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5 stars This is a new venture in the history of progressive rock: full orchestra replaces keyboard - the so called backbone of progsound. How does it go?

After a period of grown-up business, when it was hard to indulge oneself with a bit of prog music, I came to love YES once again after watching Yes Symphonic Live DVD. I was like keeping my mouth ajar watching and listening Yes and a full orchestra playing classic tunes such as 'Close To The Edge' and 'Gates Of Delirium', and songs that I did not knew (among other, 'In The Presence Of').

So I bought MAGNIFICATION (very late), and there it goes .. a new venture in the history of progressive rock. It was an undescribeable feeling to listen to this album for the first time (goosebumps on my whole body, almost crying with joy). I always thought that YES produces complex music with a majestic aura (not the period between 'Drama' and 'Talk' or 'Open Your Eyes'), a kind of classical music would imply. This keyboardless album with a full orchestra confirms my perception. I like this album very much!

'Give Love Each Day' (track 4) with typical Jon Anderson's lyric really showcases the usefulness of a full orchestra in building a progressive masterpiece. An outstanding track!! 'Dreamtime' (track 8) opens up with a nice intro that blends Howe's acoustical guitar with the orchestra, and when Anderson's voice came in, we were posed with a great amalgamation between rock (YES, that is) and classical music. 'In The Presence Of' (track 9) has a memorable melody (and choruses) where the bass, the guitar, the voice and the orchestra perform another YES classic. This is YES, the producer of majestic song in one of their best creativity moments. Each track has its moments and magic which should be discovered not by reading a review but by listening to it, you will be rewarded substantially! You will understand why YES is one of the greatest rock band on earth! (Nirarta, Indonesia).

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