Yes (Yes album)

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Not to be confused with The Yes Album, the band's 1971 album.
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Studio album by Yes
Released 25 July 1969
Recorded Spring 1969
Studio Advision and Trident Studios, West End London
Genre Psychedelic rock,[1] art rock,[1] progressive rock[1]
Length 41:17
Label Atlantic, WEA
Producer Paul Clay, Yes
Yes chronology
Time and a Word
Singles from Yes
  1. "Sweetness"
    Released: 29 September 1969
  2. "Looking Around"
    Released: 3 November 1969
American cover
American Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone (positive)[3]

Yes is the eponymous debut album from British progressive rock band Yes, released in 1969.


Yes is considered among the first progressive rock albums. The original line-up of vocalist Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye, and drummer Bill Bruford remained intact for the album's recording.

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."[3]

Anderson is credited on the original LP as "John Anderson" as he hadn't adopted the "Jon" spelling at this time.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Beyond & Before" (Chris Squire, Clive Bailey) 4:58
2. "I See You" (Jim McGuinn, David Crosby) 6:54
3. "Yesterday and Today" (Jon Anderson) 2:53
4. "Looking Around" (Anderson, Squire) 4:18
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "Harold Land" (Anderson, Bill Bruford, Squire) 5:45
6. "Every Little Thing" (Lennon–McCartney) 5:46
7. "Sweetness" (Anderson, Bailey, Squire) 4:35
8. "Survival" (Anderson) 6:23



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".[4] 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.

"Every Little Thing" (starting at 1:55) contains the main guitar riff from The Beatles song "Day Tripper".

"Sweetness" is featured in Vincent Gallo's first movie as a director, Buffalo '66.


  • 1989 - Atlantic - CD
  • 1994 - Atlantic - CD (Remastered)
  • 2003 - Rhino - CD (Remastered with bonus tracks)
  • 2013 - Rhino - CD as part of The Studio Albums 1969-1987


  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ Eder, Bruce (2011). "Yes - Yes | AllMusic". Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Bangs, Lester (2011). "Yes: Yes : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bill Bruford news archive". Retrieved 11 August 2011. 

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