The Yes Album is the first release to feature longtime guitarist Steve Howe, the album was released on Atlantic Records in February 1971 in the UK, a month later in the United States. This was the album that finally set Yes' career alight, with the album reaching #4 in the UK and, eventually, #40 in the U.S., where it was a platinum seller. In addition to being the first album to feature Steve Howe, this was also the last Yes album for over twelve years to feature Tony Kaye until his return in 1983.
The Yes Album set the stage for the band's route to superstardom with Fragile and their epic masterpiece Close To The Edge. This was their first commercial success and, reportedly, it had to be or Atlantic was going to cut them loose.
The Yes Album is generally considered a classic 1970s rock album and a highlight of the band's long career. The songs "Starship Trooper" and "I've Seen All Good People" are still staples of classic rock radio. In 2000 Q magazine placed it at number 86 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.
Track Listing Edit
- Yours Is No Disgrace (9:41)
- Clap (3:17)
- Starship Trooper (9:34)
- I've Seen All Good People (6:56)
- A Venture (3:18)
- Perpetual Change (8:54)