I don’t know what it is about British progressive rock that is so appealing. Mostly because it doesn’t generally appeal to me. It’s just not in my wheel house. There is one exception, and that band is Yes. Their three albums from 1971-1972 are in my collection. I haven’t been that fond of their work before The Yes Album nor after Close To The Edge, but those two and the one they bookend, Fragile, are works of art.
The high, ethereal vocal sound of Jon Anderson, the finger-picking complexity of guitarist Steve Howe, the incomparable organ wizardry of Rick Wakeman and Tony Kaye, the thick, warm tones of bassist Chris Squire, and the jazzy drumbeats of Bill Bruford are, when put together, a wall of beautiful sound. Their work on these three albums alone is a testament to their incredible collaborations. They borrowed from their influences in jazz, classical, and blues to sculpt a singular style that is timeless.
The first album of theirs I owned was The Yes Album. It’s a gem from start to finish. Check it out here: http://youtu.be/9rpBUD0hjaI