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Yessongs [Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

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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 (26 Sep 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002J1Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Opening (Excerpt From "Firebird Suite") (Live Lp Version From Yessongs)
2. Siberian Khatru (Live Lp From Yessongs)
3. Heart Of The Sunrise (Live )
4. Perpetual Change (Live From Yessongs)
5. And You And I (A. Cord Of Life; B. Eclipse; C. The Preacher The Teacher; D. The Apocalypse) (Live Lp From Yessongs)
6. Mood For A Day (Live From Yessongs)
7. Excerpts From "The Six Wives Of Henry Viii" (Live Lp Version From Yessongs)
8. Roundabout (Live Lp From Yessongs)
Disc: 2
1. I've Seen All Good People (A. Your Move; B. All Good People) (Live Lp From Yessongs)
2. Long Distance Runaround/The Fish (Schindleria Praemeturus) (Live Lp From "Yessongs")
3. Close To The Edge (A. The Solid Time Of Change; B. Total Mass Retain; C. I Get Up I Get Down; D. Seasons Of Man) (Live Lp Version From Yessongs)
4. Yours Is No Disgrace (Live Lp From Yessongs )
5. Starship Trooper (A. Life Seeker; B. Disillusion; C. Wurm) (Live Lp From Yessongs)

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Opening with a few bars of Stravinsky to set the adoring crowd on its feet, this once-three-LP set is Yes at their finest. This was, after all, probably the most mainstream act that had even provisional "prog rock" status, and their tunes show it. While "Heart of the Sunrise" may be one of the more modestly titled Yes songs (compare it with "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" or "The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)" or even "Total Mass Retain"), it also bears marks of the band playing at its most frenetic pace around Jon Anderson's soaring near-falsetto. Rick Wakeman's grand synthesizer flashes are more than textural, finding visual meshes aplenty with Roger Dean's cryptic cover art--most of which is shrunken or absent on this two-CD reissue. When Yessongs was cut, Marshall stacks were in their heyday, and Yes happily engaged in harmonic and melodic excessiveness as well as carefully planned layers of complexity. "Roundabout" was the band's biggest hit to this point. It appears here faithfully reproduced. As for the rest, it's entertaining in a 1970s way--full of light shows, staged visuals, and more. It took a few years for prog rock to dwindle and for punk-coloured art rock to swerve toward songs about buildings and food. On Yessongs, the band was peaking, singing songs with far grander purpose (Siberia, the Apocalypse, etc.). By any account, this is one of the classic live albums of its generation, and as the soundtrack to the hip 1998 film Buffalo 66 hinted, at least one manic Yes song ("Heart of the Sunrise") passed muster for drama in the 1990s. --Andrew Bartlett

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing 23 Feb 2010
Format:MP3 Download
Having owned and enjoyed a vinyl copy of this album for over 30 years I was rather annoyed to discover that "Heart of the Sunrise" and "Perpetual Change" have been replaced by, what I consider to be, inferior versions.
The original album was utterly stunning; I loved it from the first play. I only bought the MP3 download because my vinyl is too badly worn to digitize.
If you are replacing your vinyl, beware.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Retrospectively amazing 3 May 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
With "Keys to Ascension", the Symphonic Tour and most recently the 35th Anniversary concert recordings, you can hear how Yes have mastered their back catalogue to give outstanding, mature renditions of their classic material from the 1970s; they're so on top of the songs that there's the kind of range of nuance and interpretation that you can only get from artists of their calibre. How amazing, then, to return to 1972 and hear how they delivered the songs when they were still in their twenties. The contemporary criticism of their music was often that they over-arranged, that there was posture, pretention and almost painfully meticulous production. "Yessongs" blasts this criticism out of the water. Not only does the complexity and breadth of the music shine through, but it's delivered with a blistering energy that never really came out in the studio albums.
The main difference between these live versions and the originals is that this is the first time we hear Alan White on drums, and he drives the songs along with a kick (literally) that brings them right into the rock genre. You can't fault former drummer Bill Bruford's skill - he appears in this recording on "Perpetual Change", with a typically paradiddling top-kit solo - but it's White that lifts the rest of the material.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Rhino remaster 10 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Potential customers for this CD should note that notwithstanding the claims of Amazon in the product description, this is not a Rhino remaster, but the Joe Gaswirt remaster from 1994. The date (26 September 1994) is correct, but the 'Label' and 'Format Description' are misleading. I do not believe that Rhino has ever remastered this live set, so if you're expecting an improved sound like the other Rhino Yes remasters then you'll be disappointed. Caveat emptor.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Loved this album ever since I bought it in the mid seventies. All the way back then I had never seen a triple album before so really surprised this time round to unwrap the new re-mastered CD with its slim little jewel case) Bless...

