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3.97 | 82 ratings | 4 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2018

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 (65:17)
1. Intro / Cinema / Perpetual Change (11:21)
2. Hold On (8:00)
3. I've Seen All Good People : (I) Your Move (II) All Good People (7:43)
4. Lift Me Up (7:11)
5. And You & I (I) Cord of Life (II) Eclipse (III) the Preacher, the Teacher (IV) Apocalypse (10:41)
6. Rhythm of Love (4:55)
7. Heart of the Sunrise (11:26)

CD 2 (53:18)
8. Changes (7:00)
9. Long Distance Runaround / the Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) (6:18)
10. Awaken (22:40)
11. Make It Easy / Owner of a Lonely Heart (9:46)
12. Roundabout (7:34)

Total Time 118:35

Line-up / Musicians

- Jon Anderson / vocals, guitar, harp
- Trevor Rabin / guitar, vocals
- Rick Wakeman / keyboards
- Lee Pomeroy / bass
- Louis Molino / drums

Note : The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

Recorded live at the Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England in 2017

Artwork: Stuart Green

2xCD Eagle Records ‎- EDGCD676 (2018, Europe)

3xLP Eagle Records ‎- ER204181 (2018, US)

BD Eagle Vision ‎- ERBRD5329 (2018, Europe) Video directed by Blue Leach (HD Master Audio)

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(82 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
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Review by Matti
4 stars I haven't been following very closely the twists and turns of the Yes saga in this Millennium, but it was hard not to notice the 2017's teaming-up of Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman. Isn't this the first time Rabin and Wakeman are in the same line-up, apart from Union? Have to admit, this sounds good! Jon's voice is indeed in a good shape, despite the age, and the playing has plenty of energy. Louis Molino fills the shoes of Alan White perfectly (I wouldn't tell the difference in a blindfold test). Bassist Lee Pomeroy has a big task of replacing the late Chris Squire; Chris's distinctive [backing] vocals are missed, as well as his powerful bass sound, but Pomeroy clearly has studied his techniques closely. Rabin handles the second vocals pretty well. The live recording has a suitable amount of audience noise even during the numbers, which gives the gig a cheerful spirit.

The orchestral synth-centred intro leads to 'Cinema', the charming instrumental of 90125, which in turn paves way to 'Perpetual Change' from The Yes Album. A very nice way to open the gig, even though sonically I prefer the fresher- sounding album version of 'Cinema'. Right from the start both Rabin and Wakeman have entered the Yes material they weren't originally involved in, and do it wholeheartedly and convincingly. Next comes the 90125 song 'Hold On', which never has been among my faves. Rick's nice synth prelude is rather unrelated, but his contribution to the song gives it a new- sounding flavour. Since there already was The Yes Album material, the too-often heard perennial 'I've Seen all Good People' (with the terribly boring latter half) is a bit uninteresting choice in my opinion, but this version works well anyway. 'Lift Me Up' is from Union (1991), the album I haven't returned to since I had it on cassette in the early 90's, and hearing this power-pop song hardly makes me miss the album at all.

'And You And I' is among my Yes favourites. For guitar parts, this version sounds (especially at the beginning) very different from those versions featuring Steve Howe -- which is positive and refreshing in the end. Followed by 'Rhythm of Love', what a bold contrast. The vocal harmonies are done excellently, and because I haven't been listening to Big Generator either for ages, this all sounds pretty fresh to my ears. Another question is, how many times I'd care to listen to it if this CD was on my own shelf. But again, Rick's Moog solo is a delicious little extra. CD 1 closes with 'Heart of the Sunrise', one of the finest Yes pieces ever. The intro movement gives the opportunity for Pomeroy to show his bass skills. This superb version full of passion is definitely a highlight of the set.

CD 2 starts with 'Changes' (from 90125). How nice to hear this great song live, for me it's the first time since 9012Live. Excellent version! I'm not sure whether I like Rick's toy-like playing in 'Long Distance Runaround'. I appreciate they play 'The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)' which is closely associated to Squire, but this version sounds slightly weak. 'Awaken' is another ultimate Yes favourite of mine, and this 22½-minute version has suitably some new nuances.

I had to check google for 'Make It Easy': it was originally written by Rabin in 1981 and was released in the Yesyears compilation (1991). But it appears to be only a brief instrumental, followed directly by 'Owner of a Lonely Heart'. Gosh, that song has been heard much too many times! But what would better suit as a closing number than 'Roundabout'? All in all, despite some choices I'd rather been without, this set is a delight in its uniqueness. Maybe I'll purchase the DVD some day.

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars I'll have to admit, that although Yes has been one of my favorite bands for about half a century, I haven't been too interested in seeing the recent incarnations of the band in concert. The band that has been touring consistently since (it seems) the beginning of time, has been, since the great Chris Squire's passing, without any original members. Even with Squire, their last studio albums were somewhat tired sounding and disappointing, if you wanted the majesty of the classic, or even a few of the later albums.

In 2016 & 2017, Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman got together to bring their version of Yes music back to us. It was heaven. It only could have been better if the two simultaneously touring Yesses would have resolved their differences and gotten together for a Yes-off, to prove who were the kings of symphonic prog.

I suspect this group, who originally were going to use the moniker ARW as their group name (WAR was already taken) would have won that contest easily.

Anderson's voice is as clear and steady as ever. Wakeman, the "grumpy old rock star", still proves that he is the greatest living multi-keyboardist, and Rabin is spectacular on guitar, even when covering the unique Steve Howe riffs.

They do not play anything outside of the Yes catalog, so I won't go into too much detail of each track, but a few things stand out.

The band plays everything with joy and energy, with a power that goes beyond what the other Yes seems to be able to create.

Wakeman seems especially elevated. Adding depth and substance to the arrangements of the 80's Rabin era tracks, and more. His elevated performance in "Long Distance Runaround" is especially enjoyable.

The absolute highlight is a 22 minute rendition of "Awaken". Everyone in the group, including bassist Lee Pomeroy (who is previously known for covering Yes classics in a group with Adam Wakeman) and drummer Louis Molino III. With Wakeman & Rabin's soaring performance, and Molino's thundering drums, this has become my favorite rendition of this piece.

I know, we already have far too many live versions of many of these songs, but this album has enough new elements to make it a worthy purchase.

Latest members reviews

4 stars How many live albums do I have of Yes? Too many and some of them essential to the experience since I haven't, and I will never, see them play on stage. This is not my favourite of all but It is...different in so many ways because the set goes from the Yes Album to Big Generator so there's a l ... (read more)

Report this review (#2339307) | Posted by steelyhead | Saturday, February 29, 2020 | Review Permanlink

4 stars In all candour I had no great expectations of this release but what an unexpected surprise it turns out to be:- As you might expect the playing is stellar and for a guy in his seventies Jon Anderson is in absolutely terrific voice even if his between song banter has him away with the fairies, ... (read more)

Report this review (#2036839) | Posted by Murphy | Thursday, September 20, 2018 | Review Permanlink

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