Proudly boasts the essence of the era like a badge of honor, and it certainly adds charm here - the long, proggy songs with multiple sections, out of nowhere transitions, production somewhere between shoddy and trippy - but above all, this is simply a very fun, enjoyable listen.
Underrated compared to slightly inferior albums such as Fragile or Relayer, The Yes Album is the first true Progressive effort from YES, and it's a pretty brilliant one. While "I've Seen All Good People" is an awkward dud, the rest of the album flows phenomenally, and ends with the magnificent and key track "Perpetual Change". This is one of the best old school prog albums, and I'm glad I gave it another chance, after originally disregarding it as an important YES album.
Many people compare this so such great prog masterpieces such as In the Court of the Crimson King or Brain Salad Surgery but it is not comparable. They are both very enjoyable but this is a different type of prog. Less jazzy and improv filled but more pop and rock influences. This contains loads of flowing melodies such as Yours Is No Discrace and I've Seen All Good People. They also have outstanding instrumentals shown especially in Clap. It is an intsrumental with all acoustic guitar. This album is a good way to get a new prog but still stick with the old one.