|1. Opening (Excerpt From 'Firebird Suite')|
|2. Siberian Khatru|
|3. Heart Of The Sunrise|
|4. Perpetual Change|
|5. And You And I: A. Cord Of Life/B. Eclipse/C. The Preacher The Teacher/D. The Apocalypse|
|6. Mood For A Day|
|7. Excerpts From 'The Six Wives Of Henry VIII'|
|1. I've Seen All Good People: A. Your Move/B. All Good People|
|2. Long Distance Runaround-The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)|
|3. Close To The Edge: A. The Solid Time Of Change/B. Total Mass Retain/C. I Get Up I Get Down/D. Seasons Of Man|
|4. Yours Is No Disgrace|
|5. Starship Trooper: A. Life Seeker/B. Dilillusion/C. Wurm|
Jon's distinctive vocal style never seems to suffer the abuse of the years, belting out the favourites to a loyal and expansive fan base to this day. You wouldn't know that there are two drummers playing different tracks on this album, which is testament to how tight and professional they all are. And I'm an ex-pro drummer, so I know what to look for...
The album opens with a classical piece by Stravinky - an extract from "The Firebird Suite", and it's nice to see they're still using it at live gigs. Kinda sets the mood...
In summary, for those new to YES, and seeking a good introduction, or those wishing to re-acquaint themselves with their youth, this is a damn fine album not to be overlooked, less of a purchase, more of an investment.
BUT, the CD is awesome otherwise and quite enjoyable if you can get past the sound.
ALL tracks are the highlights. No one track particularly stands out for me.
One disappointment and I don't have my LP to compare it with - the vocals seem to be set back on the "side 6" of Yessongs. (Yours Is No Disgrace and Starship Trooper).
Still, the music is the monster here.
A++ for the album iteself. C for sound quality.
The clarity of this compact disc is unsurpassed: There is little to be desired of the sound quality, particularly for a live recording. The remastered edition is spectacular, its clarity is excellent: No pops or fuzziness.
Yes manages to put together some of their most rambunctious works (Note that I am listening to "Siberian Khatru" off of the first disc as I write this), and fuse them to a definitively live style. They play with energy, punctuated with a few artistically-licensed spurts on the keyboard and guitar. Strung together, these two discs are a fantastic testament to Yes' ability as musicians and as performers: They are talanted and not afraid to have fun onstage - two things clearly reflected in Yessongs.
I wholeheartedly recommend this CD set, even if all of the songs on it are owned on studio recordings. The energy within this album literally feels like the listener is there, listening to Steve Howe and the rest jam away. Really a masterpiece.