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GREATEST VIDEO HITS

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memowakeman
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2 stars Video Hits!

I bought some years ago this DVD and actually i wanted to add it here since last year, but you know i forgot things easily for some time, but now i added it anyways. This is a DVD which contains their better known songs and videos, you can do click wth the different videos easily, it is very catchy and nice for Yes begginers.

But be careful, Greatest Video Hits doesn´t mean Best Songs ,actually here are very few of their best songs, all the videos included here are short and catchy melodies that anyone could enjoy (or not if the case) and you will be familiar with several of the songs.

This DVD also features comments and particular words of members of the band, between each Video, they talk about the video and the song which is coming next, so it is very interesting to know some of their points of view. This time you will find 12 videos, in chronological order, according to the different era´s of Yes and it´s transition.

"Wonderous Stories", "Don´t Kill the Whale" and "Madrigal" are the only videos which belong to the 70´s decade, and the first song is the one which can be considered as a classic song of the band, as a videos, they are not that good, but nonetheless you may enjoy them sometimes.

What predominates here as you can imagine, is the era of the 80´s, the majority of their video clips were released in that time, and those were good hits but not good for prog lovers since it was a radical change in the music of Yes, songs like "Tempus Fugit", "It Can Happen", "Leave It", "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (probably the most watched video) and "Rythm of Love" are a clear example of what this DVD offers.

The last video is a nice surprise, is a live performance/video of the band playing "I´ve Seen All Good People" so actually here we can find another representative and prog song of the band, excellent to finish the DVD.

The majority of the songs on here are lack of creativity and complexity, being a fan of prog rock, this is not a good "video compillation" i would better recommend a DVD concert than this video clips, they all are nice if you like their 80´s music, my favorite songs are "Tempus Fugit", "Don´t Kill the Whale" and "Good People", but they aren´t enough to actually recommend it, so for me this would be a only for fans grade, 2 stars.

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Send comments to memowakeman (BETA) | Report this review (#109364)
Posted Monday, January 29, 2007 | Review Permalink
2 stars Interesting disc.. this one is a compilation of Yes music videos with prefaces by the band. Since videos were pretty unpopular back in the 70s, the majority of the videos are from the 80s pop period, but there is also Wondrous Stories, Madrigal, Don't Kill the Whale, Into the Lens and a bonus live version of All Good People that pushed it up to two stars.

The 80s videos are typical MTV stuff, embarrassing to watch and full of lame concepts. The late 70's period videos are a little more fun, but of course tame by today's standards

Of interest to the fans of classic Yes for the first few videos, although corny I enjoyed Madrigal and Wondrous stories. Worth the buy for the curiosity value.

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Send comments to OGTL (BETA) | Report this review (#109859)
Posted Wednesday, January 31, 2007 | Review Permalink
AtomicCrimsonRush
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3 stars Yes Video artistry - is it worth a look? Yes!

I bought this pretty cheap when I had just purchased a DVD for the car so I was pleasantly delighted to sit back in the car and watch classic Yes clips presented in great audio and crisp picture quality.

This is probably a biased review because I have never seen these clips and it is great to watch Yes in action in the studio complete with kitsch 70s and 80s camera trickery and cheapo effects, without the live concert experience that they capitalise on all their other DVD releases. It makes a welcome change and stands alone as a testimony of the diversity of Yes.

Each clip is introduced by a key member of the band, and they all have interesting things to say, and best of all is Wakeman in typical cynical humorous fashion; check out his comments at the end of the DVD for some great Yes commentary! Hilarious.

It begins with the environmentally conscious 'Don't Kill the Whale' complete with whales and oceans and a very Young Yes Cast. Cheesy? Of course, but it still is a nice clip.

'Madrigal' is pleasant enough and quite rare so worth a look at an Elizabethan looking Wakeman in action. 'Tempus Fugit' and 'Into the Lens' shows the Buggles era Yes and in a sense is worthy due to the different feel and look of the band that is a part of their history. 'Hold On' is a great clip from the much celebrated 90125 CD and 'Leave It' is great fun and as warped and funny as anything they have ever done. 'It Can Happen' is a good addition to the repertoire and not often seen. 'Owner of a Lonely Heart' is presented in a glorious full length version, with the infamous false start (Maybe there is another way) and all the cast becoming animals. The clip was banned in some places, and here it is uncut and quite unpleasant in places with maggots in faces, crawling tarantulas and a brutal fist fight that culminates in the protagonist hurling himself from a building to an apparent suicide. We see him fly as an eagle over the city so theres a happy ending but it still holds its own for being a daring attempt at symbolism and powerful imagery throughout. Worthy of note too is the way the sparks fly in perfect time to the searing guitar solo - awesome! Its the best clip here and the most memorable in Yes history.

'Rhythm of Love' is the band in a glass set up, and a sexy female to oggle at throughout. Who is she? 'Love Will Find a Way' is yet another of the Yes ballads and a fairly good attempt at a clip.

'I've Seen All Good People: Your Move/All Good People' is a terrific live rendition of the classic and finishes the DVD off beautifully.

The verdict is - although this is flawed in places and features some of the cheesiest ideas for video clips you will find, get this DVD if you see it cheap, as it really is the culmination of all Yes most worthy video clips to date and as such a must for Yes fans.

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Posted Wednesday, September 03, 2008 | Review Permalink
b_olariu
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3 stars Yes - greatest video hits is a worty VHS (in this format I have it) if you want to know the videos of this band from 1978 till 1987 included. The videos are in chronological order, and shows the diffrent periods of Yes and how they departure from classical symphonic prog to a more prog pop in the end of '80's. For many years I want to see them how they mannage to do the video clips and last year I've aquired this video casette. Not disappointing about what i saw at all but also not very enthusiastic either. Here we have the videos from 1978 from Tormato , going through the early '80 from Drama, followed by ones from 1983 and Big generator from 1987. The music chosen here is not necesarly the best in Yes career, here is more concentrate on the second or even third period of Yes, the poppy influence period but as whole pleasent to see, ok not many times but a couple is ok. Also on between each video are some comments from members of Yes, in their own words about what is gonna be next. So, a pleasent video casette or DVD for others, 3 stars.

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