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Anderson Bruford Wakeman  Howe - Evening of Yes Music Plus CD (album) cover


Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe


Symphonic Prog

3.40 | 86 ratings

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3 stars This album was taken from what was originally a cable TV pay per view performance (somewhere I have the VCR tape I made of it that night). The performance is very good, but on my CD, the Herald release, there are enough flaws in the sound that it must have been taken directly from the video mix.

First of all, Tony Levin fell ill a few days before the show, and Bill Bruford brought in his friend Jeff Berlin on short notice to fill in. And Berlin gets all but completely buried in the mix, leaving most songs missing the fabulous bass playing that Chris Squire had originally provided. Plus, I saw the band on this tour with Levin, and Bruford's solo, with Levin playing along, and joining him inside the ring of drums (they used to do this with King Crimson, too), was one of the highlights.

Many of the harmony vocals get lost as well, leaving Jon Anderson's voice sometimes hanging out there without the full sound that belongs there. And the whole band often sounds like they were playing in a bathroom, with a tinny sound.

On the plus side, the band played well. Rick Wakeman in particular sounds overjoyed to be playing the old Yes standards again. And standards there are. Along with the obligatory songs from the album they had just released, the classic Yes track selection is predictable. But how can you go wrong playing Close To The Edge?

Evolver | 3/5 |


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