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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.
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on 18 July 2017
The Music:
Yes Union is by far my favourite Yes album. It has such lovely ambience and depth, with great vocals and great instrumentals.

The vinyl:
I had two problems with the disc: (1) It was not "Brand New" as advertised - it had been opened, and (2) it sounded noticeably dull. This could have been due to either the disc being played before, on a system with stylus weight set far too high, or it could have been due to it being from a digital master, rather than analogue. In the end, sending it back would cost half as much as the record, so I might as well keep it, albeit with a frown and a grumble.
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on 15 April 2016
This triple ap set comes in a high quality slip case and is beautifully presented. The inner is in book form with each LP in its own holder. The pages contain biographies of each member of the Union band. The pictures and text are taken directly from the Union tour programme (I still have my copy!).
Sound quality is pretty good and overall this is a good representation of the Union live experience albeit a short version.
This is probably an album for Yes completists, that said it's a good additional to the band's live catalogue. It is a bit pricey though.
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on 16 June 2017
It's a bit of a mixed bag here but features most, but not all, of the YES men. I like it. Apparently Yes weren't that enamoured with different camps. I don't care what they think. I like it. Apparently Rick Wakeman renamed it Onion because every time he heard it, it made him cry. Rick, what a fella - funny, engaging and so talented. And you get 15 songs - what's to complain about .... Glad I bought it. The YouTube videos are a bit fuzzy. I suppose because of its age but I think the music stands up well.
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on 17 August 2016
It's great to hear this concert on vinyl but I was a little disappointed with the packaging for such an expensive item. There is a minimum of information on the sleeve and one of the labels on one of the records is plain white.
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on 28 September 2016
we had lost our original so this was great and is an excellent cd
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on 16 November 2016
Superb.just like their old stuff
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on 28 January 2016
Not the best of YES ,need to listen a few more times to see if it grows.some sound drop out on one track not sure what it was yet.
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on 23 June 2016
very fast service no problem
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on 22 November 2015
good service no problem with the item a good album
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