Yes is the first studio album from the English progressive rock band Yes, released in July 1969 on Atlantic Records. Recorded during their first year of their formation, the album displays the band's early musical direction of performing rearranged cover versions of songs by pop, jazz, and funk artists. Yes includes covers of "Every Little Thing" by The Beatles and "I See You" by The Byrds and original material, much of which was written by singer Jon Anderson.
Yes was not a commercial success upon release and failed to enter the UK chart, but it received a considerable amount of positive reviews from the UK and American press. "Sweetness" and "Looking Around" were released as singles which also failed to chart. Yes was remastered in 1994 and 2003; the latter contains several previously unreleased tracks including a rendition of "Something's Coming" from West Side Story.
Lester Bangs favourably reviewed the album in Rolling Stone, writing that it was "the kind of album that sometimes insinuates itself into your routine with a totally unexpected thrust of musical power."
Anderson is credited on the original LP as "John Anderson" as he hadn't adopted the "Jon" spelling at this time.
In a news/blog post on 20 September 2010, Bill Bruford commented about the track "Harold Land" - "Harold Land was a hard-bop tenor saxophone player, dead now, but quite why we named a song after him I can't remember". The song is about the effects of war on the named character, and bears no relation to the life of the sax player Harold Land.