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The Yes Album

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1971

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The Yes Album

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I'm punk innit so this sort of shit brings me out in hives, and it doesn't even have Rick Wakeman and his capes on it.

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I really like a lot of prog rock and prog metal, and I know yes is a big part of that, but I've never been able to really get into them in the past. This album was better than expected, but the song I recognized 'all good people' was definitely the low point IMO. There were good instrumentals throughout and i found myself enjoying a lot of it, but feeling embarrassed by other cheesy pieces. It's a 3.5 that I will begrudgingly rank up to a 4 because I gotta back up prog as a genre.

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5

Some grown ass white men have Dungeons & Dragons; I have classic Yes albums. Finally something I actually own! If this album is on the list in place of “Close to the Edge” that’s a shame, but I’ll take what I can get. Steve Howe is on my guitar Mt. Rushmore.

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Meh

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Like rush but boring

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5

Yes has always been a great band to mellow out to and enjoy. I am enjoying these moments of discovery.

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5

Fantastic! Already listened twice and will definitely be in regular circulation. Note: this is an album that is best listened to cover to cover.

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5

Great stuff, I love they mix the bass hot. Great musicianship, solid guitar fills and solos.

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5

This is and has everything I love about so-called rock music: power.. melody.. mystery...great musicianship... catchy riffs... majestic yet accessible. Don't let the 4 rather long songs put you off if you've not experienced this before, and it may take some time to sink in but it's best listened either in headphones or fully immersed stereo - and loud! Starship Troopers is my personal favourite here but each track stands out for different reasons. Chris Squire's growly bass and band vocal harmonies are specifically individual standouts throughout. 9/10. 5 stars.

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5

An amazing introduction into progressive rock. I really enjoy the bass in the tracks because of how clear it is. There's nothing really else to say other than that it's one of the greatest albums of all time. Highlights: 1, 3, 4, and 6.

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Pretty decent album. had no idea "Your Move" was part of a medley.

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The album starts with a loud declaration of 1971 sounds - Hammond organ, Rickenbacker bass, then a burst of beedly-beedly guitar playing and finally the banked harmonies of Jon Anderson. Some very nice and intricate guitar work on The Clap. And next is the full experience of Yes making progressive rock on Starship Trooper. I find the whole album very bitty - very well-executed, but so many disparate ideas cut and shunted together. I can hear definite Beatles echos in here, especially on Perpetual Change

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Meh

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sick riffs

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Prog? Yes

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5

Country music could do better. Half of the songs were garbage

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Great album

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Awesome!

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Tremendo album

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Uno de los pocos discos de progresivo de los grandes bandas del progresivo normie que se puede escuchar. Buenísimo.

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Always been one of my favourites

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A brilliant prog album that showcases Yes at their peak. It shows them moving away from making a regular album with 8 songs on it to having 6 songs where some are extended epics and others are quick and easy. Listened to this one before and it’s still easy to lose yourself in

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easiest 6/5 of my life

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Kicking off the trilogy of albums where Yes were at their most powerful creatively, The Yes Album is a classic of prog rock. A perfect balance of bass, keyboards, guitar and drums, with insane hippie vocals and some fantastic harmonising bringing it all together. The mammoth opener Yours Is No Disgrace is a sign of things to come, with Yes laying the ground work for their future prog epics. A fantastic song in its own right, it lets all the members shine, especially Howe and Anderson. The ending section of Starship Trooper is one of my favourite pieces of music, with the whole band building towards musical ecstasy. The dueling guitar solos at the end are a highlight The fantastic harmonising I mentioned really shines through on I've Seen All Good People, with Anderson, Squire and Howe nailing the three-part harmony. My only real issue with the album is all but 2 of the tracks fading out instead of working out a "proper" ending, but it's not really much of a detraction.

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5

I really enjoyed this album. I’m not terribly familiar with Yes but I’m glad I gave this a listen. There is a lot of jazz and classical influence and the album is structured into several mini-suites that challenge the rock form.

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Excellent

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Gefällt mir echt gut. Kam mir nach dem ersten Durchhören etwas richtungslos vor, daher gleich noch mal gehört. Nee, ist einfach nur ideenreich, seehr geil.

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rEALLY gOOD

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Великолепно!

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Ótimo disco! Chamou-me atenção, principalmente, as faixas "Your is no disgrace", "I've seen all good people" e "Perpetual change".

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classic

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5

Omg omg One of my very favorites

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5

Grooves hard

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Yes!

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I LOVE YES!!!!!!!

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Awsome

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5

Yes is one of my all-time favorite bands. I don't know how many times I have listened to this album before, and I have listened to individual tracks from the album at least a dozen times more than I've listened to the album as a whole. "Yours is No Disgrace" is a great way to start off the album. Bill Bruford (drums) and Chris Squire (bass) lay down a foundation and provide a propelling force through the whole song. There are great examples of what Steve Howe (guitar), Tony Kaye (keyboards), and Jon Anderson (vocals) bring to the mix. There is a reason that all 5 members get song writing credit for the first track. Most of the album fits in the same mood. Steve Howe's instrumental "Clap" feels out of place between "Yours is No Disgrace" and "Starship Trooper". "A Venture" is a little weak as well, but none of the songs are bad. The rest of the album is great. I will listen to this album again.

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Brilliant writing and musicianship.

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5

Classic album. Love every bit of it. A

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5

Solid psych rock

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5

Their best work imo

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5

Yes, that’s the name of the band. Listen to Roundabout. It will blow the classical music out your butt!

