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LIVE FROM HERE THERE & EVERYWHERE

Circa

 

Crossover Prog

3.96 | 5 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars "As the speed does increase, all the forces released"

Circa has two live releases out so far, with the present one being the most recent to date. At the time of the recording of their first live release, Circa consisted of three ex-Yes members in Billy Sherwood, Tony Kaye, and Alan White, plus Jimmy Haun. The DVD Circa: Live featured a performance of Circa's self-titled debut album in its entirety followed by a 40 minute medley of Yes songs (in chronological order from 1969 to 1999) plus one full Yes song in The More We Live - Let Go from Union (Billy Sherwood's first contribution to a Yes album).

In comparison, Live From Here There & Everywhere focuses entirely on original Circa material; the set list consisting primarily of cuts from their two most recent studio discs, HQ and And So On. As such there is almost no overlap between this and the first live release, which is good. The only song that is featured on both live releases is Together We Are.

White and Haun have since moved on and two new members in Rick Tierney and Scott Connor have been recruited. Note that Billy has changed his position in the band from bass to guitar. He is such a multi-talented musician!

Even though the inclusion of Yes material would have been interesting, it is also nice to see that the band have the courage to concentrate on their own songs. I know that they include some Yes songs in their set lists, but the material selected for this live album is all their own. The songs are generally strong and especially some of the older songs are improved in the live setting compared to the original studio versions. There is a nice vibe and energy to these recordings.

Live From Here There & Everywhere is Circa's best live release to date. Highly recommended!

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |

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