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Yesshows (Remaster) [Live, Original recording remastered, Import]

Yes Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Live Yes Dec 11 2009
Format:Audio CD
Great Sound, reasonable price. Songs are tight rocking and this comes close to Yessongs. Love the banter with the audience and some of the tweaking of arrangements in certain songs. Grab this one it is a steal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OK OK OK I changed my mind! March 22 2004
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See my other review after I just got the CD- I wasn't really impressed - NOW after repeated listinings I love it all !!! My apologies to YES - The fact that this is a cheap CD makes it a bargain. And Jon Andersons little dialog between "Dont Kill The Whales" and "Ritual" is worth the price by itself. It is a "soul" show - and to those who say Steve Howe makes a mistake at the beginning of "Going for the One" check our Symphonic YES version of the same song, he does it the same way-its no mistake, just the way he does it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but................... Feb. 24 2004
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Kind of weak - compiled when YES had broken up and had ceased to exsist.........."Dont kill the Whale" OK ----- "Parallels" BETTER ------"Ritual" Ah now your talking ----- the REST ---junk! Sound quality kind of shallow.....essential for completests only (like me).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great live Yes album!!! Jan. 1 2004
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This 2 CD set is a great live album of Yes's mid career!!! A classic!!! A great companion to Yessongs!!! Two thumbs up!!! A+
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good sampling of the era July 19 2003
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag Feb. 16 2003
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Excellent audio quality, especially for 70s performances. Tremendous renditions of two epics: Gates and Ritual, along with terrific Intro->Parallels and Wonderous Stories. Cluttered regrettably with several of their undistinguished pop-rock tunes. Although they insist, even today, on playing songs like Time and a Word, Going for the One and Don't Save the Whale, those are hardly the basis of their legacy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a fine performance Dec 20 2002
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The high point of "Yesshows" is by far "The Gates of Delirium". It's far better than the original version, which appears on "Relayer". "Time and a word" shines also, but "Gates" makes the album worth having.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great live performance Aug. 30 2002
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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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