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Sure, I could try to be objective here. So many criticisms could fairly be levelled at Yes and all they represent: excessive, bloated prog with overly academic philosophising. In albums like this one, there’s often more focus on showing off instrumentally than concise songwriting, and don’t even get me started on those outfits. Could any music be less cool than this? The fact is, “The Yes Album” has long been one of my favourite albums of all time. In my teenage years, the band had already started to look like the mythical creatures they might have sang about. Prog still lived in a dark and secret place, vanquished from the mainstream, and hearing this band for the first time felt like unlocking a whole new language. When I listen now, I still get a kick out of the intro to “Yours Is No Disgrace”, with the whole band giving it their all. The perfectly paced “Wurm” sequence at the end of “Starship Trooper”: one of the best build-ups in rock. The harmonies and countermelodies used in “I’ve Seen All Good People”, enough to give the Beatles a run for their money. The thrilling instrumental break in “Perpetual Change” when we get two totally different recordings overlapping, panned hard left and right before the main hook returns. Any gripes people could have with prog rock are executed so well here, with such energy and enthusiasm that it’s hard not to just enjoy the ride. What’s more, “The Yes Album” captures the band in their more accessible early stages. It’s pre-Rick Wakeman and his myriad of keyboard solos, when the rot started to truly set in. While there might be many instrumental passages here, all of them hang on to some choppiness. It’s easier to be breathlessly swept along, rather than constantly checking the time and getting sick of the noodling. Chris Squire’s trebly bass is deliciously high in the mix, forming one of Yes’s many hallmark sounds. Guitarist Steve Howe had only just joined the band and does incredible work, from the duelling guitars at the climax of “Starship Trooper” to live acoustic showcase “Clap”. I’ve written this review as an unapologetic classic prog fan. I’m long past the point of trying to get anyone else into Yes, but I’ll snap up any opportunity to talk about why I love them.

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8/10 FT: A Venture

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Really good, some great guitar work on the less well known tracks. Loved it

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While worse than their other album, it's still above average and warrants a 4, although it's closer to a 3.5 than a 4

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The 2nd Yes album in the list. I really enjoy this band.

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ожидаемо хорошо

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Yes.

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yes - C

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Sounds very influential. Enjoyed

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Progressive history. Quality over quantity

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Another good album by Yes. Not as ambitious as the Edge but I enjoyed the use of the Portuguese guitar and the more traditional rock elements.

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- Solid prog rock with a taste of psychedelia in the longer songs

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Not like to much

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Prog gets dumped on all the time, and Yes is one of the bands held up as its worst criminals. However, this album shows that Yes' songwriting could be really tight, melodic and dare I say it, catchy. One of the most unfairly maligned bands. Great album, this. Now, if we're talking ELP albums or any of the Yes-men's solo efforts, yeah, those are rancid by and large.

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Solo conocía un par de canciones previamente, pero me ha encantado. Le falta algo para llegará 5 estrellas, pero es genial

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Beginning of a gold era for the band and the genre.

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Pues sí lo disfruté.. Pero como con todo el prog, me conflictua que a pesar de que se supone que es innovador, no se siente así, es música demasiado bien hecha a ratos que pierde algo de encanto. Anyway, la que más me gustó the clap

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Good album, that I hadn't heard before.

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Europe Neil Young The Who Liberace Jeff Buckley Django Reinhardt I'm at track 2.

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Liked it, a bit long / repetitive, think if I listened a few more times I'd really get into it

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4/5 This was a pleasant surprise I may say!

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This is easily one of my fav prog rock albums and it’s not even the best ‘yes’ album. Great guitar work with passionate singing and an upbeat sound. 9/10

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No soy muy fan de las canciones muy largas. O sea tienen que ser piezas muy buenas para que no me gane el impulso de cambiarle. No terminé el álbum jajajaja pero está ok

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A more mellowed down LP of what’s to come. But the full sounds and mysticism are already there. Also remasterings here bummed me out. BUT YES YES YES!

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Um not sure what to put here hmmm the only Yes song I knew was Roundabout because of an anime I started and never finished. My parents didn't listen to rock when I was growing up, so there are many classic albums I've never heard and wouldn't have known where to start. I liked this well enough. A Venture is probably my favorite.

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deluxe version on spotify, 9 tracks, 52 min, okay lets go. something about the singing reminds me of the police. second song's just instrumental. so far they use lyrics sparingly and i do mostly like them. catch my soul, catch the very light. okay some longer tracks have parts, cool. its like different songs but... in one... other longer tracks arent divided like that but they didn't drag on anyway, with enough change ups and build ups, i especially liked perpetual change and i added it to my playlist for songs over 7 min long, i'll revisit that song and starship trooper if not the whole album. it was enjoyable really.

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Pretty good

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Classic

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Nice

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Surprised by the year on this one. Had some sounds of Rush and Crosby stills and Nash in terms of instrumentals and vocals respectively. We definitely listen to it again.

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I’d heard some Yes songs before but never actually listened through an album. Crazy how much of them you can hear in the 70s/80s prog rock bands that came in later. There’s a few weak points on this album but overall the instrumental work on here and composition is very impressive

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4

After listening to this twice it really grew on me. Needs to be listened with headphones. Great tone.

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My first full YES album, and it delivered in a lot of ways. Didn't blow my mind, but they have some great song craft and very complex melodies/rhythm. Nice themes and album continuity as well.

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Yes!

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Royalty of progressive rock. This is one I knew some of but never heard as a complete work. It’s solid four.

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Super talented group of guys, really interesting album

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Concept album for sure. But I’ve seen all good people is a hit in its own right.

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7/10

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Incredible musicianship backed up by good songwriting

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Almost psychadelic.

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Quite a pleasant surprise.

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I wore this album out on cassette tape in my youth.

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First time hearing it. I wasn’t able to figure out the time signature of the final song.

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A good album of a legendary band 4/5

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I kinda liked it. Never heard it before, The Yes sound we know from "Owner of a Lonely Heart" that became famous in the 80th is pretty notable. Love the base. And Andersons voice is very recognizable. Interesting concept only having 6 songs (but then several have 2 or 3 segments.)

