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Yup: The Yes Clones

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: peak-era Yes, from 1971 to 1974, is one of the greatest four-year stretches in musical history.  Not to discount the albums they made outside that period, some of which are quite good, but the fact remains: eventually one runs out of good Yes albums to buy.  Luckily, Yes are perhaps the most imitated band in the prog-sphere; not only did they influence plenty of bands making music at the time, there also seems to be an entire generation of bands who were raised on them, and as a result there is a rather large library of Yes-influenced music from the last 25 years or so.  Of course for many of these bands Yes is just one of a large list of influences, which often cover the usual suspects; Genesis, King Crimson, Floyd, maybe Gentle Giant if they’re feeling particularly adventurous.  And so on, and so forth.  But there are several bands that flew rather close to the sun; close your eyes and maybe they could really be Yes, plus or minus a member or two.  Certainly they lose points for originality, but they do scratch the same itch.  Here’s what’s been getting me all Yessed out lately:
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