SD 8243 Yes
Produced by Paul Clay & Yes
Released on July 25, 1969
US RE-CHART POSITION #36 (1982)
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SD 8243 cover
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O n their eponymous debut, the band’s brand of muscular psychedelia is already distinctive. Anderson’s precious voice, the sinewy rhythms of Squire and Bruford, Banks’ dexterous guitar and Kaye’s austere keyboards offer clear indicators of a style that would evolve into their subsequent masterworks. However, there are some growing pains in evidence: the harmonies are occasionally strained and some of the softer tracks (“Sweetness,” “Yesterday and Today”) sound dated. Despite arriving at a unique style that mixes airiness with explosive playing, Yes didn’t create this music in a vacuum. Bits of Pink Floyd (particularly in their cover of The Beatles’ “Every Little Thing”) and other sci-fi rockers pop up in their music, tempered by the psychedelic harmonies of CS&N and The Byrds (whose “I See You” gets a terrific treatment here). While their first album didn’t chart or generate a hit, some of the songs are well worth hearing: “Beyond and Before” and “Looking Around” are dynamic and inventive, “Harold Land” is a fine piece of musical storytelling (an early example of Anderson’s lyrics before he abandoned form), and “Survival” offers a taste of the impressive arrangements to come. Viewed from the vantage point of their later music, Yes is still rough around the edges, but the band’s enthusiasm and artistic aspirations already set them apart as something special.

SD 8243 back cover SD 8243 lyric insert
SD 8243 back cover SD 8243 lyric insert

TRACK LISTING

  1. BEYOND AND BEFORE    (Chris Squire/Clive Bailey)    4:50
  2. I SEE YOU    (Roger McGuinn/David Crosby)    6:33
  3. YESTERDAY AND TODAY  (John Anderson)  2:37
  4. LOOKING AROUND  (John Anderson/Chris Squire)  3:49
  5. HAROLD LAND  (John Anderson/Chris Squire/Bill Bruford)  5:26
  6. EVERY LITTLE THING    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    5:24
  7. SWEETNESS    (John Anderson/Chris Squire/Clive Bailey)    4:19
  8. SURVIVAL    (John Anderson)    6:01

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  9. EVERYDAYS
  10. DEAR FATHER (EARLY VERSION #2)
  11. SOMETHING'S COMING
  12. EVERYDAYS (EARLY VERSION #1)
  13. DEAR FATHER (EARLY VERSION #1)
  14. SOMETHING'S COMING (EARLY VERSION)

CREDITS

JOHN ANDERSON -- leader singer & incidental percussion
PETER BANKS -- guitar, vocals
BILL BRUFORD -- drums, vibes
TONY KAYE -- organ, piano
CHRIS SQUIRE -- bass, vocals
David Gahr -- cover photo
Haig Adishian -- cover design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK July 25, 1969 Atlantic LP    
US October 15, 1969 Atlantic LP SD 8243 lyric insert
UK 1972 Atlantic LP K40034 gatefold, lyric insert
GER 1975 Atlantic LP ATL 40034 gatefold, lyric insert
BRA 1976 Atlantic LP 6107021  
US 1982 Atlantic LP SD 8243 lyric insert (on coated paper)
US   Atlantic CD/CS 8243  
US Sep/Oct 1994 Atlantic CD 82680 digital remaster
US January 14, 2003 Rhino CDX 73786 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
JPN   WEA CDX WPCR-11442 digital remaster w. bonus tracks

 

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