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It's got a solid sound. 8/10

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7/10. I like the format, but want to come back to this one and give it a closer listen.

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Quite good. 8

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8/10. Nice album w a lot of groovy songs, it was cheesy but just in the way that I expect prog rock to be.

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The Yes Album by Yes (1971) Progressive rock can only be assessed in retrospect. It is not ‘progressive’ in a political (Marxist) sense, where the end is already in view and the object is to get there as soon as possible by any means necessary. But neither is progressive rock merely experimental. It breaks into new ground where others follow. The Yes Album was a step into that new territory. The Russian poet Osip Mandelstam (1891-1938) described his poetic compositional process as beginning with a ‘hum’ or a ‘ringing in the ears’, followed by a sound that, in turn, prompted a ‘moving of the lips’, and called forth words (Nadezhda Mandelstam, Hope Against Hope, p. 71 [Unlike Solzhenitsyn, Osip Mandelstam did not survive the Gulag.]). One gets a clear sense that a similar process is at work in the development of the music of The Yes Album. The sound informs the selection of words—lyrics that beg rhythmic elaboration. Narrative is incidental. Euphony is paramount. Passion is subterranean—indeed it is shifted from the heart of the artist to the heart of the beholder. The music of Yes is like a mind workout—a labor of the intellect, after which the soul feels refreshed. Heavily colored with close vocal three-part harmonies led by Jon Anderson, virtuoso guitar by Steve Howe and melodic bass lines by Chris Squires, this music challenges the listener with elaborate yet sensible variations in tempo, key, and balance—a delight to the ears. And what Tony Kaye adds on piano, organ, and synthesizer (e.g., “I’ve Seen All Good People” and “A Venture”) is heavenly. This is music that succeeds without hooks and grooves. You’re not likely to whistle these tunes, but the music sticks. I remember in high school when this album came out, there were those who dug Yes and those who dug, say, Three Dog Night. Those who dug The Yes Album were likely to also like classical music. Those who dug Three Dog Night were likely to get sent to the office for chewing gum. 4/5

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Angesichts der sonstigen yes-Erfahrungen wirklich gut hörbar!!! Gute Musik

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Schon n besonderes Album!

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4.5

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Back in the day, there used to be a really good second hand record shop called Catapilla in Exeter, where a lot of my albums came from during the period when everyone was moving to CD and ditching their vinyl. This still has the price label on it, I think it was UKP3.99. It's one of my favourite Yes albums, there might be some long songs but it has more direction than some of the albums that come after it. Probably because Tony Kaye wanted to keep things simple and Rick Wakeman (who replaced him) obviously didn't (and was brought in to be more expansive). Never quite sure if I like Jon Anderson's voice but it works better in the harmonies and always love Chris Squire's bass.

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Surprised to actually like this. I've always believed I hated Yes, but apparently I don't. I seem to be a closet prog-rocker.

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Solid but every song went on for a bit too long, still enjoyed. Also me and Mick got this album at same time

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Enjoyed…Dad had this on on vinyl.

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I dig this sort of early prog rock, it insists upon itself but it's fun. 4/5.

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jammy, enjoyable

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4

Excellent album. Love this early prog stuff.... literally anything goes. Fantastic musicianship

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This was another nice surprise. I enjoyed it.

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Coop album! Some jazz in there as well as rock. I liked it a lot

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This is my favorite Yes album...especially Yours is no Disgrace and Starship Trooper. I like its generally upbeat feel and accessibility. 4 🌟

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better than i thought it might be - a little irritating in places but mostly good

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I really liked that great prog, 8/10

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Very progressive! Unlike anything I have heard.

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Ridiculous Steely Dan sounds on track one (not sure who predates who). Amazing guitar on The Clap and hilarious song name

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Love Yes...and Prog rock in general. Great musicianship coupled with some catchy melodies.

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my dad owned this for years and I never listened, now I don't understand why not - some weird stuff yes, but also some pretty excellent stuff, reminiscent of late beatles, which is never a bad thing

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4

Doesn't quite reach the heights of their next two albums, but as a glimpse of prog to come this is a pretty fantastic record

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Great album, would add a song or two to my playlist. Don't surround yourself with yourself 4/5

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YES to Yes 👏🏼

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Tough Listen....... In fact, unlistenable You really gotta want to hear this. Couldn't get past the first 10min epic

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Great prog-rock, I miss this genre a lot

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Cool stuff, I could only imagine how mind blowing it was 50 years ago.

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When I first started exploring prog this album and Yes in general were an early stop. Ah, I miss the days when I got used records for a buck... Anyway this is a solid Yes album, but not their best. Their best was released later in the same year, hell the album released the following year was better than this too. There I go getting off track again. Anyway, this is just a good, enjoyable Yes album. If you don't like cheese you will probably hate it. Despite the dated sound in some aspects its pretty damn enjoyable. There's so many great musicians in this band and Jon Anderson has a pleasant voice if you ask me. One last thing: why did they go through with naming a song The Clap? How unfortunate.

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Musique de puceaux mais c'est cool Prefs: Yours Is No Disgrace, Starship Trooper, Perpetual Change Moins pref: A Venture

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4.5

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Rock progresivo viejuno. No llega a vinilo.

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Rock progresivo viejuno. No llega a vinilo.

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Cooool

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Yes

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Genre: Progressive Rock 4/5 Yes is one of the most important groups in the history of progressive rock, and were one of the prog rock groups in the early going focusing their energy on symphonic arrangements and lush, orchestral style melodies, rather than the psych/prog rock stylings of Pink Floyd or King Crimson. Their third album, their first to gain any real traction amongst listeners, The Yes Album, is a perfect example of this concept and they execute it near flawlessly. With only 6 songs to parse through, Yes gives us a manicured musical statement that goes to showcase their best work of the time. Starship Trooper and Perpetual Change are two examples of the prog epic, stretching the song form to its limits while maintaining the group’s signature symphonic tendencies. The players on this album are all virtuosos. Howe, Kaye, Squire, and Bruford provide exceptional backing tracks for another true rock legend, vocalist Jon Anderson, who sounds just as good here as any of the instrumentalists do. A real gem, and while I don’t think it’s Yes’ best, or their most essential, it’s a classic listen that should reward any rock fan.

