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4 stars Here we are, finally ! One of the best line-up of all time for Yes. The opener "Roudabout" is one of their best track ever (still very popular during their live performances). I discovered it first from YesSongs. I must admit that this studio version tops any live ones I know (and I know an awfull lot of it, believe me). "Cans & brams" is probably there to highlight Rick's classical abilities (I guess). This is really not essential at all and only last for 1'42". "We are Heaven" is equally short and could have been avoided as well. Bizarrely, the text track "South Side of the Sky" is not well known in their repertoire (few live performances) but is wonderful: beautifull voice / piano harmonies and it lasts for about eight minutes. One of the highlights on this album. The studio version for "Long Distance Runaround" only lasts for 3'30". During their concerts, it will dramatically lasts longer (probably too long IMO) and be combined with the next track "The Fish" (nickname for Chris, which will influence the great prog rock singer "Fish", but that's another MarillionStory). "Mood for a Day" was (I guess) Steve's response to Rick : a classical guitar solo which is still played during YesConcerts more than thirty years after its release. Although it shows his virtuosity, it is not a standard YesClassic piece (only a solo effort from a very skilled musician). The closing number "Heart of the Sunrise" is of course gigantic : violent intro (which is repeated several times during this lenghty track), melodious and catchy with Jon's vibrant vocals, this track is an absolute masterpiece (although it might be irritating for some people - but not me). It is one of my all time YesFave. The expanded version of the album includes the Simon & Garfunkel classic "America" but revisisted and in its full, extended lenght. This is a devastating version. An orgy of keys and brilliant guitar play. This YesVersion has really nothing to do with the original and indicates how a good cover version can be superior to the original. It is a brilliant YesInterpretation. I think that the only cover that could be on par with this one is "With A Little Help From My Friend" from Joe Cocker (specially its Woodstock rendition). The expanded version is really worth. Thank you guys ! Four stars.
ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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