YES released their third LP “The Yes Album” on Feb.19, 1971. It was their first …

Written by on February 19, 2018


YES released their third LP “The Yes Album” on Feb.19, 1971. It was their first album with guitarist Steve Howe who replaced Peter Banks in 1970, and their last in the 1970s to feature keyboardist Tony Kaye.

The album was the first by the group not to feature any cover versions, which had been a staple of their material until that point. The band spent mid-1970 writing and rehearsing new material at a farmhouse in South Molton, Devon, and the new songs were recorded at Advision Studios in the autumn. While the album retained close harmony singing, Kaye’s Hammond organ and Chris Squire’s melodic bass, as heard on earlier releases, the new material also covered further styles including jazz piano, funk and acoustic music, with all band members contributing ideas, and tracks were extended in length to allow music to develop. Howe contributed a variety of guitar styles, including a Portuguese guitar, and recorded a solo acoustic guitar piece, “Clap”, live at the Lyceum Theatre, London.

The album was a critical success and was a major commercial breakthrough for Yes, who had been at risk of being dropped by the record label. It reached number 4 in the UK and number 40 in the US.

How many of you would say this is the first you heard of Yes? This LP had the radio played songs “Your’s Is No Disgrace” and “I’ve Seen All Good People”.

Happy 47th Birthday to “The Yes Album”!!




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