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Marty McFly
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5 stars High class concert by Yes. One of the first I've ever seen.

Performance is perfect, there are no errors (only I sense that keyboards were changed, playing short tone lengths instead of long on Close to the Edge), instead of obvious necessity choice - replacement of Rick Wakeman (what could they do anyway). Combination of Yes Symphonic sounds and Symphonic Orchestra sounds is perfect and also, done without mistakes, even some people who were used to certain (studio) version of these songs will be surprised, maybe little bit disturbed by changes that had to been made because of added orchestral element. Especially Gates of Delirium sounds stunning, this song brings feelings and moods that hits very soul of mine.

Maybe also because of orchestra, songs sounds good, even the new ones (which are basically worse then classic era ones). Jon could still sing well at the moment, even his spoken parts (before/after songs) is unusual experience (I'm not used to listen speaking someone with voice like his), even as I said, singing is perfect. I note that Steve Howe looks particulary good here, something that is not so easy to achieve (his pictures used to scare me when I was younger). He also uses guitar with chopped neck at one time. I thought it's just hidden from point when camera is taking the picture, but nope, it's not here at all.

Chris Squire wears nice cloak. And except he reminds me Pendragon vocalist (with Richie Blackmore mustache), he does a perfect job. Tom Brislin isn't bad, but jumping and behaving as wild as Jordan Rudess (or Neal Morse) doesn't fit here at all (with all these calm, aged, yet skilled and still perfect gentlemen). All women orchestra (it seems like that, they're hiding men in darkness and out of camera eye most of the time) gets proper limelight, even women are more visible.

I'm stunned and even I would like to see my two other favourite songs (new and old respectively) "Homeworld" and "Yours Is No Disgrace"

5(-), SYMPHONIC Prog Rock masterpiece, I want Rick anyway.

Marty McFly | 5/5 |


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