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This 1971 set is a Prog-Rock touchstone which includes familiar hits "I've
Seen All Good People" and "Starship Trooper".
Brilliant sonics: Remastered from the Original Master Tapes.
Numbered, Limited Edition 24k Gold CD features Mini-LP Style Packaging.
The key components to every great prog-rock album comprise memorable guitar
riffs, punchy immediacy, ample rhythmic kick, and the imaginative capacity to
transport the listener to a place well beyond the confines of reality. Yes’ The
Yes Album features all of these rare qualities and more, the 1971 record as
significant for saving the band’s career as well as for establishing new
parameters in virtuosic technicality and skilled composition. The first set
recorded with guitarist Steve Howe, The Yes Album remains Yes’ grandest
achievement and claims a musical vision the British quintet’s contemporaries
struggled to match. And now, it finally has audiophile sound to match, courtesy
of Mobile Fidelity.
While unbeknownst to the band, Atlantic Records was prepared to drop Yes from
the label if The Yes Album didn’t catch fire. To be certain, the group’s initial
two offerings showed promise but were missing crucial elements. Specifically,
they were absent the colorful instrumental orchestrations and gorgeous albeit
hard-rocking solos offered by Howe, whose eclectic array encompasses country
rock, boogie, and Appalachian styles seamlessly sewn into Yes’ rich canvasses.
Howe’s chemistry with fellow sonic explorers Chris Squire and Bill Bruford is
evident throughout, producing seemingly simple yet subtly complex arrangements
that enjoy the benefits of remaining uncluttered, open, and spacious.
Then, of course, there are the fantastic songs. Avoiding the potential overkill
of a multiple keyboard setup, Yes relies on Tony Kaye’s Hammond B3 organ to give
it necessary thrust. Combined with Squire’s flexible bass lines, Howe’s
inventive solos and acoustic tuckpointing, Bruford’s restrained thunder, and Jon
Andersen’s poetic words, and it seems inevitable that The Yes Album could’ve
been anything other than a smash success, whose memorable “I’ve Seen All Good
People,” politically savvy “Yours Is No Disgrace,” and epic “Starship Trooper”
still orbit today’s radio playlists and sports stadiums.
While previous remastered versions restored some of the life missing from early
editions, they don’t go far enough. Mobile Fidelity’s 24K Gold CD of The Yes
Album goes the distance. Rest assured that this limited-edition collectable
takes its position as the most definitive-sounding Yes document on the market.
Sourced from the original master tapes, the band’s soaring instrumental
passages, engaging folk melodies, airy vocal harmonies, and breathy organ
accents come across with incredible liveliness and intimately textured
three-dimensional quality. Listeners will detect previously hidden details and
marvel at the extraordinary microdynamics at both ends of the frequency
spectrum. This is one rock classic no music lover will want to be without.
As always, Mobile Fidelity’s 24K Gold CDs are strictly limited and individually
numbered, and housed in mini-LP style packaging, making them instant collector’s
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 24 Karat Gold - Ultradisc II
John Anderson, vocals, percussion
Chris Squire, bass guitar, vocals
Steve Howe, electic & acoustic guitars, vachalia, vocal
Tony Kaye, piano, organ, moog
Bill Bruford, drums, percussion
1. Yours Is No Disgrace
2. The Clap
3. Starship Trooper
a. Life Seeker
4. I've Seen All Good People
a. Your Move
b. All Good People
5. A Venture
6. Perpetual Change