoff Downes. Yes have sold close to 50 million albums worldwide, including 13.5 million certified units in the United States.
Alan is considered by many to be one of the greatest rock drummers of all-time. With forty-plus years of performance experience and appearances on over fifty albums, Alan's dossier reads like a who's-who of rock legends. With his consummate professionalism and easy-going nature, Alan continues to be an inspiration to fellow musicians as well as fans.
Chris was born in London, England in March 1948. Chris began his musical career as a choirboy, which gave Chris a particular insight into choir arrangement and vocal techniques that was to follow him throughout his career. Chris formed YES in 1968 with vocalist Jon Anderson, and is the only member of YES to appear on every studio album.
Geoff Downes was born into a musical family in Stockport, England, where his father had been organist and choirmaster at a church. Geoff went to Leeds School of Music in 1971, graduating in 1975, thus becoming the first member of Yes to graduate with a degree in music.
Born in 1947, Steve began teaching himself to play the guitar at the age of 12, and lists Bill Haley, Les Paul, Jimmy Byant, Speedy West, Barney Kessel, and Chet Atkins as his influences. Steve first joined YES in 1970, and has also been a member of The Syndicats, Bodast, Tomorrow, Asia and GTR. A prolific performer, Steve released his 19th solo album in 2010.
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