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Yes - Live at Montreux 2003 (2007) Retail CD
OK: We have Yessongs from the band as Young Turks in the `70s, we have the technical mastery of Keys to Ascension at the turn of the century, we have live Yes barnstorming at the House of Blues, we have Yesshows if you're a Buggles fan (nothing wrong with that!), and - if you really want it - we have The Word is Live. Do we need Yes at Montreux?
- Good to great audio quality - miles away from the awful "Word is Live" material
- Quite a few rare live tracks - South Side of the Sky, We Have Heaven
- Loose and different arrangements, and some playfulness. Chris and Alan breaking intomore… "Tempus Fugit" in the middle of "The Fish", and quoting "Silent Wings of Freedom" too. Rick doing a great atmospheric intro to "Don't Kill the Whale".
- a LOT of Fragile. Their best album ;-). Well, a contender, anyway.
- some nice touches of Jon the Ringmaster, with tambourine and some talk between songs.
- Classic Yes - Jon, Chris, Steve, Rick and Alan.
- The usual old warhorses - And You and I, Siberian Khatru
- Some imperfect mixing in places, and some experiments that don't quite work along with the ones that do.
- A couple of off-key harmonies from Steve Howe (I think) in places - Don't Kill the Whale and We Have Heaven not least.
The whole is more than these parts. This is a Jazz Festival performance, not grandstand Arena Rock. It's a bit more subtle, and a whole lot more fun. The guys really sound like they're enjoying themselves; the music is sparkling and alive. You can hear everyone on fire at some point - Alan White thumping out like a demented caveman during Don't Kill the Whale and The Fish, with Chris Squire thundering about, Rick Wakeman pulling down rainbows in acoustic piano mode and Steve Howe being just about the best guitar player on the planet. And Jon Anderson at the heart of it all, pulling it all together and making it Yes, and not just some technically clever session musicians.
Do we need it? No. We need a cure for AIDS; we need a way to stop people killing each other; we need help for the planet. But in between trying to be a better person if we ever invent time travel there are a few concerts I'll be trying to get to. This would be one of them. Sometimes you just want to relax and enjoy yourself, rather than trying to prove something. It's not perfect - but it's very, very good. Four and a half stars. Turn the lights down and enjoy.
|3||Don't Kill The Whale|
|4||In The Presence Of|
|5||We Have Heaven|
|6||South Side Of The Sky|
|7||And You And I|
|8||To Be Over|
|2||Solo Medley - Wakeman, Rick|
|3||Heart Of The Sunrise|
|4||Long Distance Runaround|
|7||I've Seen All Good People|
- Yes - Live at Montreux 2003 (2007) Retail CD
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