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Yesshows (Remaster) Import, Live, Original recording remastered

4.1 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (April 26 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J24
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. Parallels
2. Time And A Word
3. Going For The One
4. The Gates Of Delirium
Disc: 2
1. Don't Kill The Whale
2. Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil)
3. Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soliel)
4. Wonderous Stories

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Format: Audio CD
I'd like to start out with a complaint. For reasons beyond my understanding, Yesshows is presented here on *2* CDs (disregard what Amazon says about this- you get a two-disc set) despite the fact that they both add up to less than 80 minutes of music, thus being able to fit on one disc. A real waste of space and CDs. At least it's not reflected in the price.
On to the actual content of the album. The opener Parallels is great, and surpasses its lackluster studio counterpart. The early Yes classic Time And A Word is well-performed too, and Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman, who were not in the band for the studio version, add flair. Steve Howe flubs the opening to Going For The One, but instead of detracting from it, adds an element of charm.
The Gates Of Delirium. Beautiful. Powerful. Passionate. Perfect. That's all I need to say about it. It easily surpasses the studio version (which is still near-perfect).
Don't Kill The Whale is nearly identical to the studio version, but that's not a bad thing, because it's a jam song at heart. The band then gets into a "soul" groove (Jon Anderson's words, not mine) before launching into the daunting Ritual. It may be seven minutes longer than the Tales From Topographic Oceans studio version, but it easily surpasses it. Ritual is divided up into two seperate tracks here to allow for easier digestion. And as a "sound chaser" of sorts (sorry for the pun) to help you catch your breath, the album closes with the pithy and gentle Wonderous Stories.
Yesshows also has a good sound quality throughout, especially on The Gates Of Delirium.
This is an essential live album if you enjoy this era of Yes.
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Format: Audio CD
This is Yes' second live album, and focuses on songs from the three studio albums preceding it. All the tracks here are played beautifully and powerfully; the versions of "Time and a Word", "Gates of Delerium", and "Ritual" are especially brilliant. What I like about Yes in a live context is how they can make a subtle change in a song (like the organ solo on "Parallels" being given to the synthesizer instead) and that change gives the song a completely new flavor. The same effect is achieved in "Ritual" when they move the bass into a more prominent role for the solo.
I'd like to comment on that bass solo - I think it's the best live bass solo I've heard. The way Squire plays at an unusual range (most of this solo is played in the same range as a guitar's low E string) has always fascinated me. Another thing about this solo is how the rest of the band just lets go and lets Squire take over - in particular listen to Moraz: he's just tinkling along, playing the same triplet pattern.
Listen closely to "Gates" and you'll hear some apalling mistakes made by Howe - in the beginning of the song he enters too slowly, throwing everyone off track for a moment, and at 13:45 he starts his solo in the wrong octave, and has to add half a measure and cram some notes together to get back on track. But in spite of these errors, the group remains solid, and ends up playing "Gates" better than they did in the studio. Anderson's voice on this track is at its harshest, and in perfect form (as usual).
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Format: Audio CD
I am 29 years old and have been a Yes fan for 16 of those years. When I started buying CD's Yes was the first catalog I focused on. I bought this CD 10 years ago imported and was sad to find Ritual divided (faded out and back in as 2 tracks). When I found out about the remastering I checked Amazon and noticed a bonus track listed. Buying the CD I was shocked to find this as a misprint. There are only 3 songs on CD2. Ritual is tracked as two (tracks 2 and 3) but remixed to be joined. I was disappointed in Amazon's mistake. The music here is okay. Not the bands best. YesSongs is a much better choice. The songs are too long and more of the Wakeman stuff from Going For The One and Tormato should have been used. Going For The One, Parallels, and Wonderous Stories are fantastic but the long Gates and Ritual (Moraz on keys-disappointment) are tiresome. It is a great CD for the hardcore fan, otherwise skip it! It's too bad a live CD from the 90125/Big Generator years was never done (Aside from 9012Live EP). That would be something. Or Union live! Peace.
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Format: Audio CD
_Yesshows_ is definitely a must for YesFans; some of the very best live Yes moments are captured on this fantastically priced double compact disc set. The songs were taken from various tours between 1976 and 1979, some of which feature Patrick Moraz on keyboards (he replaced Rick Wakeman for the _Relayer_ album, and several tours thereafter).
All of the shorter songs are done very well. In fact, the version of "Going for the One" has Jon Anderson singing at his rawest. It's a MUST listen.
The two epic songs, though, really make this album. "Gates of Delirium" is played with such ferocity and virtuosity that it is almost unbelievable. "Ritual" shines on the instrumental sections, although the odd percussive sound collage is several minutes too long.
I have refrained from giving this live collection 5 stars, due to the placement of the songs. I'm aware that this was originally on vinyl, and trying to work around two 25 minute songs is definitely a task, but I feel that they could have done things differently. The dynamic of the show is thrown off. For example, the final song (following "Ritual") is "Wonderous Stories"!
Also, the single live moment from _Tormato_ is the dull "Don't Kill the Whale". Although performed well, it's just not a good representation of _Tormato_; I think that "Future Times/Rejoice" or "On the Silent Wings of Freedom" would have added a bit more dynamic while, at the same time properly representing _Tormato_ (a very underrated album by Yes fans, in my opinion).
These factors are very minor, and should not keep you from purchasing some of the best live music performed by a rock band: ever!
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