Yes! I Am a Long Way from Home

Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home

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Yes! I Am a Long Way from Home

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"Yes! I Am a Long Way from Home" is the opening track on the Scottish alternative rock band Mogwai's 1997 debut album, Mogwai Young Team. It was primarily composed by the band's bassist, Dominic Aitchison, prior to the 1997 Mogwai Young Team recording sessions.

The song features electric guitar, bass guitar, drum kit, organ, and glockenspiel, bookended by sampled monologues from friends of the band. It is an example of the predominantly electric guitar-based genre the band employed at the time; featuring quiet, clean sections contrasting with loud, distorted sections, sometimes connected with crescendos and diminuendos. This dynamic contrast was referred to by the band as "serious guitar music."

"Yes! I Am a Long Way from Home" received a positive reception from music journalists, with album reviews focusing mainly on the effectiveness of the dynamic contrast featured within the song, the band's usage of instrumentation, and the track's overall representation of the band's genre at the time.

Origins and recording

The first live performance documented of "Yes! I Am a Long Way from Home" was on 6 April 1997 at Highbury Garage in London—the band's first show promoting the Ten Rapid compilation album. This performance, as well as several other performances of the track throughout 1997, was instrumental. During this period, "Yes! I Am a Long Way from Home" sometimes went under the...
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