The Yes Album (studio album) by Yes

The Yes Album by Yes
Year: 1971
Overall rank: 474th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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82/100 (from 689 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1971 (22nd)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (110th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (474th)
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The Yes Album is ranked 3rd best out of 53 albums by Yes on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Yes is Close To The Edge which is ranked number 90 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 14,483.

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82/100 (from 689 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 82.1/100, a mean average of 81.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.7.

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95/100
From 02/17/2023 10:35
A solid set of tracks on this album. Great melodies and some wonderful instrumental passages. Steve Howe really shines on this record (his first with the band), adding a variety of tone and technique that was missing on the earlier albums. Jon Anderson's voice is stronger here than on many subsequent records and the bass playing and drumming of Squire and Bruford is sublime. I personally prefer the more subdued keyboard style of Kaye than what was to come afterwards, so this is my favourite Yes album.
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From 01/28/2023 10:07
An impressive early prog release from Yes with their being a lot of moments of brilliance that demonstrate their quality. There are some great instrumental performances the whole way through on here with the peak of that coming on track 4 for me. Every song is enjoyable and has some form of quality about it making this one of their more consistent records. It is just such an easy album to put on and be entertained for the full run time without losing interest or becoming bored as it is kept at a near perfect length. Overall, this album is fun and thoroughly enjoyable with it also being full of quality.
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From 09/06/2022 17:12
Solid prog record
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From 08/18/2022 15:43
Great album and the true starting point for the Yes prog legend!
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From 07/25/2022 04:20
Certainly one of Yes' best efforts. More consistently good than Fragile, and more digestible than Close to the Edge.
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From 01/23/2022 19:31
Very good early prog rock album.
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85/100
From 01/14/2022 15:46
Love it, my first introduction to Yes and thankful for it. These tracks have stayed with me for most of my life.
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From 06/06/2021 11:28
A great starting point if you’re new to ‘Yes’ catchy prog songs that are very assessable and a great introduction to the classics close to the edge and fragile but still a fantastic album in its own right.
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From 04/22/2021 19:33
groundbreaking life-sustaining time-altering purveyors of progressive rock
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From 08/16/2020 12:27
Breakthrough album and one of my favourites from Yes. Steve Howe is great on this as is Chris Squire and Bill Bruford. Check out the Steven Wilson remix.\r\n\r\nEvery Yes studio album reviewed and ranked: https://www.besteveralbums.com/thechart.php?c=59903
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Best Albums of 1971
1. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
2. Who's Next by The Who
3. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
4. What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
5. Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
6. Blue by Joni Mitchell
7. Meddle by Pink Floyd
8. Tago Mago by Can
9. L.A. Woman by The Doors
10. Tapestry by Carole King
11. Fragile by Yes
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14. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
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16. Imagine by John Lennon
17. Electric Warrior by T. Rex
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