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3.62 | 115 ratings

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3 stars No surprises from the House of Blues

Until I watched this live DVD, I thought that Yes's normal / common live shows were, regarding quality and setlist, pretty much like in Yessongs and Symphonic Live, which are amazing live album and DVD, respectively. So, when I bought this live DVD I was expecting a show that was just as good as the ones I mentioned before, which turned out to be a mistake. Here in House Of Yes: Live From The House Of Blues you only get a regular setlist: the band play some of their classics that they play in every live release ever, like Starship Trooper (which surprisingly is not in this set list), Yours is no Disgrace, I've Seen all good People, Ritual, Awaken, Owner of the Lonely Heart and, last but not least, Roundabout, so there is nothing new in seeing them play the same old songs for the hundredth time live.

Besides the classics, there are some songs from the far-from-impressive The Ladder album, such as Homeworld (The Ladder), It Will Be A Good Day (The River), Lightning Strikes and The Messenger. Those songs, besides adding something new to the live performance, lack the quality of the classics, so, again, nothing really important here.

There is, finally, one last negative feature of this live performance by the progressive rock giant Yes: Jon Anderson's vocals are, somehow, harsh. I mean, it sounds like he has something in his throat that is making him hoarse. That is terrible for him, since his vocals are widely known for being sweet and smooth, and that completely destroys the mood of some songs.

Grade and Final Thoughts

This live DVD's rating reflect exactly what it's supposed to be: it is a good DVD, but it's far from being essential. I'm just glad I didn't spent much money buying this live performance by Yes.

CCVP | 3/5 |


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