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Cygnus X-2
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4 stars Initially, I was really interested in this DVD. Then I bought and thought it was utter rubbish. Then I watched it for a third time and thought to myself, 'This is really great!'

The main draw to this DVD is that it is Yes during the Close to the Edge tour, so they were essentially at the prime, performing music from their peak albums. Although the sound quality and video quality are not up to today's standards, they still are good enough so that you will have an enjoyable experience.

The DVD opens with I've Seen All Good People (after a very interesting Roger Dean animation). This opens what is truly a great show. You have all the great aspects. Wakeman in his sequin cape and his awesome Six Wives solo, Squire in his essentially playing the bass lines he's come up with, Howe doing a great rendition of Clap, played note for note perfect, Anderson with his distinctive voice (though not as disctintive as today), and White playing his heart and soul out as he always did. After Clap, Howe unveils the Double Neck SG as he blazes through And You And I with such precision. The next song is the highlight of the film, Close to the Edge. Very solid playing from everybody, especially Wakeman and Howe. Next up is Rick Wakeman's stunning Six Wives solo, very rousing indeed. Next is a superb version of Roundabout, not their best, but still a good effort. Next is Yours is No Disgrace with Howe having an orgasm of a solo (the same happens during Starship Trooper).

Overall, this DVD may turn you off at first, with it's sub par audio and video quality. But it redeems itself in showing you footage of Classic Yes at their prime. And who doesn't want that?

Cygnus X-2 | 4/5 |


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