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Not sure what's going on in the cover photo but perfectly pleasant music. I'd like to give it 3.5 stars but my last album was circle jerks who got twice as many songs into half the time so that makes me want to round down on this one. No, that's not fair. I like several of the songs quite a bit.

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Un bon album prog, j'adore Yes et celui-ci ne fait pas exception. Cependant, ce n'Est pas mon préférée qui est aussi sur la liste. 4.75

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Not a prog fan at all but this is just a fantastic combination of great tunes - something most prog appears to leave out - and twiddly widdly arrangements that have just enough sixties still about them. Great.

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sank into this in a really enjoyable way

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Easy listening punk,

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Just a solid set of progressive rock. The vocal harmonies are tight, the bass playing in particular is incredibly impressive. Each song moves in such a way that feels natural, but keeps you engaged. Favorite tracks: "Yours Is No Disgrace", "Starship Trooper"

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Another one I had in my LP collection in my early teens as I grew up and into what I reluctantly call "progressive rock" (I cannot bring myself to call it by the abbreviated name). I say 'reluctantly' because although I can get my head around the label, it messes up my perception of how to describe a vast ocean of rock. If a band we don't normally associate with the genre cuts some more complicated tracks, or whatever characteristic one might ascribe to the genre, are they now in the genre? Anyway, I digress. Back to this album. I listened to it quite frequently in my teens but hadn't listened to it in a long, long time. Still holds up well. Steve Howe on guitar, Chris Squire on bass, Tony Kaye on keys (later to be replaced by Rick Wakeman, which worked out very well), and Bill Bruford on drums...that's one insanely amazing line-up. One can hear their varied backgrounds -- quite a bit of classical training and quite serious jazz chops -- and I'm glad they came together for this band. Jon Anderson's voice is incredible and he can do things very few rock singers could do. Personally, it gets a little high-pitched for me, but that's just a matter of my own taste. No slight meant to him. Impressive album. Glad I got to hear it again.

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Yes

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very good, enjoyed it more than I expected

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5/7/2022 - ALBUM #100 Today's Album: "The Yes Album" by Yes - This is an album I have already heard before, but it's great to get another listen of it more in depth. I have always liked Yes for their smooth style of prog rock and great vocals, but I had mostly stuck to their album, "Fragile". With so many other albums by the band after Fragile, it seemed hard to pick one to listen to next, but THIS album is a great choice to follow up with. The opening track Yours Is No Disgrace opens up the album with 9 minutes of pure PROG. In this track they sound a lot like Kansas, but with this new-rock filter on it and the more I listen to this album as a whole, it really feels like it's THE inspiration for so many of the sounds I love in prog rock . The guitar sounds super crisp in the mix and the bassist is going absolutely nuts as usual. The Gap totally shifts gears with a solo acoustic guitar going absolutely crazy with some very impressive finger picking. It's a great upbeat track and is just so damn impressive. The 3 part Starship Trooper transitions expertly between various tempos, moods, and grooves. I especially love the vocals on this track and although it does drag a bit in some spots, there's a lot of great sonic moments on this track. The slow building third part crescendo's up into the end and gives the track a real feeling of significant progression, not to even mention the killer guitar solos. I've Seen All Good People is a 2 part track, but this one is much more accessible and fun. I love the opening vocal harmonies and the pounding bass drum gives this track a lovely meditative feeling to it. This is truly some of Yes's best songwriting and the vocals are just so damn silky smooth. I don't even feel like I could get into everything that makes this track amazing because there are just so many beautiful, well-performed layers, but the do-do chorus is absolutely a highlight and the way the mood picks up from part 1 to part 2 is so well done. Both parts compliment each other so well and it's really impressive that the band is able to make the whole thing feel so cohesive. The much shorter track, A Venture, feels like it could have been a Supertramp track with very similar vocals, instrumentation, and song structure. It's a bouncy, yet brooding track and although the beginning feels sort of slow and boring, the interplay between the piano, bass, and drums in the end of the track is just really memorizing and sounds great. The closing track, Perpetual Change is pretty much exactly that, with the band exploring so many different ideas and switching up the beat constantly. It is a little disorienting at some points, but I really think they do a great job of keeping the momentum of this track going throughout all of the switch ups and some of the chorus melodies are really lovely and catchy. This track is similar to I've Seen All Good People where it's just so massive and amazing that it's hard to describe everything great about it. It really should just be experienced. Overall, this is a progressive rock album through and through and as much as I tried to keep my love of prog out of any bias for this review, it's impossible for me to not just love this album. The instrumental performances are all so energetic and on point and the vocals are heavenly. Give this one a listen if you like prog even a little and I promise it's a great time. There's some less exciting moments in here, but when the album reaches it's highs, it really knocks it out of the park. Highlights: Yours Is No Disgrace, The Gap, Starship Trooper, I've Seen All Good People, Perpetual Change Score: 8.5/10 A fantastic demonstration of the power of prog rock

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Echt een top progressief rock album, wist niet dat Yes zoveel andere goede muziek had

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Bon album de Yes. Plus rock, moins compliqué que Close To the Edge.

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Great album. Epics are great. A few throwaways but that's ok.

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of course it's great

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The instrumentals are amazing. There was a lack of lyrics, but the instruments made up for it.

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Generally pleasant to listen to and some interesting sounds but overall, not my most favourite album

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Better than expected

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Better than I anticipated. Wide-ranging and fun.

