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4 stars Contains an overlooked Yes masterpiece

Yes were really in turmoil around the time this album came out. Anderson, White and Squire are still present, but Howe, and Wakeman have gone off separately in other directions. In their place, Trevor Rabin comes in to contribute guitar, production, engineering, co-writing of the songs, keyboards, vocals, and programming (not to mention running the canteen, and curing all know diseases!), and Tony Kaye returns with his Hammond organ.

The resulting album is more in the "Big Generator", "Open your eyes" mould, than "Close to the edge" or "Relayer".

That said, it does have two quite stunning tracks. "I am waiting" is a melodic soft rock song, the sort Boston are so good at. The track has a magnificent slide guitar riff which alternates with Anderson's vocals on the verses to create a beautiful piece.

Notable as "I am waiting" is, it is easily surpassed by "The endless dream". Had this track been recorded by the "classic" line up, it would by now be a regular part of the Yes live set. This 15 minute masterpiece weaves its way through the serenity of "Awaken", the drama of "Gates of Delirium", and the pomp of "And you and I" to form something which ranks among the absolute best pieces Yes have ever recorded. Rabin's guitar work on the track is superb, and vocally the harmonies are as strong as Yes have ever achieved.

The remaining tracks are more standard Rabin-with-Yes fare. Be assured though, this album is essential for anyone who enjoys Yes, or indeed melodic prog in general, for "The endless dream" alone.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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