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One year later, another surprise is waiting for me at my music retailer: another KEYS TO ASCENSION CD. I look closer; no that's not the old one with a different package; here we have KTA 2.We have again a double CD with ROGER DEAN artwork again.The only difference with the previous KTA is the second disc is only new material. That's great! We even get a poster.Imagine that: now we are all older, we are in our 30s and 40s and we have a new poster to hang on the wall on our bedrooms!!!what will dad and mom say???

Same concept than the first one; we have the remaining of the concert of SAN LUIS OBISPO with more goodies; the classic of the classics: CLOSE TO THE EDGE performed faultless and a great rendition of I'VE SEEN ALL GOOD PEOPLE and the magnificent AND YOU AND I. I am more reseved for GFTO, TURN OF THE CENTURY as for me they are not part of YESmusic superleague . But hey, we cannot play always the same songs anyway. So why not ? everybody has to be happy! at least we have nothing from TORMATO!

The studio CD has some great moments like ''Mind Drive'' another long 18mn epic; classic YES sounding, still difficult to compare with the glorious times, but i think this song holds very well on its own.that's YES, what else do you want? The rest of the songs are a mixed bag: The problem is mainly JON ANDERSON. Who want to listen to words like ''my eyes see the glory of the world'' or learn on how to save your soul???? Jon sounds like he is forcing his voice and gets irritating after a while. He is not singing, he is preaching!!! and you know how preachers can become annoying after a while. Songs like ''Foot prints'' or ''Children of the light'' will never be featured on any YES best-of.

So we have YES back with us in 1997, all the 5 of them playing real YESmusic; sadly it won't last as RICK WAKEMAN will live for the 20th time, but that's another story.

Still great music in it, but not as pleasant as the first KEY TO ASCENSION! 3,5-4stars .....let's go to 4stars today because i am in a good mood

febus | 4/5 |


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