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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 (65:17)
1. Siberian Khatru (10:16)
2. The Revealing Science of God (20:12)
3. America (10:28)
4. Onward (5:48)
5. Awaken (18:33)

CD 2 (50:39)
1. Roundabout (8:30)
2. Starship Trooper (13:05)
3. Be the One (9:50) *
- a. The One
- b. Humankind
- c. Skates
4. That, That Is (19:14) *
- a. Togetherness
- b. Crossfire
- c. The Giving Things
- d. That Is
- e. All in All
- f. How Did Heaven Begin
- g. Agree to Agree

CD 3 (57:00)
1. I've Seen All Good People (7:16)
2. Going for the One (4:58)
3. Time and a Word (6:23)
4. Close to the Edge (19:40)
5. Turn of the Century (7:55)
6. And You and I (10:48)

CD 4 (44:42)
1. Mind Drive (18:37) *
2. Foot Prints (9:09) *
3. Bring Me to the Power (7:25) *
4. Children of Light (6:02) *
- a. Children of Light
- b. Lifeline
5. Sign Language (3:29) *

Total Time 217:38

* Studio tracks recorded 1995-96

Bonus live DVD on 2010 reissue:
1. Siberian Khatru
2. Close To The Edge
3. I've Seen All Good People
4. Time And A Word
5. And You And I
6. The Revealing Science Of God
7. Going For The One
8. Turn Of The Century
9. America
10. Onward
11. Awaken
12. Roundabout
13. Starship Trooper

Total Time 147:00 approx.

Recorded and filmed Live at the Fremont Theatre, San Luis Obispo, California on March 4-6, 1996

Line-up / Musicians

- Jon Anderson / lead vocals, guitar, harp
- Steve Howe / pedal steel, 6 & 12-string acoustic & electric guitars, 5-string bass, backing vocals
- Rick Wakeman / keyboards
- Chris Squire / bass, backing vocals
- Alan White / drums, backing vocals

- Billy Sherwood / co-producer & mixing
- Steve Mitchell / DVD movie production and direction

Releases information

Artwork: Roger Dean (on both editions)

4CD Castle Comm. - ESF CD 635 (1998, Europe) Bundled re-edition of "Keys to Ascension" vols. I & II
4CD + DVD Proper Records ‎- PRPCD067 (2010, Europe) Bundled re-edition of Vols. I & II, with new cover art, plus DVD with full concert Video in Stereo & Surround 5.1

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(197 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(60%)
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Review by thehallway
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 solut ... (read more)

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