YES - 'Like It Is: Yes At The Bristol Hippodrome' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     May 29, 2015    
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This is a fine representation of two of Yes' strongest albums.

For Yes devotees like me, this double CD/DVD package is a welcome addition to my collection. However, considering this is the third Yes album release within six months (the others being latest studio album 'Heaven And Earth' and the 'Tsongas' live album from the 35th Anniversary tour of 2004) overkill does come to mind.

A major criticism of this release is the fact that the 2013/2014 tour promoted three classic albums being played in their entirety (and in sequential order). Unfortunately, 1972's 'Close To The Edge' album has been totally omitted as has the encore 'Roundabout'. I was lucky enough to catch a couple of those shows last spring and would have liked this to have been the "full" souvenir of the show. Anyhow, moan over, what do we get in this package?

The first disc contains the 1977 'Going For The One' album, so we get a run through the title track with Steve Howe on steel guitar and latest vocalist Jon Davison doing a fine job of recreating the magic of Jon Anderson's lyrics. 'Turn Of The Century' begins lightly with Howe's acoustic guitar and Geoff Downes tinkling the ivory keys (he's not Rick Wakeman though). Chris Squire adds backing vocals and some fine bass and then Howe switches to some magical lead guitar. Personal favourite 'Parallels' raises the tempo a notch and Howe and Squire both show why they're still held in such high regard with some fine musicianship. Davison takes up acoustic guitar on 'Wonderous Stories' and adds extra keyboards during the mid-section of 'Awaken' whilst Squire treats us to his triple neck bass.

Disc two contains 1971's 'The Yes Album' and features classics like 'Yours Is No Disgrace', Howe's signature acoustic tune 'Clap' and 'Starship Trooper', all performed to the high standards that fans have become accustomed to, especially the backing vocals from Howe and Squire on 'Yours Is No Disgrace'. 'I've Seen All Good People' again features some wonderful harmonies from Squire and Howe while Davison adds his own stamp to the song. Thirty-three years on, 'A Venture' is finally performed live on this tour and Downes adds a little keyboard solo in the middle to celebrate its outing. 'Perpetual Change' brings things to a rousing close.

Visually, I think it's fair to say that the accompanying DVD certainly lacks some atmosphere, the crowd are very restrained throughout and as a result at certain points it is quite obvious that faded-in applause has been added. Some of the camera cues are noticeably off (the cameramen couldn't have been fans). Drummer Alan White only comes to life during 'All Good People' and Squire is much more restrained in his movement. Considering that Roger Dean was involved, the stage set is rather bland. Overall though, this is a fine representation of two of Yes' strongest albums.

Az Chaudhry

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