The Yes Album is the third album by British progressive rock band Yes. The first release to feature 23-year-old guitarist Steve Howe, the album was released on Atlantic Records in February 1971 in the UK, a month later in the United States. This was Yes' breakthrough album, as it reached #4 in the UK and, eventually, #40 in the U.S., where it was a platinum seller. This was also the last Yes album for more than twelve years to feature keyboardist Tony Kaye until his return in 1983's 90125.
The Yes Album set the stage for the band's route to superstardom with Fragile and Close to the Edge. This was their first commercial success.
The music for the album was written and rehearsed at an old farmhouse in Devon, England, which was then home to Langley Studios. Howe loved the place so much, that he later bought the building and surrounding land and now lives there. The album was recorded at Advision Studios in London, first used by the band for their second album, A Time and A Word, and subsequently used for three of their next six studio albums.
Jon Anderson is credited as John Anderson on the album. Soon after, he dropped the "h" from his first name.
The album cover shows Tony Kaye with his foot in a cast. He had been in a car accident shortly before the picture was taken. (Above excerpt from Wikipedia)