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4 stars While the sound quality is lacking a bit and some songs are disappointing compared to the original versions, the live feeling is great, and there is so much energy in here!

Intro : the ending of the majestic 'firebird suite' epic.

Siberian Kathru : This is one song that sounds better than the original, because it packs so much energy here.

Heart Of the Sunrise : the sound quality is actually decent in this track, and while I miss bruford in the bass/drum duo, the bass riffing is much better here and the random riffs all around the song sound overall better done and more complex.

Perpetual Change : Another song that sounds better than the original. There are extended solos and of course Wakeman makes keyboards better than in the studio album.

And You and I : very disappointing, because it sounds loud , too electric and sounds more like a rock song. Besides the intro solo is removed.

Mood For a day : a little more virtuosic than the fragile version, but I think it doesnt' mean its better.

Rick Wakeman show-off : it has always been a favourite of mine, and I love keyboard solos ... this is a set of keyboard solos and riffing with some fooling around (hallelujah, or the ending sound effects)

Roundabout : the performance is excellent, but the sound quality really suffers. In addition, the intro played by electric guitar ruins its magic for me.

I've seen all good people : not a great song, and its worse here. I miss the church organ, and the energy it had on the other version (here it's slower), and the sound quality.

Long distance runaround + squire soloing : not good, the sound quality is at its worst here, and the bass soloing while impressive, goes on and off in moments and it is very long.

Close to the edge : very nice version, the performance is very good, and alan white drumming during the church organ (now a keyboard) solos shows that bill brufford should have drummed there.

Yours is no Disgrace : The highlight of the album for me, since it sounds great, and it has an extended solo which for me is my favourite guitar solo of Steve Howe.

Starship Trooper : Disappointing guitar sound, and the wonderful vocal harmonies after the acoustic section (done here in electric guitar) is replaced by a horrible keyboard playing. The saving grace are the solos (keyboard and guitar) at the end of the song.

This great live recording has poor sound that bothers my listening, if you can tolerate it, I highly would recommend this album.

My Grade : B+

Zitro | 4/5 |


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