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Easy Livin
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2 stars A lengthy ritual

"Yesshows" is not my favourite live album by Yes (and there are many to chose from!) by any means. I find the general recording quality, and indeed the performances, to be disappointing when compared to collections such as "Yessongs", and "Keys to ascension". The main reason this album is of interest is the presence of Patrick Moraz on keyboards on some (but not all) of the tracks.

Well over half of the album is taken up by the two feature pieces, namely "The Gates of Delirium", and "Ritual". Both the version of "Gates of Delirium" on "Relayer" and the one which appears here feature Patrick Moraz on keyboards, and the rendition here is pretty faithful to the original version. Rick Wakeman performed on the studio version of "Ritual" so it is interesting to hear the Moraz interpretation which is included here. The track is somewhat longer than the original version due to the extended percussion section. It was split over one and a half sides of the LP version giving a slightly disjointed feel, but has been rejoined on the CD version.

The remaining tracks do not really add anything to their superior studio counterparts, and at times sound significantly inferior.

One for fans looking to complete their collection only.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |


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