Yes The Yes Album on Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP Box Set from Friday Music
Mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios & Capitol Mastering
Despite a fine live reputation and two well-received albums, Yes had not made the commercial breakthrough to a wider audience that some of the band’s British label mates on Atlantic had achieved. However, with the arrival of Steve Howe as guitarist, a better concept of what the band was trying to achieve in the studio with engineer/co-producer Eddie Offord and a focus on material that could be played live with the same punch as the studio recordings, 1971's The Yes Album proved to be that vital step to a much wider audience in Europe and America.
From the opening notes of “Yours is No Disgrace” to the final fade of “Perpetual Change,” the sound is of a band that is brimming with musical confidence. As Bill Bruford recalls “You gave it your best but it was a fast-moving world and you had to give more than your best.” The band may have been down to its last few pounds, the management may have been changing, the record label concerned, but there was no compromise in the studio as Yes produced the band’s first classic album, in a year where there was plenty of healthy competition.
Limited edition 180g 45RPM 2LP-set mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering. Housed in a beautiful box with a stunning gatefold cover inside complete with the historic photography of Phil Franks and Jon Goodchild's iconic cover design.
“I think we came up with that title because it felt like the first real Yes album.” - Jon Anderson