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Really like this record, and Steve Howe's guitar playing in particular. However, it was in the albums that followed where I feel Yes really hit their stride, both in terms of composition and performance. Regardless, a nice collection of songs and a sign of what was to come.

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Nothing to stand out here, but enjoyed the album. Probably needs another few spins.

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A Yes Album with some good tunes.

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Starts out amazing. Some great tracks go into some ok tracks. Then "I've seen all good people" comes on and it'd amazing. Rest of thr album is ok 3.5

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Fav song: I've Seen All Good People

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Not bad, a bit generic.

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Good European big-hair 70s rock.

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Probably a 4 star album of I was rating 20-30 years ago.

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Pretty fun, I need to spend more time with Yes because their catalog seems huge.

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All over the place. It was pretty ok but not really something I’d bother with on the reg.

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olroit

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i'm down to jam hard to "owner of a lonely heart" any time but this prog rock stuff.....not for me.

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this was a great listen

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Very prog much wow. Great instrumentation.

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I liked the album but didn't love it.

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yes

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Me la pasé bien, así nomás. Tampoco regresaría mucho a él, pero para acompañar mientras haces otras cosas no está mal. Sobre todo con sus canciones de largo aliento. Tiene una apertura muy movidita, que luego no se recupera, "The Clap" también fue una canción curiosa dentro del conjunto. En fin, "Starship Trooper: Life Seeker - Single Version" me gustó. 7/10

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Surprisingly good. 3.5

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This is much better than the album "Fragile". I think that is more "conventional" but for sure better.

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Rock medio psicodélico y sin estridencias. Agradable de escuchar

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A pleasant, AOR album. The iconic "I see good people" is represented here in its multiple incarnations, as well as other classics.

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it was ok

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This is quite enjoyable - long-form songs but good hooks and it doesn't go neo-classical which is always a good thing.

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Yes? Maybe.

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Almost really like it, but there is just not enough to get above a 3/3.5. Instruments are good and vocals are fine but nothing jumps off the page and its a shorter album. If you are going to only have 6 songs there is not much room for filler

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Finally got round to listening to YES, The Yes Album. Three outstanding tracks - Yours is no disgrace, Starship Trooper and I've seen all good people. 3/5. Listened to Fragile by mistake first which I believe is a better album.

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Some really interesting stuff on this album. Really innovative instrumental and recording techniques, which I assume is what put this on the list. Also interesting to have multiple songs arranged into a single track.

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so much guitar.

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classic rock

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Another prog rock album. Not bad

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What I've now learnt to be a classic Yes album. Amazing musicianship, mad lyrics and long songs.

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Surprisingly conventional rock. Pleasant singing. Some good bits - Wurm sounds like 90s grunge riffing. Was expecting more exquisite Chris Squire Rickenbacker picking like Roundabout.

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Não sei bem por que eu fiquei tão preso em Pink Floyd quando era jovenzinho, minha vida musical teria sido diferente se eu tivesse explorado mais o progressivo.

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While the ho-dunk diddles throughout are an enjoyable interlude, they weren't enough for me to feel like there was really anything that made each song standout and more so, anything that made this album stand out from other similar work.

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A lot more psychedelic than i expected. Lots of nice picky accoustic stuff like Leo Kotke then goes to space-age psych. Not sure it works together as a coherent album, but whatever... it was an enjoyable listen.

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it was a really nice sound!

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First song was good. All I've listened to so far.

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Pretty good, technically excellent and sounds great.

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This album is the epitome of Yes: oddly long songs that are only connected through the key and some sporadic lyrics. The rhythms and sounds make each song feel like a road trip through the mountains, and even though I don't like how lengthy they are, I can appreciate it. Favorite track: The Clap

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It was ok, a few good songs but not really anything that I'd wanna listen to again

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Pretty catchy. Not my thing

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Mellow album to put on in the background. Not sure I'd listen on purpose though. The talent is palpable and obvious but just not my thing.

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Rating: 6/10

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Time signatures

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A good album from an ambitious rock band. Many interesting songs and instrumental arrangements.

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The usual 70s classic rock. Cool guitar, lyrics remind me of Phish.

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Prog. Best Tracks: Yours Is No Disgrace; I've Seen All Good People; Perpetual Change

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Prog. 7/10

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Test

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We like progressive music, but this one is both aged and surpassed. Also, it's not Yes' best.

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Technically brilliant but seemingly self-aware prog rock. Meh

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Eh a 2.5 but I guess not that bad. Songs were unnecessarily long but musically it was ok though. More like a long jam session.

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Yes is one of those bands you either connect with or you don’t. They’re incredibly talented and their music doesn’t really have any flaws per se. The most you can ding them for is a little self-indulgence (ahem, "Perpetual Change"), which is true of a lot of bands of their genre/era. Short and sweet review, this album is really good, but I didn't connect with it as much as I did with Close to the Edge. It includes two of the all-time great, must-hear tracks from the band, “I've Seen All Good People” and “Starship Trooper.” The inclusion of the live instrumental "The Clap" was a weird choice that I don’t think served the overall album very well. Fave Songs: I've Seen All Good People, Starship Trooper, Yours is No Disgrace, A Venture

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The Yes Album is 'ok'. It is not bad, and there are some catchy moments where it is enjoyable as an afterthought, and then that is it: an afterthought that might slowly creep into your humming lexicon over years of exposure. It has that classic rock appeal in 2021 that would make this ideal for any rotation in some place like a garage or shared workspace. The music is benign, to put it nicely, and the vocals are easily ignored. It is prog-rock after all, and the whole ignore-me-while-I-am-over-here-doing-my-own-thing just bleeds from this album. So this listener will do just that, not even curious enough to wonder what it is that is being missed here.

