"We were certainly cocky and chirpy," says guitarist Steve Howe, recalling the late months of 1970 when he, singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, keyboardist Tony Kaye and drummer Bill Bruford recorded Yes' third long-player, which was simply called The Yes Album. "There was a feeling of confidence in the room that we were doing something ambitious and fresh."
It would be Howe's first record with the band (he had replaced Yes' previous guitarist Peter Banks), and he remembers that he had no trouble at all fitting in immediately. "I'd been playing well, doing things in various bands," he says, "but I needed something that would move the air. When I got in with Yes, I said, 'This feels good. We're all equals, and everybody's outstanding.' It was like joining an orchestra, where all of the members are of a very high level. I thought, We're going to do something pretty great."Read more about