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2010 Japanese pressing reissue of 2009 remaster. Warner

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REMASTERED AGAIN IN 2009 Nov. 16 2010
By BOB - Published on Amazon.com
This review is only for those interested in sound quality. For reviews regarding content, please see other posts in this forum, or go to All Music Guide (dot com). Also, due to Amazon's unfortunate programming policy of cross-pollinating reviews across different versions of the same CD title, this review may appear elsewhere.

The primary Yes catalog has been through at least five different sonic revisions since the debut of those horrid-sounding domestic Atlantic CD's in the late 1980's. Domestically, in 2003, Rhino released a full set of new remasters with added bonus tracks. In 2009, Japan issued a complete set of fifteen new SHM-CD's, non-HDCD-encoded titles with exactly the same bonus material as their U.S. Rhino counterparts, but audio-wise, they are all now slightly better than the Rhino's, due to new `09 remastering.

In my personal preference, the 1998 HDCD-encoded Japan mini-sleeves are my favorites. The HDCD editions had a superior clarity to the mid and high range that no other standard-CD remaster, including the 2003 Rhinos, came close to. However, the HDCD's had no bonus material. The same mid-upper clarity is also resident on these new `09 remasters, and when A/B'd against the HDCD's, there is virtually no difference in the mid to high frequencies. There are other subtle, audible differences between the two editions, but nothing being a showstopper in either, and neither series has any loudness compression or insidious remixing, like the recent, terrible, bastardized Genesis "remasters".

The major difference between the two Japan releases is the HDCD's very distinctly heightened bass. So from a audiophile-purist standpoint, the SHM's are probably the more sonically acceptable of the two releases. However, I find the HDCD's more enjoyable for that very dichotomy. Yes is renowned for it's fabulously inventive and adventurous rhythm section, and the HDCD's are literally thunderous in the lower frequencies, while still remaining faithful to the dynamic range of the original recordings. You can, of course, try pushing the SHM's by attenuating the bass on your pre-amp, but it's just not exactly the same. You also notice a little extra oomph in harmonics when the HDCD's are fed thru an HDCD-capable DAC (mine is a Camelot Uther). No doubt, a Horde Of Hoffman denizen will take issue with my preference, but you have to actually listen to both versions to understand why I lean to the HDCD's; to me, they're just more fun to listen to. I should also mention I have never been able to discern any sonic benefit on ANY SHM release from the incorporation of the supposedly magical LCD-material substrate.

So, if you're lucky enough to own the HDCD's, acquisition of the 2009 SHM's should still be considered, to obtain the best audio versions of the bonus material. I certainly would never divest either set for the other.

Then there's mini-sleeves themselves. As glorious as the audio is on these releases, the immaculately detailed replication of each miniature LP album jacket, especially of the Roger Dean-art titles, are just downright fabulous... THIS is why Japan `sleeves are so great.

The 1998 `sleeves were based on the U.S. LP designs, but the `09 SHM's are reproductions of the U.K. albums, and there are stark differences between the two series in several of the titles. Examples: The HDCD Yessongs had the U.S. accordian-jacket design, while the SHM has the U.K.'s booklet-type package (I prefer the SHM), and Close To The Edge has the U.K.'s cool textured finish to the exterior cover, which is much nicer than the photo matte-finish of the original Atlantic LP and the HDCD `sleeve.

It should also be noted the expanded booklets from the Rhino releases are included in each SHM title. Unfortunately, while many non-Yes SHM-CD mini-sleeve releases have contained neat one-page replications of the original LP's A&B-side labels, Warner Japan has chosen not to participate in those.

These new SHM-Yes mini-sleeves sold out when they streeted in Japan in July 2009, but were re-issued in 2010. That wasn't entirely a surprise, as the older Yes HDCD's, in addition to the 1999 Genesis and 2001 Pink Floyd 'sleeve catalogs, were among the most highly prized and sought-after collectable mini-sleeves ever produced by Japan. Indeed, when the SHM's were announced for pre-order, I had reservations about making the additional investment. However, swayed by the 2009 remastering, the bonus material, the U.K. jackets, and being a long time ardent Yes fanatic, the acquisition proved to be an albeit expensive but perfect complement to the HDCD versions. If you are a true Yes fan, these are the benchmark of any standard CD versions available worldwide, and short of also owning the HDCD's, this is the Yes catalog you need to acquire.

WHAT IS A JAPAN "MINI-LP-SLEEVE" CD?

Have you ever lamented the loss of one of the 20th Century's great art forms, the 12" vinyl LP jacket? Then "mini-LP-sleeve" CD's may be for you.

Mini-sleeve CDs are manufactured in Japan under license. The disc is packaged inside a 135MM X 135MM cardboard precision-miniature replica of the original classic vinyl-LP album. Also, everything included in the original LP, such as gatefolds, booklets, lyric sheets, posters, printed LP sleeves, stickers, embosses, special LP cover paper/inks/textures and die cuts, are is precisely replicated and included, An English-language lyric sheet is always included, even if the original LP did not have printed lyrics.

