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3.96 | 466 ratings

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4 stars "Key to Ascension 2" is a splendid combination of Studio and live album, it has a live concert in San Luis Obispo in which they play all the classics well. The album made it to number 62 in the UK charts and it didn't get onto the US charts. This shows that the old men are still popular (kind of.)The sound quality isn't band and I was very interested to hear the live version of "Close to the Edge". Some of the instrument sounds on the song don't sound exactly like they do on the studio version but, what do you expect? The "Turn of the Century" is as good as the studio version and there are certain parts which sound very good. The interlude in the middle of the song is especially good live. The second disc has five "new" songs. These songs are a mixture of Yes's classic and modern prog, they are very good. "Mind Drive", "Foot Prints" and "Children of the Light" are all worth Yes songs. "Mind Drive" is a true Yes epic and Jon Anderson plays guitar in it! Steve Howe is in very good form on "Mind Drive" and he plays some very nice tunes. Overall, "Keys 2" is an excellent album but some of the live stuff is a tad disappointing. The second disc is a real highlight though! "Keys 1" is also good and has new stuff on it as well as a extended version of "Starship Trooper." Excellent addition to any prog music collection
Australian | 4/5 |


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