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Yes - Live Hemel Hempstead Pavillion October 3rd 1971 CD (album) cover




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3 stars This is an interesting (but short) video documentary done by the BBC about YES and their then new line-up (Anderson, Bruford, Howe, Squire and Wakeman) with excerpts from songs played in a concert at Hemel Hempstead, in England, in 3-October-1971. The documentary also includes interviews with all the members of the band and some brief scenes filmed during a rehearsal of the song called "The Fish", plus some scenes of the tour crew doing their jobs before the concert. This video shows a still young band playing before an also young audience. In fact, this concert was the sixth of this new line-up, and they played very well, sounding very well rehearsed, and playing some songs from "The Yes Album" and some songs from their still forthcoming album titled "Fragile", which was released in the U.K. in November 1971. Wakeman joined the band in August 1971 and "Fragile" was recorded during September of that year. So, this video caughts the band in the early days of their so- called "classic line-up", and the filmed images from this concert maybe are the only ones available from this line- up (I could be wrong) because Bruford left the band in mid 1972 to join KING CRIMSON and before their next album ("Close to the Edge") was released. So, Bruford never toured with YES again until 1991-92 (during the "Union Tour"). So, this video documentary is more interesting for this fact despite it only includes excerpts from songs played at that concert. Maybe this video documentary was done to introduce the then new line-up to the general public shortly before the release of one of their most popular albums ("Fragile"). The quality of the sound and of the images is very good for the time it was filmed (1971). other videos from YES and other Prog Rock bands the showing of only excerpts from songs played during a concert could be not very interesting for some fans. Anyway, it still is a interesting video documentary from the band done in a very good moment of its history.
Guillermo | 3/5 |


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