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YES-TODAY

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

2.71 | 23 ratings

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Easy Livin
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"Yestoday" is a rather strange compilation, gathering together a number of tracks from Yes' recent albums "Open your eyes" and "The ladder". Also included are live recordings which previously appeared on the "House of blues" collection, the compilation running to almost 2 hours in total. Since the original versions of many of these live tracks appeared on albums released in the band's classic years, this initially gives the album the deceptive appearance of drawing its tracks from a much more diverse period than is actually the case.

The disappointing "Open your eyes" was a Yes album in name only, with Billy Sherwood dominating throughout. None of the regular keyboard players participated, and the tracks were generally AOR based pop rock. "The ladder" was generally acknowledged to be a return towards the form expected of Yes, the tracks generally having more progressive structures.

The live tracks from "House of blues" include many of the perennial live songs, including "and you and I", "Perpetual change" and "Awaken".

The release of this album was no doubt an effort by the record label to extort more income from "Open your eyes" and "The ladder", possibly due to relatively disappointing sales of those albums. Since it is a budget label release, it offers a good way for those unfamiliar with those albums to obtain many of the tracks from them, together with some excellent live performances, at a knock down price.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |

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