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Yes - Live at Montreux 2003 CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

3.85 | 172 ratings

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4 stars I am the first one to admit that I should really spend some more time with the Yes studio albums. This live album is therefore my first ever meeting with a song many regard as their best ever song; Awaken.

So I came to this live album, a bit unprepared. That is maybe why I like it so much. This live album was done with the classic setup, minus Bill Bruford. Alan White does a more than good enough job here so Bill Bruford is not in particular missed. The songs are from the whole of Yes classic symphonic prog era. Thankfully, the pop songs and their greatest hit Owner Of A Lonely Heart has been omitted from this album (they did not do it at this gig). So has the plastic fantastic sound from that era too. Their more organic sound from the 1970s has been dusted down again and taken along to Montreux. Unfortunate, the synths is a bit too clinical digital at times, but that is forgiven. This was 2003 and not 1973. The best song here, by many miles, is Awaken which has made me putting in an order at Amazon for the Going For The One studio album. The rest of the songs are also very good. Yes is Yes. We know what we get when they put their heads together and do a set with their symphonic prog songs. No further words are therefore required.

I think this is a great live album which I really enjoy. I should really get my act together and listen more to the Yes albums. That's the lesson I have drawn from this live album.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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