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Anfang, Yours Is No Disgrace, hat mich direkt zum Fam gemacht. Stücke 2 und 4, The Clap und I‘ve Seen All Good People mit ihrem Folk und ihrem Bluesrock aber wieder abgewöhnt. Perpetual Change fand ich dann wieder psycehedelisch und gut; insgesamt aber wird das nur ne 2,8.

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Good soup 3.0

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Первый альбом Yes без кавер версий. По делу ничего сказать не могу)

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Meh

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Not really my thing couldn’t listen to the whole thing

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Pretty fun, classic prog

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Interesting stuff

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Good.

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Actually not bad, if you don't mind the high pitched voice

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I'm not a huge fan of anything labelled as prog rock, and at first listen I was unimpressed by this album - it went down slightly smoother on a Saturday morning repeat, but this isn't one I'd listen to regularly.

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Prog rock that just never got going

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Le groupe Yes ne surprend plus, c'est le moins que l'on puisse dire, avec ce troisième album ne m'ayant pas fait le moindre effet. Fort heureusement, cela en est desormais terminé de ce groupe, que l'on ne devrait plus revoir sur les antennes du générateur.

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Je me souviens encore du jour où le groupe Yes s'est fait connaître en direct à la télévision. J'étais alors en vacances et regardais la version française de l'émission X Factor avec mes grands-parents dans leur maison située à Montalivet. Dans l'épisode en question, plusieurs jeunes garçons avaient défilé devant les jurés individuellement mais aucun n'avait vraiment fait l'unanimité. "Ce sera un no pour moi" s'était exclamé Christophe Willem pour chacun d'entre eux. "Ce sera un no pour moi aussi" avait rajouté Véronique Dicaire. "Je vois un certain potentiel alors je vais vous donner un yes." avait tenter de contrebalancer Henry Padovani sous les applaudissements du public. Olivier Schultheis, après avoir également accordé un yes à chacun d'eux, eut alors une idée de génie. Il avait convoqué les garçons et leur avait soumis l'idée suivante : "Vous allez monter un boys band. Et vous vous appellerez Yes, ça fera un super pied de nez à Christophe Willem." Ils acceptèrent et leur succès fut fulgurant. Mes grands-parents n'en revenaient pas. Leur maison est devenu un restaurant peu de temps après qu'ils l'ont vendue.

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unlike my wife, I don't hate Yes. but I thought this was a pretty average album. one really great song, but the rest was generic prog rock.

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A seminal album from an often overlooked and underappreciated group from the late 60's / early 70's rock hay day. This album has notable tracks and singles, as well as strong B-Sides. The most impressive part is the length, it is short and sweet and doesn't overstay its welcome in the slightest, making it an album that begs for multiple listenings.

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Este disco me quiere gustar pero no me llega a atrapar así de primeras; quizás es de esos que van creciendo poco a poco en uno. Aún así, tengo la intuición de que nunca llegará a ser apasionante. Lo que más me llama la atención es esa especie de pulsaciones que suenan en "Your Move", que no sé si están hechas con el bajo, la batería o un corazón humano. Habrá que dar más oportunidades a Yes. Yes, you can.

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2nd listen. Wish I liked it more than I do. It's good, but not that great for me. 3/5

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Rock progresivo.

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Pretty good album with one great song.

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Yes... This album is both interesting and bland at times. It can be very great musically, great instrumentation and meshing with the vocals, but at times, it feels boring. Feels like it is trying to capture the essence of a pop rock band feel, but way too in the lines. It sounded cookie cutter at times, which may have been the reason I found it boring at times. Good album, but can get lost in between.

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This has my dad written all over it. 9 minute progressive suites and a random 3 minute acoustic guitar solo.

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Yes thanks

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Would enjoy more if the songs weren’t so long

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Not bad.

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Je comprends que c’est le premier album de Yes qui amorce la route vers le succès, mais j’aurais laissé la place à d’autres albums. Pour ce qui est de la musique, la fin de Starship Trooper est vraiment cool, mais j’aurais commencé le solo plus tôt. I’ve Seen All Good People est dans les meilleures pièces du groupe.

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7/10 Best Song - Yours is no disgrace

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Pleasantly surprised. Thought they’d be more rock or more…something else

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Good

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Proggy noodler nonsense. It's okay

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I mean...this album was a whole lot of meh for me. Didn't love it, didn't hate it either. Fave track, "A Venture," was pretty good. But even then, not blown away. Can't say this was a waste of time--I see the appeal--but I didn't adore it either. Solidly middle of the road for me.

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Premier album important du groupe. La fin de Starship Trooper est vraiment cool, mais le solo est un peu loin. Le build up pour s'y rendre aurait pu être mieux construit. I’ve Seen All Good People est dans les meilleures pièces du groupe.

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C’est ok. Moins l’fun que Close to the edge et un peu pas mal similaire. Bref, ça n’ajoute rien de plus à la liste.

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3.5, and I really was on the fence between 3 and 4. The problem with this album was, even though I enjoyed The Clap, most tracks I found myself enjoying little moments instead of the overall sound. It was interesting, sure, but that unfortunately doesn't always translate to enjoyment. I would definitely use this as background music but would need to listen more carefully if I wanted to appreciate it more.

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Ik kan dit soort dingen altijd wel waarderen.

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Interesting album enjoyed listening to their psychedelic ramblings. One thing this process has taught me is not to fear songs longer than 10 minutes!!

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Instrumentally, Yes are a fine group and this is displayed on the album via lengthy suites, featuring plenty of guitar and keyboard interplay. Vocally, they're a bit iffy, there's some nice harmonies, but I feel they lack a strong lead singer for the material. Jon Anderson sounds like he would be better off singing in a pop group. I quite enjoyed 'Your Move', which is the first part of 'I've Seen All Good People' plus the solo Portuguese guitar instrumental 'Clap' (recorded live) displays the technical prowess of guitarist Steve Howe. Overall it's well above average, but there are better prog albums. That is quite a cool album cover though.

