CR’s So­cial Club

Every week we choose a clas­sic al­bum – some ob­scure, some well known – and share knowl­edge and opin­ion. Lis­ten and de­bate with us at: http://bit.do/aotw. Have your say on the his­tory of rock, one al­bum at a time… and you might just see your­self in print.

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The Yes Al­bum Yes (1971) WHAT YOU SAID

John Wil­son: I re­ally like this al­bum, and it gets bet­ter every time I hear it in its en­tirety. Usu­ally I lis­ten to half the al­bum in other ways, such as a live al­bum or my own playlist mixes, but hear­ing it all to­gether makes for a great re­lax­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The al­bum’s art­work isn’t one of my favourite of theirs by far though! Robert Dunn: I fell asleep lis­ten­ing to this. Cer­tainly there is a lot of ex­cel­lent mu­si­cian­ship on dis­play here, but (and this is my prob­lem with prog) a hell of a lot of it is just not nec­es­sary. At one point just af­ter I woke up, I hon­estly wasn’t sure if I had sim­ply dozed off for a few mo­ments or if I had skipped a few songs, it sounded like just any other twid­dly bit from what I had heard so far. It could be that I missed the good stuff dur­ing my nap, but I am not sure that I can lis­ten to this again. Great mu­si­cians, too much un­nec­es­sary twid­dling.

Glenn Ban­nis­ter: My un­re­li­able mem­ory tells me I first be­came aware of this al­bum by hear­ing Star­ship Trooper on The Fri­day Rock Show (in hap­pier times, when a main­stream rock show could in­dulge in such things). I quickly added it to my fledg­ling col­lec­tion. Although it came from a then rel­a­tively re­cent past, I was young and it seemed to come from a time long, long ago. It al­ready had a myth­i­cal aura, some­thing to be revered.

Lis­ten­ing to it now, I’m still might­ily im­pressed. I am a lit­tle sur­prised at how busy it all is, gui­tar, bass and drums of­ten go­ing off at tan­gents to each other, but never get­ting lost and held to­gether by the glue of the key­boards and those di­vine vo­cals. I don’t re­call ever think­ing this was overindul­gent, it was ac­ces­si­ble, even to my nascent tastes. Marvel­lous stuff, even if Clap re­mains com­pletely out of place.

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