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Cygnus X-2
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4 stars Yes has done it again, they've seemed to top themselves live. Their music has always had a symphonic edge, but now they've taken it one step further and actually played with a symphony. This is the classic line-up of White, Squire, Howe, and Anderson. The keyboardist is an unknown but did a good job playing all-around.

The show opens with Close to the Edge, my personal favorite song of the DVD. The entire group does a good job on this album, especially Howe, with his needless noodling that has become quintessential with his being. After an extended section in the middle, the keyboardist Tom Brislin goes into the Wakeman keyboard solo, and it sounds exactly like the record version.

Other songs that are worth mentioning that are superb are the Gates of Delirium, which was an impressive spectacle of sight and sound. Then there's Ritual, in which Chris Squire gives one of the best live bass performances I've ever seen. Then And You and I, which is always amazing live.

The material from Magnification that they played surprisingly good (I was never terribly fond of modern Yes, I like it, just not all that much. The best of the new material live is In the Presence Of...

Overall, I give this a 4.5 out of 5. I highly recommend it to everybody who likes Yes. This is easily the best Yes concert DVD available at the moment (It's a lot better than the Yessongs DVD).

Cygnus X-2 | 4/5 |


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