Saturday music video: Yes, “Looking Around”

It’s hard to believe hearing this song that this was: (a) 1969; (b) on Yes’s first album. To me, this song still sounds as fresh as the first time I heard it 30 years ago. No Rick Wakeman on keys yet: the chunky Hammond organ playing is by Tony Kaye, who in an interview confessed he always wanted to be the Rolling Stones’ backup keyboardist. But other Yes ingredients — Chris Squire’s bright Roto-Sound bass, the high-pitched close-harmony vocals, and “progressive” song structure (what straight rock band would have a song wander through the keys of D (minor & major), Eb (major), Ab (minor), and A (major) in the space of a few minutes? And have the musical chops to have the result make sense?

For the longest time, there was no YouTube video available due to copyright blocks. Now here is one. Enjoy!


PS: here is a rare live video.

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