Essential Elements Import
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Budget priced collection of tracks from within and around the members of Yes. Includes solo tracks, group tracks and side project band tracks. Of particular note is Jon Anderson's 1998 remake of "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" and live Yes versions of "Roundabout" and "Yours Is No Disgrace".
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Roundabout (live) - Yes
Nine Voices - Yes
Don't Think Twice It's Alright - Steve Howe
Umberto II - Rick Wakeman & Mario Fasciano
Owner Of A Lonely Heart Jon Anderson ('98 Remake)
Open Your Eyes - Yes
Dream River - Steve Howe
Merlin The Magician - Rick Wakeman
Lightning Strikes - Yes
Dancing Fool - Jon Anderson
Time Is Time - Yes
From The Balcony - Yes
No Rhyme - Chris Squire & Billy Sherwood
Tron Thomi - Esquire
Yours Is No Disgrace (Live) - Yes
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The album starts with a live version of Roundabout and ends with a live recording Yours Is No Disgrace. Both of these come from the House of Yes DVD (a CD of the music has also been released). This is a curious choice of live recordings for two reasons. Firstly neither song is performed in its normal format, both have bits of other songs tacked on (fine in the context of a complete live version but strange as a "sampler" of Yes music). Second the lineup on these tracks is not the "standard" line-up (as far as that term can be used in reference to a band with a dynamic line-up) but includes Igor Khoroshev (keyboards) and Billy Sherman (Guitars).
Other tracks on this release are lifted from various Yes albums. These tracks include Nine Voices, Open Your Eyes, Lightning Strikes, From the Balcony (all with Sherman and most including Khoroshev), and Time Is Time (from Magnification, the standard line-up sans Wakeman). Again a strange choice of tracks.
I had, unfortunately, heard the "discoed" remix of Owner of a Lonely Heart before but on this album we also have the disco pieces Umberto II and a version of Merlin the Magician which left me speechless. First up "Merlin" is a re-hash (or maybe just a hash) of most of the material on King Arthur (including Merlin); but the whole thing has a disco beat throughout (symph machines out of control) and some new (not on Arthur) totally banal lyrics. The whole thing is atrocious and although Wakeman is one of my favourite keyboardists, he should be ashamed that he has not destroyed every version of this abomination.
Included on the album is Don't Think Twice It's Alright, the worst track from Howe's Portraits of Bob Dylan, a true country rendition (UGHH!). and No Rhyme, the worst track from Conspiracy (a Sherman and Squire release)
The other tracks from various albums are OK but again curious choices. Dream River is an alright Howe piece as are Dancing Fool (Jon Anderson) and Tron Thomi (Esquire) but again the albums these were picked from had outstanding pieces that have been overlooked.
The clincher that this CD is a rip-off is that the photograph of "the artists" shows five members of Yes who never recorded an album together: Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Peter Banks and Bill Bruford. In addition the last two musicians appear on none of the tracks on the CD.
Avoid this release.