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Union = very good Yes lp
on 31 July 2017
Union is a surprisingly good diversely penned "real" Yes release with many strong tracks that feature Rabin,Anderson, White,Squire and Kaye with Howe writing some tracks (with Wakeman and some session musicians in parts) that gets panned in some quarters, but undeservedly so. Yes Union does feature Rabin s harder guitar sound overall over Howe s sound , but is concise, strong in impact with punchy and memorable tracks (certainly in contrast to the feeble often meandering predecessor reunion Anderson,Bruford, Wakeman and Howe lp. Most tracks on Union are 5-6 minutes only, and may lack the extended brilliance of Close to the Edge or Fragile, but still contain the identifiable Yes sound of progressive, adventurous rock music with inventive guitar, some cinematic keyboard contributions, Squire s bass in parts, and Andersons and also Rabins strong uplifting harmonised vocals of Anderson and Rabin.
there is much to love on Union, equal i would say to the slightly over poppy 90125, as almost as good as the overlooked Big Generator and Talk (Rabin era classic Yes lps). buy it and ignore the naysayers, there's some fine music here,ranging from strong catchy melodic tracks such as Lift me Up, to moodier potentially epic tracks Ankor Wat and The More we Live the More we Love. Union does have several tracks that cry out for the band to revisit and we write into longer more developed tracks as befits this magnificent band and their abilities. Also - I would recommend the later Magnification lp for its greater scope and discreet use of complimentary orchestral writing in a classic Yes sound.
recommended , with some fine tracks if a little abridged in track length and development in places. a near miss.