Close To The Edge but I also think that the Fragile and The Yes Album are nearly as good.
My vote for now is "The Yes Album" because it is more friendly sounding and easier to listen to for the average person.
I think this would be the right album to grab if you wanted to introduce a friend to the group.
It does not have Roundabout which I know was the big tune that did it for the band but as a whole album I think this is the one that will stand the test of time as much as any album out there.
It is also a bit more funky and less harsh which also ads to what I am trying to say and the Rhino version has a nice low end sound to it, full, rich and warm.
Dont have the Mobile Fidelity version yet.
I don't know how long ago I voted for Relayer.
These days I'd probably vote for Talk.
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Looking at the poll, I am very surprised to see TFTO in second place. I know it is generally viewed as a very good album and I see it in lots of top 5's from people, but not many times in the top 2.
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