Yessongs Original recording remastered, Live
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|6. Mood For A Day|
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|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|
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Opening with a few bars of Stravinsky to set the adoring crowd on its feet, this once-three-LP set is Yes at their finest. This was, after all, probably the most mainstream act that had even provisional "prog rock" status, and their tunes show it. While "Heart of the Sunrise" may be one of the more modestly titled Yes songs (compare it with "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" or "The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)" or even "Total Mass Retain"), it also bears marks of the band playing at its most frenetic pace around Jon Anderson's soaring near-falsetto. Rick Wakeman's grand synthesizer flashes are more than textural, finding visual meshes aplenty with Roger Dean's cryptic cover art--most of which is shrunken or absent on this two-CD reissue. When Yessongs was cut, Marshall stacks were in their heyday, and Yes happily engaged in harmonic and melodic excessiveness as well as carefully planned layers of complexity. "Roundabout" was the band's biggest hit to this point. It appears here faithfully reproduced. As for the rest, it's entertaining in a 1970s way--full of light shows, staged visuals, and more. It took a few years for prog rock to dwindle and for punk-coloured art rock to swerve toward songs about buildings and food. On Yessongs, the band was peaking, singing songs with far grander purpose (Siberia, the Apocalypse, etc.). By any account, this is one of the classic live albums of its generation, and as the soundtrack to the hip 1998 film Buffalo 66 hinted, at least one manic Yes song ("Heart of the Sunrise") passed muster for drama in the 1990s. --Andrew Bartlett
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I grew up during this period and was amazed by the complexity and artistry that Yes achieved in integrating classical and jazz influences into rock music. I was a fan then and I am a fan now... However, I was stunned when I recently picked up a new remastered copy of "Yessongs" to prep for seeing the band in concert in a couple of weeks. The production quality of the CD absolutely stinks. On the cover of the CD case it mentions that it was digitally remastered by Ocean View Digital. Well, shame on Ocean View and Atlantic Recording Corporation for re-releasing this inferior product on an unsuspecting public.
When I first inserted the CD into my player, I couldn't believe my ears. I proceeded to demo one of my favorite tunes, "Heart of the Sunrise" by switching back and forth between the live version in the 4 CD box set with the one on Yessongs. Shouldn't I be able to expect similar quality? Perhaps, I am not being fair if the version in the box set was a more updated recording, but it wasn't even close as far as I am concerned. The high notes screeched through my speakers (yes, I own a decent system)and there was very little stereo separation--a mish-mash of sound. Unfortunately, this was typical for the entire CD. I certainly wasn't listening to a soundstage which I would have expected from a remastered copy of this great recording.
It's tough to rate this CD/original recording any less than a five, but Ocean View Digital found a way to destroy it. Hence, it rates a two.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I always loved that album that I had in vinyl. This remastered CD is of very good sound quality. The supplier was very quick to ship.Published on Feb. 16 2014 by Bruno Châteauvert
I have to reduce this classic live recording to 4 stars because of the horrid remastering. Too much high end on a lot of the instruments. Read morePublished on April 28 2004
May be a little much if you're not REALLY into Yes, but if you are a hardcore fan, this will be just the tonic. Great jams and outstanding work on most of the tunes. Read morePublished on March 26 2004 by Huwaryu
Back when everyone was making these gigantic three album LIVE sets , YES had to do one too! (I guess) I saw them three times during the period that this album was recorded and I... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004 by Robert J. Salo
it is worth paying the money just to get the first disc in this 2 disc set. The introduction, despite the less than perfect sound quality, is a tremendous symphonic piece that gets... Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004 by smokeytrop
This 2 CD set is a classic live Yes album!!! Great early Yes in concert!!! Awesome!!! Two thumbs up!!! A+Published on Jan. 1 2004 by Jason P. Pumphrey
Audiophiles will complain that this recording lacks sonic quality while purists will point out that some of the nuiances of the original studio versions of these songs are missing. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003 by John Ringwald