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Symphonic Prog

4.32 | 887 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
3 stars 3,5 stars really!!

Dreadful sound and ugly dubbings stops this to be the Chef d'Oeuvre it should've been. If you listen well to the sound recording levels, you will have no trouble understanding my reaction, as there are many studio tamperings and noticeable tape splicings - at least on the vinyl, since I've never bought the Cd reissue, where these "bleeps" might have been corrected . The track selection, however, is almost a dream-come-true, with only parts of the tracks played by Alan White and the rest from Master Bruford! (The "a" letter was intentional) If you dreamed of having a Live album featuring Howe, Wakeman and Bruford in the same group, Yessongs is it. The only track I consider essential up to that point in the band's repertoire and missing on this three-disc affair id South Side Of The Sky, but we shall survive.

Great and ambitious (but fragile) cove artwork though, explaining the other artwork of the Fragile and Close To The Edge albums. The booklet was also awesome also and I spent hours plunged into this album, loving every minute of it. Had this album a better sound, this would've gotten a much better rating! So essential but flawed.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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