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Keys To Ascension

Yes
19 Sept. 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 19 Sept. 2010
  • Label: Proper Records
  • Copyright: 1996 KPK World Sun Trading Ltd/Moorglade LLC. Yes Music Ltd
  • Total Length: 3:37:48
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B0041APXN4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,545 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul Martin West on 17 Sept. 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ehadas on 12 Dec. 2010
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Owen on 26 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Wow''This 4 cd box set is great value for money!My fav song 'Turn of the century'on here is the business live''Awaken' is a superb 2nd best!! Funny thing is,the first time around when yes were in their prime and i was a 20 year old young un'i did not get yes' I was into 70's reggae,and classic rock bands like hendrix/deep purple etc...It was only i live' clip of 'Turn of the century'on you-tube what turned me on to yes.There is a quiet time at the end of the day,or when it is my turn to create a meal,hmmm bring out a yes cd...I still play it loud'but listening to yes'is almost like hearing music from a church monestry,words to that effect...I know i wont like every single track on this 4 cd box set,but it is such good value for money and there are loads of tracks to discover and listen to...To sum up 'Yes' in a few words about this album is,,,if anyone is new to yes'please consider this album 'Ascension!!! Ok' it is live' and 'live albums are not always the best option to listen to a decent band because 9 times out of ten you will not get the best sound even from the best in the business...I can assure anyone new to yes'if you go with 'Ascension'as your first venture into 'yes' you wont be let down!!! Trust me,and trust this review! 'Awaken'' to ''YES''''''''''''' Nuff Said!!!
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Paul Hellander on 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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