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KEYS TO ASCENSION

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

4.11 | 339 ratings

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Guillermo
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4 stars This live album has very good recording and mixing. But it seems that as in many live albums done by many bands, there are some studio overdubs, but it doesn`t matter. In some parts of the songs the band sounds like they didn`t rehearse very much the songs. "Siberian Kahtru" has a very good guitar solo in the end. "The Revealing Science of God" (the best song from "Topographic oceans" in my opinion) is a very good live version, despite Wakeman`s solo in the end was different as in the studio version. "America" is good too, but it is one of the songs where they sound like they didn`t rehearse enough. "Onward" has a guitar introduction by Howe and good keyboards by Wakeman. "Awaken" is very good, a very "inspired" live version. "Roundabout" was played with the acoustic guitar intro, and the acoustic guitar is present in other parts of the song, like in the original version and like in ABWH`s live version. The "Starship Trooper" live version has a duet of solos by Wakeman and Howe in "Würm", and I prefer this version than the live version of "Yesssongs". "Be the One" is very good. In this studio song, the guitars are at the front, and it sounds like Wakeman wasn`t present in the recording session and that he added his keyboard parts as overdubs days later, because he is only in the background, without having influence in the whole sound of the song."That is, That is", the other studio song, is also good, with many different parts which in the end sound as a whole song. Here, Wakeman`s keyboards are better.
Guillermo | 4/5 |

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