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Encyclopedia > The Yes Album
The Yes Album
The Yes Album cover
Studio album by Yes
Released February 19, 1971
Recorded October - November 1970
Genre Progressive rock
Length 41:44
Label Atlantic Records
Producer(s) Yes and Eddie Offord
Professional reviews
Yes chronology
Time and a Word
(1970)
The Yes Album
(1971)
Fragile
(1971)

The Yes Album is the third album by British progressive rock band Yes. The first release to feature longtime guitarist Steve Howe, the album was released on Atlantic Records in February 1971 in the UK, a month later in the United States. This was the album that finally set Yes' career alight, with the album reaching #4 in the UK and, eventually, #40 in the U.S., where it was a platinum seller. In addition to being the first album to feature Steve Howe, this was also the last Yes album for over twelve years to feature Tony Kaye until his return in 1983. Cover of the Yes album The Yes Album. ... A Studio Album is an album of regular studio recordings. ... Yes are an English progressive rock band that formed in London in 1968. ... February 19 is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... For the unrelated Swedish music movement, see progg. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label that operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Yes are an English progressive rock band that formed in London in 1968. ... Eddie Offord is a noted record producer and engineer, who worked in his ADVISION Studio in London on some of the most famous albums in the 1970s. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 4_stars. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Yes are an English progressive rock band that formed in London in 1968. ... Time and a Word is the second album by progressive rock band Yes, released in mid-1970 in the UK and November 1970 in the US. This was the last Yes album to feature the groups original line-up, as Peter Banks was fired before the albums release. ... Fragile is the fourth album by British progressive rock band Yes. ... For the unrelated Swedish music movement, see progg. ... Yes are an English progressive rock band that formed in London in 1968. ... Yes guitarist Steve Howe in 2004 Stephen James Howe (b. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label that operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Yes guitarist Steve Howe in 2004 Stephen James Howe (b. ... Tony Kaye (born January 11, 1946) is a British musician born in Leicester, England with the name Anthony John Selvidge (some mistaken authors spell it Selridge). He was the original pianist and organist for the legendary progressive rock group Yes. ...


The Yes Album set the stage for the band's route to superstardom with Fragile and Close to the Edge. This was their first commercial success and, reportedly, it had to be or Atlantic was going to cut them loose. Fragile is the fourth album by British progressive rock band Yes. ... Close to the Edge is the fifth album by British progressive rock band Yes. ...

Contents

Features

Many features for which Yes became known are demonstrated for the first time on The Yes Album:

  • The "democratic" balance of the band -- with each member making his own significant contribution -- is seen here for the first time.
  • Steve Howe appeared with the band for the first time and played a very prominent role throughout. His solo acoustic tune, Clap (forever renamed "The Clap" by Anderson's mis-introduction on the live track) has always been a concert favourite of the band and their fans.

The Yes Album is generally considered a classic 1970s rock album and a highlight of the band's long career. The songs "Starship Trooper" and "I've Seen All Good People" are still staples of classic rock radio. In 2000 Q magazine placed it at number 86 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. Close to the Edge is the fifth album by British progressive rock band Yes. ... Tales From Topographic Oceans is the sixth studio album by British progressive rock band Yes. ... Relayer is the seventh studio album by the progressive rock band Yes. ... Q is a music and entertainment magazinepublished monthly in the United Kingdom. ...


Track listing

  1. "Yours Is No Disgrace" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Steve Howe/Tony Kaye/Bill Bruford) – 9:41
  2. "Clap" (Steve Howe) – 3:17
  3. "Starship Trooper" – 9:34
    1. "Life Seeker" (Jon Anderson)
    2. "Disillusion" (Chris Squire)
    3. "Würm" (Steve Howe)
  4. "I've Seen All Good People" – 6:56
    1. "Your Move" (Jon Anderson)
    2. "All Good People" (Chris Squire)
  5. "A Venture" (Jon Anderson) – 3:18
  6. "Perpetual Change" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire) – 8:54

The Yes Album (Atlantic 2400 101) reached #7 in the UK. It also reached #40 in the U.S. during a chart stay of 50 weeks. Jon Anderson (born October 25, 1944) is an English musician, best known as the lead singer of the progressive rock band Yes. ... Christopher Russell Edward Squire (born 4 March 1948), better known as Chris Squire is an English musician and the bassist and backing vocalist for the progressive rock group Yes, and is the only member of the group to appear on every album (co-founder Jon Anderson appeared on all but... Yes guitarist Steve Howe in 2004 Stephen James Howe (b. ... Tony Kaye (born January 11, 1946) is a British musician born in Leicester, England with the name Anthony John Selvidge (some mistaken authors spell it Selridge). He was the original pianist and organist for the legendary progressive rock group Yes. ... Bill Bruford on the cover of his album, Feels Good to Me William Scott Bruford (born May 17, 1949 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England), better known as Bill Bruford, is an influential British drummer known for his forceful, highly precise, polyrhythmic style. ... July 17 is the 198th day (199th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 167 days remaining. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ...


Personnel

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Reissues

  • 1988 - Atlantic - CD
  • 1994 - Atlantic - CD (Remastered)
  • 2001 - JPN Limited Edition - ???
  • 2003 - Rhino - CD (Remastered with bonus Tracks )

Rhino Reissue

The Yes Album was remastered and reissued in 2003 by Rhino Records with several bonus tracks, including a studio version of "Clap." The original LP and CD version of The Yes Album refer to the song as "The Clap," given Jon Anderson's erroneous introduction of the song on the original release. The Rhino reissue clears this matter up and correctly refers to the song as "Clap" on the traycard, as Steve Howe intended. Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ...


Trivia

  • The album cover shows Tony Kaye with his foot in a cast; this was due to a car accident shortly before which had broken it.
  • Jon Anderson is credited as John Anderson on the album. Shortly afterwards he dropped the "h" from his frst name, and on subsequent albums is credited as "Jon".
  • The Würm part of Starship Trooper is a continuous cadenza of chords (|G-Eb|C|) played by ensemble and repeated adlib: firstly accompaniment electric guitar and bass guitar on the right stereo channel, then acoustic guitar and drums from middle channel, then organ and effects from left channel, then starts the guitar solo, that's swapping from side to side. For almost a minute at the beginning (whole piece lasts about 3 minutes and half), the left channel is completely silent.

Sources

  • The Yes Album, CD booklet essay, Bill Martin, c.2003
  • AllMusicGuide.com
  • "Top Pop Albums 1955-2001", Joel Whitburn, c.2002
  • Yes Lyrics: The Yes Album
  • Prog Archives: The Yes Album
Yes
Jon Anderson | Chris Squire | Steve Howe | Rick Wakeman | Alan White
Peter Banks | Tony Kaye | Bill Bruford | Patrick Moraz | Geoff Downes | Trevor Horn | Trevor Rabin | Billy Sherwood | Igor Khoroshev
Discography
Studio albums: Yes | Time and a Word | The Yes Album | Fragile | Close to the Edge | Tales from Topographic Oceans | Relayer | Going for the One | Tormato | Drama | 90125 | Big Generator | Union | Talk | Open Your Eyes | The Ladder | Magnification
Live albums: Yessongs | Yesshows | 9012Live: The Solos | Keys to Ascension | Keys to Ascension 2 | House of Yes: Live from House of Blues
Compilations: Yesterdays | Classic Yes | Yesstory | The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection
Remix albums: Yes Remixes
Box sets: Yesyears | In a Word: Yes (1969 - ) | The Word is Live | Essentially Yes

 
 

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