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3 stars Major Yes fans who simply can't get enough of their live show as documented in Yessongs will love Progeny, a boxed set that contains seven full shows from the Close to the Edge tour of North America with Alan White having found his bearings on drums. An excellent job has been done of optimising the sound quality whilst accurately presenting the twists and turns of each show - including a Spinal Tap-esque incident where a local radio station starts interfering with Rick Wakeman's keyboard setup in one show.

Less hardcore fans, however, will probably find the entire set a bit excessive. Whilst there is some improv here and there, Yes shows of this period simply didn't vary as much as, say, your average mid-70s King Crimson concert. In fact, each show has essentially the same setlist played in basically the same order each evening.

Even an individual show (or a show reconstructed from the best cuts of each concert, as on the "Highlights" distillation of this set) has some issues; the set feels like it sags a little at points and each individual show becomes a bit of a chore to listen to all the way through on its own. On balance, this set has made me somewhat more appreciative of the judicious editing job done on Yessongs, since whilst that set does not present a single uninterrupted show I actually find it more varied and interesting to listen to than this.

For the sheer value of money it offers to the true fans, I'll give this three stars, but it really and truly isn't for anyone who isn't a fanatical completist.

Warthur | 3/5 |


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