Title: Yours Is No Disgrace

Artist: Yes

Album: The Yes Album (How original…)

Year Released: 1971

What It Is: The beginning of Yes as we know and love (loathe?) them. Long multi-part songs, Steve Howe wanking soloing everywhere he can (and then some), Jon Anderson singing about something mystical or other, and long multi-part songs. Oh, I already said that. Well…that’s the truth. It’s the first cut on their third album – their first with Howe. Next album they introduced Rick Wakeman…

Riffage / Hookage: Howe has some nice riffs (I love the intro and some of the interlude riffs – with a song this long it’s hard to name a riff at a particular juncture – they don’t have bridges, they have causeways.)

Cowbell?: Bill Bruford restrained himself, here.

Words Of Wisdom: “Death defying, mutilated armies scatter the earth,
Crawling out of dirty holes, their morals, their morals disappear.”

Well, that’s chipper, ain’t it?

Mixology Report: I like to mix it once in a while, but it’s a L-O-N-G song, so be prepared. Also, it doesn’t transition well to other genres – you need to use other songs to transition to something else. (Note: the original on here, for five minutes or so, was horrible awful rotten nasty writing that made no sense. I’m tired.)

Top Five Genius Results: Still…You Turn Me On – ELP
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway – Genesis
Cross-Eyed Mary – Jethro Tull
Xanadu – Rush
Empty Pages – Traffic

For The Good Of The Order: The original Yes was Anderson, Squire, Bruford, Kaye and Banks. The only one to be in Yes for each incarnation? Chris Squire. Other bands Yes alums founded: Flash, Badger, Asia, Detective, and the immortal GTR. When the heart rules the mind…

Here’s Yes live on the tee-vee, with lots of hair and some creepy doll thing.