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3 stars Inside Yes!

Last friday while i was waiting for someone, i took a look at my DVD collection which is pretty limited, i don't really own a lot of them, but i have some Yes' DVD's, i saw this documental called Yesspeak which was released some in 2003 when the band toured for their 35th anniversary, one of the oldest bands in the whole world and one of the first bands i listened to when i came to the prog rock realm, so despite i actually don't listen to them as much as i used to, their music still causes me goosebumbps and great memories, the only time i saw them was back in 2004, as a part of that 35th anniversary tour, and it has been one of the best concerts i have ever been to,this DVD reminds me a lot to the concert and i clearly remember i was impressed by their way of playing, they were monsters on stage, i remember when they finished the performance of Ritual i jumped out of my seat and began to scream and give them lots of applauses, because i felt terribly excited and what is better is that i felt tha with a song i had never listened to, seeing those musicians playing the same or better that when they were youngs, it's a unique experience.

Well now the DVD, first i will say that this is not a concert of a video DVD, but a documental narrated by Roger Daltrey( yes, the same Roger Daltrey you know) which lasts almost 3 hours and contains great band's experiences and a lot of stuff that any Yes fan would be pleased to know about.

Yesspeak is divided in 10 chapters, and as i said above it was recorded during their 35th anniversary tour, mainly when they toured Europe, it is a very interesting documental where the musicians are the considered classic line-up (not original line-up) with Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White, probably the line-up that most of Yes fans will remember as the best. The first chapters talk about the places where each member lives or love to be, what they like to do when not touring, their family and rea life out of the pressure that a tour carries, it is interesting to know a little bit more about this people, i mean not as a musicians, but as a single person.

Then there are 5 chapters that are dedicated to every of the 5 members, all of them say a lot of memories, in the case of Anderson and Squire, how did they create Yes, or in the case of the others how did they came to Yes, what were they doing at the moment and what did they think about the band at the moment, believe me there are curious stories, this kind of interview documental as a background has several Yes songs recorded in the same 35th anniv tour, so we are listening to their classic tunes while also listening to the members speaking.

This is a deep documental that shares a bit (or a lot) of every of that 5 members, their different personalities and ideas, their versions of how come Yes has lastes 35 long years, their respect to each other, a lot of things that any Yes fan will love, the only thing i could say i would love to see that is not here, is a brief interview with all the members that Yes have had during the years, you know Banks, Kaye and Bruford for instance who were founder members, that is the only thing i would have liked to see.

So i, being a lover of their music have enjoyed a lot watching to this DVD, and i would say 3 things, the first is that if you consider a fan of this icon of prog rock, you must have this DVD, if you like Yes but are not a real fan, it is however highly recommendable to you, and if you don't like Yes music, then don't even look at this.

My final grade is 3 stars, you choose if you want to see it or not but for me it was worth it. Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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