Very happy to report the sound quality is a bit better, clearer and with a touch more body/punch. I was relieved because even though the album is a classic the sound was originally terrible (Especially after many plays on your record player) so it's great to hear it cleaned up. I had no trouble with disc 2 as some reviewers have stated...

All Yes fans will have there favorite parts from this recording. For me it is tracks like "Perpetual Change" "Long Distance Runaround" "Yours is No Disgrace" and "Starship Trooper" because the raw energy and sometimes savage power of the bands performance is simply breathtaking; plus the extended solos in theses tracks are wonderful and I feel in a way have never been bettered. Sometimes the power is a little too much for example "And You and I" is a little spoilt by the lack of subtlety, but it's only a small detail and indeed a matter of individual taste.

Incidentally I found it interesting that both Wakemans solo offering and Howe's "Mood For A day" although listened to with pleasure on the first run through, I find now that I tend to skip theses tracks as older and wiser ears find them a wee bit more trivial and flowery. Contrary to this is Chris Squires bass solo on "Fish" Which I now find more impressive than ever: this powerful and stunning exhibition of virtuoso playing surely goes down in history as one of the most exciting bass solos ever. Chris for me was always the heart of "Yes".
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MP3: beware what you do and don't get 23 Aug 2010
Format:MP3 Download
I owned this on vinyl years ago (yes, a triple album it was). This review is specifically about the MP3 download version. Beware: it includes studio tracks that interrupt the flow of the live album.

Very annoyed to find that it's not the triple album; it's some (most?) of that, plus some tracks from other albums.

Yessongs, yup, I did want that. But if I'd wanted to buy Fragile or The Yes Album, or tracks from that, I would have bought those. So I'm not pleased to find that this contains two tracks from those studio albums. It's a LIVE album (or was originally) so let's have the LIVE tracks.

Whoever thought it would be a good idea to screw up the track listing of what is a really great live album (echo everything that people say about Alan White's drumming) by including studio tracks: that was stupid, and means I'm going to be very wary about downloads. Though of course you have to be very wary of *everything* in back catalogue these days, especially if it contains the dreaded word "remastered". This usually means "higher-priced and not sounding as good as you remember it, and possibly with fewer tracks too." There's a version of Yessongs over on iTunes which fits that moniker exactly - avoid.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive tour of early material live!
My wife and I will be seeing Yes with at the Albert Hall in May and it will be interesting to see how the music from this era comes across live over forty years on as they will be... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keith Plant
2.0 out of 5 stars Who Mastered the CDs?
I have the original vinyl records; it has now seen better days after 40 years and 3-4 house moves so I decided to replace it with this CD set. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kishor Tanna
3.0 out of 5 stars despite its many flaws, listenable an in places exciting
To be able to pass any kind of verdict over the music of Yes you have to look at it inwards from the outside. Read more
Published 3 months ago by F. M. Havicon
3.0 out of 5 stars This doesn't sound right
I have most of the Yes studio albums and Keys to Ascension. These are all wonderful, This cd doesn't sound right. Read more
Published 4 months ago by sjd parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Amaising
I really enjoyed the cd. Always been a fan of this album, the first came wrong and was promptly answered, and quickly sent another right. Thank you.
Published 6 months ago by Luis Milanese
5.0 out of 5 stars YES I love prog rock
If you love rock music which is under the title Progressive Rock then CD cannot be bettered. Yes is my favourite group and this compillation is in the main my favourite tracks
Published 8 months ago by Ian Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most famous live albums ever recorded
Simply sublime - this is classic Yes with Rick Wakeman firmly established on keyboards and Alan White's first album as the new drummer with Yes.
Published 8 months ago by P. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant to hear this again
Having grown up listening to this on vinyl in my teens it was high time I got it back into my collection. Read more
Published 10 months ago by MR ANDREW A MORRIS
5.0 out of 5 stars great old live CD
Great CD updating my Vinyl I no longer play to a CD version now on my Sonos system. Great old music CD.
Published 12 months ago by Paul & Linda Sproat
5.0 out of 5 stars Yessongs
Great music took me back to my younger days I had forgotten just how good they were if you are into this style of music it has to be a must buy
Published 12 months ago by Mr. P. M. Bainbridge
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