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Union [CD]

Yes Audio CD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Far and away the longest lasting and the most successful of the '70s progressive rock groups, Yes proved to be one of the lingering success stories from that musical genre. The band, founded in 1968, overcame a generational shift in its audience and the departure of its most visible members at key points in its history to reach the end of the century as the definitive progressive rock ... Read more in Amazon's Yes Store

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  • Audio CD (9 April 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B00000766J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Would Have Waited Forever
2. Shock To The System
3. Masquerade
4. Lift Me Up
5. Without Hope You Cannot Start The Day
6. Saving My Heart
7. Miracle Of Life
8. Silent Talking
9. The More We Live - Let Go
10. Angkor Wat
11. Dangerous
12. Holding On
13. Evensong
14. Take The Water To The Mountain
15. Give & Take

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Yes - Union

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Union of great musicians 10 Sep 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album was recorded using the two different factions of Yes that were going around at the time, hence the tile Union. Some critics didn't like the fact that a lot of session musicians were used but I found that only added to the charm of the recording. One of the best tracks on the album are The More We Live- Let Go which was written by Chris Squire and Billy Sherwood, who was to later join the band on a more permanent basis. Other highlights are Silent Talking, which would have been even better if they had extended it a little, and I Would Have Waited Forever, with the fantastic vocal arrangements and finally Miracle Of Life, a progressive little number with very catchy tune. One other track, which stood out, was Dangerous, which does not sound like Yes and was a very refreshing tune to listen too. The band did release a single from the album Lift Me Up that sadly never made it in to the UK charts. There are a couple of what can only be described as weaker tracks, Saving My Heart and Holding On but apart from them the rest of the album is up to the usual high standard that Yes are famous for and the album is well worth adding to your music collection.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Union 25 Nov 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This is a nice come-together with the partcipation of as many as eight Yes members. In fact it was intended to be two separate albums by two different bands... but both of them realized they were not able to cope without Jon Anderson's unique lead vocal, so they compiledit into one single album, a »Union«!
The result is interesting and worthwile. It has a lot of the ABWH soul, influenced by the Rabin style. The inevitable hit »Lift Me Up« is the best example of this mixture. So is »Saving My Heart«, except that this one is not very good and would've been better off left out.
The highlight is the extremely beautiful »Silent Talking« which combines rock and ballad in a rhapsodian way that nearly makes you think of the good old Yes epics. Nearly.
A welcome release, a good piece of work - A Perfect Union.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Union 25 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a nice come-together with the partcipation of as many as eight Yes members. In fact it was intended to be two separate albums by two different bands... but both of them realized they were not able to cope without Jon Anderson's unique lead vocal, so they compiledit into one single album, a »Union«!
The result is interesting and worthwile. It has a lot of the ABWH soul, influenced by the Rabin style. The inevitable hit »Lift Me Up« is the best example of this mixture. So is »Saving My Heart«, except that this one is not very good and would've been better off left out.
The highlight is the extremely beautiful »Silent Talking« which combines rock and ballad in a rhapsodian way that nearly makes you think of the good old Yes epics. Nearly.
A welcome release, a good piece of work - A Perfect Union.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yours is a Disgrace! 18 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
Up until this album release "Yes" had never really made a bad record. At the time "Yes" were in two with the more american sound of Squire Rabin and White, and across the pond Anderson Wakeman Bruford and Howe. The two separate "Yes" camps both contributing material to produce one collective album. Great idea if you are the record company and maybe you can make twice the money yes? Wrong... No they didn't!

What you get with "Union" is no union. There is no single direction, no cohesive concept or continuity. Much of the music is of poor construction, many tracks sounding odd and out of place with one another and the production is absolutely pants!!! It just doesn't fit together properly and the men in suits have really got a lot to answer for here. There are a few good tracks, but it isn't good enough, not for a "Yes" album.

Not recommended...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than some say, but not 'that' good. 7 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD
I liked this album when it came out. However even then I found it way too long and not that cohesive. Also as much as I love the work of the session musicians on the album, they didn't need to be there when the band members themselves are more than capable of producing a worthy record. Still the two factions of Yes didn't really gel too well here and what we end up with is a patchy album at best. There a a few cracking songs on this album and they are well worth hearing, but you have to skip through the dross to get there, and that's not good enough. Rick Wakeman, perhaps with some sour grapes said this is the worst Yes album. I disagree, there are way..way..worse than this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars union by yes 10 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
Some tracks are ok, but overall the album suffers from no clear direction, not a good or classic Yes album so save some money and just download the tracks that previous critics have suggested. Rick Wakeman nicknamed the album Onion because when he heard it.........it made him cry! MarkPB
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travel to the Center of the World 31 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
As probably you know, we got here two albums by two different bands: Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe and Rabin-Squire`s Yes. But the producer Jonathan Elias made his work so perfectly, that this album sounded more authentic Yes, than, say, "Tormato", "Open Your Eyes" or "Magnification".
The album was recorded in 1991 when the Cold War ended and the good feelings of that time made their ifluence on this music. I`m listening to this album since that time and still the music impresses me.
ABWH recorded impressive songs "I Would Have Waited Forever", "Shock to the System" with hard rock sound, crystal clear acoustic ballad "Masquerade" by Howe, song in style of "Tales from Topographic Oceans" with magical playing by Rick and with the reading of Cambodian poetry "Angkor Wat", pop hit "Give and Take" as bonus track. Trevor Rabin prepared hit "Lift Me Up". Jon Anderson sings perfectly. So we got best of both line-ups. I think it`s one of the best albums by Yes at all.
In sessions participated Tony Levin and Steve Porcaro (Toto).
Artwork by Roger Dean. So if you like Yes and don`t have this album - it`s a mistake.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes Please!
I missed this Yes album, when it was first released . Therefore I was glad to buy at a knock -down second hand price and my goodness there are certainly nuggets to find. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Curlyview!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Often over looked album of quality
After the album Big Generator from 1987 Jon Anderson had created a band comprising Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman and Bill Bruford. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Miss M. Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars This is simply one of the best albums ever.
I was very young when i have found this album is a shop. I just liked the picture (don't really know what it is ever since), and i asked my dad about this band. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2011 by B Bekesi
1.0 out of 5 stars Theirs is an Utter Disgrace
Not only has this dire melange of an album (rightly) been publicly disowned by Yes-members Steve Howe, Bill Bruford and Rick Wakeman, but to add insult to injury, it couldn't sound... Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2011 by Bren Tierney
1.0 out of 5 stars Maybe not the worst, but quite near...
One of the previous reviewers tagged Union as the worst Yes record ever. I don't really agree, as they managed to put together a true monstruosity as Open your Eyes not much later,... Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2010
1.0 out of 5 stars the worst yes album ever?
This is the worst Yes album ever. I have not bought the cd since my very old tape copy got thrown out (along with most of my other old tapes). Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2010 by tolkien fan
1.0 out of 5 stars Leave well alone.
Please bear in mind that Rick Wakeman refers to this album as 'Onion' because it brings tears to his eyes every time he hears it. He also called it a disgraceful album. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2008 by Lee Vincent Crawford
2.0 out of 5 stars Shock To The System!
Like 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' and 'Tormato', 'Union' is one of those Yes albums that promises much with lots of potential, but ends up delivering very little. Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2007 by Stotty
3.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT ALBUM BUT TO OVER PRODUCED !!!
I am a big Yes fan and have all there cd's and Vinyl at home. I brought this one the other day and have listed to it a few time's. Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2004 by Marc Davis
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