"An evening of Yes music plus". That was the title of the tour that had the writs flying when ABWH toured their self titled album in 1989-90. All four members had been members of Yes, in fact definitive members. The only missing member was bassist and Yes stalwart Chris Squire, who at the time was still a member of the real Yes. Confused? It doesn`t matter now anyway as all are members of the current Yes with the exception of Bruford.
This CD is exactly what the title says it is. The first half is a bit boring as it features solo renditions by all four members. Spaced between songs this would work but it drags on a bit. It really heats up when they start meating out Yes classics like "Close to the edge" and "Heart of the sunrise" which, at the time, hadn`t been performed since the 70`s. To be honest, Chris Squire is badly missed. As good as Jeff Berlin (his replacement here) is, Squire`s outstanding bass work is a massive part of the Yes sound as are his backing vocals and it leaves the overall thing a bit unauthentic. Also, Bill Bruford`s electronic drum kit sounds a bit silly. ABWH originals like "Brother of mine" and "Order of the universe" sound fantastic though, and could so easily have been Yes classics instead of being largely forgotten these days, much like the Anderson-less Yes album "Drama".
It`s not Yes but it is Yes, if you know what I mean.