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on 19 March 2016
Bought this mainly for the Billy Sherwood Yes connection. Good value with the live second disc. Like most of Billy's material it takes a few listens to, to appreciate what's going on in the music.
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on 13 July 2010
Mixing the music and the musicians of Yes and Toto is quite an interesting concept.
The result is less interesting. Yoso leans more towards Toto with hints of 80's Yes.
No long compositions here or over the top prog/ classical themes.
Short tunes with good refrains to sing with, nice vocal harmonies, some interesting guitar work (although Sherwood is no Lukather) and good keyboard playing.
Now, the first negative point would be the length of the solos, they are way too short to get really interesting, and the keyboards solo are practically unexistent.

The second negative point would be the will of doing this album as a trio, letting Sherwood doing the guitar, the bass and the drums...I really don't get that (Budget? Misplaced arrogance?), especially since Yoso "Live" features a drummer (Lou Molino) and a guitar player (Jimmy Haun) while Sherwood takes the bass duties-at least this is what I understand from the Youtube videos, because nowhere on the cd are those fellow musicians credited!.

What you get on the studio album, drum-wise is a shy imitation of Jeff Porcaro (weither it is Sherwood playing himself or a drum programation, I still can't tell!), and surprisingly a basic bass playing, miles away from Sherwood's playing on the live cd.

So what about the bonus cd?
Well, it's definitly better in terms of musicianship, even if the sound is not fantastic and some of the classics sound rather generic (Rosanna for example).
Now why did Sherwood have to sing Owner of a lonely heart? It's definitly too high for his range and Kimball would have been perfect there.
As oppose to the studio cd, here the rhythm section has a great heavy sound, very similar to the Squire/ White one from 80's/90's Yes.
The rest is interesting but never transcendantal...Too bad!

Overall, the studio album sounds like a well-produced Sherwood demo with good singing from Bobby Kimball, and the Live cd sounds like a band that's not just there yet. For such high-class musicians, I find it sad.
Maybe next time.
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on 11 January 2011
Oh dear this could have been really good but it is such a disappointment.
Billy Sherwood is a very talented musician and was excellent when I saw him with Yes, but not to perform it like this! It comes across as a bad "Tribute" band even with the voice of Toto.
Come on Billy make some new tunes with Tony Kaye in your own style even if it is Yes sounding, you have earned the respect of Yes fans to do this.
So my advise, as much as I hate to say it is to pass on this one because I guarantee you it will be played once or twice then forgotten.
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on 11 August 2010
I like this its OK for the car, but Yoso are no Prog super group. The live bonus disc is ok, but the studio disc like the other reviewer says is poorly produced. Not so much drums more like beer cans being banged with a plastic spoon, could be so much better if the album was remixed.
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