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In The Present: Live From Lyon 2009 [Box set, Live, CD+DVD]

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Disc: 1
1. Siberian Khatru
2. I've Seen All Good People
3. Tempus Fugit
4. Onward
5. Astral Traveller
6. And You And I
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Owner Of A Lonely Heart
2. Southside Of The Sky
3. Machine Messiah
4. Heart Of The Sunrise
5. Roundabout
6. Starship Trooper
Disc: 3
1. Interviews(DVD)
2. Excerpts from the Live Show(DVD)
3. Roundabout(DVD)
4. Machine Messiah (running time approx 55 mins.)(DVD)

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2011 three disc (two CDs + DVD) live release from the Prog veterans. "In The Present: Live From Lyon is a live package recorded in Lyon, France on December 1st 2009. It is an outstanding collection of evergreen and hidden classic tracks in which new singer Benoit David breathes new life into. The perfect companion to the double disc live set is a 55 minute DVD which, together with juicy excerpts from the live performance, offers candid interviews and behind the scenes footage.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...reasonably solid performance Jan. 5 2012
Format:Audio CD
A "Yes - In the Present - Live From Lyon Trailer (Official)" has been posted on YouTube which will provide a good synopsis of the performance if you are considering purchasing this item.

The DVD included with this set includes a full version of Roundabout and Machine Messiah but the audio is 2.0 not 5.1.

In response to the discussion on Yesfans.com about whether there were any overdubs on the album, O. Wakeman is quoted as responding:

"From what I can recall there were no overdubs on the live album.

I worked with Karl Groom on the mix for about 3 weeks in 2010. With any live recording there are going to be sections which don't sound perfect and occasionally things do go wrong. Someone might hit a wrong note or a cable might come loose. A snare skin or guitar skin can break for example.

I do remember when Karl and I were working on the album, I spent ages going through all the areas which I felt could need attention.

After checking the parts together, Karl and I decided to leave a lot of things in which weren't technically perfect but showed the band accurately and retained the feel of the show, otherwise what's the point, you may as well listen to the studio album!

If there were any sections that really weren't acceptable and had to be repaired, rather than get people to replay parts, we went through other live show recordings from the tour and utilised a part from that show in order to ensure the live feel was kept throughout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all March 6 2012
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit as a Yes fan for many years I was very sceptical about purchasing another yes live album with a new singer playing a lot of tracks that I already own 2-3 live versions of. Benoit replaces Anderson in the singing role and although there are similarities he is not Anderson yet I don't find that I am as concerned about it as I thought I would have been, his voice is almost between Anderson and Trevor Horns. Perhaps that is why they decided to do a couple of songs from Drama. Oliver Wakeman is an interesting addition being just a branch off the Yes family tree, I am sure his dad was proud. Oliver has parted ways with Yes and has been replaced with Geoff Downes (of Asia, Yes and Buggles) on keyboards for the new studio release.
It would be nice to hear some new material from this new line up, perhaps they should have waited for a while to put out a live release. Regardless I enjoyed listening to this and likely will a few more times, not an ultimate live recording but a good listen. Nice to see the band carry on.
The DVD is a nice Documentary with snippets of songs and a couple of full versions. It leaves you wanting to see a complete show however is a good teaser.
If you can only buy one thing from Yes however I suggest the studio album Fly From Here (CD/DVD) with Benoit.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black or white Dec 2 2011
By William Mutschler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Either you like the post Anderson Yes or not. Oliver finally shines on the last track, Starship Trooper, and there were times I was listening that I forgot it wasn't Jon. Yes, I counted two vocal flubs. Chris doesn't seem to be as snappy on Tempus Fugit than the original. But we have it live, right?

Nice to have a well recorded version of the tour, but at one of the shows I was at Howe did some very creative things with the acoustic intro to Roundabout that I wish he had played this night.

The umpteenth live versions of standards we could do without, but we do get four new tracks live, and a presentation of this lineup which toured for several years. I do like it, and like Fly from Here more and more as I hear new little parts.

