Yes

Release date
25 Jun 1969
Running length
16 tracks
Running time
82:06

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Beyond and Before 5:26 20,629
2 I See You 6:52 19,325
3 Yesterday and Today 2:51 19,032
4 Looking Around 4:03 23,788
5 Harold Land 5:45 16,595
6 Every Little Thing 5:30 21,071
7 Sweetness 4:13 22,505
8 Survival 6:19 41,598
I See You (LP Version) 6:53 25
Yesterday And Today (LP Version) 2:52 22
Looking Around (LP Version) 4:02 21
Harold Land (LP Version) 5:45 20
Every Little Thing (LP Version) 5:46 15
Sweetness (LP Version) 4:34 21
Survival (LP Version) 6:18 31
Beyond And Before (LP Version) 4:57 38

About this album

YES is the 1969 debut album from British progressive rock band Yes, considered among the first progressive rock albums. With the original Yes line-up of vocalist Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye and drummer Bill Bruford, Yes was the quintet’s original musical statement, one that merged harmonic beauty with heavy instrumental backing.

While many music critics regarded it as a strong initial effort, the album was not a large commercial success, due in part to the inexperience of the band and the producers. The album was also overshadowed by Led Zeppelin’s debut album, released earlier that year.

Two of the eight songs on the album are covers, which the band use to demonstrate their penchant for massively reworking others’ songs; The Beatles’ “Every Little Thing” is turned into a grungy wall of sound with several tempo changes, and The Byrds’ “I See You” becomes a jazzy psychedelic workout for Banks and Bruford to display their instrumental virtuosity.

Lester Bangs favourably reviewed the album in Rolling Stone, writing that it was “the kind of album that sometimes insinuates itself into your routine with a totally unexpected thrust of musical power.”



Side one
“Beyond and Before” (Chris Squire/Clive Bailey) – 4:58
“I See You” (Jim McGuinn/David Crosby) – 6:54
“Yesterday and Today” (Jon Anderson) – 2:53
“Looking Around” (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire) – 4:05

Side two
“Harold Land” (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Bill Bruford) – 5:45
“Every Little Thing” (Lennon/McCartney) – 5:46
“Sweetness” (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Clive Bailey) – 4:35

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  • AndyWorck

    Cannot really be compared to Fragile/Close to the Edge, but still, got to admit that pre-Howe era albums are really enjoyable too :)

    21 Jun 3:39pm Reply
  • teamgilmour

    Stop upvoting the remaster cover. The 1969 original one looks better [4]

    12 May 3:47pm Reply
  • AndyWorck

    Stop upvoting the remaster cover. The 1969 original one looks better [3]

    8 Mar 1:07am Reply
  • karrylle

    Stop upvoting the remaster cover. The 1969 original one looks better [2] http://www.last.fm/music/Yes/Yes/+images/85838711

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • karrylle

    Such an underrated album. Up there with Fragile/Close imo [2]

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Drazba

    really underrated--

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • osmark

    this is a pretty sweet album. really overlooked.

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • Rezzo64

    Stop upvoting the remaster cover. The 1969 original one looks better

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • JaredMackie

    Decent debut for sure, but nothing on their classics.

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Verslie

    The Piper of Yes, aka. more deserving than some of their better known works. Great album.

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • mmmojo

    A good album, actually!

    15 Dec 2012 Reply
  • mushroomtail

    I'm surprised by that V comment. This is definitely one of my favourite Yes albums, not sure why people think it's so bad compared to the rest!

    14 Sep 2012 Reply
  • mk741

    Can't stand the lyrics. Just underwhelming in comparison to what they'd later achieve.

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • sebadagostino

    Good album

    24 Mar 2012 Reply
  • username382

    People said this debut was crap. So i listned to it for the first time in about five years. About 4 seconds into "beyond and before", I realized that I thought very differently. DONT IGNORE THIS ALBUM, IT IS A MASTERPEICE!

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ikarus999

    my recently favourite of Yes. less pretentiousand more candid than other albums.

    27 Dec 2010 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    This is a debut album? It makes other bands seem little really! xD EPIC STUFF <3

    9 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Oniren

    Excellent debut for an excellent band.

    7 Sep 2010 Reply
  • J3_R

    Belo início.

    18 Apr 2010 Reply
  • 1nnervision

    Such an underrated album. Up there with Fragile/Close imo

    13 Jan 2010 Reply
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