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4 stars Better to purchase this box set than the five individual discs that make it up.


Because, firstly, the artwork is restored to Roger Dean's actual colours, not some vomit- inducing shade of blue or pink. Secondly, you get the mediocre dvd that you otherwise wouldn't see because it isn't worth buying. Thirdly, there's some liner notes, pleasant packaging and other oddities that make the two-year 'Keys to Ascension' period seem more cohesive. And fourthly, this works out a lot cheaper than buying two albums + a dvd.

The material is collectively of a very high quality, with fantastic live songs and new studio tracks, a couple of which are actually of the standard of 70's Yes! And this is a fairly new package so it may even be available at music shops. I highly recommend this convenient box set to any Yes fans who dislike 'Talk' and 'Open Your Eyes'; this music is an anomalous peak in Yes's 90's career.

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5 stars Keys to Ascension plus Keystudio plus DVD all in a pack and with a more than interesting price. For those who couldn't get the originals or were looking for the studio material recorded between the winter of 1995 and the spring of 1996 (appeared afterwards as Keystudio), this is the perfect solution with a bonus of a good live concert collection of pieces filmed at San Luis Obispo in March 1996.

They include all of Yes classics -plus Simon& Garfunkel's America version- from Time and a Word to Onward, both on the live CDs and the DVD.

The studio album is full of new good material from the classic Yes line-up. Highlights are the two longer pieces: Mind Drive and That, That Is together with Be the One. The rest are equally interesting to listen to.

Highly recommended if you haven't got any of this material.

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Posted Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | Review Permalink

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