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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Yes, “Looking Around” from Yes (1969): YESterdays


“Looking Around” represents a landmark for the world’s greatest progressive rock band, if only because it’s the first Jon Anderson/Chris Squire composition to appear on a Yes album. They collaborated, elsewhere, with Bill Bruford and Clive Bailey, but “Looking Around” stands apart.
The track features a swirling Tony Kaye organ opening, deftly supported by an aggressive Bill Bruford beat. Chris Squire and guitarist Peter Banks provide powerful backing vocals to the track, and their support there is far different than the Yes choir we have come to know and love. Banks’ sense of harmony is very much similar to that of Squire’s — giving the song a folky/pop sheen.

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