Yes: Songs from Tsongas - The 35th Anniversary Concert 2003

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Live performance from the 1970s prog-rockers, recorded on their 35th Anniversary world tour at the Boston Tsongas. Includes tracks such as 'Sweet Dreams', 'Time Is Time' and 'Rhythm of Love'.

Starring:
Yes
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature exempt
Runtime 3 hours 0 minutes
Starring Yes
Studio WARNER MUSIC VISION
Rental release 27 June 2005
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature exempt
Runtime 3 hours 0 minutes
Starring Yes
Studio EAGLE VISION
Rental release 22 September 2014
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Dalai Nala on 23 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
OK. Before I kick off...just what or who the hell is Tsongas???
I've been following Yes since the early eighties. 90125 was my first purchase (like prob a good number of current fans) and Topographic Oceans, followed by Relayer, were my first hearings of early Yes, thanks to my cousin's neolithic turntable. But hey, was I blown away with the tremendous spiritual feeling!
Though to date I still rank Trevor Rabin's input as a long awaited breath of fresh air (some might say suicidal!) into the crisp guitar-based AOR of the sweet 80's, undoubtedly the Anderson, Howe, Squire, Wakeman, White line-up remains the quintessential Yes, and though I will always remain pissed off big time at Rick when the only occasion that I managed to see the band in concert was the time when he decided to call it quits (following Keys, the Open Your Eyes Tour, live at Hammersmith UK) I am nowadays an avid admirer of this line-up.
Luckily I came across Tsongas by surprise, just a few days after its release, in Basel, Switzerland, on an unusually-warm Thursday eve. If I had to dare complain about anything on this collection, it would be the omission of my all time favourite, Siberian Khatru, beautifully interpreted on the intro to Keys To Ascension. Otherwise, a good chunk of all the Yes eras - including the under rated ABWH project, with the passionate The Meeting - are included, and it's very interesting to note Rick's input and interpretation of the tunes which he did not originally appear on - namely the Rabin period, with a splendidly interpreted Owner Of A Lonely Heart and the electrifying Rhythm Of Love. A definite highlight of the set is Mind Drive from the mid-nineties Keys To Ascension studio tracks, and also the acoustic / mellowed down (I hate the MTV term "unplugged" !!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fleece on 1 Oct. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Purchased the UK Region 2 edition and the Japan Region free edition.
Both editions contain 2 concerts but on the UK edition both are edited.
They are as follows :-

UK Edition

Songs From Tsongas - 2hr 24min
Note - Ritual is cut from the main concert but included as an extra on the main menu
Which moron who decided to do this and why is beyond me.

Lugano 2004 - 1hr 10min
Note - Standard definition - not in HD - Heavily edited version from the original broadcast
and has been available on the bootleg circuit since 2004.

Japanese Edition (Region Free)

Songs From Tsongas - 2hr 52min
Note - Complete uncut show - Ritual is included in the main setlist running order.

Lugano 2004 - 2hr 2min
Note - Standard definition - not in HD - Complete uncut show
Includes the following tracks cut from the UK release :-

Mind Drive Part 1
South Side Of The Sky
My Eyes
Mind Drive Part 2
Yours Is No Disgrace
Second Initial (Howe Solo)
Jane Seymour (Wakeman Solo)
Rhythm Of Love

Summary
Would have preferred an HD version of the Lugano show.
Even on a separate disc. It's a cracking show. The square is nicely lit up in purple
and it's pouring with rain which gives it a nice atmosphere.
The version of And You & I at Lugano is probably the ultimate version you'll ever hear!!!!!
I've heard other fans comment that too.
Still I slight upgrade on the bootleg.

The Jap edition I bought has the audio on 3 CDs making the whole set 4 discs. Cost a bit more though.
Can recommend this to fans although if you want to shell out a bit more.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Peter Wilson on 8 July 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It seems like a couple of hundred years ago when this DVD was first announced, and now, after the fourth or fifth delay, it's arrived.
No extras, apart from a disposable MSN Roger Dean featurette, but it does have DTS sound. So what you've got here is essentially the complete concert from the last date of the US leg of the 35th Anniversary tour.
I was lucky enough to have a second-row seat for the Birmingham show and this brought all the good memories flooding back. A terrific setlist, including my particular live favourite Yours Is No Disgrace closing the first half, and also a few rarely (or never) heard live Yessongs such as Mind Drive (split into two parts), Sweet Dreams and Lennon & McCartney's Every Little Thing - the latter being a bit of a treat for us here in the UK as it was dropped from the setlist when they crossed back to this side of the Atlantic.
Also there's a marvellous 30-minute unplugged(ish) section in the middle which breathes new life into old live warhorses such as "Roundabout" and "Owner Of A Lonely Heart". A first for the band in a live setting as far as I'm aware, and a real treat.
The stage set was a potential banana skin Spinal Tap-style, comprising of huge inflatables designed by long-time Yes album sleeve artist Roger Dean. I remember having concerns at Brum about one of them springing a slow leak and gradually deflating throughout, finally collapsing on Alan White during the climax to "Ritual", the show's closing number. But I needn't have worried. Didn't happen there, and didn't happen here. And you know what - the stage design looks just fine.
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