New Yes. It is the new reality. Everyone else has changed, even Jon once before, and Chris too if you count ABWH.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars About what I expected... Dec 2 2011
By Olias of Sunhillow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This show is a good representation of my experience with Yes in 2009 (on tour with Asia in the US). Some truly cringe-worthy moments, some passages that compete with classic Yes concert recordings from days gone by, and a slower pace throughout (which occasionally becomes plodding, like during "Tempus Fugit"). Steve Howe is in top form here as usual, but the rest of the band is hit or miss throughout. Benoit is not Jon Anderson... which is both bad and good (he's inferior to the Jon of 1973, or even 2003, but much better than the weakened Jon of today would be in the band).

Completists will want this, but more casual fans would do well to wait for a recording from the 2011 band -- which would feature a much tighter band and include some of the excellent material from "Fly From Here."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good souvenir from the Benoit era Feb. 20 2012
By Dave Boyle - Published on Amazon.com
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Most of the other reviews are pretty accurate; it's up to you whether you can enjoy the slowed down tempo of modern Yes. While I ultimately prefer '70's versions of these songs, Benoit did a great job as frontman and deserves much credit for filling those shoes. He is truly a classy guy (and Oliver, too) and his exit from the band is to be much lamented. To stray a little bit from the subject at hand, I must say I enjoyed the last few years of Yes. Lots of chances to see the band, a stellar studio album, and a happy Yes in general. As for this disc, yes, some of the performances here are a bit tepid, but I can never get enough of Starship Trooper or Machine Messiah, and the sound is great!
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 1/2 -- Latter day Yes Dec 28 2011
By Johnny Boy - Published on Amazon.com
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I remember back in late 2007 or early 2008 when I figured out Yes was reuniting for their 40th anniversary. I was stunned and probably more excited for a tour than I had ever been. Yes was (and still is) my favorite group, so immediately bought tickets to the show scheduled to be played at the Pier 6 Pavilion in Baltimore (the nearest place to my location where they were playing). I was so pumped and ready to go.

But then, Jon Anderson got sick and nearly died. Doctors advised him to stay on bed rest for 6-12 months, thus sidelining the summer 2008 40th anniversary tour. Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, and Oliver Wakeman, the remaining band members, were unwilling to wait and hit the Internet (namely YouTube) and found Canadian singer Benoit David, of the Yes cover band Close to the Edge and of Montreal progressive rock group Mystery. By October 2008, the tour was back on. Yes was carrying on without Jon Anderson. It was hard to believe, and many believed it was temporary, but it was still happening.

Well, here we are in late December 2011, about to enter 2012, and Benoit David is still the frontman of Yes. Oliver Wakeman departed earlier in the year, replaced by former Yes-man Geoff Downes (of the 'Drama' era lineup from 1980-1981). 2011 has been quite a busy year for the reformed Yes, including the release of this live album, 'In the Present: Live from Lyon.' The show was recorded back in 2009, early on in the reunion.

When evaluating this record fairly, one must open their mind completely. I did. This is not the same band that it was with Jon Anderson or any other keyboardist (including Kaye and Moraz) that had participated in prior lineups. This was the new Yes with three familiar faces. I bought this record at a local record store, took it home, and listened to it. To do this review the right way, I figure I need to break it down into two areas: the good and the bad.

THE GOOD
- This is a great setlist. 'Astral Traveller' was recorded in 1970 before Steve Howe joined the group. That means, from the current "In the Present" lineup, only Chris Squire was a member of Yes when this track was recorded. 'Onward,' from the 1978 'Tormato' record was also a surprise here. This track was included on the 1996 live album 'Keys to Ascension 1,' and it seems to be the only track from this record that the group acknowledges.
- The sound quality is actually fairly decent. Frontiers Records, while it is owned by EMI, is not a major label yet, and so it is not fair to expect the same level of quality from them as it would be from Atlantic Records, Yes' home from 1968-1990 or Arista Records, Yes' home from 1991-1992. The band can be heard quite clearly and the sound is not at all compressed, which is rare for a live album these days. It's not incredible, but the sound here is actually better than the sound on 'Fly from Here,' the 2011 studio album also released on Frontiers and produced by the legendary Trevor Horn (also a vocalist in Yes during the 'Drama' era, but that's another review).
- The Roger Dean artwork is amazing. One has to wonder though, if Yes were truly trying to move forward "in the present" why they keep revisiting the past and using Roger Dean's artwork. Ah well, no objections that they did. It looks great. Roger Dean paintings have always seemed to have enhanced Yes albums for some reason.
- 'Corkscrew' is a great Steve Howe solo. It's always great to listen to Howe show his skills on the acoustic guitar.

