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3.24 | 139 ratings

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3 stars This gets 3 stars. Good, but not essential. There are better live Yes albums out there.

The hook for this release is the live material that Yes fans have either never heard or never heard live. Tracks like We Can Fly From Here and Going Through This were never officially released. Live versions of things like Astral Traveller or Everydays are hard to come by. So the set list is definitely slanted towards people who are more than casual fans. It's a solid set list with lots of interesting little things on it (I'm listening to the extended guitar soloing on Sweet Dreams right now, and it sure is good) but nothing that's amazingly special.

The other thing we need to talk about is sound quality. The sound quality isn't great for the older tracks, but it is listenable. We are talking a sound quality that is poorer than Yessongs (which, despite being the best live album Yes ever released, doesn't have exceptional sound quality by any means) but not nearly as bad as King Crimson's Earthbound (which isn't worth the purchase price.) Sound quality generally improves as the tracks get more modern, but never gets quite as good as you would hope.

So three stars for this one. It's a live album slanted towards fans who aren't satisfied with Yessongs and Yesshows and KTA I and II, but it's good enough that it's not JUST for jaded fans.

ghost_of_morphy | 3/5 |


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