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The opening to Yours Is No Disgrace is such a jam. I'm less sold on the vocals to be totally honest, but everything in between is fantastic. I'm also enjoying the bass lines a lot. The more of the song I hear though, the less the vocals throw me off. But still, the guitar work >>> vocals in this track. The Clap is a nice breather after Yours Is No Disgrace. Starship Trooper is really funky, and I always appreciate a song with movements. The second movement is fantastic, I love the guitar in it. No thoughts, head empty, just vibes. I've Seen All Good People has some FUN organ work. One of my favorite instruments, honestly. Again, vocals aren't selling me, but the instrumental behind the track is amazing. The opening to Perpetual Change is AMAZING. I love love love it. Overall, this was a fun album, with a lot of insanely cool instrumental work that was hampered in my opinion by the vocals. If it was purely an instrumental album, I would have loved it so much more.

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Didn't love it. 70s prog rock always feels like they're trying to squeeze so many showy performances and studio tricks into a song they forget to write a compelling tune. This is a whole album of that.

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5

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Decent I guess

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alcune ascoltabili.. altre si perdono

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They’re so good, so good... but I don’t really care!

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Largely overblown bollocks

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It’s a no from me.

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NO. that is my new default answer when someone tells me to listen to yes. this would have got a very solid 1 if it wasn't for the second track 'the clap'. that's some dope ass shit right there.

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Better than the last Yes album we had but still a bit too prog for me. Best track: Starship Trooper

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There are moments of brilliance but the songs are too packed full and overly long to fully appreciate them. Like a ray of sunshine on a piss wet through day.

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Well I can finally say I've heard a Yes album. Inoffensive 70s prog nonsense. The dog liked it.

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Alright album. Nothing special. Long songs that are filled with extended periods of instrumentals. One of the singers voice is slightly higher pitched and can get annoying. 4.7/10

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Never listened to a full Yes album until now. Meh.

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Kind of odd. Really long songs.

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not my vibe everything sort of blended together which works for me sometimes but not in this case not a big fan of the vocals i'd heard of yes but never really heard their music and i'm probably not gonna rush out to hear more

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A gentler kind of prog rock. Not too much about space-aliens, which is a relief. Although the genre isn't really for me, I preferred this to previous prog rock offerings. A strong and mostly enjoyable start and finish, but it gets a bit lost in the middle and I'm not keen on the sudden and seemingly random changes within songs. Why not just make them separate tracks as they don't seem particularly connected. The live acoustic noodle as track 2 is also bit out of place and interrupts the flow. 2.5/5

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I'm all for a bit of prog. but this sounds dated to the point of quaintness.

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I'm sorry Prog Rockers - not my thing. Yeh, it's well crafted, but no.

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This is surely an overgeneralization, but progressive rock is music for guys. I mean, have there ever been women at a Rush show who weren't dragged there by a boyfriend, husband or brother? Anyway, this album by Yes. It doesn't sound as clean as something by Rush, Dream Theater or Roger Waters. (Confession: I've only heard the two former because of my husband, not by choice.) It has a tinny quality, but maybe that's from the era of the recording. It seems like the band is trying too hard to be both very technical, showing off with lots of solos, but tap into some of the more mainstream success of other contemporary British bands. The first few songs, I thought to myself, "what is this?," but as the album progressed, I realized I'd heard many of the songs previously. I can respect that some progressive rock is difficult to play due to its complexity. However, I don't like to listen to it. I don't want to have to listen to an album ten times to get used to listening to it.

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I've dabbled a good deal in Dad Rock (TM), but somehow Yes never much entered my purview. I'm familiar with 2 or 3 of their 'big hits', but this was my first time venturing deeper. I was surprised at how much it just reminded me of other bands. It felt like a mashup of CSNY, Boston, and Styx, with a sprinkling of Jesus Christ Superstar. It was *fine*, but there wasn't much here to grab me and I don't much care for their vocal work. They do get a bump of +0.5 points for using 'yes' as the first syllable uttered on the album, but that is negated with the -0.5 points they receive for their decision to feature an open toed shoe (?) front and center on the cover art. Is it a cast? A broken sock? Either way he looks cold.

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A no from me.

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Ihan hauskaa ja piristävää musisointia. Tästä(kin) kuitenkin jäi wow-efektit kokonaan pois

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Ei nyt ihan suoraan vituttanut, mutta osa biiseistä aivan liian pitkiä. Muutamia komeita hetkiä siellä täällä ja ei missään nimessä ansaitse titteliä mestariteos.

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Very dated

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old school happy go lucky folk rock. Your Move is kind of interesting, but a lot of it just plodded by for me.

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A below average album that does little to set itself apart from every single other release from the era.

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On the whole pretty irritating, and I’m not a far of the vocal style. Starship Trooper is by far and away the best track on the album and the other tracks are all pretty poor by comparison. Also it really annoys me when a band includes a live track on a studio album. Won’t revisit

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Somehow both poppier and more boring than I was expecting.

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Meh

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Didnt really get me interested for more

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A Yes album, even The Yes Album, doesn't feel like a Yes album unless Rik Wakeman and Roger Dean is involved. Now, that's piffle. This is clearly a Yes album, it sounds exactly like Yes, the songs are firmly in the Yes scool of lyricism and thematics, and whereas Roger has become inseparable from Yes, Rick Wakeman's been in and out of them more often than the crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth with your mum. Now, I am not a Yes fan, I subscribe to the standard that Yes were bloated and bizarrely inane, despite the grandiosity of their lyrical and musical conceits. I understand that the fans consider Starship Trooper one of their monuments, and I acknowledge that the last movement of it has a proper driving frug. And that occasional frug is the best of Yes. However, between each instance of frug there's about 15 minutes of quite boring, quite charmless noodling. But how would a band like Yes grasp the aesthetic of less being more? They're Yes, not the Ramones.

