Ranking the Discography: Yes Part 1: Yes (self-titled) (1969)

Yes is one of my favorite rock bands. I’ve been wanting to do this for years. The band has gone through several roster changes, with a total of 19 members. The band was originally going to be called Life, but Peter Banks suggested the name Yes.

In 1968, the original lineup recorded their debut album, after securing a deal with Ahmet Ertegun of Atlantic Records.


Jon Anderson: vocals

Peter Banks: guitar, backing vocals

Chris Squire: bass, backing vocals

Tony Kaye: organ, piano

Bill Bruford: drums, vibraphone

The Tracks:

  1. “Beyond and Before”: This song was written by Squire and Clive Bailey they were part of Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, the precursor to Yes. It has some good harmonies and guitar work.
  2. “I See You”: This is one of two covers, a song originally recorded by The Byrds. I prefer the original version.
  3. “Yesterday and Today”: This feels too short for a Yes song.
  4. “Looking Around”: One of the best songs. This has a good bass line and drums.
  5. “Harold Land”: This song is named after a saxophonist. It’s not bad.
  6. “Every Little Thing”: Sorry guys, but you’re not The Beatles. This is a terrible cover.
  7. “Sweetness”: Another excellent song. Squire and Banks shine here.
  8. “Survival”: This feels like a poor choice for a closer.

Final Verdict: There is potential here, but it’s not great. This isn’t the Yes that would become legendary.

Grade: C


Author: rocklobsterjwt

I am a Christian and an anime fan. My blog will cover anime reviews and maybe an occasional story

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