Then, there's the sonic quality: Often (but not always), mini-sleeves have dedicated remastering (20-Bit, 24-Bit, DSD, K2/K2HD, and/or HDCD), and can often (but not always) be superior to the audio on the same title anywhere else in the world. There also may be bonus tracks unavailable elsewhere.

Each Japan mini-sleeve has an "obi" ("oh-bee"), a removable Japan-language promotional strip. The obi lists the Japan street date of that particular release, the catalog number, the mastering info, and often the original album's release date. Bonus tracks are only listed on the obi, maintaining the integrity of the original LP artwork. The obi's are collectable, and should not be discarded.

All mini-sleeve releases are limited edition, but re-pressings/re-issues are becoming more common (again, not always). The enthusiasm of mini-sleeve collecting must be tempered, however, with avoiding fake mini-sleeves manufactured in Russia and distributed throughout the world, primarily on eBay. They are inferior in quality, worthless in collectable value, a total waste of money, and should be avoided at all costs.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Yes Live! Sept. 20 2010
By mefistofeles - Published on Amazon.com
Ok, this is the "new 2009 remastered edition" of this classic Yes live recording. This version comes in a standard jewel case with a really good, new and fresh sound.
If you want a better version go for the mini lp version (mlp - shm) with the same 2009 remastered sound but with a exact replica of the vintage long play art (Yessongs was originally a 3-disc set on vinyl) Missing from the Yes "expanded and remastered" 2003/2004 series by Rhino/Warner, (like Yesshows , 9012Live and Big Generator) Yessongs was most recently remastered in 2009 By Isao Kikuchi, the album was published by Warner Music Japan as part of their "Yes SHM-CD Papersleeve" series.
Yessongs is the sole album from this series not to have bonus tracks, but the sound has really been improved from the 1994 remaster,to the delight of Yes fans.
Yessongs is the first live album by the British progressive rock group Yes and was released in 1973. It mostly documents the tour for the album Close to the Edge (with Alan White on Drums) but also features two tracks ("Perpetual Change" and "Long Distance Runaround/The Fish") recorded during the previous Fragile tour with Bill Bruford on drums.

CD Track listing
Disc one
1."Opening (excerpt from 'Firebird Suite')" (Igor Stravinsky) - 3:47
2."Siberian Khatru" (Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman) - 9:03
3."Heart of the Sunrise" (Anderson, Bill Bruford, Chris Squire) - 11:33
4."Perpetual Change" (Anderson, Squire) - 14:11
5."And You and I" (Anderson, Bruford, Howe, Squire) - 9:33
1."Cord of Life"
2."Eclipse" (Anderson, Bruford, Squire)
3."The Preacher the Teacher"
4."Apocalypse"
6."Mood for a Day" (Howe) - 2:53
7."Excerpts from 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII'" (Wakeman) - 6:37
8."Roundabout" (Anderson, Howe) - 8:33

Disc two
1."I've Seen All Good People" (Anderson, Squire) - 7:09
1."Your Move" (Anderson)
2."All Good People" (Squire)
2."Long Distance Runaround/The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)" (Anderson, Squire) - 13:37
3."Close to the Edge" (Anderson, Howe) - 18:13
1."The Solid Time of Change"
2."Total Mass Retain"
3."I Get Up I Get Down" (Anderson, Squire)
4."Seasons of Man"
4."Yours Is No Disgrace" (Anderson, Bruford, Howe, Tony Kaye, Squire) - 14:23
5."Starship Trooper" (Anderson, Squire, Howe) - 10:08
1."Life Seeker" (Anderson)
2."Disillusion" (Squire)
3."Würm" (Howe)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 2009 Isao Kikuchi digital re-master of `Yessongs': finally the definitive version to treasure June 29 2013
By The Guardian - Published on Amazon.com
Yes' classic live-in-concert performances from the `Fragile' and `Close to the Edge' tours was originally released as a 3-vinyl LP set in May 1973, complete with fold-out cover sleeve like an enormous work of origami showcasing the distinctive artwork of Roger Dean.

By universal agreement this is the best on-stage material from the best period of one of the best bands ever to grace the rock scene, bursting with youthful energy and virtuoso performances as they deliver their most inventive and outstanding songs (for a detailed appraisal of the material in this collection, there are many excellent song-by-song reviews published on amazon and other websites).

The 1973 vinyl release had pretty good, but far from perfect sound. The audio quality of subsequent CD releases were justifiably criticized for being `muddy', `thin' and of generally uninspiring quality, and even the Rhino so-called `re-master' was not much better.

The 2009 Japanese re-master of `Yessongs' by producer/engineer Isao Kikuchi finally does justice to this astounding music by offering a dynamic and beautiful sound mix of outstanding clarity, which really brings the music alive. If you're a fan of Yes' music from their great 1970s era - whether an original fan from that time, or a new younger convert - then this is the one to buy; it really makes a huge difference.

The only downside is the very high price of this release, when compared to the previous inferior offerings. But believe it: the extra outlay is worth it.
6 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What's inside the box??? June 20 2010
By Blankedy Blank - Published on Amazon.com
No information has yet been given about the contents of this audio CD. I'm not about to purchase a product that I have no information about.

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