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5 stars Another 5 star rating for this monster here. I'd actually never seen Yes perform live, either in person or on video until watching this DVD. I must say that I am highly impressed at exactly how precise their execution was despite the complexity of the songs played in addition to the symphonic orchestra.

The tracklist caught my eye immediately with the inclusion of three great epics in CTTE, Ritual, and The Gates of Delirium on top of other all around Yes favorites (I've Seen All Good People, And You and I, Roundabout) as well as strong material from Magnification. The only song that doesn't really fit is Don't Go (which I find cheesy). I'd have preferred something else off Magnification such as Spirit of Survival. Then, of course, there were the obligatory songs played at nearly every show (Roundabout, Owner.., etc).

The orchestra included everything from horns to woodwinds to percussion to a harp. Jon Anderson played a lot of percussion and acoustic guitar. Chris Squire played some harmonica and the tympani during Ritual. Alan White played some piano as well. Steve Howe shows here that he is an absolute master at his craft. The overall performance was energetic, and everyone was enjoying themselves. Even in the absence of Rick Wakeman with a guest keyboardist, Yes gives one of their best here. If you do not own a Yes DVD, this is certainly a high recommendation.

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