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Keys To Ascension [4CD+DVD] [Box set]

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  • Audio CD (20 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Proper Records
  • ASIN: B003Q6BSTW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Recorded Live at SLO 1996 - Siberian Khatru
2. The Revealing Science Of God
3. America
4. Onward
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Disc: 2
1. Recorded Live at SLO 1996 - Roundabout
2. Starship Trooper
3. Studio Tracks Recorded 1996 - Be The One
4. That, That Is
Disc: 3
1. Recorded Live at SLO 1996 - I've Seen All Good People
2. Going For The One
3. Time And A Word
4. Close To The Edge
See all 6 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Studio Tracks Recorded 1995/1996 - Mind Drive
2. Foot Prints
3. Bring To The Power
4. Children Of Light
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Disc: 5
1. DVD - Recorded Live at SLO 1996 - Siberian Khatru
2. Close To The Edge
3. I've Seen All Good People
4. Time And A Word
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In 1995 Yes reformed its most celebrated line-up – Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman and Alan White, and this reunion was greeted with anticipation by millions of fans worldwide. New studio tracks were recorded at Yesworld studios in San Luis Obispo, California throughout the winter of 1995 and spring of 1996. They then embarked on a series of brilliantly staged live concerts in March 1996 at The Freemont Theatre in San Luis Obispo, performing timeless classics from all phases of their career. Both in the studio and live the band gelled magnificently and this set proves that all the magic was still there, great vision, stunning technical ability, incredible improvisational skills and imaginative presentation of ideas…timeless Yes music.

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5CD =Box= // 4Cd/Dvd

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one, make it this one 17 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
Ok, we have an abundance of live recordings to choose from, and frankly some should never have seen the light of day. This isn't one of them.
But first to the reviewers who felt mislead. There have been two Keys to Ascension CD's, both double, with live and studio tracks and a DVD, featuring just live tracks. Five discs in all. This offering is called Keys to Ascension and has exactly the same track listing over 4cds and 1 DVD, I don't really think it takes a genius to work out that it is a repackaging! But 5 discs of some fantastic music, played by a group at their performing peak, can't be bad.
The studio, offerings are a bit hit and miss, but it does include Mind Drive, which should really be included in any ultimate Yes canon.
The live cds are beautifully played, with all members at their peak. We could argue about inclusions and omissions, but this is a fair selection and they flow together well.
I'm going to focus on the DVD, because this is one area were us Yes fans have been sold short over time.
I would say, if you only get one live DVD, this should be it. Why? Well it's not perfect but:
Jon Anderson may be wearing something you wouldn't ever get away with in Hull, but vocally he's on great form. His ramblings between songs never reach the banality of some offerings [maybe America!] and his hand gestures and mannerisms fit well with the music [usually!]
Visually, we hit the usual pitfalls. Don't get me wrong, it's well filmed, but it would have been great if someone with basic musical understanding, could have just pointed out to the editor, who was playing. We have fun watching the editor cut to various shots of Rick's hands, only to find it's Steves mandolin in Time and a Word. There are good few examples of this, but hey ho, it adds humour.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A YES CLASSIC 12 Dec 2010
By ehadas
Format:Audio CD
The audio part of The Keys to Ascension was released and reviewed in 1996-7.

This 2010 set also includes a DVD of the SLO concert. In my opinion, Steve Mitchell's production and direction is disappointing. Rather than produce and direct a concert which only shows 5 excellent musicians playing music on stage in front of an audience, the director adds footage and graphics which sometimes have no relation to the music. Instead of a continuous Yes concert which shows musicians playing their music to the audience, the film is full of unnecessary editing and extras which should have been left out.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A baby boomer's view on Ascension 15 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have to say I bought this set on a whim. One of those Sauvignon Blanc-fuelled nights of nostalgia and zeitgeist with an iPad on my lap and a desire (need?) to revisit the past.

I had done the YesSongs thing in the 70s - driving around the UK in a beat up Mini van with a tape deck and had felt so in tune with the boys of Y.

When I saw this collection I was instinctively drawn to the weaving of the comfort zone old and the suggestion of comfort zone new. After the fourth Sauvignon Blanc I clicked the BUY button and I was committed.

I spent a long week end camping in the Australian bush - plus driving there and back - and listened to all the gems on this assembly of fine Yes music and I was happy. I still am ...

I wanted the old stuff - Close to the Edge (studio-close on this live San Luis Obispo version), No Disgrace, Siberian Khatru the stuff that I cruised the UK to back in the 70s, but the new studio set impressed. I take my hat off to Jon, Chris, Steve, Bill and Rick for a now technically dated set of performances. The audio quality was excellent - at least in my Renault Mégane, stuffed to the rafters for a bush camping trip. I would have been deeply impressed had the production team saw fit to provide a HD DTS version of the DVD disk (I am a severe fan of DVD/DTS audio). But it was not to be ... I digress into technicalities.

My long weekend away in the bush was deeply enriched by this set. I smiled a lot and nostalged muchly. The music of Yes can hit that visceral nerve of comfort and familiarity even after 30 years since YesSongs.

A fine buy!

Happy listener Paul from Adelaide, South Australia
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great set at GREAT Value! 7 Jan 2012
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What if we've heard it before? You are into Yes or you are not into Yes!
The "classic" line-up doing what they do best - and I for one am always happy to hear the variations.
The 6 Studio tracks on this set are quite interesting and - as far as I know - exclusive to it.
FOUR Cds + a live set DVD running at 147 mins! To be honest, it's a treat and at 10.99, what is there to beef about?
This is Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White doing their thing - it's great.
"Close to the Edge", "Starship Trooper", "Awaken" and "Siberian Khatru" - will I ever tire? Not personally - no!
If you are a Yes aficionado, then you either will or you won't; I did and am very happy with my purchase.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!! Great price!! 7 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
To me this is one hell of a set! the live cd's are vintage yes and the dvd is amazing!
The dvd not only contains the 1996 live concert but also a concert registration of 1979 in the U.S.A.
which is of not so clear quality but still great to look at!
ok,some reviewers are right about the packaging:to me it looks like recycled cardboard with fancy lettering
but, hé,it's the music that counts!!
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Published on 26 Jun 2011 by Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent value
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Very much so! The sound quality, quality of playing and choice of tracks is superb. Read more
Published on 12 May 2011 by Dr. Michael J. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Repitition Repitition Repitition
I Bought the original keys CDs when they came out and they are brilliantly played & recorded live recordings

Ignore the Amazon review bit about improvisation, this is... Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2010 by R. W.
4.0 out of 5 stars YES 'Keys To Ascension' LIVE CONCERT BOX SET...
This is a live concert with the original line up. Good to see Rick has his old mini moog synthesiser back..and Jon Anderson in fine voice... Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2010 by Mr. R. J. Chewter
5.0 out of 5 stars The best collection yet
This is a fantastic collection of all the best of Yes including a dvd great price and delivery
Published on 16 Oct 2010 by Princess Gaynor
2.0 out of 5 stars mislead; yet again.
come on, whats going on, yes i should have checked the details more carefully ,but when you find a new addition to ones collection, well you know the score. Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2010 by mucky
1.0 out of 5 stars what is this
What is this? -I've already got CDs calle Keys to Ascension. Is this new. Is it a revamp of what I already have. Come on Amazon. If you want us to buy - tell us what it is.
Published on 24 Sep 2010 by Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, live Yes - think of it as an update to Yessongs
You are probably like me; you already have various Yes albums, including Yessongs (Yessongs: Remastered). Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2010 by Dave M
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