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Tom Ozric
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4 stars Ah yes......I mean YES !!! What a high to go out on for 2011 !! YES are here in full-blown Sympho-Prog mode, offering us such classics as Siberian Khatru, Heart Of The Sunrise, South Side Of The Sky etc. but not many of us got the chance to hear what these old greats sound like with new vocalist Benoit David, and Wakeman Jnr holding the ever-important keyboards stool. AMAZING performance all 'round. This is an entire set recorded on December 1st, 2009 and you can really hear their hearts were in it. Surprising is the inclusion of such rarely performed tracks like Tempus Fugit, Machine Messiah (both from 1980's Drama album), the beautiful ballad Onward (from Tormato) and a real beauty in Astral Traveller (dating all the way back to Time And A Word, from early 1970). Benoit is a rare find for this band as his tone and delivery are a close approximation for Anderson, and this is a grand compliment !! Squire, White and Howe are all in fine form, especially Squire and his beautifully toned Rickenbacker bass. Wakeman's sounds are faithful and his playing, impeccable - just like his father, he loves his moog synth !! I find it difficult to pick fault with such a superb live album as this (discerning ears may discover something minor, under intense scrutiny..), and it's, of course, a very nice item on vinyl, though not as lavish as YESSONGS, the band's classic triple live album from 1973. A personal 5 star, though there is nothing revolutionary here.
Tom Ozric | 4/5 |


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