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I guess my take on Yes hasn't changed much from what I listended to "Close to the Edge". The band is clearly talented, the production is over the top good, and there is no doubt that the band has a huge following and has influenced countless other bands and artists. For whatever reason, I personally just can't connect with the music. It feels showboaty and a bit sterile. There were moments in the latter half of "Yours is No Disgrace" and "Starship Trooper", where I picked up on something, but the whole vibe still feels like it's at an arm's length. Another review wrote that it was like rush, but boring, and I think that sums it up perfectly.

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Canzoni lunghette... Non male lo stile, ma poco altro, lo trovo un po' noioso. Sono d'accordo che il prog rock sia bello e che siate bravi a includere tutti quegli strumenti, però per fortuna le canzoni di 9 minuti non hanno preso piede negli anni. Immagino che l'assunzione di acidi prima o durante l'ascolto faccia tutta la differenza del mondo.

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English prog, Quite Boring part of that scene

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Helt ok. Gillade Close To The Edge mer. Stör mig också mer och mer på Jon Andersons gnälliga röst, den har samma energi som fick mig att ogilla The Flaming Lips. Rent musikaliskt är det dock inget fel alls, härliga och experimentella riffs. Bäst är det när Anderson håller käft och låter bandet göra vad de gör bäst - spela fet rock. Som i mitten på Yours Is No Disgrace, och sista delen av Starship Trooper - Würm. Bästa låt: Starship Trooper.

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Few good songs, not the best thing I’ve listened to.

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4/10

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The energy of this album jumps all around the place. I can hear its influence in the synth-pop that happened in the decades to come and even a bit of 90s alt folk rock. I wasn't especially grabbed by this album but I respect its craftmanship.

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booooring

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I mean it’s not bad but to me it was a bit boring, sorry about this one

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Fine.

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p226, 1971. 2 star Prog rock hence excessive musical wankage :( Jon Anderson, can't stand his voice :(( Dodgy lyrics. Shame as the rest of it is good, especially Steve Howe's guitar work. 2 stars for production, and guitar work in general, especially on Clap.

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Not my style, but jojo

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Maybe I just don't like prog rock much?

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Parece que va a ser bonico, pero es bastante rollo. Un poco musical inventado. Cantan bien. No lo volvería a escuchar.

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Background music. I know it was playing but it might as well have been white noise.

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If you are into this type of sound, I'm sure this is fabulous. I'm not into it at all.

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Far too wsnky for me but clearly there's s lot going on to save it from a 1

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Whole album felt very bland and boring, only song I kinda enjoyed was Starship trooper, most of the songs but dragged on for too long.

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Pas un fan... Assez disparate comme album, la toune(tte) de guit comme 2ième toune c'est pas très bon La bass est pas plate mais la guit c'est pas tjrs full inspiré... lots of noodling... J'aurais préféré en mono je crois, les trips de panning sont limite dérangeants (remaster 2005) Clairement Beau Dommage et harmonium ont écouté du Yes😄

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How about no...

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Tsja, twijfelgeval. Enerzijds vind ik het best vrolijk. Anderzijds vind ik het zo enorm jaren zeventig. Ik moet streng zijn.

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Normaal gesproken kan ik het nog best waarderen maar today was not the day for yes.

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Meh.

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Okay, like elements but not a prog rock fan from the albums I've heard so far.

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1.5

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pls stop

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I couldn't even make it through the first track

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total shite - lasted 4 songs. There's something really rubbish about self indulgent 9 min jams

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No.

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no

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Nope.

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No to Yes. I think it will come as no surprise that this album did nothing for me. The lack of concrete lyrics, the long stretches of instrumentation, the memories of being forced to listen to such works on the classic rock station 103.5 the Fox, where this shit was all the rage in the mid 90s, as I was driven to a baseball practice that I very much did not want to go to by a father who was insistent and may be too drunk to remember to pick me up in 90 minutes. So I have my biases.

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Everything that was wrong with prog. Self-indulgent, uninteresting toss.

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Wanky shite

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As bad as I thought it would be.

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This fills me with dread. Again, I will try to shed any preconceptions before listening, but my impression of Yes is great cover art, terrible 10 minute prog noodling. And with that, I am met by 10 minutes of noodling in 'Yours is No Disgrace'. Imagine the worst excesses of Pink Floyd, but without the oddball charm of Syd Barrett's era, or the arthouse fury of Roger Waters' era. Essentially, David Gilmour's Floyd. Yuck. Then there's a noodly acoustic thing. It's innofensive but pointless. Now we're getting into serious prog with Starship Trooper, which has three sections listed. It's not based on Robert Heinlein's novel to the best of my knowledge, and therefore has nothing interesting about it. I've Seen All Good People also has three movements (said in the bowel sense of the word) but is shorter and marginally less painful. The middle of it sounds like Status Quo, and I would rather listen to Status Quo than this, and that is saying something. Something interesting happened at the start of Perpetual Change, but in keeping with the name it ended after 20 seconds. Then it went back to the same tired musician's music as it had before. Apparently this album's success stemmed from a postal strike meaning that only London chart returns could be processed in the week of its release, artificially inflating it's chart position. This makes sense of a lot of this for me. You can see why a lot of people hate Prog. I don't - Floyd, Hawkwind, Rush and Caravan bloody rule. This sort of noodly awfulness is why people hate Prog.

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Yes? Not today. As ashamed as I ought to be my peak in interest was for 90125 and Trevor Horn.

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Nah

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Meh

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Great album. Loved it. So amazing for only 6 songs

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I have listened to this album dozens of times. I love the funky guitar breaks on yours is no disgrace, the dizzying playing in the clap, and the outro on starship trooper is indelible in my memory. This might even have been the first progressive rock album I listened to. The instrumentals here are consistently impressive, I just don’t alway vibe the compositions, or the vocals.

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