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Keys to Ascension 2 [Import]

Yes Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (13 Aug 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • ASIN: B00006BXIK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I've Seen All Good People: Your Move/All Good People
2. Going For The One
3. Time And A Word
4. Close To The Edge: The Solid Time Of Change/Total Mass Retain/I Get Up, I Get Down/Seasons Of Man
5. Turn Of The Century
6. And You And I: Cord Of Life/Eclipse/The Preacher The Teacher/Apocalypse
Disc: 2
1. Mind Drive
2. Foot Prints
3. Bring Me To The Power
4. Children Of Light: Children Of Light/Lifeline
5. Sign Language

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The New Stuff? eh... The Old Stuff? Always! 27 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
This was the second of two double albums that featured one disc of live tracks and one disc of studio track. It might be said that there are four Yes 'eras'. 1-: The Debuts ("Yes" and "Time and a Word"), 2-: The Main Sequence ("The Yes Album" through "Going For The One"), 3-: The Middle Years ("Tormato" through "Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe"), and 4-: The Dinosaur Years (meant with affection!) ("Union" to present). Of the 'Dinosaur Years' "Keys to Ascension 2" is probably the best it gets (although "Talk" was pretty good). Of the new studio tracks most are fairly average offerings i.e., nothing too diabolical but nothing that strikes with any brilliance either. 'Foot Prints' and 'Sign Language' probably get at least half marks. In contrast the opening track 'Mind Drive' is an astonishing track that some deemed was the best thing since 'Awaken' almost twenty years earlier on "Going for the One"! It has an atmospheric opening before a pulsating persistent riff kicks in. Much of the melodic and lyrical construction of the track is hardly comparable to anything found in 'the Main Sequence', but the music and the experimentation with an extended structure is. 'Mind Drive' certainly is one of the highlights of recent Yes concerts, full of energy and a reminder of how brilliant the group were in their heyday. The album also has the 'classic' Yes line-up (White on drums), which does it a lot of favours. It is difficult to fully assess a record like this due to the fact that the first disc is made up of live performances of classis Yes tracks, and the second is brand new stuff. The mark here will reflect the second disc only. In any case, the CD is worth purchasing solely for 'Mind Drive'. Anyone with any interest in Yes is unlikely to be disappointed with this track. If the only track only is not enough to sway, then at least you'll have the live CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than ever! 18 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
The pleasant suprise is that the first cd of classic Yes is performed brilliantly, with clearer recording than studio originals.
The completely unexpected suprise is the second cd of new studio tracks.They are as good as if not better than any of the older stuff. MIND DRIVE is a YES epic, starting with lilting spanishy guitar, it mutates into a brooding Holzt like juggernaut. It moves through light and shade, grabbing you by the emotional curlies. The 'light' is provided by lyrically and melodically uplifting tune that Anderson does so well.
FOOTPRINTS has a southern 'Bible Belt' feel that features Howe with a swing/bluegrass flavour.
I am running out of space here, so I will just say the rest of the CD is of the same high standard.
Brilliant Stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Progression in their Sympho-Rock 14 Mar 2000
Format:Audio CD
Most comments tell you that these 2 records aren't worth their money because half of it is filled with old songs. But consider that these old songs are now in a new digital jacket and you have a couple of songs you couldn't find on a live record.But the second half is Yes like they should be. A musical evolution into the ninetees. Listen to Mind drive and feel the shivers on your spine, or every other of the 5 songs. Brilliant in their complexity, typical the music you may expect from Yes. Shame that they didn't continue this style on their next album; Open your Eyes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Further upward unlocking 7 Jun 2009
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I suppose this album would get overlooked in the Yes catalogue. However, it should be purchased if only for some stonking live tracks and the much played down at the time ' Mind Drive'.

From the first live disc I particularly recommend the beautiful rendition of 'Time and a Word' with Rick Wakeman's keyboards delivering a peaceful, soothing introduction and a sumptuous instrumental break. An astonishing take on a much loved early song which takes it to boundaries beyond. I also welcome a cd first for a live version of the classic 'Turn of the Century' from the chart topping 'Going for the One' album.

On the studio disc the epic 20 minute 'Mind Drive' is a must. The band belatedly performed this in their 2004 concerts, but really at the time its presence was not made known sufficiently.

A great double album of both live and studio Yes music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A more than welcome comeback 6 Jan 2000
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THIS is Yes as we want it!!! »Keys To Ascension 2« continues what the first volume started.
From the very first tunes, you get blown away by the magic live performance of »I've Seen All Good People«, and from there on, it's a phenomenal journey into brilliantly performed live experiences of the absolutely greatest Yes songs. Breathtaking!
CD 2 contains new studio tracks which are all very, very good compositions. »Mind Drive« is the best Yes song since »Talk«, and »Bring Me To The Power« is really amazing as well.
This is just Yes as we know it - and Yes as we WANT it! I lack words...
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