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AN EVENING OF YES MUSIC PLUS (DVD)

Anderson - Bruford - Wakeman - Howe

 

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3.47 | 41 ratings

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Prosciutto
3 stars This VHS features the same show of the double CD version of "A Night of Yes Music plus" and it features the entire gig. The CD had all the songs minus "I've seen all Good People" and "The Meeting", and it seems that the re-release of the CD doesn't have "Starship Trooper" either.

The production of this video is very good specially on the camera aspect and keep you interested in a somewhat visually discrete show, I'm not talking about the performances (which are fabulous as expected) but this is the kind of gig whose atmosphere is better captured on disc than on video. Visually the highlight is the beginning of the show with Jon Anderson "hosting" the video inside a tend outside the venue itself, he explains he will start singing and walk through all the audience to reach the stage, and actually this is exactly what he does!: at the end of the intro (the Benjamin Britten's piece), Milton McDonald who is alone on stage starts playing his acoustic guitar and Jon show up on the very back of the audience singing "Time and a Word" and walks towards the stage. It's a very unconventional way of starting a show and it's very fun to see. Another interesting moment to watch is the solos, it's always enjoyable watching Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman and Bill Bruford doing their respective solos. The rest of this long gig is nice to watch but I enjoyed listening the double disc much more than watching this whole video. A subjective point appreciation I think.

If you're a "Yesmaniac", just go and get this video. But if you are a little more demanding regarding stage shows, you'd better stay with the double CD version and go for the fantastic and mind-blowing "Union Tour" DVD.

Prosciutto | 3/5 |

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