What does it sound like?:
This is the Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman version of Yes, which is probably as close to the real thing as we’re going to get unless there’s an unexpected rapprochement with Steve Howe. This show was recorded in Manchester in 2017, the band’s fiftieth anniversary, and although it sadly features no new music, there is an impressive cross section of Yes classics from the original and 90125 eras, all impeccably played. Awaken, And You And I and I’ve Seen All Good People rub shoulders with the likes of Hold On, Rhythm Of Love and Changes, and there’s even a surprise appearance by Lift Me Up from the much-maligned Union album. Anderson presumably has a Dorian Gray style painting in his attic as his appearance and voice seem unchanged since the glory days of the seventies, and happily there’s no sign of the health problems that have plagued him in recent years. Rick Wakeman has not aged so gracefully, but he still proudly sports the bejewelled cloak, and his playing has certainly not been diminished by the passing years. It’s rather odd to hear Heart Of The Sunrise without the late Chris Squire’s thunderous bass, but Lee Pomeroy does a sterling job and Trevor Rabin of course excels on guitar and vocals. While the renditions stick fairly closely to the originals, which is just how I like it, the band do throw in a few unexpected twists and turns from time to time – a forward looking way to pay tribute to an illustrious past.
What does it all *mean*?
A great show with excellent sound and visuals that take you right into the heart of proceedings. Hopefully some new music will be with us next year, which I for one will be very interested to hear.
Goes well with…
Dusting down the old cape from the prog wardrobe!
Might suit people who like…