THE BAD
- Two words: Benoit David. On several tracks (namely 'Owner of a Lonely Heart' and 'Roundabout'), David is desperate to sound like Jon Anderson. And on others ('Machine Messiah') he tries to sound like Trevor Horn. Like I stated in my 'Fly from Here' review, Benoit is a fine singer, but he has very little or no personality of his own. He is always trying to imitate Anderson or Horn, instead of providing original interpretations. It has always bothered me when bands try to replace their vocalists with a soundalike; that's why the 'Drama' lineup of Yes worked and Queen + Paul Rodgers worked. Trevor Horn didn't try to sound like Jon Anderson, and Paul Rodgers didn't try to sound like Freddie Mercury. Benoit David tries to sound exactly like Trevor Horn and Jon Anderson. This gets quite irritating after the second or third track.
- There is nothing on this record that is particularly memorable. The playing is average to mediocre, something quite shocking for Yes, and there is nothing here that one would remember really without repeated listenings. It is cool seeing 'Machine Messiah' on a live album, but the version here is simply not up to par. It is unfortunately the case for most of these songs.
- While there aren't any noticeable notes or passages played wrong, judging from how the band sounds here, it certainly sounds as though they could use a bit more rehearsing. The songs just sort of chug along without much energy or life. That is a crucial part of any good live album, and 'In the Present' just lacks it. The crowd energy is not great at all. Also noticeable is that the songs are played considerably slower. This is probably to be expected, as Yes certainly aren't spring chickens anymore, but I certainly have to think that Yes is capable of picking up the pace a little more than what you hear on this record.

I saw Yes at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia in June 2010. Peter Frampton was the opening act at the show. I did get to meet Yes backstage (which was an honor), but I have to say, the band sounded better while I was there than they did in actuality. I saw clips of my show on YouTube, and I was amazed at how sluggish the show really did sound. Frampton absolutely blew them away that night. Whereas Frampton's show was full of energy and sounded just incredible, Yes just seemed to be going through the motions.

It pains me to write this. It really does. I love Yes, and I always will. But when I look back on Yes, odds are, I will ignore the "In the Present" era of Yes, which started in 2008 and is still going on today. Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman, two former members of Yes, are touring together and have a live album due out early next month. My advice to the fan who has not bought this record yet but is seriously considering it: skip this and wait for that one. In hindsight, I wish I had.

While it's not fair to expect another 'Yessongs,' or even another 'Keys to Ascension,' it is fair to say that this performance is not what it could have been. If this is the most inspired performance from the last three years that Yes has in their vaults, than that is a bit concerning to me. I know this group can do better than what has been presented to us here.

Marginally better than 'Fly from Here,' but that isn't saying very much unfortunately. Two-and-a-half stars is more than fair for this live album.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars wwwwhyy .. aaaareee.... theeeyyy ...plaaayinnng...soooo.... slooowww Dec 17 2011
By Fabio Franco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Thank god they are not playing Topographic Oceans! it will take them 3-4 hours to get to the 4th movement!
I loved "Fly from here" is a great album, but this? Nop. I cant' blame the new guy, the full band sounds just tired. A couple of songs sounds great (Tempus fugit, Machine messiah, both from Drama... coincidence?). The rest is awfully boring. And I don't think that Anderson returning will improve the situation, they are just old(no problem with that) and tired(that's the problem).
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