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An Evening of Yes Music Plus [Import]

Anderson Bruford Wakeman & Howe Audio CD

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Two CD live archive release from former Yes members Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Rick Wakeman, and Steve Howe. An Evening Of Yes Music Plus was captured on their tour in support of the album Anderson Bruford Wakeman & Howe. Out of print for some time, you can once again-or perhaps for the very first time-experience the splendor and majesty that was the ABWH tour. Contains a beautiful photo booklet with images of Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, and Howe as they performed.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Affirmative Nov. 21 2009
By Prog Nerd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I always loved this live album by Yes-in-all-but-name. The clarity of instruments is wonderful, the crowd is clearly heard and enthusiastic, the sound is raw and live (no overdubs I'm aware of), and the setlist is expertly chosen and played well.

It seems strange to open a show with acoustic solo medleys, but that's exactly what they do here. Jon Anderson throws casual 90125 fans a bone by including "Owner of a Lonely Heart" in between "Time And A Word" and a short excerpt of "Teakbois", before Steve Howe comes in with "Clap/Mood For A Day". After a gorgeous Rick Wakeman medley (notice his use of piano and keyboard textures and how good they sound here, as opposed to later in the 90's) which features "Madrigal" (from Tormato; and not "Gone But Not Forgotten" as the tracklisting says) as well as some stuff from Six Wives/King Arthur, before Bruford joins them onstage and launches into an odd version of "Long Distance Runaround", which segues into excerpts of "Heart of the Sunrise" as well as a percussion solo (utilizing his cheesy electronic Simmons drum pads.)

The ABWH songs from their one album all sound wonderful live (in most cases even better -- such as "Brother of Mine" and "Order of the Universe"), and although the classic Yes material is good, it is sorely missing Chris Squire's chunky bass presence. (Tony Levin played bass on the ABWH album and tour, but was sick for the recording of this show -- filled in by Bruford's fellow jazz-fusion compatriate Jeff Berlin, who does an adequate job.) "Close To The Edge" has an extended organ solo, and you can practically smell the excitement as the audience goes bonkers. "And You And I" is done well enough, but I prefer YesWest's overtly dramatic rendition of it over the more subtle one here. However, this concert contains the *definitive* "Starship Trooper", with crystal-clear vocals, wonderful harmonies, and the best "Wurm" outro ever, especially the first minute or so as Wakeman teases the 3-note motif with gorgeous deep keyboards.

Different versions of An Evening of Yes Music Plus (gosh, what a dumb title) exist, some containing "Starship Trooper", while more recent ones include "I've Seen all Good People". Roger Dean again provides the artwork, which is quite nice.

Recommended for seasoned Yes fans. Others should start with their greatest hits or familiarize themselves with the classics 70's material first (as well as 1989's ABWH) before picking this up.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting mixture March 23 1999
By Bjorn Clasen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Live albums have to be something special. They have to be different than studio albums. The listener has to be able to HEAR it's a LIVE album. Yes always succeeded very well in this. And this is no exception. "An Evening Of Yes Music Plus" is a successful piece of work, rather than a work of art. The band has put together some medleys, and this is a unique opportunity for any music fan to experience the universe of the best of Yes. In this context, "Yes" means the music of Yes, of ABWH, as well as solo projects. Experiencing "An Evening Of Yes Music Plus" is like listening to the solos of the album "Fragile", the melodic compositions of the album "Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe", and Yes' greatest in general, all in one wonderfully 2 hour long journey to the soul of what it is basically all details ABWH have added to some of the songs. These tiny experiments, adding a new sound here, another tune there, are pretty unusual for the Yes music and therefore add some spice to this live experience. This double CD is obligatory for any Yes fan - but it is also a good opportunity to re-realize how brilliant the short ABWH period actually was.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much Yes, or is it? Aug. 26 2007
By John Sposato - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Longtime Yes fans know about the civil war that erupted between the two factions of Yes in the late '80s-1990. The "West" lineup owned the name, so the "East" lot had to use a lawyer's office byline. It was still Yes as far as fans were concerned, given the endless turnover throughout the years. (Let's just call a spade a shovel!)
This concert was recorded and filmed on 9 September 1989 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountainview, CA (outside San José, as Jon Anderson mentioned, around where he lives now). Session players filled out the rest of the band (Stick-master Tony Levin was on sick leave).
Tracks from the sole studio album and old Yes chestnuts are featured. I have the original EU indie release from 1993, and "Starship Trooper" is omitted. It was on the 1994 US edition on Herald/Caroline I used to have (real fans would buy some imports).
There are some typos. The biggest is "Gone But Not Forgotten", a poignant Rick Wakeman instrumental from 1983, which isn't here, but "Madrigal" from 1978's "Tormato", is instead used in his solo medley. "Owner of a Lonely Heart" is performed acoustically in Anderson's solo allotment, as the others may not have wanted to touch that one (they would on the "Union" and other later tours, however).
Not wanting to leave out Bill Bruford, his drumming is stronger than before, where he had a more of a jazz fusion approach, which he still uses, I suppose.
This was recently reissued by leading UK independent Voiceprint, who have a number of solo and side releases in the Yes and Asia family.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars where's the bass Jan. 3 2013
By nexy jo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I consider myself a Yes fan, and I'll concede the fact that this is as much a Yes album as any of the Yes West albums are Yes albums. I'll add that I have the studio CD of ABWH, and enjoy listening to that. Overall, this CD has some aspects going for it that merit mentioning. The quality of the recording is very good, among the best that Yes has mustered over the years. The choice of tracks is also good quality, everything from Close to the Edge to solo efforts from Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson, to AWBH vintage.

I was unable to, however, give this higher than a 3 star rating. There are two reasons why. The first is Bill Bruford, and the second is Chris Squire, or more specifically, the lack thereof. First, Bill Bruford. There's no doubt that he is a good drummer, and did a fine job on the first few Yes albums. One can hear quite clearly that he has improved a great deal compared to those years, based on his performance on this album. Unfortunately, he chose to use electronic drums, which in parts, I found extremely annoying. There a section in Long Distance Runaround, about 3:18 into the track, when they do a slice from Heart of the Sunrise. His snare drum (or at least I think it's a snare drum) just sounds silly, almost like machine gun fire. Now, I've got nothing against machine gun fire, but I do like it separate from my music listening. This snare drum sound occurs in numerous sections on several tracks, and it makes it almost unlistenable. It's a shame because Close to the Edge is nicely done for the most part, except for the drumming, which again, to this listener, is almost unlistenable.

On to the bass. To me, a big part of the Yes sound is the bass. Chris Squire's unique sound and style contribute in large part to Yes. And the lack of that contribution is hopelessly apparent. On top of that, the bass is buried completely under the mix, almost as if it were done on purpose. The few time I can hear the bass, it sound fine. Jeff Berlin obviously knows how to play well, but I really wish I could hear him better. And the addition of another keyboard player and guitarist only serves to bury the bass deeper behind the mix. And while the background vocals are competent, again, Chris Squire's unique blend with Jon Anderson is sorely missed.

Overall, if one can get past the electronic drums and lack of bass, this is a good album. But not one of Yes' best.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIDDEN GEM Jan. 23 2011
By LEEDERDEE - Published on Amazon.com
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