on February 25, 2018 | Last updated February 25, 2018
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A grandiose ballad from the first Yes album, "Sweetness" was also selected as the group's first ever single - an "absolutely ludicrous" idea, insists guitarist Pete Banks, and one that only exacerbated the group's belief that Atlantic didn't have a clue what the band was all about. "I presume the idea was to make Yes the next Bee Gees," he continued, before adding that, Jon Anderson aside, the rest of the band weren't even that keen on the song in the first place. Period reviews were no more encouraging - one English paper described the performance as "pretty, almost sugary, and unlikely to happen,” and the single was indeed a flop. However, Anderson's vocals are outstanding, as wistful and delicate as the lyric, and supported by what were already shaping up to be the trademark "classic Yes" harmonies. The band, too, are lushly understated, and "Sweetness" has since emerged among the very best of Yes' early recordings.