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Symphonic Prog

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4 stars Classic!!

This is the very first Yes live DVD concert I ever saw, and boy did it blow my mind! I already had "Fragile" and "Relayer" in my Yes collection by the time I got a hold of this, and I was planning to get "Close to the edge" next, since I had heard great things about it.

I saw this DVD in the music shop, looked at the back, saw "Close to the edge" listed on the back and thought "hey, why not buy this, and check out if Close to the edge is as good as they all say it is before I buy it?" So I did..

I was completely stunned and amazed by the whole concert. Just awesome musicianship!!! Andersons voice was just so etherial and beautiful, and he was in TOP FORM throughout the whole concert. Steve Howe was a mad professor on the guitar, and Chris Squire was just relentless on the bass, and a constant showman. And how many time signatures does Alan White really know?? He is just pouring them out. To bad that Rick Wakeman was not in the band at this point, but I got to see him later in other live concerts. Tom Brislin does an excellent job anyway, filling the caped crusaders shoes(though he's got BIG shoes to fill) The orchestra is ising on the cake, and sometimes it works better than other. It works particulary good on "And you & I" and on "Gates of delirium"

Highlitghts for me on this concert is "Close to the edge", "Gates of delirium", "In the presence of", "Starship trouper", "And you & I" and "Ritual" The "Soon"-part of "Gates" makes me cry, not tears of sadness, but of beauty. Anderson delivers a stunning performance full of emotion and etherial quality. I get goosebumps now just writing about it really..

I got a hold of "Close to the edge" after I saw this concert, needless to say, and all the other Yes albums from the 1970's..and FAST.

This is a CLASSIC concert, and should be in every Progressive rock fans collection. I dont think I can really live without it.

A classic.

Moonstone | 4/5 |


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