A lot of great analysis here - pro and con.
I'll be concise (for once):
Love: DOAV, Entangled (one of their prettiest songs), Squonk, Ripples (another one of their prettiest), ATOTT, Los Endos (one of the best classic 70s prog instrumentals)
Like, but don't love: MMM, RA&B (except the instrumental jam, which is great)
I always wished that "It's Yourself" had found a place on it - yes, either this song or "Los Endos" would have had to change the instrumental bit that they share (unless they had melded the two together - it wouldn't have been an impossible feat). Of course, the purist prog anoraks would have complained about this song they same way they complained about "Your Own Special Way" on the following album. Still, it's a very nice track.
Of course, the purist prog anoraks would have complained about this song they same way they complained about "Your Own Special Way" on the following album. Still, it's a very nice track.
I don't know if I fit into those categories but I would have complained. For years the only flaw I could find in that album, was that it seemed a bit short and for years I was unaware of the existence of It's yourself. When I found out, I obviously was thrilled and had great expectations, I believed they could have only produced brilliance during those sessions. When I finally heard it, I was heavily underwhelmed and trust me, I didn't want to be, I loved that album too much and couldn't get enough of the good thing. As it is though, I found it bland and uninteresting both musically and lyrically, heck, I think I even find YOSW more interesting which is saying a lot.
After all these years I'm happy it wasn't included and most of all, I'm happy they didn't touch Los Endos which is a classic or cut another song. I just think it's subpar even compared to the weakest songs on the album and IMO it makes perfect sense it didn't make the final cut.