01. Beyond And Before (4:50) (Squire/Clive Bailey)|
02. I See You (6:33) (Jim McGuinn/David Crosby)
03. Yesterday And Today (2:37) (Anderson)
04. Looking Around (3:49) (Anderson/Squire)
05. Harold Land (5:26) (Anderson/Squire/Bruford)
06. Every Little Thing (5:24) (Lennon/McCartney)
07. Sweetness (4:19) (Anderson/Squire/C.Bailey)
08. Survival (6:01) (Anderson)
Total playing time: 41:07
Bonus tracks (Rhino):
09. Everydays (single version)
10. Dear Father (early version #2)
11. Something’s Coming
12. Everydays (early version)
13. Dear Father (early version #1)
14. Something’s Coming (early version)
Bill Bruford: Drums, Vibes
Tony Kaye: Organ, Piano
Peter Banks: Guitar, Vocals
Chris Squire: Bass, Vocals
Jon Anderson: Lead Singer & Incidental Percussion
Produced by Paul Clay & Yes
Cover photo: David Gahr
Original cover design by Haig Adishian
YES thank John Anthony, Jack Barrie, John Gee & John Roberts for their encouragement.
Originally released as Atlantic 8243 on October 17, 1969
Digitally Remastered by Joe Gastwirt at Ocean View Digital
CD redesigned by Gottlieb Bros./Yes Magazine, 12 Chelsea Place, Dix Hills, NY 11746
At the beginning of 1969, I was asked as were all Melody Maker writers to pick two groups who I thought would make it in the following year.
One of my choices was LED ZEPPELIN. A bit obvious perhaps, but then we all like to back a winner occasionally.
The other was YES. I'd just heard them in a London discotheque where all too often the groups tend to be over-amplified & under-talented.
YES were not. They had much more than the usual wall-paper music sound. There was life, vividity & musicianship in their approach. They had a superior vocal sound - assured, clear & harmonic. They knew what they were doing & did it with style. It showed in their own songs & imaginative arrangements. It all shows on this, their first album.
So YES became my other choice. My second runner in the Great Group-Most-Likely-To-Make-It Stakes. And my money is on them! Naturally I've watched them with special interest - at the Marquee, The Speakeasy, in concert with Janis Joplin & Cream. Totally convinced after these events, my choice is confirmed
Tony Wilson, Melody Maker. (CD liner notes)
(P) © 1969 Atlantic Recording Corp., New York